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Since it was asked before why would Nintendo complain about ROM hacks on youtube yet do nothing to repro makers?

The answer is: probably because it's easier for Nintendo to do. All they need to do is file a complaint to youtube.

There was a time Nightcrawler tried to take down a repro maker making repros of his translation patches. I believe he reported the repro maker to his ISP or US-based website host or whatever. Something like that.
Site went down for like a day or something maybe until the repro maker just found a new host in like the Middle East or Asia, somewhere known to be more tolerant of copyright infringement.

Even though if they're in the US, Nintendo could probably sue the site owner directly, but I'm assuming there's quite of bureaucratic legal work they'd still have to work through to make it all formal and such.

In my opinion this is also a big fault of youtube.  Content ID matching allows a lot of false positives, and also false negatives (flip or slow down footage). There's barely any human reviewing going on unless you're part of a multi-channel network that has a legal team (polaris, machinima, etc.). Bigger channels can usually make a successful counterclaim, but the smaller fry will almost always get hit by an unfair strike. Nintendo profits from this by simply feeding nearly all their game footage into content ID. Nintendo footage from a channel not associated from them? Bam, instant ad profits to Nintendo withheld, until a counterclaim. Even if you're doing a review or showing sample footage you still can be hit by a penalty or even lose your youtube account. YT is so big nowadays that you can't get around them, so if you want your video to get noticed there aren't that many sites to go to.

Then there's also manual takedowns. If you as a company don't like that one review made by a youtuber, simply file a complaint and YT will remove it instantly. Usually it takes several days before that video shows up after a successful counterclaim. Incidents like those are too many to count, and unless your channel is big enough to make a fuss out of it, you won't see that video ever again. For big channels this is usually positive for them, because the fuss gives them more publicity if they speak out against it, but smaller channels won't be heard.

Gaming Discussion / Re: What Are Some Good NES/Famicom RPGs?
« on: July 30, 2015, 03:56:55 am »
There's also that hack for the chinese FF7 demake.

Hmmm, he said good.

I think ze10 was referring to this hack:

Gaming Discussion / Re: They see me remakin', they hatin'
« on: June 24, 2015, 04:32:28 am »
What they were going for, what you missed, what they accomplished quite brilliantly actually was a Wizard of Oz effect.

You never let the tornado lift you out of Kansas...

It's quite a departure from previous final fantasy games. Most games dump you into the overworld after some exposition about the game's premise. This game however locks you into Midgar for too long for my tastes. I usually can put up with grinding and such, but limiting me to one place limits the options of what I can do and I am pretty allergic to that if I'm playing an RPG. I knew that I'd get out of there eventually, but there was something about the Shinra building that severely ticked me off, but I forgot what it was.

Maybe I should go back to the game again, from the beginning to see if it really was just me.

Also is it just me or does every final fantasy game with the ATB-system have a first boss with an obligatory "Don't attack him now, or he'll maul your face off" phase, in order to teach you about timing your attacks?

Gaming Discussion / Re: They see me remakin', they hatin'
« on: June 23, 2015, 05:39:03 am »
Not really interested in this, I didn't have a PSX back in the day and playing it a few years ago, there was a lot for me to dislike. I played through FFIII DS without much troubles (save for that f'ing final tower), FFIV was great , and FFV is my favorite main series final fantasy game. However, I couldn't stand 7 for more than a few hours. It felt like FFIV, but the characters weren't likeable for me. The game extremely limiting during the first parts of the game, constraining you to the same drab city for a long time. I think the part where I gave up was the infiltration of the shinra building.

I might another shot at it if the HD remake comes to PC, but I'm not really hyped for VII.

Gaming Discussion / Re: So I discovered PC gaming
« on: May 20, 2015, 04:46:03 am »
Does anybody in this thread know what's the best way to play Windows 98 games on modern Windows Vista/7/8 32-bit and 64-bit laptops? Dosbox takes care of DOS games but what about Win 95/98?

