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Personal Projects / Re: Final Fantasy II: Refurbished
« on: Today at 02:47:41 am »
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Saga III was made by a completely different team (Square Osaka) which went on to make FF USA Mystic Quest
Oh, this explains why both games have so much in common then (especially the main character able to jump).

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But really... what's the point?  Multicarts only really made sense when they were an actual cartridge -- when emulating, who cares if they're separate ROMs?
Definitely.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy Write-A-Review! :D
« on: January 15, 2017, 05:50:14 am »
A few cases where orchestral remakes would be good:

- Frontier Village Dali (my fav song off the FF9 soundtrack):
https://youtu.be/GbwqTgJjtE0
The thing about that one, though, is that you still need a good synth in there for the main melody.


- Earth Painting (fav song off LoM):
https://youtu.be/w4J4ZQP7Nq0
Though this song is pretty short.



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Times where orchestral remakes would be absolutely terrible:

FF6 - Magitek Factory:  https://youtu.be/J7DvsG5U25A

Gun Hazard - Warning Two:  https://youtu.be/Mjt6HhV-Z_E
Huh ? Those are not orchestral remakes, but the original instead.

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Final Fantasy VII PC is my favorite version because it can be upgraded in all areas into what an FF7 remake should have been. A guy named FinalFanTim remastered the whole original soundtrack with higher quality, real instrument samples,  and remained true to the original soundtrack. I have that soundtrack integrated into my game. I think he did a great job. Tracks like Mako Reactor, Anxious Heart, and Tifa's theme sound about as good as they get to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ygBYMVNAAI&list=PLE1C3899D5F37CA3B
http://forums.qhimm.com/?topic=8160.0
Sorry, but those are just the standard MIDI played with another synthesizer - which happens to have good sounding instruments. However you can hear many tracks are missing completely - probably because they mapped to Yamaha XG instruments that were absent from the synthesizer they used. Also they didn't do any work to balance the instruments for example. So this is a perfect example for what Dish described - bad MIDIs played on a good synthesizer without any kind of processing, producing a terrible results. The very fact they did the whole soundtrack is usually a very bad sign - it proves they probably put little work in any of those.

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I don't know... from a few songs I've heard via Nightcrawler's links, I'm in the "PSX music is better" camp.
I mostly agree. However we have to accnowledge the Yamaha XG synth is more powerfull than the poor little old PS1 (*), and that a couple of the PC's midi actually take advantage of this extra power to good use.
What's also interesting is that FF8-PC sounded like complete and utter shit. Not only it had timing problems between tracks like FF7 only much more frequently and much worse (FF7 has only 3 errors I think, FF8 had dozens and they were even more obvious). It's a bit hironic FF7-PC can sound better than FF8-PC (if you have the appropriate synth).

(*) Especially FF7 which limited itself to filling SPU-RAM only once and never touch it again, and has a single-hardware-channel per track policy, limitations that most PS1 games didn't have.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy Write-A-Review! :D
« on: January 14, 2017, 06:11:14 am »
SunGodPortal can you link to that version of the FF7 soundtrack you mentioned?
I'm not SunGodPortal but Nameless Legacy updated some on youtube:
You can hear the cry of the planet
Judgement day
Mako Reactor
Opressed people
Cosmo Canyon
J-E-N-O-V-A
Gold Saucer
Mark of the traitor
Cid's theme
The great warrior
Off the edge of despair

Those were however apparently recorded using an actual Yamaha synthesizer of a more recent model than those which were arround when FF7-PC came out. It was *not* recorded with the softsynth that came with the game. I suspect he selectively uploaded those who improved the most upon the playstation version.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy Write-A-Review! :D
« on: January 13, 2017, 02:50:44 am »
It's just padded with so much goddamn waiting.  I don't know if it was because the game was for Waitstation or what...
Well that's true on real hardware, but under emulation the loading times can be eliminated (thanks god) and playing FF9 becomes much more pleasurable.

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I have an affinity for FF1/4/6 because I loved them as a kid (particularly 1).  And while FF1 might not quite hold as all that great, FF4 and FF6 certainly do.
Well it's great you could enjoy FF1 as a kid. I discovered the series with FF7 (the first which came out in Europe) myself.

