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Newcomer's Board / Re: ROM Checksums -Sega Master System
« on: April 15, 2015, 05:59:34 pm »
That's what I used to calculate SMS hashes for ROM Hasher. If you want to see an implementation, you can check out the ROM Hasher source.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: YouTube/Google Video thread
« on: April 03, 2015, 10:16:24 pm »

Because I could. (This is just a single-room demo. A full hack using this effect would require some cleverness and appreciable effort.)

Site Talk / Re: Submission forms should mention Scratchpad
« on: March 24, 2015, 07:39:56 pm »
A fair question. If you click the link to see the recommended file hosting services, you'll see the scratchpad is listed at the top. At this point though, it would probably make things easier for everybody (staff included) if the feature was a little harder to miss.

Site Talk / Re: "Upload security is hard; let's go shopping."
« on: March 24, 2015, 06:29:36 pm »
Yep. Thankfully, we now provide a place to upload files. For what it's worth, the problem isn't that the potential security issues can't be mitigated or solved, it's just that it's surprisingly difficult to get it right. With security, unless you're an expert, it's easy to think you've got everything covered when you don't.

Currently it doesn't. You have to jump up them. I keep wondering if there is a straightforward way to implement it that would work well. Best idea I've come up with is something that will bump the player up a pixel when you're walking and a slope gets hit-tested, but that seems like it would be rife with gotchas. E.g. if it tests solid, you can't walk. If it tests non-solid, you'll start to fall. It's something that I'd like to take a more serious look at when some other things have been cleared from the to-do list.

Site Talk / Re: People giving bad reviews rather than reporting bugs?
« on: March 20, 2015, 05:50:01 pm »
If you want to posture for policy or play armchair moderator, please do so on another thread - further argumentative posts will be ignored.
I do realize that a lot of other people have chimed in, but you have, in fact, received a response from site staff here. I tried my best to explain the rationale for why things are the way they are and what I would do were I in your shoes. When you create a thread on the forum, you're inviting the entire community to give their input. If that wasn't your intent, you can contact staff directly via the link at the bottom of the navbar on the left.

And just in case there is any confusion, site staff deals with submissions, moderators deal with the forum. They're two separate groups with separate responsibilities.

General Discussion / Re: RIP Internet Explorer
« on: March 19, 2015, 07:55:39 pm »
Whether it's a whole new browser, or just a name change with a UI recombobulation, the decision between naming it "Internet Explorer 9000" or something else is purely a marketing decision. From where I stand, IE (recent versions) has become an entirely acceptable internet browser, to the point that I haven't even bothered installing Chrome as a backup browser for when I have an issue with FireFox. It's one thing to fix a piece of software. It's another to make users understand your software doesn't suck anymore.

Site Talk / Re: People giving bad reviews rather than reporting bugs?
« on: March 19, 2015, 06:03:38 pm »
the problem was more likely a patching error on his part, or even possible something he did to the ROM after patching (he did evaluate the binary under a tool, at one point, which may have inadvertantly changed it).
For what it's worth, he did specifically state that he verified the ROM with the MD5 listed. If he knows enough to do that, the chances that he accidentally corrupted the ROM (and had it 99.99% functional) are pretty slim. Maybe it was an issue that only shows up on certain emulators or on real hardware, maybe he did in fact corrupt the ROM, who really knows? But he did have an issue that he believes in good faith is attributable to the hack, and while it's not the ideal approach, addressing the issue in a review isn't wrong.

This is the reason that version numbers are now included in the review. If you release an update, you can mention in the description that a bug has been fixed and people can see that the review is for an old version of the hack. From a policy standpoint, letting hack authors request removal of reviews is a terrible idea. And while you can contact the reviewer to try to rectify the issue that way, you should be careful not to drum up unnecessary drama.

You do have a bit of a point in that reviews for old versions can become somewhat irrelevant. To me a reasonable solution would be to include some sort of warning at the top of a review if it is for a previous version of the hack, but I can only offer that as a suggestion to the powers that be.

Site Talk / Re: Can't get into the Scratchpad?
« on: March 18, 2015, 06:05:22 pm »
Do you get an error or is the link simply not present? If the link isn't present, that's because it only appears when you're looking at the submission section of the website. It you're getting an error, it may be a bug regarding permissions.

Site Talk / Re: Utility gives an error when I try to access it.
« on: March 17, 2015, 05:38:54 pm »
I can open it with Windows 8.1 fine. Keep in mind that there are always special settings for proprietary formats (or proprietary extensions) that can be enabled that will cause problems with some software. I've run into many RARs that I couldn't open with anything except newer versions of WinRAR.

Snarfblam's enhanced editor (Editroid Version 4.0) will be released once all of the new features have been implemented & he's confident in it's functionality.  Exactly when is up to him.  I can tell you he's working on it pretty hard right now.

Remember to thank Grimlock for being my guinea pig. Practically speaking, Editroid 4.0 will probably be released about the same time as Rogue Dawn.

Personal Projects / Re: The Legend of Zelda Editor - Sword I
« on: March 08, 2015, 08:56:11 pm »
The only thing I don't like about your editors is the way they put mine to shame.

Site Talk / Re: What if the original game isn't listed in a Goodset?
« on: February 13, 2015, 06:00:22 pm »
Yeah, ROM database references aren't required. They're a nice convenience, but the hashes are vital bit. For what it's worth, I think you can submit hashes/info for your ROM dump to No-Intro.

Site Talk / Re: Add the Wii U Platform for submissions
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:35:11 pm »
I'm going to guess that Zynk was referring to this bit:
If you have material for a platform that is a.) not available to select in site drop down boxes and b.) does not fall into the above current generation restrictions, please contact staff alerting them of the material you'd like to add along with the platform option that is not currently provided.

The intent is that you use the oft-overlooked "Contact Staff" link at the bottom of the nav bar, but I'll consider staff contacted.

General Discussion / Re: Patriots or Seahawks?
« on: February 06, 2015, 05:18:46 pm »
It was definitely anyone's game up to the last minute. Shame the Seahawks couldn't seem to contain themselves, between the fighting and the premature celebration (with such class). I'll leave you with this.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: BS Zelda Maps 1 and 2 Graphics?
« on: February 04, 2015, 06:07:59 pm »
You're much more likely to get useful help if you specify which program you're using, where you got it, and what you mean by "it won't work" (Does it crash? Error message? Does it not load at all?).

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: BS Zelda Maps 1 and 2 Graphics?
« on: February 04, 2015, 05:05:47 pm »
If a program targets 32-bit Windows, it should run on 64-bit Windows. Are you using ast_decode.exe (seen here)? It's a command-line program. Are you running it from a command prompt? The source is included as well.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Legend Of Zelda Romhack. Help!
« on: January 31, 2015, 05:08:30 pm »
I can share the source for the automap hack if you need it, in case any code needs to be moved around or tweaked.

Site Talk / Re: Error during submission
« on: January 21, 2015, 05:30:48 pm »
That seems to work. The more common fix I've seen is changing www.dropbox.com to dl.dropboxusercontent.com.


Personal Projects / Re: Revenge of the Red Falcon - Final Level
« on: January 18, 2015, 09:40:25 pm »
Finally managed to beat it. I was pretty pleased with the last level. Definitely keeps you on your toes.

I don't remember level 6 being overly easy at any point, but it seems just right the way it is now.

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