Is there any program that does that or should one use Gparted on their harddisk-drive and install Win98 on a seperate partition?
I'm curious to figure out how to play Warcraft II, Age of Empires II, and Baldur's Gate II on my Win7 machine.

Hit up they usually have some good tips to run those kinds of games on modern OS'es. The most annoying are games that do run but have horrible colors. That's caused by directdraw being phased out of directx. Other than that, virtual machines are the best way to go.

Sorry. I own three: a buffalo snes replica controller, a Logitech Dual Action, and a radio shack controller (rip radio shack) that actually ain't bad.

If your dual action is of the 360 variety (colored ABXY buttons), you're golden, otherwise you'll be limited to pc games before the 360 (before 2007 or something). Recent AAA games will try to use your directinput controller as a 360 controller, which will almost never work well. For example: darksiders will make the camera spin the whole time, unless you unplug your controller.

There is a workaround to use non-360 controllers, called 360CE. This involves manually copying and pasting several dll files in each and every separate game you want to play, not very intuitive to say the least.

Gaming Discussion / Re: So I discovered PC gaming
« on: May 18, 2015, 05:32:24 am »
Yes, I own a few.

It really depends on what kind of controller it is. Most games these days do not play well with older controllers and only allow for 360 controllers. On the other hand, indie titles and fighting games usually support both 360 and non-360 controllers.

On a side note: If you have a GOG account you can download tyrian 2000 for free. It's a great shooter on pc.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
« on: May 13, 2015, 05:38:00 am »
Eh? The game isn't even out yet!

Same sentiment here. I think people are too quick to judge MN9 on the preview builds. Inti creates is responsible for the mega man zero series and mega man 9 and 10, which were awesome, so I doubt the game will be bad.

Super bunnyhop has a nice video on this matter:

Most of the information provided is rumors, but quite a bit of things look plausible. For instance, konami wanting to switch over from traditional video games to mobile seems like a logical leap, because the mobile market is huge in China and Japan.

Gaming Discussion / Re: What did you play in school?
« on: March 12, 2015, 06:19:18 am »
Math blaster, prince of persia, alley bcat and prehistorik man. i still love alley cat to this day

I still remember the alley cat theme, that's among the best bleeps and bloops I've heard in my live. And prince of Persia's got to be one of the most brutal games I've played in my life, the death theme still haunts me to this day.

I also remember playing an indiana jones game and paratrooper as well.

Personal Projects / Re: Gundam SEED Advance - Translation (GBA)
« on: February 16, 2015, 10:03:15 am »
That's not the one that got released in the US with half the content cut?

You're probably referring to gundam seed Battle assault (US game) and Kidou Senshi Gundam Seed Destiny, which never left Japan. It's a somewhat basic fighter with the battle assault version only having about 10 characters, while seed destiny has about 30. For a bigger kick in the nads, you can unlock Battle assault within kidou senshi gun seed destiny.

Not really much reason to translate the game though, you can play through the game from start to finish, because the main menu is in English. The only stuff crucial thing you wouldn't be able to understand would be the shop, but that didn't my playthrough in particular.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Pokemon Yellow NES Translation Project
« on: January 20, 2015, 05:24:03 am »
Perhaps this tool can help. Select "Chinese" to "English"

Don't ever use machine translations. They botch grammar, word meaning and a whole slew of other things simply by clicking on the translate button. This is especially apparent in translations from Japanese and Chinese, because they are not like English at all.

Case in point:
Hij valt met de deur in huis

Google translation:
He falls to the door at home

Literal translation is: "He falls along with the door into the house"
Correct translation is: "He's cutting straight to the point"

I don't trust this dev for one bit, he's also offering emulators that can pull this shit:
(This is a literal quote from no$gmb's readme)

A message says ILLEGAL COPY and beeps whenever I turn on my computer!

