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General Discussion / Re: Your projects and Repro Carts
« on: June 09, 2015, 05:29:28 am »
1) I hate to see good/valuable games destroyed
2) Since PowerPak and the like exists there is no point of doing that anymore.
3) I hate to see people making money off the work of others

It could be seen as an appreciation of the hack in question, if it weren't for point 3).

Gaming Discussion / Re: FFMQ Sucks
« on: May 30, 2015, 10:17:30 am »
If some people go so far and will play a 40 hour game just because of the music, then no one will stop them either.
This pretty much sums it up, except that FFMQ takes about 15 hours, not 40 (according to the in-game timer). 15 hours of great music and a couple of other things is worth going by even if the story is awful.

Really, an rpg all boils down to how good the story is.
No. If you are only interested in story, I'd suggest you watch movies or read books, and stop playing games.

Gaming Discussion / Re: FFMQ Sucks
« on: May 29, 2015, 04:17:09 am »
Wrong. For the first half of the game the ONLY place you can get seeds (for refilling your magic) is one single chest near the end of the bone dungeon.
Oh, you might absolutely be right, I did not check. However, since you have 99 items for healing HP, there is no point in healing with magic, instead, save it for attacking (and for bosses). Unlike many FF games of the real series, there is no enemies whose are almost immune to physical attacks (instead, some are more or less resistant to some specific weapons), so using weapons for attacking is always ok, so even if you run out of mana, it's no big deal.

And I agree, the encounter system in MQ is great, although they improved it for Chrono Trigger (encounters still happen at fixed points, but are more spectacular in CT, and also the graphical context doesn't switch).

Gaming Discussion / Re: FFMQ Sucks
« on: May 29, 2015, 03:27:23 am »
Maybe I was wrong about grinding, maybe I was right. Maybe I'm just bad at that game.
No, you can not be right (no offsense), you probably confused with another game. Maybe if you fight the absolute minimum # of battles that are on your path, maybe you end up in trouble. But if you fought like 2/3 of the fights in every dungeon I'm 99% sure you could finish the game with no issues whatsoever. You could also skip most of the overworld optional battles, but still fights some once in a while. Without any backtracking and running arround for the sole purpose of fighting battles, there is no "grinding" for our definition, but maybe it counts as grinding for you.

I just remember a "Pazuzu" boss that was particularly "hard" (by "hard" I mean, it sometimes did lots of damage and rerquired luck to go by, not that there was any actual "challenge").

And I doubt you could ever be "bad at that game". It's attack, attack, heal when your HP is low, attack, attack. Some magic, too if you like it. You cannot ever get "bad at that game", unless you would be so dumb that you don't understand you should heal when your HP is low, but I doubt this is your case.

Earlier you mentioned running out of items. As far as I can remember I had 99 items of each pretty much all the time, without using any cheats. That is because chests refills every time you leave the room, and many chests are in towns so no battles have to be fought to get them. And it's not like I came back to the room a lot of time only to grab more items, it's just I bumped into the chest again when visiting the town.

It's an RPG for crying out loud.  If the battles aren't fun then the game isn't fun because the battles are 95% of the game! 
You have a point here. I'd be interested to know the exact percentage of time spent in battles in various RPGs, that'd be an interesting thing to know. I already mentioned such a thing before by throwing arbitrarily numbers, but I did not measure anything.

And, as masochistic as it might sound, it can be overall fun to spend 95% of your time pressing the 'A' button and listening to a great music tune while getting bored, if the remaining 5% of exploration are interesting. Of course you will only play the game for less than, say, 45 minutes before quitting.

Except for in battle, you can SAVE ANYWHERE!!! That's awesome.
In most RPGs, you'd be at risk of saving in an unbeatable situation if you'd be allowed to save anywhere. Romancing SaGa1 immediately comes to mind. In ordinary Final Fantasy games, if you do the error to save after running our of tents there is also a problem, and a risk that you'd have to redo the entire game again. In FFMQ this is not possible as you can backtrack to the entrance of a dungeon without fighting any battles, as you already fought them.

Gaming Discussion / Re: FFMQ Sucks
« on: May 28, 2015, 07:33:13 am »
The "difficulty" of a RPG is how much patience the required grinding takes.
Yes and no. If you're the kind of guy that grinds when you're defeated, then you are correct. Personally I'd try to use strategy by using the combat system optimally before even trying to grind, because I really don't like grinding.

