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Programming / Re: Anyone get a job after rom hacking and hobbying?
« on: May 31, 2017, 10:57:55 pm »
Romhacking is my real job, I don't do anything else I'm 36 attending college, I owe zero debt, am broke as hell,  but I don't have to work I'm disabled. Am both physically and mentally impaired.

I don't know how to program, but studying Hexadecimal I've learned a lot, I aced my math exams.. lol

General Discussion / Re: Why do you Clean Game Carts
« on: May 31, 2017, 09:55:39 pm »
You don't care if cat poop gets in your console? :o
Isn't that kind of inviting bugs to find their way in?

A few months ago I opened all my Game Boy games and found this Japanese copy of Kirby's Star Stacker had a dead battery that had leaked all over the PCB. Using a water/baking soda mixture I think I got as much of the residue as I could off.
After drying I tested it and the game still function (aside from of course the saving), but it was still a pretty ugly sight.

Still, glad that I don't think I actually played it before that since I had bought it among a number of other cheap games from Japan several years ago.

In case anybody wants to see it in filthy state:

Back then I didn't even think about the console getting dirty. lol

I have some carts now I probably should clean like my Famicom Pac-Man Multi Cart it's kind of grimly looking but works well. I used to have to clean all my carts anyway when I had a FC3 Plus it had a problem of not reading a lot carts unless they were cleaned.  I just used tooth paste to brush the pins and brushed it off with some extra water and let them dry. Worked 90 percent the time. I don't remember if I used fluoride toothpaste or what, but just scrubbing the pins with a tooth brush and water does work.

sorry I didn't come back sooner I lost my internet for a week..

General Discussion / Why do you Clean Game Carts
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:29:02 am »
I don't get why people make such a big deal out cleaning game cartridges, my policy is if it ain't broke don't fix it as I never clean a Cartridge unless it doesn't work or has a really bad connection where when I plug it in it doesn't work right away, if it works every time you plug it in why clean it. 

I know from personal experiences if you don't know what you are doing you can ruin a game with cleaning, in fact I had once owned a copy of the SNES game Super Street Fighter, my cat pooped on it, I had gotten most the poop off of the inside and it worked fine when I plugged it in, my stupid older brother came along and said clean it with alcohol the game never worked again it work fine when it still had some poop on it. lol


Newcomer's Board / Re: How Do You Hack SNES Text
« on: May 17, 2017, 09:53:15 pm »
1- Table creation (w/ relative search or any method you prefer)
2- Locate the text in the ROM using a hex editor with that table loaded (at this point you could directly edit the text, but you're restricted to strings of the same length - or less with space padding)

3- Look for the pointer table showing the game where to get the text (either using methods from documents, or a dedicated tool)
4- Read about how to use Cartographer (the tool dumping text out of the ROM to a more readable txt file) and Atlas (the tool cramming the text back in the ROM). Some prefer Kruptar.

With compression for all of the text data, or dictionary compressions, or encodings that are not just 1-byte long per letter, or fonts that are not arranged in order or lacking some letters that need to be graphically edited back in, or the difficulty involved in generating tables for kanji characters because of what's called rupture of the gestalt rather than a real technical hurdle, this basic process may get easier or harder.

All the "text editors" you see on this site are glorified Cartographer/Atlas-like scripts with a graphical interface.
Thank You,

I had read a document on relative searching once, but forgot about it "will look for it again". had used it to find text in a Sega Genesis game long ago.

The Theory of Relative Searching

I'll give some the others a try to like how to use a Cartographer, when I get a chance.

The VRAM viewer in No$sns was a real life saver recently. I probably never would have gotten my table set up for the menus in Akazukin Cha Cha otherwise. My table entries ended up being a mix of the Tile No and Attribute numbers and were not something I could have deduced using the other details I had available up to that point.

The dialogue text was just as simple as what GHANMI listed for 1 and 2 though and with a little experimentation I was able to decipher some of the control codes that handled things like which font was used, window size, etc.

