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General Discussion / Re: Patriots or Seahawks?
« on: January 30, 2015, 02:28:25 am »
The Saints deal was massive, right after the hurricane ravaged the city, a city, and state, and group of people that are very passionate about their sports in general. It was an amazing real-life storyline, and just about everyone was pulling for them to get that win. Sports sometimes offer stories that are more remarkable than fiction; sports can bring communities together, people together, and they can offer relief from the boredom of everyday life, they can offer excitement, or be nothing more than entertainment.

I love watching sports, for a lot of reasons, following statistics, for the competition aspect, or just to hang out with family and friends and unwind.

Ultimately I'm rooting for the Pats, but I'm very frustrated because of the cheating. Yes, it's always a part of pro sports, and yes they're worse for it than some (and less worse than others), but on a personal level, I'm all about fair competition and level playing fields. That doesn't lead to results, especially in ultra-competitive leagues like the NFL (National Football League, for non-sports fans), but I'd rather lose and not cheat than win and cheat. As someone that's coached before, it's a deeply held belief of mine.

General Discussion / Re: Patriots or Seahawks?
« on: January 29, 2015, 06:31:19 pm »
It's nice to see condescension hasn't gone out of style, even after 2,000 years.

General Discussion / Re: Patriots or Seahawks?
« on: January 29, 2015, 03:59:11 pm »

The line of logic you put forward does seem agreeable too. Mind you I do then have to read picking sportsball team then gets to be a function of laziness and some kind of localism (if that is even a term), though I am a great advocate for the former the latter always feels distasteful.

Unless you produce some hard, wide-ranging polls, then we really don't have sufficient info to determine why each of the like 200 million people watching the game roots for whichever team they root for, if they root at all, or are even fans of the teams, or football in general. Your train of thought only works in a vacuum, in the real world there are dozens, perhaps even hundreds of reasons someone roots for the team they do.

I root for Boston teams because my family would get together and listen to the Red Sox on the radio, or I'd sit with my grandfather in the den and watch games on an old tv. Some of my fondest memories are watching the Sox when they had losing seasons. As I grew older I could have easily picked another team to root for, but what should the criteria be? A team's logo, perhaps I enjoy a player on the team (this is actually why I pull AC Milan, because I'm a major fan of Honda). It's all arbitrary in the long run anyway, just as some would say rom hacking is, that doesn't mean it's any less enjoyable, or exciting to me.

I assume I get the same amount of pleasure out of sports that you get out of building things in the shed. I may see engineering as nothing more than a pure application of logic, whereas you may get emotionally invested in said projects. The reverse is true for me and sports.  Sports around here are more than just the games, they're about socializing, cheering with friends, being down after a loss, getting hyped, and amped up etc.

General Discussion / Re: Patriots or Seahawks?
« on: January 29, 2015, 01:31:44 pm »
Several of my family, nowadays including my old man, do live just north of Seattle, however supporting sports teams (or indeed much of anything) by a quirk of where you were born/raised seems very odd to me. Granted team sports in general seem odd to me, or more often just boring as you like to watch and play.

To a large portion of the population, spending one's time hacking roms, and working on games from nearly 3 decades ago seems odd. The door always swings both ways.

Choosing a sports team is generally done at a young age, especially if one's into sports. Naturally, the home team of a particular region will get more coverage, have more merchandise, be talked about more often etc.

That's just the logical conclusion as to why someone would be a fan based on where they lived, to say nothing of the fact that, not being a Sox fan around these parts is akin to treason.

General Discussion / Re: Patriots or Seahawks?
« on: January 29, 2015, 04:47:16 am »
I live in New England, I've always rooted for New England teams (as in, the Pats, and Bruins, Celtics, Revolution, Sox etc.).

That said, it's very hard to root for that Patriots with everything going on. Just a frustrating situation as a lifelong fan.

« on: January 26, 2015, 07:10:57 am »
I love me some corn flakes, but things like this, and Cocoa Puffs, and Kix, etc. These aren't things I eat for breakfast, these are things I eat later in the day, on a lazy Saturday for instance.

Is there anything more beautiful in this world than the color of milk after it's had Fruit Loops sitting in it?

Special K is definitely the best tasting cereal that's of some nutritional value.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Enix and the quality of their games
« on: January 13, 2015, 11:09:30 pm »
tri-Ace has also found work back with them on the FFXIII series. This comes after Resonance of Fate (End of Eternity) was published by Sega. I'll take that as meaning there's not too much in the way of hard feelings, seeing as they've been making use of the company's talents for battle systems at the very least.

tri-Ace isn't a bit company. They've got around a hundred employees or so, now they're not as niche as something like Front Mission in the NA region, but they're relatively small, and their games don't set the world on fire in terms of sales, plus they've been with Enix for a long time (96 or so). Yet the relationship seems to be a solid one. I'm sure someone else can give other examples, tri-Ace just happens to be a company I personally enjoy.

