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Site Talk / Re: RE: Help Wanted Ads section
« on: July 20, 2017, 08:22:57 pm »
Can someone explain how a help wanted ad is NOT a request for somebody to do something for you? That rule doesn't make sense; all the other ones do.

The distinction is between requests like "can someone make X hack" (do something for me) and "I need help compressing this translated script" (help me do something).

Site Talk / Re: Wiki system templates
« on: June 28, 2017, 06:05:07 pm »
Are you looking for which hardware configurations each game has? NesCartDB would probably be your best bet.

For the infobox, maybe post what you have here. The more eyes that see it, the less likely you are to omit something worthwhile.

Site Talk / Re: Tutorial: How to get your hack noticed
« on: June 21, 2017, 07:36:02 pm »
Is there a magic "submit news by copying screenshots" button on the page for your hack (or patch)?  8) It would really be magic...

That's not a bad idea at all

Site Talk / Re: Vote on New Features for RHDN!
« on: June 21, 2017, 06:24:02 pm »
I can see potential value for the ability to recommend or not recommend without writing out a review.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Best Version of Tetris
« on: June 15, 2017, 07:02:15 pm »
The New Tetris. End of discussion.

(Also, infinite spin can die in a fire.)

It also links a user to their website if they have one, or to a translation group if they are in one.

And this, I would say, is the purpose of the links section. I don't know that it's necessarily appropriate to link to forum profiles on other forums from a community database entry. I was very hesitant to approve those submissions, but as it stands doing so contradicts no guidelines and I couldn't see how any particular harm might come from it.

I would say this, though. If you're planning to do any large-scale community-maintenance, it certainly can't hurt to run ideas by staff. I'm not big on the idea of creating rules to cover every contingency. That breeds obnoxious bureaucracy. Discussing large operations before implementing them helps keep everyone on the same page in the simplest manner possible.


Are you equating legal emulation to illegal piracy?

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: New Hacks Added to the Database
« on: April 25, 2017, 05:29:15 pm »
It certainly sounds suspect. Looks like a single sprite edit...? If you flag it for deletion, staff will review it and make a call.

The only item there should be "duplicates" of, as far as I am aware, are the extra energy tanks. In terms of percentage, missiles and energy tanks are calculated based on how many you've picked up. Other upgrades are simply based on whether you have them, given that in theory there is only one place that you can obtain them and all instances of them would disappear once you have them anyways.

I thought somebody put together a complete map including all pickups.

As far as easter-eggs, God, there are too many for me to keep track of. Grimlock would probably be able to help there.

Interesting. The hashes on that page don't match the no-intro database. They don't match the ROM with the patch applied, and they don't match anything in the No-Intro GB/GBC/GBA databases. It's possible the submitter hashed the wrong file or has a corrupt ROM.

Here is what factors into percentage:

All e-tanks are required, even though you can not utilize the seventh.

  8  Upgrades
+ 7  E-tanks
+ 31 Missile expansions
+ 2  Bosses (included because they award missiles)
  48 Things

Site Talk / Re: is there anyway of sorting hacks by popularity?
« on: March 08, 2017, 09:23:56 pm »
Most downloaded hacks? Just search for "pokemon"

I do feel bad for the guy who got scammed by byuu though

However you may feel about byuu, how about not making public accusations you can't substantiate, huh?

If you downloaded it and found nothing wrong, please try again.  I noticed that was a sav file that had no problem. I just replaced it.

I tried the save file. The problem did not show up on FCEUX, Nestopia, or Nintendulator. Unfortunately, my PowerPak appears to be broken. :(

I'm reviewing the relevant code and seeing if I can find anything, but my best shot is getting the problem to show up in a debugger.

I can send you the SRAM file from my PowerPak in this state, if you still need it.
It would definitely help. Thanks!

Site Talk / Re: is there anyway to download old versions of a hack?
« on: February 03, 2017, 05:24:55 pm »
No, RHDN does not store old versions of hacks. Unfortunately, as far as I'm aware, there is no ROM hacking equivalent of oldversions.

Quote from: Ballz/lexluthermiester/dACE/Avicalendriya
Rabble rabble rabble

Thanks for pointing out the mistake. No need to argue, we'll take it from here.

Also, the game froze right when I beat it....

Sorry to hear that. It's an uninitialized RAM bug that seems to crop up mostly on flash carts (most emus probably initialize RAM to zero). Luckily it's been sorted out.

If you still have the SRAM from the bugged menu that would help sort out what's going on there. It's likely a similar issue.

Wanna say it again. Please, port some of features to original metroid. At least having 3 missiles on screen at the same time. Original metroid really annoying. Snarfblam, please. :'(

I'm hoping I can put together some kind of system for Editroid that lets users drop in ASM (ideally without ever needing to manually muck around in code) to add these features to a hack (or to the original game if you don't change anything else).

Copyright on factual data stored in a "standardized" format?

It's been discussed extensively at NesDev, but have some bullet points.

  • It's possible that Nintendo downloaded and distributed ROMs. It's possible they simply used the established ROM container format.
  • You can't prove it either way, and whether they did it and whether it would be legal if they did really doesn't matter. You could argue about it all day, but you would just be spending all day missing the point.
  • Nintendo was prompted by and leveraged the existing emulation scene, turning it into a source of profit. Even that isn't wrong. The hypocrisy is that they had previously and continue to portray ("unauthorized") emulation as wholly illegitimate.

I'm more bothered by how Nintendo handles copyright matters on YouTube and how they react to fan games. The moral implications of Nintendo allegedly downloading a ROM instead of dumping a cart seem pretty insignificant.

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