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General Discussion / Re: Social Situations, or Are We Not Nerds?
« on: November 09, 2015, 11:09:34 am »
"Rule 1. Act friendly, maturely, and respectfully to all your fellow community members. If you have a problem with a particular member, you may report it via the "Report to Moderator" button or PM any moderator. You may not publicly start a discussion about it."

It's already rule #1. What additional guideline would make anyone change their ways?

Site Talk / Re: Public Maintenance on the site
« on: November 07, 2015, 06:45:06 am »
I find the format for this new storage is not always appropriated. One of my hacks contains patches for both headered and headerless versions of a SNES game. Why doesn't RHDN allow me to have a proper option, such as " No special Requirements ", even though the game is SNES ?

Ehm, why don't you just pick "No special requirements then" then?

Also, as for hashes of original ROM, I understand that a minority of hacks might fail if you apply them to the wrong ROM, especially those that hacks a very large part of the game, such as Grond's Final Fantasy or the Castlevania II retranslation. However my hacks are smaller and often change less than a hundred of bytes, they are designed to be largely cross compatible with multiple revisions/translations of the ROM, as well as cross-compatible with other hacks.

Just give one ROM's hashes that's confirmed working as a reference and mention in the description that it should work with other ROMs too. Anytime a simple dropdown option doesn't cover something, just note it in the description. That's much more practical than having pre-definined options for a myriad of possible cases. "Why have those pre-selections at all then?" - Because otherwise people wouldn't bother giving patching info at all in most cases. People are lazy. At least this way they are confronted with the topic and have to give some sort of info

Finally, often the non-hacked ROM do not figure on my hard disk anymore, or does figure but is there with a non GoodNES or GoodSNES name since dozen of years, so I don't know what I am supposed to do here. Just to say that while I fully understand it was a great idea to add this, in my particular case it doesn't blend well.

Hashes >>> GoodNames, if you have the ROM get its hash, the name doesn't matter. Just don't give a GoodName if you have any other identifying marker available. Those names are just one option, but it's the least desired identifying marker anyway.

If you don't have the ROM anymore, for old projects: It's unfortunate, but not much you can do. You could either find a working clean ROM and use that (if you don't see any issues after the patch on a glance) or hope someone else takes the time to do it. What else can there be done? Of course it could be that an issue with that ROM shows later and it wasn't the right version after all. Oh well, once someone notices it they can report it and someone will figure something out. Shit happens. It's not expected of you to give an old hack complete playtests with every ROM out there to figure out the right one. We only ask for what is reasonable to do in a few minutes.

If you don't have the ROM anymore, for new projects: It's a bad idea to not keep backups of clean ROMs you are messing with :P People who work directly on a single copy of a ROM should be oiled, feathered and burned for their sloppiness

Gaming Discussion / Re: Is there a need for new game consoles?
« on: November 06, 2015, 05:43:32 pm »
Don't feed the trolls people.

There are pretty much two choices:

a) Disallow requests entirely or b) Focus them in one thread.

Tharthan pretty much summed up perfectly why it's not cool to have request threads all over the board. For most people they are perceived as extremely obnoxious. A lot of users just register to make a request and then never visit again when they don't get a reply. The harsh truth is that no one will fulfill any requests. Because the people who have the skills to do those hacks, have their own ideas. Why would they work on someone else's? These things can take years of free time. Why invest that for a random stranger? It's a fantasy to think that skilled people browse that thread looking for stuff to do. No one is!

But obviously a lot of people want to see xyz happen and can't do it themselves, so they hope they'll find someone. The thread is there so they can get it off their chests. There is a slim chance that someone might actually do a very small hack, so it's not like it's guaranteed to be a waste of time. But you shouldn't get your hopes up. Mostly it's just there so people can dump their ideas and move on without disrupting daily site activity. I'm sorry if that seems cruel. It protects the users making the requests too though, because daily request threads in other areas would be magnets for anger and trolling. Hence why the alternative to the request thread we have would be to disallow requests entirely. I hope you can understand the reasoning.

