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Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: New Hacks Added to the Database
« on: October 04, 2015, 10:07:22 am »
RHDN doesn't host incomplete or beta hacks. You can link to the patch on the forums and keep people up to date there. Once it's ready for a proper release, you can go ahead and submit it to the RHDN database.

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: New Hacks Added to the Database
« on: October 04, 2015, 09:59:26 am »
i wonder how old, HaxorKyo, is. because his/her hacks all strike me as REAL immature and childish. i'm guessing the main purpose of these hacks are nothing more than trolling.

I interpret it as a statement about how easily people are offended.

Site Talk / Re: A weird message about ROM hack images...
« on: October 04, 2015, 09:52:16 am »
And for that matter, what the heck do I do for credit if the credits are pretty much 'one guy did a bunch of stuff'?  Like, graphics, music, level design, game design, etc?

That's answered in the submission guidelines. You can do it whichever way strikes you as most appropriate.

Quote from: Submission Guidelines
If a single person is credited to multiple tasks, in general (to avoid clutter), only the most important category should be picked, with additional tasks being listed in the 'Specific Information' field. However, if the tasks are major, such as doing both full translation and hacking work, they may be listed multiple times. Use your discretion.

As for the remark about images, I'm not entirely sure. At least one image is required for submissions.

Personal Projects / Re: New Tools for Red Falcon
« on: September 28, 2015, 09:25:30 pm »
I want to say yes, but it's been a while and I'm honestly not 100% sure whether or not I used any continues on my best run. My real goal is to have fun. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But congrats on your bullet dodging success  ;)

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: New Hacks Added to the Database
« on: September 28, 2015, 05:50:58 pm »
Try updating 7-Zip. Some of the newer versions of archive software permit or even default to settings that result in better compression but that aren't compatible with older versions. I've run into it with both .rar and .7z.

Personal Projects / Re: New Tools for Red Falcon
« on: September 28, 2015, 05:47:49 pm »
You needn't be impressed. For people who didn't play it a lot as a kid, it's a much more difficult game. My brother saw me playing Trax's hack and was amazed I could dance through the bullets and move more than an inch without getting killed. Seems to me most people find it to be a very difficult game or a rather easy game, with little middle ground.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: How do you make an SRAM hack?
« on: September 26, 2015, 12:42:22 pm »
And in case anyone thinks that sounds too complicated, it'd probably be as simple as splitting and stacking the ROMs and then applying an XDelta patch.

I believe the current guidelines are somewhat broken as far as NES hacks are concerned. While it is clear that a checksum is required, it is not clear if it is over the header or not.

It is not required to be either, but I'd strongly recommend you state which one you're providing if you make a submission. Emulators will give you a hash on the unheadered ROM. General purpose hashing utilities will give you a hash that includes the header (and byte-swapping/interleaving/overdump/etc). Or, for completeness, you can provide both. ROM Hasher spits out something like this, and couldn't possibly be easier to use. Everyone is also certainly more than welcome to use a format that does file verification.
No-Intro Name: Sonic 3D Blast ~ Sonic 3D Flickies' Island (USA, Europe)
(No-Intro version  20130710-102701)
File SHA-1: 576F578D0ED9740A0325F6EB4C7530D86123DD29
ROM SHA-1: 89957568386A5023D198AC2251DED9DFB2AB65E7

In the case of NES, if you see that the file hash is wrong but the ROM hash is right, you can be pretty certain it's just a case of header garbage.

Site Talk / Re: New Entry Fields Request
« on: September 09, 2015, 05:54:49 pm »
We actually have a utility specifically intended to unambiguously identify whether or not you have the right ROM, and to provide necessary information for RHDN submissions.

I don't see why a 'hash' field entry for the ROM that works with a specific translation/hack would be a bad thing to implement.

This is exactly what the "ROM/ISO information" field is for, and it is required. However, submissions pre-dating this requirement will naturally be lacking that information.

We also aren't using hashes for security purposes, which means that although it is possible to intentionally create collisions with MD5, that has no implications in so far as ROM auditing/identification goes. The probability of a purely coincidental collision with MD5 is one in 3.40 × 10 ^ 38, or in plain English, one in a bajillion. The possibility of a random collision with CRC32 is one in four billion. All that said, SHA-1 is the preferred hash algorithm for submissions. (SHA-256 is equally welcome.)