FF2--Basically a SaGa knock-off, except far less fun
FF2 was released one year before SaGa, so it's more like SaGA is a FF2 knock-off, but far more fun.

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Sidenote: anyone who says that the PS1 version of the soundtrack is better is deaf. Listen to the PC version with the MIDI software that came with the game (that sadly does not work with modern versions of Windows) and you will hear what it should have sounded like. If you listen to it with standard MIDI and want to judge it based on that, go fuck yourself.
I never had a change to use the software that came with the game, but I used the SYXG-50 and it sounds great. HOWEVER the "official" midis have a lot of errors in them, despite the fact they obviously sound much better, simply due to the fact Yamaha's synthetiser is much more powerfull than the Waitstation.

My opinion on different installments on the series can be found in mobygames.com. Basically goes like this:

Spoiler:
FF1 - Great start for the series, lot of great ideas (monster design, etc...) very innovative for its time. However some game mechanics are desesperately broken, and it's way too grindy.
FF2 - Again very innovative, but gameplays mechanics are even more broken than FF1, this game isn't even playable without cheating past some point in the story. They exaggerated about character deaths, the idea was good however they abused it, killing pretty much every one which joins in your party at 4th slot.
FF3 - I only walked through it once so I don't remember the details but it is incredibly long for NES game standards. Very great game, much like FF1 but with better gameplay mechanics. The idea to have 2 worlds is genious.
FF4 - Very great game, for the 1st time the story is actually worth mentionning. The battle system is simpler (characters have fixed jobs) but this is compensated by the fact it introduced ATB battle.
FF5 - Amazing great game, the job system comes much enhanced from earlier games. I played it to death and never went bored.
FF6 - Very great game again. I think the "evil empire" idea starts to become overused so the story isn't as interesting, however aside of that it's really great and incredible. Some will regreat many traditional features in the series (such as elemental cristals) definitely disappeared here.
FF7 - Just wow amazing. Every single aspect of the game is mind blowing. Basically it confirms the steampunk turn of FF6, while bringing in a much better battle system and 3d graphics, and for the 1st time more developped characters. The story is great but a little too confusing in my opinion, although I like it that way. Shame they derived many shitty products out of this game (i.e. FF7 advent children, very shitty movie that just insults the original game and other things)
FF8 - Great game, as long as you card all enemies and do not level up. If you do level up, the enemies will level up too and become too strong, making this game very hard. The junction system is hard to get your hand on. I did not like Rinoa much and feel shame for Squall to fall for her. At least in FF7 you could sort of imagine which girl you want Cloud to like, here you can't.
FF9 - One of my favourites. Best music of all video games ever, and I love the athmosphere. However it's a very linear.
FF10 - It's a major departure for the series, first which has music from other guys than Uematsu. The character design is very original but you get accustumed. Very linear again, but this is compensated by a new battle system which is more strategic and creates new style of gameplay.
FFX2 - Less interesting, basically reuses a lot of things from 10, but have worse story, gameplay mechanics and music. However the good side is that it's nonlinear. If you like fan-service, this game is definitely for you.

More recent - Didn't play / Don't care

Spin offs :

FF Mystic Quest - Good for what it is - that is a very easy game targetted for young american audiance. It's way too short and easy, but have nice athmosphere and great muF
FF Tactics Advance 2 - Not a bad game but very long and tends to be boring.
Others - Didn't play

January 13, 2017, 02:53:06 am - (Auto Merged - Double Posts are not allowed before 7 days.)
Well that's true on real hardware, but under emulation the loading times can be eliminated (thanks god) and playing FF9 becomes much more pleasurable.
FF2 was released one year before SaGa, so it's more like SaGA is a FF2 knock-off, but far more fun.

