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Gaming Discussion / Re: What Are Some Good NES/Famicom RPGs?
« on: July 30, 2015, 02:21:40 am »
In addition to what has already been suggested, I'd recommand Esper Dream II. I'm currently in a playthrough of it and although it's not a flawless game by any measure, it has the good point of being very original (no medieval-fantasy, no "save the princess", no random encounters ...)
There's also that hack for the chinese FF7 demake.
Hmmm, he said good. Didn't play the hack but the "original" chineese is awful beyond imagination. If the hack really makes it that good then it is quite an achievement from its author.

Personal Projects / Re: [NES] BattleToads (U) - bugfix
« on: July 27, 2015, 04:27:27 am »
Some glitches makes the game easier. For instance the possibility to knee and move by double-tapping a direction on 2D levels is very useful, as well as the possibility to avoid rockets in Volksmire's Inferno by staying quietly in one of the screen's corner - actually that's the only way I found to beat the level, so much those rockets are fast and impossible to avoid.

All it takes is a little bit of coding and figuring out what absolutely needs to be saved into the file.
Since the game already uses passwords, it would be simple to simply copy the password into the save RAM. Of course this is only one of the possible approaches.

Not only it is possible but it has already be done.

However this is up to opinions, but the advantage of passwords is that you can note down many of them simultaneously without losing any of them, with saves usually this implies overwriting a previous save file.

General Discussion / Re: Morning Beverage Thread
« on: July 23, 2015, 09:57:30 am »
I start every day with two mugs of fresh milk with Ovomaltine. I can't even imagine starting a day otherwise. In some cases I'll also drink a glass of fruit juice, but that do not replace the milk, but precede it.

Site Talk / Re: Forum Rule #1
« on: July 23, 2015, 04:51:45 am »
If you want to see just how stupid and uncivil people can be in this sort of environment just check the comments on ANY youtube video. LOL It doesn't matter if it's politics, a drum solo, a speedrun or even videos of cute kittens. Someone will always show up just to be like "Oh yeah? Well, you're an idiot and everything you say, do and love is stupid. Please die. Thank you".
I just quote this because it is SO TRUE! The awfulness of Youtube comments is really something. The problem is that in some cases there could be helpful comments, but they'll be sworn in a wave of unrelated flame war comments about something unrelated.

Now @ Spooniest. First of all you are a free man and do what you want with your life. I will give you some advice, you are free to take it, or to think I'm an idiot and ignore it (but don't reply to explicitly tell me I'm an idiot, thanks, I already know :) )

I might get a wrong impression, but I feel like you're being terribly bored in life and pass too much time on those forums. You also seem to take those forums as your personal blog, making a new general-topic thread every day about something partially or completely unrelated with romhacking. I've avoided participation in such thread, but was constantly thinking to myself "oh my god what this guy is doing". People there, for the most part, do not care about your real life, and are there to discuss romhacking or related topics. As someone already pointed out, the less technical and focus is a thread, the most likely it is to be "noisy" and look like youtube comments (and that's a terrible thing)

So my recommendation to fix the problem is to find another occupation in life, and keep on those forums mostly to discus romhacking and technical things.

Last but not least, you accuse other people to make cryptic posts, but I have caught you doing very cryptic posts also, and I won't come back on your very negative reaction when I pointed this out.

General Discussion / Re: Arguing on YouTube is fun
« on: July 22, 2015, 03:00:42 am »
Be careful not to just focus on your little, tiny part of the planet, though.  Global Warming / Climate Change is about the average temperature of the globe.  Although you experienced hot weather this summer, I've been having relatively cool (coolest I can remember in the past 11 years) weather where I live.
You are right, however, this summer is incredibly hot, it broke all records since they began in the early 1800 and even the previous heat and dry records of the 2003 and 1921 summers were beaten.

The grass turned all yellow and most rivers are partially or completely dried out, this was never ever observed before. In addition, a major river that didn't dry out saw its water temperature increase from 15° to 27°, causing death of the majority of the fishes that were living there. Pehaps this will sut up people who repeatedly says there is nothing wrong with the climate and how the humans are sacking the environment, but somehow I feel that they'll find yet another excuse to continue to behave like they do since capitalism, growth and marketing is so popular.

Gaming Discussion / Re: I haven't played games all day
« on: July 21, 2015, 07:20:40 am »
Oh my, if I was making a thread every day where I don't touch games, I'd have to do so at least 4 days a week. If your addiction to games is so strong it's such an exceptional event then I'd consider to consult a psychologist.