For that all I can say is wow didn't know such a tool existed for the SNES. Thanks. Though FireFox tried to tell me it was a Virus and wouldn't download it I think is because it's a EXE file "False Positive". My computer has been acting weird ever since I updated Windows and got the latest Fire Fox.


Newcomer's Board / How Do You Hack SNES Text
« on: May 16, 2017, 10:53:25 pm »
is probably a stupid question but is why I've not really hacked Super Nintendo Games,

I did make one called Super Mario RPGed available on Zophars Domain a easier version of Super Mario RPG. 

How Do you hack text for the SNES? Do you have to have a special program or is there a way to make a table file? Or is there something I've missed that will help with Hex Editing of SNES Games?

General Discussion / Re: The U.S. Politics Thread
« on: May 12, 2017, 10:59:51 pm »

No.  We don't need the mafia.  That's absurd.

I also don't watch football, but I can't fathom the connection you're trying to make between the NFL and organized crime.

it was just a political joke, I have a totally whacked sense of humor. Was the same with the Prohibition thing, I would never be a candidate president, but I guess that is what people thought about Trump that he would never be president so I guess it was to soon for that one.   

I'm sorry about the other part I said about Hillary I got a little carried away with the "Un-American" thing myself..
I will admit I was biased against Hillary from years ago.. So I hadn't even thought about Her being a Democrat she probably couldn't done much as President as Obama tried the same stuff, but with the Republican stranglehold that got put on him he didn't have much a chance, after his first term but Nobody wanted Mitt Romney either.

General Discussion / Re: The U.S. Politics Thread
« on: May 12, 2017, 03:23:39 pm »

And contrary to what you assumed I'm not Republican I'm a Liberal.

Before I get banned for opening my political Mouth I'd just like to say to each his own opinion, I am not no hard core Trumper, I'm not even so sure I even like him, but I am a hardcore hater of Hillary, so if you like her you should ignore me..

I'm from Arkansas and you have to be to truly know about the Clinton's.

I do also believe in Freedom, Liberty, and Justice. Advert I am a little crazy, but I can and will Apologize if necessary, I'm not like Trump.. Craziness is no excuse. lol


General Discussion / Re: The U.S. Politics Thread
« on: May 12, 2017, 02:32:13 pm »
That's utter nonsense.

What would have provoked it, and what would we have to gain?

Banning texting is equally nonsense.

And supporting prohibition in the same breath that you show such distain for drug cartels shows a lack of understanding of history.  Prohibition didn't stop alcohol consumption, it just gave rise to speakeasies and organized crime.  Al Capone was just the most famous, but prohibition gave rise to an entire black market industry.

The war on drugs is expensive, fills up prisons with non-violent offenders, and accomplishes absolutely nothing in terms of preventing drug use.  I'd even argue that the war on drugs has ruined more lives than the drugs themselves.

This is coming from a guy who doesn't even drink caffeine.

Your "I don't like it so I'm going to ban it for everyone" stance is entirely un-american, and extremely self-centered.  I urge you to re-examine your views, because they're objectively awful.

Hillary was on TV just before Trump had that Air base Bombed in Syria and she was calling for the continuation of Bombing said we should bomb the crap out of them and keep going but no she wouldn't have started a War with Russia. You are deluding your self..

And contrary to what you assumed I'm not Republican I'm a Liberal, Brian the Dog that is me.

"Un-American" that is what I call believing that a Woman who is responsible for the deaths of so many people that you can't count the death toll with a calculator is and to think that she was going save America or that still would have. The lesser of the two, my foot she was the Worst.

As far as the drug war goes I just think that the America Government has spent way to much time arresting the users rather than going after the source which for the most part is the Drug Cartel. Mexico a few years back was at war with them the United States did nothing. As Always they want fight the Cartel..

