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Site Talk / Re: Question about a patch submission
« on: October 23, 2014, 06:30:52 pm »
The patch sticks data from Dezaemon DD into Dezaemon 3D. Couple this with the fact that Dezaemon DD was never released nor completed, and I would say it should most definitely be classified as a hack for the game Dezaemon 3D. The hack gets its own title, of which I would guess you would want to be Dezaemon XD there (That is the title of the hack, right?)

Site Talk / Re: Question about a patch submission
« on: October 18, 2014, 12:52:08 pm »
Could this be worked around by using a program instead of a simple patch, accepting the two images and doing the necessary work to hack them together?  Would that be acceptable, or would additional steps need to be taken?

That sounds like a good idea to me.

You would want to note upon submission what was done and why. I think this is a similar case to this:

Site Talk / Re: Add game genie codes to Datacrystal WIKI?
« on: October 06, 2014, 05:41:17 pm »
Game genie codes should be decoded and their information added to the relevant RAM/ROM map. There are utilities that can decode them. Many emulators do this as well.


Personal Projects / Re: Romancing Saga 1 translation
« on: September 13, 2014, 03:24:31 pm »
You place too much stock in numbers and website updates.

What else does he have to go off of? You expect him to know more from another source?

Site Talk / Re: Small Banner
« on: September 04, 2014, 05:54:32 pm »
Firefox and Internet Explorer still don't have that problem if you zoom to 110%. Ditch Chrome. :P

Why are you clearing the whole table every frame then rather than simply update the sprites that need updating each frame?

In terms of execution time, DMAing from ROM would indeed be quicker. However, neither one will be quicker as far as the results go since you won't see the effect until the next frame.  I'm not sure where your speed requirements are coming from. What are you trying to do in your demo?

If you're trying to use a channel to DMA, and that same channel was set for HDMA, DMA will terminate early when HDMA executes. HDMA will execute with the then-current register values as well, which means it won't do what it was expected to either. They don't mix well on the same channel. ;)

General Discussion / Re: Cell carriers?
« on: August 27, 2014, 06:26:04 pm »
Ting. You're charged based on usage, so if you don't use it much your phone bill will be low. On the other hand, you have to pay full retail cost for your phone, and it's built on Sprint.

I've also tried out Ting on my wife's phone (Nexus 5). I will be joining her when it becomes financially beneficial to buy a new phone (my current one will not transfer there). I don't think you can find a better or cheaper plan for low usage anywhere.

With that said, it is Sprint and that's also why it's cheaper. They don't have the coverage Verizon does (or even TMobile). However, in my area, Sprint coverage is fine, so it doesn't make much difference to me on my daily routes. You'd have to check your areas of interest.

They do let you roam with voice on Verizon's network (at no charge), so you're always covered there. You'd just not have data unless there is a Sprint tower.

So, as long as the coverage is there for you, I think it's one of the best deals around. :)

Programming / Re: Tales of Phantasia - VRAM Problem
« on: August 25, 2014, 05:52:18 pm »
Flicker in the context that you've described is because you're writing to VRAM that is currently mapped to the screen. You need to either

a.) Write to VRAM not currently mapped to the screen, and then map those tiles after the data is loaded.

b.) You can map the screen area in question to blank tiles, update the VRAM that was previously mapped to the screen with the new data, and then map it back to the new data after the data is transferred.

The other thing that cause flicker, (even  when you're doing it all right) is when you intermittently don't have enough vblank time to do what you're trying to do. Debugging and checking the H/V counters will tell you if that is the case.

I've come across some very difficult situations where the a game in question was consuming all available vblank time leaving me no additional time to do anything extra. That can be a true pain to work around.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Homebrew related stuffs
« on: August 23, 2014, 10:37:48 am »
Since the site covers archives homebrew now, it would be OK to make such topics under the Personal Projects section. I'm not sure there would be enough activity to sustain a homebrew subforum. There's really not been much homebrew forum discussion going on at all.