General Discussion / Re: Arguing on YouTube is fun
« on: July 19, 2015, 11:08:43 am »
Glad I'm not the only one to have noticed how retarded the overall level of Youtube comments is so low. It's just incredible.

Even without the scientists it doesn't take much of a brain to notice the climate is warming, where I live this summer is particularly deadly with temperatures above 30° most days for an entiere month, including many days above 35° (normally temperature hardly ever goes above 25°), there has not been any rain for 40 days and the grass is all yellow, it's the first time I see that here in my entiere life (I have however seen that in other countries, such as southern France).

General Discussion / Re: Web Browser
« on: July 12, 2015, 04:11:53 pm »
Well, just opera. When I say "about" it just says it's Opera 30.0. There is no classic or whatsoever in the name.

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: New Hacks Added to the Database
« on: July 12, 2015, 03:54:15 pm »
The Secret of Mana MSU1 hack is quite messed up. Some songs are great remixes but don't go at all with the timing within the game (intro theme), others are just records of the SNES version, and others are terrible. Some are metal remixes which are totally out of place, such as the boss theme, others are fine but were just too much altered as opposed to the ingame original. And worse of all, the music is way too loud so that sound effects can't be heard anymore, but some songs are much louder than others, forcing you to turn the volume knob constantly.

In all, this is a great idea but very poorly executed, especially considering I've offered my help on the matter. I'm pretty confident one of the song is one of my MIDIs, so even though they tried to avoid me they (probably) couldn't.

General Discussion / Re: Wrong place at the wrong time?
« on: July 12, 2015, 03:26:15 pm »
Seeing in films, games and all kind of media how easy it is to charge someone else for a murder, I believe murderers do this in real life, and I doubt that in all cases the police can figure the truth.

I do not care how frequent or infrequent this is, but executing someone who was innocent is the state committing a murder against their citizens, and as such, is absolutely unacceptable from a modern democracy in my opinion. That's why I say I recommend living in a state without death penalty, if you live in a state with a death penalty not only you encounter the risk of being executed while being innocent, but also you pay taxes there and thus fund murders of people, including a portion of innocent people.

Then again every time we're buying something "Made in China" we're funding murdering of innocent people in China by the Chinese government and their communist party.

One time I was frisked because I was filming a movie and me and my friends looked like terrorists
I believe it's preferable to take contact to the police in advance and saying you're going to run such a scene. Just in case of.

Best way to prevent it, ALWAYS HAVE AN ALIBI. You cant have done the crime if you are somewhere else doing something else.
Great, technically, we always have an alibi, it's just that there is not necessary someone seeing us. So this would mean you should never ever be alone, which honestly sounds like a very hard thing to accomplish. I won't even explore the case where you're with only one person and that he betrays you, or with even more than one person for that matter.

The hell with FF3's remake to the point where I won't touch the NES version, though!
The NES version is infinitely superior. I tried the DS version and couldn't even do the 2nd dungeon without grinding like crazy. Belive it or not, the NES version is not like that, it requires really few grinding (the main exception being near the last dunegon).

How could you even beat this game legitimately? I tried at least 4 times from scratch and always found myself stuck in an unwinnable situation somewhere, where "weak" monsters would give me no gold nor stat increases, but where "strong" monsters would beat the crap on me.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Super Nintendo PlayStation prototype
« on: July 10, 2015, 06:09:48 am »
The SNES cpu runs between about 2.4 and 3.5 mhz. Compare that to even notebook processors in 1989, which were running between 20 and 25.
This comparison is totally meaningless. It's like comparing the weight of a Martian on mars to the weight of an human on earth. (besides, if I am not mistaken, "notebook" is a term that didn't come before the 2000s, so there was no notebooks in 1989. If you mean IBM PC clones, then yeah, guess what they are so different from the SNES any kind of comparison is impossible)

I feel sorry for whoever had to come up with such a horrid syntax.
This is just your particular opinion. The syntax does not make a CPU superior or inferior, just more or less annoying to code for. I have never coded in 65c816 assembly so I have no idea how good or bad it is, but I can say I like the 6502 really well, although it has it's shortcomings.

What exactly is a "good" target for C?
A CPU with
* Orthogonal instruction set and registers, so it's easier to allocate registers and select instructions when generating code
* Few addressing modes, so it's easy to select instructions for accessing memory
* Consistent size of registers and memory

The 65c816 has none of the above.