My opinion on different installments on the series can be found in mobygames.com. Basically goes like this:

Spoiler:
FF1 - Great start for the series, lot of great ideas (monster design, etc...) very innovative for its time. However some game mechanics are desesperately broken, and it's way too grindy.
FF2 - Again very innovative, but gameplays mechanics are even more broken than FF1, this game isn't even playable without cheating past some point in the story. They exaggerated about character deaths, the idea was good however they abused it, killing pretty much every one which joins in your party at 4th slot.
FF3 - I only walked through it once so I don't remember the details but it is incredibly long for NES game standards. Very great game, much like FF1 but with better gameplay mechanics. The idea to have 2 worlds is genious.
FF4 - Very great game, for the 1st time the story is actually worth mentionning. The battle system is simpler (characters have fixed jobs) but this is compensated by the fact it introduced ATB battle.
FF5 - Amazing great game, the job system comes much enhanced from earlier games. I played it to death and never went bored.
FF6 - Very great game again. I think the "evil empire" idea starts to become overused so the story isn't as interesting, however aside of that it's really great and incredible. Some will regreat many traditional features in the series (such as elemental cristals) definitely disappeared here.
FF7 - Just wow amazing. Every single aspect of the game is mind blowing. Basically it confirms the steampunk turn of FF6, while bringing in a much better battle system and 3d graphics, and for the 1st time more developped characters. The story is great but a little too confusing in my opinion, although I like it that way. Shame they derived many shitty products out of this game (i.e. FF7 advent children, very shitty movie that just insults the original game and other things)
FF8 - Great game, as long as you card all enemies and do not level up. If you do level up, the enemies will level up too and become too strong, making this game very hard. The junction system is hard to get your hand on. I did not like Rinoa much and feel shame for Squall to fall for her. At least in FF7 you could sort of imagine which girl you want Cloud to like, here you can't.
FF9 - One of my favourites. Best music of all video games ever, and I love the athmosphere. However it's a very linear.
FF10 - It's a major departure for the series, first which has music from other guys than Uematsu. The character design is very original but you get accustumed. Very linear again, but this is compensated by a new battle system which is more strategic and creates new style of gameplay.
FFX2 - Less interesting, basically reuses a lot of things from 10, but have worse story, gameplay mechanics and music. However the good side is that it's nonlinear. If you like fan-service, this game is definitely for you.

More recent - Didn't play / Don't care

Spin offs :

FF Mystic Quest - Good for what it is - that is a very easy game targetted for young american audiance. It's way too short and easy, but have nice athmosphere and great muF
FF Tactics Advance 2 - Not a bad game but very long and tends to be boring.
Others - Didn't play

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General Discussion / Re: Famicom expansion audio in NES roms?
« on: January 11, 2017, 06:04:53 am »
So does this mean a hypothetical sound hack of the NES Metroid (cartridge ROM version) with the FDS sound effects and music is possible on a modified PowerPak?

And if I am allowed to ask, where can one buy this modified PowerPak?
There is no need to modify the PowerPak in order to get expansion sound of it - you should modify your NES instead. You just need to add a resistor somewhere in it but I do not remember the exact modification by heart.

Also, the PowerPak fully support FDS games so there's no need to hack anything.

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It's worse when an anime character says something like "Oh gee big brother" or "little sister". That's even more unlikely.
In the western world we just call our brothers and sisters "brother" and "sister" because we don't care about our age order. In japanese there is two separate words for "older brother" and "little brother", same with sisters. So translating them to just "brother" is natural but looses information as the viewer cannot see which is the eldest son and which comes next, while this information is always present in japanese. So depending on translators taste, they prefer to either sound natural or leave all the information that's given.

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ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: (U)NROM to MMC1?
« on: January 09, 2017, 03:27:44 am »
2) Find all instances of the game doing a write to an UNROM reg and replace it with the equivalent MMC1 version of that write.
The problem is that interrupts will potentially make this a nightmare. UNROM can have attomic writes to mapper registers, while MMC1 needs 5 writes, and if an interrupt happens within those writes *and* also try to switch a bank, it'll switch the wrong bank and crash the game. This CAN happen, I tried to convert Mega Man 1 to MMC1 and I had such issues back then.

So, you have to implement what pretty much all MMC1 games do, disable interrupts during bankswitching and re-enable after.

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I do not see in what way any of those names is "dumb" whatsoever.

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ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: (U)NROM to MMC1?
« on: January 07, 2017, 04:49:15 pm »
If the emulator only bothers to support 2 games, you might have a bigger problem with CHR-RAM.  Before trying to convert an UNROM game, first try an MMC1 game that uses CHR-RAM.  Final Fantasy is an easy one.  Battle of Olympus is another one.
The first Zelda uses CHR-RAM, so it's fine.