Site Talk / Re: Small Banner
« on: August 20, 2014, 06:23:18 pm »
However, on my setup at least (WIN7 Chrome, 1360*768), I'm getting an overlap of the horizontal line under it:

No problem on IE 11 or Firefox 31. The image size shouldn't matter (and doesn't on anything I test). The navbar element up top has a top-margin from the image above, so it really shouldn't be possible to overlap. The horizontal line is a top-border to that navbar element, and thus should not start until the top-margin is satisfied. I don't know what Chrome is doing with it's box model, but it seems wrong. Can anybody else provide any info on this?

Site Talk / Re: Small Banner
« on: August 19, 2014, 07:08:55 pm »
Thanks for mocking that version up. As we expected, it didn't look as good as your original. The two fonts did clash a bit.

I like your original ones plenty, so I have updated the site with them! Thanks again, they look great! :)

Site Talk / Re: Small Banner
« on: August 18, 2014, 06:56:12 pm »
Wow, that looks great! :) I think the grey is preferred. The pink doesn't seem to fit in on the site and the looks out of place to me.

One comment from the other guy we were talking to (he likes it too). He thought it might also look good if you used the thick font from the 'RHDN' side graphic for the 'ROM' portion of the 'ROMhacking.net' main logo. I'm not sure what that would look like. It might clash too much with something very thick vs. very thin, but who knows.

Site Talk / Re: Small Banner
« on: August 17, 2014, 09:50:40 am »
Do you think you will have time for the main logo soon? It just happens another guy recently came to us wanting to do new logo graphics as well.

Newcomer's Board / Re: 6964 - Mysterious number in Hexadecimal guide
« on: August 14, 2014, 08:14:41 pm »
Thanks. Similar borrowed code. Fixed.

Newcomer's Board / Re: 6964 - Mysterious number in Hexadecimal guide
« on: August 13, 2014, 06:00:37 pm »
I've fixed it! :)

The problem wasn't with the files at all, but rather the HTTP header/download request sending of the file. We were using 'echo readfile()'.  readfile() writes the file automatically to the output buffer and doesn't return the contents. So by appending it with 'echo' it spits out the file and the return value, which is the bytes written. It's only seemingly visible on text files (browser must ignore it on binary files). I'm sure I had file_get_contents() on the brain, which returns the file as a string.

That's definitely a several year old bug. Thanks for bringing it up so it could be fixed. I wish it has been brought up a few years ago! :P

Script Help and Language Discussion / [SNES] Dual Orb 2 - Scan Text
« on: August 10, 2014, 11:09:12 am »
The monster weakness reported from the scan spell (provides HP/MP/Weakness) in Dual Orb 2 was not translated. I am attempting to amend this travesty. It looks like most of them read 'None', so it doesn't look like much work. I summon the powers of the all-knowing Japanese-to-English RHDN Gods to please grace me with some assistance in this matter so I don't have to simply take what the dictionary tells me! ;D


Newcomer's Board / Re: 6964 - Mysterious number in Hexadecimal guide
« on: August 08, 2014, 08:28:46 pm »
Wow... This is one of the strangest things I've ever seen. KC is right, it's the filesize. I don't know how this can be possible. We don't store, calculate, or utilize filesize anywhere in our code for Documents. Our file retrieval is universal to all files on the site too. Readme files, which are also plain text don't seem to be effected and they go through the exact same code. We don't do anything but use PHP's URL wrapper and file_get_contents(), and fwrite() to retrieve and save.

This may still be happening if this entry is any indication:

I'm at a loss...

Newcomer's Board / Re: 6964 - Mysterious number in Hexadecimal guide
« on: August 03, 2014, 10:41:40 am »
What basis do you have to make such a claim?

I can tell you this file has not been modified since the last edit upload by Neil in Oct. 2009. The modification date on the server matches precisely. If this site has ever appended anything to a text document (which it never has to my knowledge), it would have been in gross error upon file handling many years ago, and nobody reported such occurrences.