General Discussion / Re: Hold on... Don't tell me...
« on: November 03, 2015, 10:26:17 am »
Then they might honestly consider crackpot ideas like "turn people into robots and computers".

Better than considering crackpot ideas like "If I live my whole life like a tool, I'll be rewarded eternally in heaven".

Gaming Discussion / Re: PS2 doesn't read disks anymore
« on: November 03, 2015, 02:06:47 am »
A sample size of one + three buddies you knew really isn't good enough to make statements like console x always craps out while console y is super sturdy. I had 3 DCs in my period of interest in that system and while none of them outright broke, they could take an unhealthily varying while to read stuff. And GCs are generally considered to be the last pieces of working tech after a nuclear holocaust :P

Hardware breaks. It can and will happen to any brand. Buy a replacement or put your faith in emulation. Good luck finding working disc-based systems in 20 years. Might as well make the switch to emulation now ;)

Site Talk / Re: Data Crystal
« on: November 02, 2015, 06:38:46 am »
It'a a Wiki, anyone can contribute what they deem worthwhile information for others  :beer:

General Discussion / Re: Online bullying and suicide
« on: October 29, 2015, 09:56:19 am »


General Discussion / Re: Dragon Ball! Opinions! Reviews!
« on: October 26, 2015, 06:45:09 am »
I loved Dragonball and I rewatched it a while ago and I think it still holds up. It's funny and just damn engaging. Sure, some battles are dragged out, but not nearly to DBZ levels. The ones that go on for more than 3 episodes deserve to. Of course compared to modern shows the animation is horrible and the pacing is slow. But when I grew up with it, it was the best show on afternoon television, hands down. There weren't many alternatives with an ongoing plot, most kids shows are case of the week fares with the return of the status quo after each episode. DB was one of the first shows I saw where things that happened mattered.

Now DBZ is another matter. When I grew up with DB, DBZ wasn't available in German at all yet. Instead I searched the net  for horribly compressed real video encoded clips from battles that went for maybe 30 seconds and were like 10MB in size. It was the hottest shit and we traded those clips on the schoolyard like treasures on whole stacks of floppy discs... Then later (I think I was already late teens) they finally brought over the show and internet lines got fast enough that you could download an entire episode, the disappointment upon seeing the actual show was heart breaking. As awesome as those 30s clips were, it was a different story realizing that those 30s were embedded in 5 episode long staring contests. Needless to say, that show was a huge pile of ass. I instead enjoyed reading the manga, since that goes by as fast as you read it. Even in manga format, I think the series stopped being worthwhile after Namek though. It just got too extreme, too stupid and the stakes were gone when everyone just got revived for the 5th time.

A word on more modern shows. Of course in terms of animation quality, characters and pacing DB can't compete with modern shows. I haven't watched Avatar yet, but I heard only good things about it and I'm considering to watch it, even though I'm approaching 30. But for a lot of modern kids shows I saw, I absolutely hate the style. Spongebob, Adventure Time, it's just hyperactive randomness. I just can't watch that stuff, it feels like a complete waste of time. Compared to those, I'd rewatch Dragonball any day.

General Discussion / Re: "Wednesday, October 21, 2015"
« on: October 21, 2015, 05:22:08 am »
You'd like Mad Max: Fury Road. Movie has barely any CG. Almost every effect is practical.

Including the flamethrowing guitar.

They used a ton of practical effects yes, but they also spiced up pretty much every scene in some way or another with CGI.


It's a great movie with amazing action, but it still uses a ton of digital trickery. CGI is not bad, it's how you use it that is.

Site Talk / Re: My browser detects malware in one of the hack's page.
« on: October 21, 2015, 03:31:01 am »
First you complain about GPL violations in one point and then advocate that anyone should be able to mess with other people's patch distributions willy-nilly because they think they know better than the author what's best for their patch in another.  :cookie:

Site Talk / Re: My browser detects malware in one of the hack's page.
« on: October 20, 2015, 04:54:03 am »
There are patches that need custom patchers written by the author for that specific project. If the author's homepage (if he even has one) ever goes down, the patch is useless after that. It makes sense to bundle that kind of patch with the required patching tools, it will always stay usable.