If the combat system is so simple than anything other than physical attack is a total waste of time (Dragon Quest series, I'm looking at you), then your statement is correct.

It has the unfortunate blessing of the final fantasy title, imho. We wouldn't be bashing it if its brothers and sisters weren't superior.
In many ways, FFMQ is more part of the SaGa series than Final Fantasy series.

Gaming Discussion / Re: FFMQ Sucks
« on: May 28, 2015, 04:06:17 am »
@Dish: All your points are indeed correct, and are indeed significant flaws of FFMQ. Nevertheless you forgot to see the good side of the game, when I was a kid I liked it a lot.

  • The music is amazing
  • There is a lot of fun puzzles
  • You can use your weapon on the field, which is fun
  • The music is really amazing
  • You can jump, and fall down to water fall, climb walls, and other fun stuff that other FF games does not allow
  • It's true battle are boring, but it's fun seeing your enemies' graphic progressing in a "worse" condition when they're weakened. No other Final Fantasy game, no matter how recent, does that
  • You can avoid battles which is great, considering they're so boring

Overall I'd say it's correct to say FFMQ is mediocre, but it doesn't suck all that much.

FFMQ had grinding?
Defintiely not, in fact you could avoid a lot of fights if you wanted to. All the overworld fights are optional and so are many dungeon fights.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Question maybe you fellas could help with.
« on: May 27, 2015, 07:26:50 am »
@Tharthan : You'd want to edit the title of this thread, so that we know what it is talking about. Also there is no point in writing tiny text. We can still read it by using ctrl and mouse wheel (or ctrl +) so this does not hide the text to us, it just makes it annoying to read. If you don't want us to read it, don't write it down here.

Now I could not agree more with you, but for me talking about politics in a democratic argumentation scope is perfectly fine and ok for me, if you aren't interested in the topic you can just ignore and it's no big deal. However recently it seems there have been a major rise of all kinds of nationalist, totalitarian and fachist guys all arround the web, and the bullshit they say is not even talking about politics, it just just downright hate speech and propaganda for undemocratic ideas, not without remembering Mein Kampf. I cannot stand this kind of talks, especially when people responds instead of just flagging the author to the mods so that his posts/account or whathever are deleted.

The worst of all is youtube comments. It seems no matter the video, youtube comments are systematically made by people whose IQ is arround 12 who have various kind of extremist totalitarian ideas. They have a national flag or another national item as their avatar (instead of having, say, a picture of anything) and are shouting hate speech in all caps to that their country is superior or whatever. This is unbearable that so many people makes such a lame use of their freedom of expression to insult others instead of using it to denounce the real problems that can be solved with constructive politics.

Souds like you should learn to use pointers.
You can also read the NES documents even if this is for SNES, as the same principle applies.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Where to find Russian game translations?
« on: May 25, 2015, 06:06:51 am »
There is 35 Russian language translations on this website (RHDN) already. I belive the bulk of the patches are hosted on specific Russian language community sites, if you already know the language then a Google search for "Russian ROM translation patch" in Russian should probably give you what you need.

Personal Projects / Re: Final Fantasy Reconstructed
« on: May 22, 2015, 04:10:00 pm »
In Final Fantasy IV when you do on the coast of land a wave sound effect plays. I myself created a wave effect with some seagulls:
Sounds great, but it would be much improved if the tweets wouldn't come so regularly. They should be somewhat random.

Also I don't see how this is related to Final Fantasy in any way. There is no such sound in FF4 and I am well placed to know it since I ported manually every single song and sound effect of the game to GBA format.

Personal Projects / Re: Final Fantasy Reconstructed
« on: May 21, 2015, 11:42:49 am »
the game is actually splitting the screen twice per frame to draw the box (both to switch the source Nametable, and also to hide sprites for the scanlines the box is displayed).
Ha! I caught you saying something fasle! It does only one split per frame, and the sprites are not hidden, instead their priority bit is set so they appear behind the background (including sprites which are on the first and last 16 pixels, where this should not happen because they're outside the dialog box). This does not change anything in regard to what you said, though.