I am certainly interested in what afflicted 'bunch of text documents' you know about and neglected to report. :P

Developing a team
Team chemistry is extremely important for any project. This is even more important when the team is made up of strangers on the internet who may not have any communication outside of message boards.

What successes have you had when creating a team?
Have you put much thought into it, or do you prefer to do a project in a style similar to, "Well, whoever wants to help can help, but I'll do most of the work."
Make makes a good ROMhacking team? Does a team consisting of a hacker and a translator work well? Would some projects need multipler hackers, or multiple translators? What about an artist? How small should a team be to be successful?

These days, the best way to create a 'team' is to lead by example. Just start working, make your progress public, and see if others are interested joining in. Certainly a team of just a hacker and a translator can work well. Many projects were completed this way. In fact, more were completed this way then by larger teams. Every project is different. Some projects might fare better with multiple hackers or translators for various reasons, while others might not. It depends on who is doing what and if it can be efficiently and effectively.

It's usually always a poor idea to try to assemble a 'team' ahead of doing any actual work. This usually ends in failure because either nobody skilled wants to join your team (not wishing to commit to some random guy), or people who do join are like minded having done no actual work (and thus the sum of group output is low skill and low output). In a community of strangers that don't know each other, you typically need something to prove your worth first before other people will want to commit anything to you or join you. My advice is lead by example and start doing! The biggest doers typically draw the greatest following and available help. :)

How do you communicate with your teams?

Are you mostly a solo act, only interacting with people on the forums?
Do you get to know your team? Possibly having phone conversations or even meet ups?
Do you keep in touch with your audience, or do you ignore them?

Communication is typically informal in whatever form is convenient for the participants. As mentioned, any organized meet ups or meetings are usually not possible. Time differences, life responsibilities, and differing commitment levels make it difficult to plan anything specific.

I certainly try to keep in touch with my audience. Often times your audience may become your help pool, or open up avenues you never thought about. Not to mention, simple support from others can go a long way to get through more tedious aspects of the project.

Now here's the big one. While I am excruciatingly inexperienced, I'd venture that this area is the reason why so many projects go into Limbo, fail, or take forever to finish.

Do you appoint one person as a leader for the project?
Is there a schedule?
Do you regularly have meetings with other members of the team?
Do you lose contact with members?
Do you keep in contact with the audience to keep them interested/aware of the project/progress?

I mimic Gideon's words here. Too much structure, schedules, and appointing leaders is a quick way to get others to QUIT working with you! It just doesn't work when we are across the globe from each other, donating time for free, with varying commitment and responsibility levels. It's a hobby and it needs to stay amicably enjoyable for all parties to succeed. If there's any pressure or stress, people can just walk away.

You have to accept that your teammates may work at different output levels and different times entirely than you. You need patience. You may work on something solidly for a few months, while your teammate is unable to for awhile or vice versa.

Going forward
Do you think that you would be more successful and enjoy ROMhacking more if you were to be able to form a team that followed some set of structure?

While I'm learning Japanese I'd very much like to start translating ROMs. I know there are several series out there that are lacking translations, and that there are hundreds of enthusiasts waiting for a project to be done.

Personally I'd like to form a team that works well, has a high output, and lots of communication. I'd like to form relationships with hackers and translators so that I can be apart of a project and help to build an audience and community for translated games.


Nope. I think more structure and constraints will push people away and leave you without a team. Even for myself, I donate all the work and time that I can. If you try and push more out of me, make constraints, or call it unacceptable, I will probably not be working with you any longer.

Of course with such limited structure, sometimes people just wander off into space and they may never produce any output. Some of that is just par for the course. There's many flaky, unreliable people out there that are eager to start and never finish. Sometimes people want to commit, but simply can't as their life becomes unexpectedly too busy. It's up to you to keep communication with them and dually determine if they can get the work they need done or you should just find somebody else.

We're all people and working together freely and successfully is a delicate balance! There's no magic solution that works for all!  ;D

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