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General Discussion / Re: The U.S. Politics Thread
« on: November 14, 2016, 11:16:36 am »
Thread has been (perhaps slightly clumsily) split off and reopened as a continuation of this thread: http://www.romhacking.net/forum/index.php/topic,21309.0.html

Since the election is over, the old thread title was going to get anachronistic sooner or later.

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ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Mario strikers charged hack/mod
« on: November 11, 2016, 11:06:09 am »
This thread was moved out of the Personal Projects subforum as I don't think it would comply with its rules. Once it has been edited to conform to those guidelines, PM myself or another mod and we will move it back and delete this post.

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Site Talk / Re: faq newbie package tag borko
« on: November 08, 2016, 04:01:30 pm »
I never have used it much in the past, but it appears you need to put some non-whitespace text between the tags to make it work at the moment.

The Newbie Package of REQUIRED Material
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ROMHacking.net FAQ: You ask, we answer!
ROMHacking.net Getting Started Section: Newbies Go HERE!
ROMHacking.net Documents Section!
How to ask questions the smart way.
On the Essence of ROM Hacking
Talk with experienced people in our IRC chat and ask specific questions there.

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I modified that address with 1F 05 instead of the 1F 15 which is the one by default and I get all red flashes instead of dull red/green/blue ones.

So did you change one or two bytes? As long as you just change the byte at 0x067E6F (unheadered) and keep the value there in the interval 0x00 to 0x1F, you should see a spectrum of intensities. 0x00 would be no tinting of any color, 0x01 being hardly noticeable, with the effect becoming markedly less subtle with increasing values.

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Code: [Select]
0003A50D: 03 18
0003A50E: 03 18

Adjusts two consecutive entries in a data table. Those extend the last two states in the Ether Medallion animation to make them last 8 times longer.

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00067E6F: 1F 05

Modifies the immediate operand of a LDA instruction. This lowers the intensity of the flashing colors that tint the title screen as the sword is dropping into place. Instead of cycling between tints of full intensity red, green, and blue, it's now cycling between dull red, green and blue.

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00075805: 0E 02
00075818: C0 40
00075819: 01 00
0007582C: 38 08

Modifies immediate operands to ADC instructions in a routine that adjusts colors to gradually tint more towards white. IIRC this is used when the seal on Ganon's Tower is being broken by the Crystal Maidens. The tweaks put in place cause the flashing process to take about 7 times longer.

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000DE03C: 72 70
000DE03E: 9C 95
000DE040: FF 57

These modify the lower bytes of entries in a large table full of palettes. The first two reduce the red component, and the last change reduces the red and green components of a color. Which palettes? It would take more effort I'd rather not do at the moment to figure that out. Best I can say at the moment is that they are palettes meant for BG tiles in indoor parts of the game. Specifically, my notes mark them as "DungeonMain BG palettes (6 in each group)"

I already basically investigated these several months ago b/c someone in a Zelda IRC channel asked me about them. I figured they would have put that information up somewhere, guess not?

I am curious to know how this music pack mechanism thing works though. The emulator program would have to monitor something to know when to load the right track and sound effects. And I would also assume that they'd have to emulate the SPC-700 to at least some degree to not break anything as there are infinite loops where the S-CPU awaits responses back from it.

Edit: It does appear that all of the other changes were to data that gets fed to the S-APU, and it is a massive quantity of changes. Maybe that's how they accomplished this trickery? Presumably the "APU" in the Wii U is just a fake and the program being uploaded is for a simpler virtual device that plays the appropriate sounds / music when fed the right numbers? I don't have that rom so it would be hard to deduce whether it's real SPC-700 code and data, but I am leaning towards probably not based on what you've said.

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Personal Projects / Re: Super Toad Allstars + World (Toad Hack) Update
« on: October 31, 2016, 11:00:26 am »
It would be useful to actually tell people what kind of help you need. Otherwise, they can only speculate.

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Programming / Re: NES programming job
« on: October 28, 2016, 12:23:34 am »
This goes against the forum rules (soliciting work, paid or not). In the future, please use our Help Wanted Ads or another site like the one dougeff mentioned.

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General Discussion / Re: Toxic Communities
« on: October 06, 2016, 11:11:12 am »
This whole topic goes against our forum rules. Disparaging other communities, in spite of how toxic you may perceive them to be, just makes bad feels.

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Personal Projects / Re: BOF3 Editor Ver 0.1a
« on: June 27, 2016, 10:37:25 pm »
Please upload this file to a site that isn't going to spam our users with silly survey ads (and potentially worse). I have removed the link. I tried downloading it with noscript enabled and even after enabling a few of the ad domains (on Linux) to see what would happen I still couldn't download it.

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Site Talk / Re: Your search terms must be 3 characters long....
« on: June 23, 2016, 03:45:27 pm »
Putting things in quotes generally serves to indicate that you want to search for words that appear in a specific order (and consecutively, separated by white space). You'll want to use the former, then.

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Site Talk / Re: Your search terms must be 3 characters long....
« on: June 23, 2016, 03:37:19 pm »
I tried putting it in quotes but it still wouldn't search.

Which of these two did you try?
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"Super Mario 3"

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Super Mario "3"

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Site Talk / Re: Your search terms must be 3 characters long....
« on: June 23, 2016, 02:39:03 pm »
Try putting it in quotes? Or search for SMB3, which I see a lot more often than "Super Mario 3" or "Super Mario Bros 3"

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General Discussion / Re: General Chatter
« on: June 17, 2016, 01:26:41 pm »
You have every right, I think, to dislike it when people smoke around you. In my favorite world, no one would smoke anything at all.

