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Gaming Discussion / Re: Ethnocentrism and Localization
« on: August 08, 2015, 02:48:37 am »
There was an ancient anime very popular in Germany called Saber Rider (afaik not aired in the US). In the original Japanese version the team leader is the Japanese on the team. For the German localization they rewrote everything so that the European looking Knight character is the lead. I guess for the US version they'd have rewritten it to be the cowboy.

* Left most character is the main characters of the German version, second from the right is the main character from the Japanese version. But hey, they all have to work together to defeat evil anyway, so who cares who's in the lead, right?  :D

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Puzzledude's seminar on romhacking
« on: July 28, 2015, 12:13:44 pm »
I don't find the admins all that great. Issuing warnings and slapping you with predefined (and blown out of proportions) accusations - when all you do is try to be helpful. That's my experience anyway.


Don't blame the admins, blame the moderators, who are completely seperate :P

General Discussion / Re: 90s Alt Rock Party
« on: July 22, 2015, 01:05:07 pm »
That's what I'm saying, Disch, in the 90s, pretty much every non-metal rock was called "Alternative."

That's my memory from that time too. From the perspective of a metal listener, that was "all the other stuff". Unfortunately it makes the term pretty meaningless.

General Discussion / Re: Music as a form of therapeutic expression
« on: July 20, 2015, 02:36:56 pm »
I prefer music with fantasy lyrics or none at all. I don't want to hear some singer tell me about his past girlfriends or how hard his childhood was. Why should I care? I guess I can see how it might connect with people who went through similiar things, but even then it's not about them, it's about the singer. To each their own.

General Discussion / Re: Romhacking tools and a new computer
« on: July 10, 2015, 01:35:31 pm »
OpenOffice is terrible. I'm constantly fighting against the program instead of working with it, since the auto-assist options it does by default are atrocious. Turning them off never really worked too since the configuration dialogs are convoluted and it's impossible to find anything.

Microsoft Office is a bit better in that regard.

Still, I don't use neither. If I just have to scribble down some quick notes I simply use notepad and save as txt. If I have to write something *real* I use a TeX distribution. I couldn't recommend it to my mom (TeX is basically a programming language for documents) but as a power user I get way better results in much less time. Both for documents and presentations. Basically anything you write will look like a professional document ready for printing while anything created with an office suite (regardless of which) always looks like something created with an office suite.

I get the feeling we'll never determine the right descriptions of both genres.

WRPG: Crude, unpolished diamonds
JRPG: Shitburger with urine filling


But joking aside, the JRPG genre is already decomposing. Final Fantasy and Xenoblade are the last big budget series left. Even Persona 5 is a good 5 years behind current tech and it's not even out yet. Everything else becomes more and more cheap. And that is what leads to the moe blob weeaboo pandering harem JRPG style that becomes more and more dominant now. Look at the JRPGs released for the Vita in the last 24 months. It'll make you cry and weep in shame of ever liking the genre. I'm not saying JRPGs of the past were like this. But what is happening right NOW is that the genre is on a steep decline into oblivion.

General Discussion / Re: America: "Gay marriage is ok"
« on: July 06, 2015, 05:37:58 am »

Let me put it this way.  Give me a reason why marriage should only be between heterosexual couples that isn't one of the below:

- That's the way it's always been  (completely irrelevant)
- Because my religion says so

I can play devil's advocate here and give you one. Let's keep in mind we are talking about the federally defined marriage, not the religious one as you yourself pointed to.
What is marriage good for from a non-religious standpoint? To give incentives for building families: Tax benefits etc. But gay couples don't get children. Of course not every straight couples that marries gets children either. And there are marriage benefits that gay couples should definitely have - ie medical decisions concerning their partner if they can't make them themselves anymore.
I personally don't know where I land on this issue, but I can at least see this argument. I don't think it's unreasonable or crazy. Children are a society's future and gay couples are sadly a dead-end in that regard. But that's where adoption could come in. :angel:

Gaming Discussion / Re: They see me remakin', they hatin'
« on: June 27, 2015, 04:21:42 pm »
I really wish they'd get around to doing a remake of Secret of Mana someday, tbh. That game deserved better. Multiplayer on the SNES is largely limited to sports games. They crafted something beautiful from the ashes of what they had planned, but really, it should have been Rondo of Blood vis-a-vis Squaresoft.

I love me some Secret of Mana, I tell you whut

Considering how well the remake for Seiken Densetsu 1 turned out, leave SoM the hell alone S-E.

Site Talk / Re: People Signing Up Just For Advertising
« on: June 27, 2015, 07:32:25 am »
From the forum rules:

5. No personal advertising without permission from a Site Administrator, currently Nightcrawler. Use your signature instead.

If a post isn't sanctioned (if it is, it's probably mentioned somewhere in the post) just report it to the mods.

Gaming Discussion / Re: ZSNES has been comprimised.
« on: June 25, 2015, 04:37:06 am »
Why would anyone bother to code malware specifically for a few hundred retro gamers who are most likely still running a P4 hooked up via dial-up, when you can get a few thousand servers with one-click installable wordpress exploits or any other malware flavour of the week?  ::)

Also, I went without posting for a couple of years and totally forgot my old account's password, which is tied to an email account that is long since dead. Hi. It's weird to be back.

Oh, I remember you, the fellow metalhead  ;D. You can try sending a short explanation of the situation via http://www.romhacking.net/contact/ to get the mail changed to the new one and then have a password reset. Maybe.  :-\

Site Talk / Re: How this site is viewed
« on: June 21, 2015, 03:15:14 am »
Well there is like 1 PSX translation for every 50 Snes and NES translations. And if you go newer than that it looks even more bleak. If you don't follow the forums and the site news every day all the time I can see how the perception might arise that we exclusive for these things.