Site Talk / Re: Tools mistakenly listed as DOS programs?
« on: May 20, 2015, 03:27:55 am »
In Linux, the CLI is known as the "Terminal" and one uses a "Terminal Emulator" to access it.
True, and I never understood why "emulator". This has nothing to do with emulation. (I hope I'm not highhacking the thread).

I believe just "Terminal" refers to Linux without a desktop GUI, while "Terminal Emulator" refers to the terminal with stands within the desktop GUI.

General Discussion / Re: Trying to remember a nes game
« on: May 20, 2015, 03:23:53 am »
So you told me it was no XXX in 1 games and then you say it was a XXX in 1. Oh well.

So yeah, it could have been a graphic hack of a real game and have another title. This is very common among those XXX in 1 cartridges.

Site Talk / Re: Tools mistakenly listed as DOS programs?
« on: May 19, 2015, 03:34:14 pm »
It should definitely be sorted so that all Windows CLI programs are marked as Windows and not MS-DOS. Any geniune MS-DOS program will not run on Windows 7.

I believe part of the confusion comes from the Windows 95/98 days where the difference was not obvious.

If you do have a CLI option added then can I also suggest adding a "this is where to get ROMS" style text section for "the program runs but shuts down immediately" type link at the top of the page section or somewhere equally prominent.
Great idea. There is even more youngsters which are like "I'm a geek, I'm a hacker", and yet ignore the very existance of a command line.

Gaming Discussion / Re: PS1 emulators, sound and HD graphics
« on: May 18, 2015, 04:25:43 pm »
FWIW, check to make sure you're using the latest version of ePSXe. In many games, its sound plugin is better than the others
Oh they released a new version this year, so I'm going to upgrade. And its plugin is the one that I mentionned was constantly poping and cracling. I belive it depends on the PC.

Eternal SPU works great, with async it removes the jitter I previously had. However there is still sound effects sounding incorrect (probably because of incorrect pitch modulation emulation). Not a big deal, though.

Don't even bother with gfx upscales, they are crap.
Well, glitches can happen, but it still makes things looking overall better (depending on the game I guess) and use a new screen resolution efficiently.

Personal Projects / Re: Final Fantasy Reconstructed
« on: May 17, 2015, 09:09:17 am »
Here's an improved song:

Sounds great, very in the continuation of what FF1 's soundtrack is.

Gaming Discussion / PS1 emulators, sound and HD graphics
« on: May 16, 2015, 10:44:23 am »
I have two emus, one of them ePSXe can play games with higher resolution graphics than what was originally intended. It doesn't affect 2D graphics, but the 3D graphics looks amazing and there is a lot of details that was lost on the real Playstation hardware. Unfortunately sound emulation sucks and is inaccurate. With one of the plugins it constantly pops and craccles, and with the other one the sound effects are weird and do not sound like they should.

Another emu, pSX_1_13, sounds nice, however it only supports normal graphics.

Is there an emu that supports both enhanced HD graphics (optional, so they can be turned off it something is wrong) as well as reasonably accurate sound?

And, is there any PSX emu that can directly read compressed ISOs (ideally with ECM)? That'd be great for preserving hard disk space, but it's not a big problem otherwise.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Mobygames hits 50,000 Unique Games!
« on: May 15, 2015, 03:42:30 pm »
Oh I used to be a regular there, but for some reason I lost interest when they changed the UI, and then they came back, but then they re-changed again (but less radically). Anyway I felt there was a strong fight between the committee behind the site, I am not sure of the details but that's probably what made me loose interest. Pehaps I should go back there again regularly.

And I submitted quite a few of my PAL covers there.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Yooka-Laylee
« on: May 14, 2015, 11:43:04 am »
Looks terrible.

eminism purpose benefits humanitarianism as a whole long term. Case in point: http://mic.com/articles/88277/23-ways-feminism-has-made-the-world-a-better-place-for-men
While I agree freer women implies freer men, this article is utter shit, and just made me waste 5 minutes. It is also cripples with ads that my adblock somehow doesn't block. 2 arugments in the first 8 are about sex, so that's enough for me. The other arguments are either targetting a very small percentage of population, or just totally insignificant, or have nothing to do with the matter. Finally it is as usual assuming everyone in the world lives in the USA, including their reader

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