All that other information: HiROM/LoROM, country, Interleaved, SRAM, etc., adds a lot of noise and makes it harder for newcomers to properly locate and use the most important information. Aside from confusion on how to verify ROMs in the first place, the biggest point of confusion I see is related to headered/headerless SNES ROMs, but that is required information for RHDN submissions. After that is the issue that people seldom distinguish between a file hash (a hash of the entire contents of a file) and a ROM hash (a hash of plain, raw, uninterleaved/unheadered/etc ROM image).

Newcomer's Board / Re: S.M.I.L.E. - What ROM?!
« on: September 08, 2015, 06:25:08 pm »
I asked around #metconst, and this is the recommended solution to your particular issue:

SMILE RF was also highly recommended over the standard version.

Personal Projects / Re: New Tools for Red Falcon
« on: August 24, 2015, 06:21:22 pm »
As for the Windows version, I won't do it myself, but I am working on a comprehensive document where I explain the main parts of the game, where to get the data and maybe some explanation on how I did it, so that someone else can use it as a reference.

I'll be happy to make an editor for anything that's documented.

Programming / Re: ROM Decompiler - how to decode NES ROM files?
« on: August 14, 2015, 05:54:36 pm »
I don't know.  I think writing a disassembler is a good way to learn those kind of things.

That's a good point. Maybe there's a better way to word what I'm trying to get at. You have to be willing to learn all those things. If you've successfully written a disassembler, then you've advanced to the point where you have a very solid foundation for understanding assembly. You've got to do the work to get there.

Programming / Re: ROM Decompiler - how to decode NES ROM files?
« on: August 13, 2015, 06:29:29 pm »
I feel the need to point out that if you don't understand the following (among other things)...
  • How to write meaningful 6502 ASM
  • How an assembler converts this to machine code
  • How to manually convert machine code back into ASM

...you will never be able to write any kind of software that reverse engineers code. It's like trying to drive without knowing how to shift. You'll never get anywhere.

Personal Projects / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Ganon's Deception Bugfixed
« on: August 10, 2015, 06:48:50 pm »
Scratchpad is strictly for the purpose of submitting files to the database. I approved the submission so the file can be downloaded from the hack page.


My list isn't very different from that right there.

Thundercats was always God-Tier for me

What's a Thundercat?

Newcomer's Board / Re: question about file names here
« on: August 09, 2015, 09:31:32 am »
Filenames are just that and nothing more. If someone renames it before uploading it here or uploads it elsewhere with a different name, then they won't match. There's no special significance to it or reason behind it.

Site Talk / Re: Policy on ROM hosting and IPS patches
« on: August 08, 2015, 06:31:33 pm »
Even if an IPS contains every byte of data from the original ROM, you have to look at it from a practical perspective. You're talking about distributing a game or derivative thereof. That is the most straightforward, blatant form of piracy. Distributing an IPS means you're sharing a patch that is virtually useless unless someone already has a complete copy of the original game. Yes, the patch can contain code and assets from the game, but not in a particularly usable format and for the intent of piracy. This does matter.

However you break it down, the bottom line is we can be a ROM hosting site, or we can be a patch hosting site. We're much better off being a patch hosting site.

General Discussion / Re: Republican Debate: Web link?
« on: August 07, 2015, 06:03:23 pm »
I honestly feel that Trump may be some kind of Democratic plant since a split Republican Party, should it come to that, would hand the Presidency over to any Democrat who would earn the nomination
Trump has already stated that he may run as an independent if he doesn't get the nomination. In other words, if we don't make him captain, he'll take the whole ship down. I'm not worried. At this point, most people realize he's a joke. (Fox's entry/exit polls showed that prior to the debate, Trump's support from viewers was upwards of 50%, and after it was somewhere around the 5% mark). All the same, people like him are good for the political process. It's good to have somebody that is willing to say things that other people are afraid to. Since he's not truly a legitimate contender, we can all comfortably ridicule the absurd things he says while simultaneously appreciating it when he calls somebody out on a legitimate issue.

Also, thanks for the link, Disch!

Site Talk / Re: Forum Rule #1
« on: July 22, 2015, 05:57:56 pm »
I don't know if PMing somebody who is being antagonistic is really going to be all that constructive. If someone says something worth responding to, respond. If they're being obtuse, insulting, or if you just find them irritating, ignore them. Don't give them the satisfaction. Don't encourage the behavior. Some things shouldn't be enforced by rules and warnings. In matters of respect and manners, a lot is open to interpretation. Just be mature, give people the benefit of the doubt, and when there is no doubt be the bigger man.

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