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General Discussion / Re: Stigma Against Younger Users
« on: January 07, 2017, 04:44:01 pm »
17+18 isn't a big deal, but 17+25 is.
And why would the second case by any problem ? It's just a 1 year wait before majority, so I do not see if you're 25 and you fell for a girl who happened to be only 17 why you should give up, but you shouldn't if she was one year older, which you probably couldn't tell the difference until you actually ask her age. This makes absolutely no sense. Especially since, as you mentioned, that difference of age of either 7 or 8 years will eventually become negligible as time passes on.

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General Discussion / Re: Stigma Against Younger Users
« on: January 07, 2017, 02:21:04 pm »
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I'm not sure I'd agree that a 14 year old can feel genuine romantic love.
I have no idea whatsoever, but what I mentionned is that I (back then aged 18) felt what was self-perceived as geniune love for a girl that was back then aged 14. Wether it actually was geniune I cannot tell as it's too complex. I never had the opportunity to talk this issue with her back then because of the problem I mentioned, so I have no idea what she felt whatsoever, and that is out of topic anyway.

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She's 14 man.  She doesn't understand.
No, that was from long ago. Today she's 25-ish and is probably with someone else or whatsoever, I stopped caring about her LONG ago that's why I dare to bring this up right now, because it's water under the bridge.

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at 14 you don't even really know who YOU are yet... let alone who would make an appropriate romantic partner for you.
Well I don't disagree but I know in my village two couples who formed very young, 14-15 ish and which today are married with kids, so for some people it works. For me it would never have worked as I was waaay too immature at those ages, but for a small minority of people it works it seems.

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there is a common defense called the 24 month difference.
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Though I personally would not put that window at 4 years.  18 months tops..
Guys.... stable, amazing married couples with difference of age of between 1 and 10 years are extremely common and are not a problem at all. I don't even see how this can be a criteria. I mean the problem comes from the confusion between "be in a romantic relationship" or "having intercourse" - We all agree that the second is inappropriate under 18, however I think the former should be tolerated.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Contradiction in Castlevania 64 Intro
« on: January 07, 2017, 01:28:20 pm »
I think the game creators tought that Wallachia somehow was part of Transylvania, which is obviously wrong.

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Better music too.
Music in Castlevania 64 seems somewhat lacking. A variant of the same music is used for the Main Menu, for a cutscene in the game, for one of the largest level in the game *and* for the ending credits. This theme seems to be designed so that you can listen to it for hours without being annoyed, but STILL it's it somewhat over-used ?

Also the soundtrack is full of 100 version of the boss theme, but that's probably because there is small variations in the real gmae depending on how the boss appears.

Legacy of Darkness seems more like a remake/extention of CV64 than a different game, though.

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ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: (U)NROM to MMC1?
« on: January 07, 2017, 01:08:27 pm »
Is it possible to to convert (U)NROM to MMC1?
Indeed it is possible, but completely pointless in my honnest opinion.

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I'm converting NES games to GC memory card format and the emulator only supports MMC1 titles.
If you could elaborate what is a GC memory card it'd help. Do you mention Game Cube ? Any emulator who cannot emulate UNROM is probably extremely retarded. It's one of the simplest mapper to emulate and is simpler than MMC1. In addition to that it's extremely common and a lot of games uses it.

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General Discussion / Re: Stigma Against Younger Users
« on: January 07, 2017, 01:00:52 pm »
@Dish : Your post is awesome, I have some comments though

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Then you hit the rebellious adolescent years, where you start to try thinking for yourself (though more often than not you're just pushing back against authority)
Most kids starts rebelling against authority at the age of 2, and never ever stop from there. I never understood why teen-ages were supposed to be more "rebel" than other age groups.

Especially people in the generations that is our parents (or for the youngest of us our grandparents) of post 1968 were known as rock-listening rebels, we grew up educated by rebels and rebellion became the norm so this very concept doesn't make sense anymore.