It's been suggested that the particular choice of SNES architecture indicates that Nintendo was kind of hopeful about having backwards compatibility with the NES,
They definitely had that in mind.

Never saw the Sega propaganda on that. The specs are rather clear on this matter, the SNES had indeed a cheap CPU.
Did you even read the debate I linked to and the conclusions that were driven there?

General Discussion / Re: Wrong place at the wrong time?
« on: July 10, 2015, 06:02:23 am »
@Tarthan You are lucky because today criminals or people accused therof have never been so protected as they are today in entiere history. Until the XIXth century (included) if you were suspected of having commited a crime they'd hang you first and if they figured out later that you were innocent, well, that's too late. Today this don't happen anymore, they actually have to proof that you're guilty first. Of course it's still totally possible of being falsely accused, especially if someone orchestrated a calumny.

Now, if by any chance you live in the USA I'd recommend you to live in a state where there is no death penalty. DP is extremely stupid as the state just risks of assassinating innocent people. Apparently americans think otherwise, so I'd recommend you to live in a state where this do not exist, if they keep you in jail at least they can free you and apologize when they figure out that you were innocent (even if this is 15 years later, giving up 15 years of your life is at least better than giving up your life entirely).

Gaming Discussion / Re: Super Nintendo PlayStation prototype
« on: July 09, 2015, 03:00:08 pm »
No and no, you guys were somehow tricked into beliving this by Sega propaganda. However, a problem is that the 65c816 is a poor target for the C programming language, due to various reasons. It was not worse than other CPUs in 1990, excpet that C programming support was very low to nonexistant. This is a different problem than just saying the hardware suck.

Also, the 8086 series of processors is also a weak target for C, but they were so widespread that there was so much effort done in making C backends effective for this processor that this eventually happened. If the same energy had been spend to make C compilers efficient for the 65c816, it would have happened. However this costs years and years of research.

My point is that the 65c816 might not have been the best design choice, it might not have been "mighty" or anything, but it didn't suck and just did it's job. You could call it mediocre if you want, but not "god-awful", "awful" or "crappy", because it's simply wrong.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Super Nintendo PlayStation prototype
« on: July 09, 2015, 01:20:29 pm »
except for the godawful SNES processor
The supposed godawful-ness of the SNES processor is a myth, launched by Sega Medgadrive hardcore fans. It sure isn't a great processor by today's standard or even for 1995's standard, but it was fine for 1990 standards.

Why are we excited if this is real?
I can't talk for the others, but it'd be exciting to see what they planned to release before they ceased their contract. However, I'd have imagined something very FDS-like, same graphics/sounds as the original system, but with CD and a lot of possible storage (and potentially, streamed music). Very different from the end product released PlayStation, it might probably not even have a 3D graphics chips. I might be wrong, though.

Man, FF2 is horrible, terribly insane. On paper it sounds like a great game and it should have been one, but they really programmed it horribly and/or didn't test it at all, and it turned into the unplayable mess that it was. It's for me too the only single digit Final Fantasy I didn't beat at least once without any cheating or hacking (translation does not count as cheating for me).

In addition to the problems with the battles, there is the item limitation, which is downright awful. Basically you can't rely on items to heal as you can carry only so few, but you also can't rely on magic because the MP won't increase and how to make it increase without cheating is mysterious. Even if you empty your stock on MP in a random battle it usually do not result in a max MP increase.

However, as awful as the battle system is, I did not get any problem with the music. I sincerely have no idea what you're talking about there.

Dish, you are perfectly right, nobody should feel forced to play Final Fantasy II even the hardest diehard fans of the series. I wanted to play it multiple times due to the "completeness" of the series factor but I had to give up. I had to use cheats in order to beat the NES version, I beat it on the GBA too but I don't think it counts.

Another issue is how "empty" the FF2's universe becomes after a while. The towns are completely empty after some point, ok maybe the evil emperor is supposed to have killed everyone, but come on there should be at least some survivors, no? Even Stalin left a fraction of his people alive, I have no doubt that FF2's emperor would do that as well, in order to have people to make suffer.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Super Nintendo PlayStation prototype
« on: July 07, 2015, 04:45:13 pm »
In almost every case of a hoax, it always seems to be someone posting and pretending they have no idea what they have, and are totally unable to fully comprehend the importance.
That. I'm 99% confident it's a fake.

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