As for console-based, PC translations are also pretty rare. And most of the stuff that is currently happeneing in that department is Visual Novels, which have their own seperate communities and we barely get any of their stuff here. This by the way isn't by choice from us, it's just what happened. When the site was founded, we did have the PC VN translations that were there at the time, and Haeleth (sp?), the guy who IIRC kickstarted that whole English-speaking fandom was a member here too. BUt eventually they got their own niche websites for that (TLWiki etc) and stuff just congregated there and not here. Now if I was a new person wanting to translate a VN I'd also go to the specialist sites for that and not look here.

The bigger "image problem" so to speak is when people think RHDN is a person/group that translates and hacks games themselves. You'd be surprised how often we get staff mail with "You guys are awesome, when will you translate X?" ::) But that's an user intelligence issue, nothing that can be fixed on our end IMO.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: June 19, 2015, 11:46:17 am »
Just finished a major project and to regenerate I decided to do nothing for two weeks except reduce my pile of shame (Steam backlog of unplayed/unfinished games).

So far I beat 2:

Goodbye Deponia (final part of the trilogy). Absolutely hilarious. The ending was a bit on the "meh" side though sadly. But it's not like anyone is playing these for the plot. The sheer insanity on the way to the finale absolutely delivered.

Creeper World 3: A tower defense game, but a very good and very unique one. Instead of waves of enemies that come at you there is a large biomass that keeps spreading over the map unless you hold it at bay (like the zerg creeper in Starcraft). Once you established a foothold on a map it'll become a tower offense as you try to build yourself a path through the mass in order to destroy the sources. Very good amount of content and varied maps. Super cheap too. If you like TD games, I can only recommend this.

Also played and dismissed two more:

Ironcast: It's FTL meets Mechs meets Match 3. The core concept is great, but it feels too random to me. After 5 hours and maybe 20 runs I still feel like I'm losing because of bad luck and not because I did something wrong.

Talisman: An adaption of an old Games Workshop boardgame. Sadly it's just not very engaging or entertaining. Pretty pointless dicerolling. Even as a physical boardgame I don't think I'd be having much fun with it. Fortunately this was from some bundle so it was very cheap.


The Vanishing of Ethan Carter: A walking simulator, in that there is not much gameplay, you just stroll through a stunningly beautiful landscape and try to uncover a mystery. You do that by stumbling across mystery set pieces that uncover snippets of backstory if you solve them in various ways. The athmosphere is great, but I honestly thought the conclusion sucked ass. And the gameplay is not too compelling. The game advertises itself with "no handholding", but what that translates to is pretty much just "stumble through the landscape aimlessly until you come across something". A bit of a direction would have been nice. I know I know, I'm a filthy casual.

Hitman Absolution: I liked it a lot. It's 98% of the way there, just needs a tiny bit more polish to be perfect. Still very good though. Though it has a bit of a Deus Ex 2 syndrome going, in that there are long series' of short stages. And while each has lot's of different possible approaches to get through them, I know many players prefer having the huge setpieces of older games. I didn't mind.

Stargate SG1 is very decent, but it's real function is to get you into Stargate Atlantis which is amazing.

And Farscape is an aquired taste, it's not a bad show and I enjoyed watching it, but even then something always felt off to me. It's in a very strange place of cheese.

Enjoy Babylon 5, a true classic and still one of the best. One of the very first non-soap shows to establish serialized storytelling. The first season was terrible, but it's worth suffering through it for the rest (much like TNG was in that regard). You should also watch Star Trek DS9 for the same brand of edge of your seat storylines.

Gaming Discussion / Re: E3 2015.
« on: June 16, 2015, 02:14:23 am »
Shenmue III! http://bit.ly/saveshenmue (Also Last Guardian)

Wow. That would be great. Though I have to wonder. The original cost 70 million to make. What do they think they can accomplish with 2 now?

I finally managed to get Firaja, but I only survived the first boss with only Cloud left and he had like 5HP...
And for the second fight I had to reset 5 times to get rid of the sin spawn without loosing someone on turn 1. (Tipp: If a battle goes badly, force close the app. It'll allow you to do the battle over from the start without losing Stamina. It's a cheat, but for some insane stages like this, I don't feel bad about using it as a last resort. Especially if I have to spend Mythril healing after the first boss).

Holy craaap. The boss rush they just added isn't gonna happen for me. As with Phoenix in the last event, I don't care that much about summons anyway.

In good news, I managed to collect 50 Mythril. Just waiting for this current draw event to have a day with equip I want. Looking for Terra's or Vanille's SBs specifically.

Site Talk / Re: The site just totally freaked out on me
« on: June 10, 2015, 05:59:13 pm »

If anyone wants to add me my code is 9efR. I have a few Lv50 chars, but they don't have any equip soul breaks, so they are probably uninteresting to use for now, but who knows where they'll take the system in the future. I have item soul breaks for Black Mage and Bard, but they are still Lv1. I'll level them up when I have nothing else to do, which might be quite a while off...

So many opportunities for Mytril right now. The quests, the new events, the revamped dailies give clear rewards all over... Going to save up for the 11 draw for the first time, usually I'm not patient enough for that.

I'm not a huge arcade gamer, but everytime I do open up Mame for whatever reason I end up playing NeoGeo games pretty much exlusively. They have the perfect balance between presentation and playability. Newer stuff emulated on Mame is usually butt ugly early 3D and I was never a fan of Street Fighter so SF3 doesn't get me to ignore NeoGeo either.

My favourite is Garou - Mark of the Wolves.

Maintenance is ongoing right now.

And it looks like the official wiki has been taken over by KKK and hentai images, I guess that happens when you take the kid's toys away for a few hours.

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