As much as I approve your views about life experiences, I'd add that some people are better at learning and willing to learn from their mistakes. I for instance am absolutely terrible at that but other peopel might be worst. Also some people will socialise a lot and learn through other, older people's experience, which makes it (technically) possible to be somewhat wise at a youg age. I personally think it is very important to socialise with people which are both younger and older than one self.

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But if you're 17, I probably wouldn't want to hang out with you and/or have these discussions with you IRL. And yeah... it's simply because of your age.  Maybe that makes me shallow... but whatever. I don't care.  I have more important things to worry about.
I guess being with an individual teenager wouldn't bother me. But groups of teenagers tends to be annoying indeed.

My personal story of those last 10 years is particularly interesting in this regards, I used to be a bachelor student, then a master student in the same large university, now I am an employee at said university. I'm on this place since almost 10 years, and today I see how the youngest students are annoying and immature, although 10 years ago I was exactly the same.

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I mean, it certainly isn't criminal.  But a 15 year old hooking up with a 22 year old?  The 22 year old gets thrown in prison while the 15 year old is treated as a blameless victim
Well, when I was 18 years old I was really in love with a younger girl which was only 14, and back then I suffered a lot about it, because the society made me feel like a paedophile, which I wasn't. (my interest in her eventually vanished completely so the story stopped there). But I just want to testify that when we're young it is indeed possible to feel genuine love for girls younger than you which are below 18 without being a paedophile. However I fully agree it would be inappropriate to have intercourse this early, even if the love is genuine.

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General Discussion / Re: Stigma Against Younger Users
« on: January 05, 2017, 04:52:14 am »
On several occasions I have been condescended to or looked at as insignificant by other users during my time on this site because of my age. People have deliberately called me out on my age as if that number represents my maturity or capacity to have a meaningful discussion. I'm just wondering, why is this? It is specially disheartening for users new to the site and really makes people like me feel alienated as opposed to accepted by the community. About a year ago I made a post merely suggesting the addition of new forms of communication and was instantly ripped a new one by those who I would only assume to be people with nothing better to do in their time than resenting the younger generation. For whatever reason this really bothers me and I just needed to know if anyone else felt the same.
Well, just ignore them (and if they are bothering you can silently report them using the report button). I don't know how old you are and I couldn't care less. In my personal real live I have seen 60 year old people act like completely immature teenagers, and people aged of 14 acting with great wisdom... the number really doesn't mean a thing.

Also, most people will oscillate between those two extremes depending on the context and their mood etc... Even the perseption about what is "acting wise" and what is "acting stupid" is quite subjective in itself so...

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Contradiction in Castlevania 64 Intro
« on: January 04, 2017, 04:35:17 pm »
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The real question is, why are there motorcycle riding skeletons with machine-guns? Neither of those things existed at the time
I was going to point this out too, but that falls in the "I'm in a videogame" cathegory, anyway vampires doesn't exist etc etc... but it's normal they're found in game. Also you can take an axe slash in your head but somehow survive with only your life bar reduced, something which is as unrealistic as it can get. But those are normal for a video game.

However a game taking place in two countries simultaneously is definitely a geniune error and lack of research from the developpers (or the translators if they introduced this).

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General Discussion / Re: Good and Bad console names
« on: December 28, 2016, 06:41:06 pm »
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NEC PC Engine
It's a lame name because it brings confusing with the Personal Computer (PC).

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Gaming Discussion / Contradiction in Castlevania 64 Intro
« on: December 24, 2016, 04:55:17 am »
The intro starts by
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Transylvania, mid 19th Century. The province of Wallachia.

However in the 19th Century, Transilvania was an Austro-Hungarian province, while Wallachia was part of independant Romania, and before 1878, the Ottoman Empire. So the game takes place in two separate neighbouring countries simultaneously. How could they screw that up so badly ?!?

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Without a public folder I have zero reason to use dropbox, but then, I never payed a cent for it. It was nice while it lasted.
Pretty much my point exactly.

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This sucks. I never used Dropbox for something else than sharing files, ever, so I really do not see the point of having any non-public folders. Basically they're voluntary switching from a file sharing service into some kind of backup service, where they will of course look into people's file and somehow live on a commercial basis by spying people using their free service on the very sucessful Google/Facebook buisness model.

So I guess I'll have to find an alternative eventually to share files...

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