General Discussion / Re: "Wednesday, October 21, 2015"
« on: October 19, 2015, 01:10:28 pm »
This is like Y2K -- only based in fiction instead of a potential reality.

Something tells me you guys are going to be incredibly disappointed.  Oct. 21 is just going to be a normal day.

I mean... what are you even expecting to happen?   :P

Everyone take cover, the fun police is rolling into town.

Site Talk / Re: What's the deal with people polluting news posts?
« on: October 18, 2015, 02:08:30 am »
Basic guidelines on how to create a welcoming community:

If someone releases something you approve of, you cheer them on. If someone releases something you don't approve of, you keep it to yourself. You probably aren't the target audience.

Release posts aren't discussions about games you bought or movies you saw. The creator is sitting right there, having spend a great deal of free time on it and is asking nothing in return. It's not the place to run off your mouth.

If people keep being dicks in this way I'll push for this guideline to be made into a rule, with consequences for the offenders and everything.

Considering good instruments are very expensive I think it's perfectly fine to start with a cheap one and play for a year to see if you'll stick with the instrument or not. If the guitar breaks down then, it already earned its money back IMO.
Then for the second instrument go to a store and actually play with each that strikes your fancy for a few minutes and pick one that'll last you 10 years. Then it can cost more as well. But it's a waste to blow that much money on a whim when you might get bored of playing bass after 2 months. Looking at the used instrument market, it seems to happen to more people than there are those sticking with it...

It's very telling that you earlier go on a rant about how shitty some romhackers supposedly are for not respecting the work of romhackers that came before them, that they use as a base. And then you proceed to shit on emu authors who were at the forefront of figuring out how the system first worked and built the foundation for future emulators to come, just because they don't adhere to your personal opinion on what a "right" emulator has to be.

I'm out of this discussion, but I hope you'll eventually realize how full of yourself you are.

Emu devs simply have a different mindset -- and ultimatley emu devs are the ones who are making the emulators, so they're the ones who get to dictate how emulation progresses.

And which council of emu authors gave you the authority to speak definitively for all of them?

The Snes9x and ZSNES devs seem to have been content with what they achieved. They could have kept going to strive for greater accuracy, but most of them didn't. So what, are those false emu authors? Do they just get booted out of the emu dev club once a system enters your "stage 2"? If not, there are obviously still emu developers who are happy with striving to just get games running with the means available to them.

Hardware specs aren't opinion.

If the goal should be to run games or to replicate the inner workings perfectly very much IS.

I wonder if this pertains to games that will never see the light of day in the US, like BS Zelda or Seiken Dentetsu 3. I just started making videos and intend to put them on Youtube, but for rom hacks I should make sure not to monetize anything for rom hacks...

An interesting anecdote from a popular German Twitch channel I'm watching that tries to keep a 24/7 TV-like channel going via Twitch and including some LP content. They are very open about the business side of their channel and they once commented on Nintendo's behaviour on this topic. They said that this policy mostly comes from Nintendo of Japan. The German branch at least rolls their eyes at it themselves. The only thing they can do about it though is just not to enforce the guidelines given by NoJ and leaving German channels with Nintendo material alone. I dunno how NoA handles it, but mostly we can all thank NoJ for this. Reactionary Japanese businessmen who don't understand the internet.

If you play Japan exclusive games, maybe you are more likely to get noticed by NoJ. At the very least, I wouldn't put the game title in Japanese into the description knowing this.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Is there a need for new game consoles?
« on: October 14, 2015, 09:34:46 am »
I play 90% PC games myself, but if there is a console exclusive I want to play, I get it, why lock myself out of it over platform fanboyism?

The only difficult question is always how many exclusives I want to play there need to be, before buying the console for it becomes worth the investment. I guess the last gens I pulled the trigger when there were 2 or 3 must-plays and at least as many "would be nice to play"-games again. Current gen still has a long way to go towards that, only console exclusive game I'm dying to play is Bloodbourne. And the new Xeno game on Wii U when it comes out I suppose. But 1 game for each platform is far away from my trigger point yet.

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