Not even a pipe? How are people supposed to put on a hipster / intellectual facade? Jeez.

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Unlocked b/c you folks seem to really miss it. Just don't get too ad hominemous or off topic plz.

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General Discussion / MOVED: We need more reviews
« on: May 26, 2016, 01:36:39 pm »

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General Discussion / Re: The Easter Bombing & The Brussels Attack
« on: May 07, 2016, 02:08:49 am »
Islam is a belief system, not a race.

I was not trying to make it specifically about race, more about commonality / cohort.

Muslims don't integrate into Western civilization as a mass, unlike the groups you mentioned.

I will only say that I've heard very similar panics and worries about other groups like Hispanics and Asians in the US, and Jews in general. A couple generations ago it was Italians and Irish that everyone was afraid of. Sure, maybe some groups take longer to integrate, I can't discount that possibility. But to say that it simply can't happen to any significant degree, I think that is just thinking too short term. Just the other day I saw a story on Telemundo complaining that not enough Spanish is being spoken and taught to young hispanics at home. Assimilation happens over time whether those communities want it to happen or not. It's what happens when you're vastly outnumbered in a larger culture.

Orwell once said that pacifism against the Nazis is no better than fighting for them. This applies in this case. ISIS has declared war on us years ago.

I am not personally saying western civilization should just lie back and let ourselves be bombed or shot to death. To continue my earlier analogy, the police don't just cross someone off of a wanted list because it might be a bit difficult to apprehend them.

If I had to be rounded up and sent to interment camps simply based on my ethnic background so that they can weed out the scum in my community, I would gladly go.

You might change your tune later, depending on who was running such a camp.

I would do anything to get rid of this problem at this point. They make me look bad and have made it more difficult for me to get along with people. They have intimidated and murdered people for hundreds of years and need to either get with the times or get lost with history. Enough is enough.

I certainly can't argue against your own personal experience. I would say that as an outsider, most "Islamic" extremism appears to me to be thinly veiled political rhetoric, but phrased using religious rhetoric to manipulate their followers more easily. There's no doubt in my mind that, for example, Osama Bin Laden wanted to be a political powerhouse if his plans had gone better. Or when I hear clerics in Iraq trying to rile people up against another faction, it smells of a power grab rather than actual religious disagreement. So on some level, I guess you could be right, or at least that I agree with you that factionalism that results in violence is a huge problem in the Middle East, and that it has ripple effects in countries where refugees are resettled.

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General Discussion / Re: The Easter Bombing & The Brussels Attack
« on: May 07, 2016, 01:12:49 am »
In the US, there are similar situations where criminals and gang members are protected in certain communities. Police can't get to them because certain elements of those communities harbor these individuals. I can imagine partially the reason no one comes forward is fear, and in other cases loyalty or group identity (Us. vs. the supposedly more legitimate authorities). I look at it like this, there are literally millions of muslim refugees in various developed countries around the globe, and only an extremely small fraction of them are succeeding at killing us filthy westerners, assuming they're trying.

My point is, MasterGwonam, by your same logic we should vilify all black people for the few who harbor their gang members, all white rednecks for the few who harbor their gang members, all vietnamese people for the few that harbor their gang members, etc. Or wait, should we just vilify every single human classification because it seems likely to happen all over the place? I'm sure there's gay criminals that harbor their own if we look hard enough. I think you'll find it's the exception rather than the rule that criminals and terrorists are simply delivered to the authorities by their own associates. Edit: That's a bit of a strong statement I made. I'm just saying in my own consumption of news and history, it doesn't seem to have happened often.

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Script Help and Language Discussion / Re: メデューン Medyun?
« on: May 03, 2016, 11:36:46 pm »
I think that tryphon is referring to the fact that "merd-" at the beginning would suggest an interpretation of something like "Shitdusa" to speakers of romance languages.

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Oh, I figured at first it was an Afghanistani rebel, but I guess that would make no sense as that was way after his death.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Sega embraces game modding.
« on: April 28, 2016, 11:06:43 pm »
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first 50 and last 50 pages...

Looked it up, it's actually first 25 and last 25 but whatever. If you have trade secrets or highly proprietary code it appears you can blank sensitive portions out too. They seem pretty flexible at the copyright office.

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Really though living on the doe is really common in this scene. I know because my mom, who does social work, interacts with women who are sitting home drawing state aid for their babies while they twiddle with their PCs all day.

So? What else are they going to do? Certainly people on state aid are not living the high life, and would be doing something to pass their time regardless of the existence of a video game modding community. That could be doing crosswords to playing frisbee. Is your argument that they should receive money for making Mario Maker maps to supplement their meager income (which could jeopardize their ability to get state aid)?

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... paid fan operators...

Ah, well at least some of the fandom is getting paid then.

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standard rumor mill bullshit they used against NEC

I should say that none of this has any relevance to me as I have no special fondness for Sega, having been a Nintendo devotee for most of my early life. I would almost say the scale still tips slightly towards animosity against Sega, for no better reason than old habit. So you think Sega is all smoke and mirrors and intellectual property is a complete fiction. Do you have some alternative paradigm to suggest or do you just have some sort of grudge (or like to complain about things you have no control over)?

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