Like I said I'd never be president so I don't know why someone would take a hypothetical thing so serous and think they know about me, I mostly vote Democrat, I voted for Obama twice.

Texting while driving has killed as many if not more people than drunk driving but yeah that is something we should keep, to each his own.

I'm not totally against Marijuana but you should read the effects I believe there are some valid medical uses but to think it cures everything with out any diverse effects is stupid.

As President I wouldn't go so far as Prohibition but would get rid all those commercials, and advertisements. Like they did for cigarettes long ago, that have killed less people over a greater number of years drunk driving kills some one every day. Smoking Cigarettes takes many many years to kill you.

If you have seen football lately The NFL, you would know we need the Mafia Back, Al Capone at least wouldn't have allowed such crap to happen in America.

General Discussion / Re: The U.S. Politics Thread
« on: May 10, 2017, 12:41:29 am »
I was for the Wall but not to keep people out I wanted it to stop drugs from reaching our country I'm one those people who is totally against drugs, and you may not know but the so called Washington D. C. is suppose to have been engaged in a 200 year war against drugs that they never have fought yet. I respectively call it Washington Drug Cartel not District of Columbia that is their explanation for kids.

The real truth is when the British Burnt the White House down way back when the Columbian Drug Cartel is who loaned them money to rebuild it "Washington D. C.". So is why they have never took on the Cartel in our 250 year history.

I voted for a president who was against Drugs, and is all I cared about at the time.

I really think now with all that has happened we should get rid the wall, "Tear it down" Mexico could easy be like Canada.  Right now I'm just holding out hope we make it by for two years so we can vote Democrats in screw Paul Ryan he is the biggest threat to America "Paul Ryan" not North Korea if he had his way he would give us Medicare Voucher's, that is one time checks. 

Encase you are wondering I am not a supporter of recreational Marijuana either, as far as I'm concerned unless it is legalized by the Federal Government for the whole United States it is still an illegal drug and Marijuana is still illegal in The United States. I really had thought when Trump said he would enforce the Federal Law that he would do it Against Drugs, and I'm very disappointed but who isn't by now.

I do still believe though that if it were Hillary we would be in the middle of a world war with Russia right now. And really you all are just lucky I'll never be President because if I was I would ban Texting and Beer, I would reenact the 18th Amendment.

I've been there myself, not with the programing part but with the whole wanting to redo Zelda 1. I actually want to hack Final Fantasy 1 but every time I start any such thing I realize early on that it's a lot more work then I want to do.

The Legend Of Zelda is no short game either, but with the tools available the whole game can be reworked, Which I tried that long ago when Zelda Tech was first released and made a hack but it turned out as a miserable daunting failure, it just wasn't up to the Snuff of Zelda Challenge Out Lands, BS Zelda, Etc.. And I knew nothing about Text Editing at the time which for Zelda1 was not fun or easy, but now there are tools for it. Currently I'm working on a Hack or two of Zelda myself from scratch unrelated to any previous hack I've made except I'm using The Legend of Zelda Optimum Patch.

I recommend using it as a Basis The Legend of Zelda Optimum

It enables you to edit all the Sprites of the game in a much easier fashion for the normal game most are compressed, it is what I'm using.

Site Talk / Re: What new features do you want to see on RHDN?
« on: May 06, 2017, 07:59:49 pm »
Another suggestion I have is when you share a link from RHDN on social media like on Twitter, that it could display a image and a short description of the contents like when you share links from sites like Ebay or to a Video from Youtube.

Site Talk / Re: What new features do you want to see on RHDN?
« on: May 06, 2017, 06:43:13 pm »
I have one every time you find a entry that you want to edit or click the link to submit something it ask you to log in, as soon as you enter your information and log in it takes you to the message board then you have to find your way back to where you were, could that be fixed so it leaves you off where you logged in.   

Site Talk / Re: What new features do you want to see on RHDN?
« on: May 05, 2017, 10:35:57 am »
I really wanna see credits automatically added too. It'd really save a lot of time.