General Discussion / Re: Whatever happened to fan translations?
« on: January 13, 2015, 03:15:00 pm »
I think the real question here is, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

« on: January 13, 2015, 03:13:51 pm »
Always preferred cinnamon toast crunch personally. In addition to that, Booberry, and Count Chocula.

Definitely have to pick some up though, they're softer than the CTC, which is both a downside, and a good thing, depending on the day and texture I'm looking for.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Qustion about rpgs
« on: January 13, 2015, 10:50:13 am »
Have you tried the (Shin) Megami Tensei series as a whole?

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2
« on: January 12, 2015, 04:07:53 pm »
There are a couple people around here that have worked with Suikoden in the past. I know of at least one, FaustWolf has done some work on both 1 and 2 if memory serves.

I'm not sure if they're still around, or active, but if they are, then you may be able to ask them for assistance on where to begin, or perhaps they have some help they can offer.

Site Talk / Re: Which website hosts SMB, SMB2, and SMB3 hacks???
« on: January 11, 2015, 02:36:10 pm »
I can't speak to dedicated sites like smwcentral, but hacking mario games isn't a new thing. I assume the hacks came from a wide variety of places. Some were probably added when the site started up officially, or even before then, some have been added since, and there are probably a handful of people making dedicated NES Mario hacks to this very day.

There are some tools available, they're well documented, and they're relatively easy to change sprites in with nothing more than a tile editor. There very well may be another website dedicated to NES Mario games, but if there is I'm not personally aware of it.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gameboy ROMs on SNES Powerpak
« on: January 04, 2015, 08:00:57 am »
That's kinda what I figured. I guess I'll just stick to playing them on my laptop. I pretty much only play the Castlevania games (big surprise) and maybe just a few others like Link's Awakening. Not worth spending money on it since I only care about probably 10 games for the system.

If you were to decide to spend money on it, know that they're pretty cheap. A quick look at Amazon shows them selling for around $12 U.S.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Donkey Kong Country Retrospective?
« on: December 31, 2014, 10:06:47 pm »
I think I'm safe in saying that, in the long run, I had more fun with DKC than I did with Super Mario World. Those visuals, dissected as they've been over the years, were like nothing I'd ever seen back then, and the bosses were huge, full screen enemies. The music is also outstanding.

General Discussion / Re: Books on history of emulation/roms/romhacking?
« on: December 31, 2014, 10:02:02 pm »
That's a very good point I didn't even consider things like the C64, or Apple II, and I'd definitely defer to people more knowledgeable about that era/those machines.

General Discussion / Re: Books on history of emulation/roms/romhacking?
« on: December 31, 2014, 11:08:33 am »
Working under the assumption the MSX stuff came first, in terms of translations at least. It's easy to see why, assuming we count that as a console.

In the loosest sense, romhacking's been around as long as the Game Genie. A person using a Game Genie on their NES, or an Action Replay on the Master System was nothing more than swapping hex around.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Enix and the quality of their games
« on: December 29, 2014, 02:46:34 am »
One can't really bring up Enix as a publisher without bringing up tri-Ace. As was mentioned, Star Ocean, and Valkyrie Profile. What more do you need?

Technically Star Ocean 3 was made pre-merger. So there's also that, and I mean, come on! That game's astounding.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Victoly!
« on: December 25, 2014, 06:43:37 pm »
Out of curiosity, are you including Tales of the Abyss in the 3DS lineup? If so, what was the issue with that when it was transferred over from the PS2? Honestly, it's probably my least favorite game that I've played in the series, but it's been a long time, and I still consider picking it up from time to time. If it's a mess then I guess I'll skip it anyway.

General Discussion / Re: romcast 1 and 2
« on: December 24, 2014, 02:31:55 pm »
I thought it came out excellent. Getting insight from people that are really interested, and really knowledgeable about the topics they're talking about is always awesome. We've had the good fortune to have fantastic, passionate guest.

Site Talk / Re: COMPLETE ROMhacking.net torrent?
« on: December 23, 2014, 01:44:41 pm »
New hacks and translations are added essentially daily. By the time a user downloaded the file it would end up being obsolete for archival/historical purposes.

I don't think the idea's bad in concept, I just don't think it's practical to keep something like that constantly updated.

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