I second that, when I go to submit a hack there is no box for credits so whenever I submit my hack I don't usually come back to fix the Credits. If there was a box for Credits when submitting a hack I would edit it during the submission.


Gaming Discussion / Re: Gamers beware! We are the door to hell!
« on: April 28, 2017, 09:58:42 pm »
Emulation and ROMs gets the filth and an angry mob of parents to come kick down your door?

I guess my corrupter of innocence joke at the start was actually accurate. Worst that ever happens to me is I get "I don't like old consoles like the PS1".

that probably would not happen, most parents probably already know about emulation, and may not even care.

Heck they sell Modded Wii's and Nes Classic's on Ebay, so I probably have nothing to fear.

I look for the interested not the uninterested I don't like to influence people, who have not already been corrupted.
What I mean is if a kid or anyone asked me about it I wouldn't hesitate to point them in the right direction, but I just don't go around telling people about it.

I once showed a guy how to make custom Game Genie Codes and he had one for his Nes, but I had forgotten to tell him not to use costume codes on the real thing but he did, and he keep calling me when he encounter ones that he couldn't turn off an screwed his games up had to change my phone number and leave town. lol   

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gamers beware! We are the door to hell!
« on: April 28, 2017, 06:05:48 pm »
I have a nephew, who loves a particular Video Game, and when ever he is at my house I let him play it, but if he knew you could edit the game he probably would take off with it and make custom versions the kid is likely smarter than me, and he has a smart phone.

So I could even put the game on his smart phone, but I've considered the dangers which would be the minute he went to school showed his friends they all started playing it on their phones, and guess who the police and everyone's parents are going come after for introducing their kid's to Emulation and illegal Roms. No Thanks.   

For something "RomHacking" that is not even illegal enough to be noticed by the FBI or CIA because it is not criminal.

Now if it was my own Kid I would teach him to keep it secret, and he would be like a Hacking Prodigy.
Nobody in real life knows who I am or that I hack Video Games. I trust no one. lol

ROM Hacking Discussion / The Legend of Zelda Optimum Patch
« on: April 28, 2017, 04:30:35 pm »
How do you get it to work, I applied the patch over my LOZ.NES  and it loads in most emulators but as soon as I enter the cave to get my sword the game freezes, and if you try to go in any direction link doesn't go anywhere.

I downloaded the FCEUX 2.2.2. that it was tested on still does the same thing what emulator does it work with.

Never Mind I missed an important Part it said patches over the English version I was using the US Rom.

Site Talk / Re: Can the US title of a game be updated
« on: April 26, 2017, 08:01:01 pm »
I was just looking at this one site I'm always on and they have gotten smart instead of having a US Title that is from Japan they list just the Japanese Title for games that weren't released in the US so I guess that kind of solves my problem.

General Discussion / Re: General Chatter
« on: April 26, 2017, 03:01:37 pm »
I'm ambidextrous, am one the 1 percent I originally was Left Handed but because I was taught to use my right hand instead or rather in my day "Forced" that is what happened. I'm the most accident prone person I know and comes from being originally left handed though I write with my right hand I can do everything else with my left hand too, sometimes I even switch out my PC Mouse, to use it on the left side, and I type mostly with my left hand.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gamers beware! We are the door to hell!
« on: April 26, 2017, 01:20:12 pm »
They can't touch me because I got news I've been building up inside I'm freaking Innocent.. GNR..


Site Talk / Re: Can the US title of a game be updated
« on: April 26, 2017, 12:59:00 pm »
That sounds correct, I hadn't thought of them not actually being released on said systems. Thanks for clearing that up.

I do think if DW4 would been release for the Super Nintendo instead a late release near the end of the Nintendo's life span, then it might have been called Chapters of the Chosen for SNES "had it came out", But since it never did I guess there isn't much we can do about it.

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