Yup, that's what happens to people like you. However, as that message
said, you can still use your computer (after hitting space 500 times),
and after doing that five times (ie. 2500 keystrokes alltogether) the
program will assume that you have realized your fault, and delete your
harddisk, no, no, just joking, it'll stop bothering you at that time.
Additionally you are encouraged to report your actions to your local
police office.
Note: That happens -only- to people whom have actually stolen a
registration key, not to normal registered or unregistered users.

I'm sorry, but you're on a whole other level of self-entitlement if you load your software with malware, just because they pirate your stuff. Asking people to pay for software that can easily do illegal things is one thing, I can live with that, because it is a gray area. But to go as far to actually incur damage to people's computer's just because they take the same approach to acquire your program (pirating instead of paying), is mighty hypocritical.

Gaming Discussion / Re: So Shovel Knight is out!
« on: June 29, 2014, 02:22:03 am »
Because we're comparing the game to NES limitations, here's a breakdown on the subject by one of the devs:

I'm not following ds homebrew as much as I used to, but last time I checked, this project was recommended by most people:

They offer rom patches and AR codes, so they also got retail games covered.

Gaming Discussion / Re: The Kickstarter Thread
« on: June 25, 2014, 09:50:32 am »
Some ex Stalker and Metro 2033 devs are apparently working on a spiritual sequel to the Stalker games. They say they've funded a majority of development themselves, but that they are also open to more donations via kickstarter if there is interest. The 26th is supposed to be an "official" announcement of the title. There seems to be some drama from GSC and Vostok Games crying that West Games are crooks, and some fans are put off that most of the kickstarter video is concept art, previous Stalker game footage, and slightly misleading.

I'm hoping for the best, as I love the stalker games and would love to see more

Scrap that one, it seems that the guys kickstarting the project are frauds:

Gaming Discussion / Re: Remake of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire in 3DS!
« on: May 15, 2014, 06:57:08 am »
They had less features, for example no phone calls from trainers. Most importantly you couldn't revisit the old regions after becoming the champ. I think after gen 2 a lot of people were disappointed with that the most. (This is all IIRC - i Haven't played these since they were new).

Exactly my sentiment about these games. I played the hell out of pokémon gold, but I just couldn't get into the third gen. I think I went up to the sixth gym, until I called it quits, there were just too many things I didn't like....  The clock wasn't utilized, less content, less pokémon to catch, double battles which feel somewhat tacked on, pokémon contests I could give a rat's ass about, "secret bases", etc.

The general excitement for these remakes really irk me, because I think that the original games were flawed, yet there is a massive amount of people praising it to high heavens. Then again, before I saw anything of X and Y, I already condemned the games, something I backpedaled very quickly on after seeing some gameplay (haven't played them though). I really want to know what nintendo is going to change in order to make these remakes more enjoyable, because if they don't make any noticeable changes, they haven't won me over.

News Submissions / Re: ROM Hacks: New Hacks Added to the Database
« on: January 28, 2014, 01:17:03 pm »
The NES golf game with KISS characters? Now that's something you don't see every day.

In Megaman 3,
*Needle Cannon can damage buster deflecting enemies; pierce through shields;
*Spark Shock (See Ice Slasher)
*Shoot actual Tops instead of acting like one :/

But top spin is one of the most ridiculously overpowered weapon in the game :O

Gaming Discussion / Re: New consoles launch
« on: November 19, 2013, 03:50:53 am »
Well, if they are just electronic entertainment and not games that have a video component as I previously believed, then I will stick to books and movies.  The games that focus on cinematography over gameplay do absolutely nothing for me.

Just like FMV games, and we know how that went...

Gaming Discussion / Re: OpenPandora
« on: October 15, 2013, 03:11:15 am »
But what are alternatives? Nothing that small could claim to run the stuff it claims, and with a built in gamepad. I guess waiting for better ARM netbooks (or whatever you want to call them), but today?

I would've suggested dingoo in a heartbeat, but it does not have as many nice features the pandora has. PSP's have also been a pretty popular choice for many people. I haven't followed the scene for years, so I don't know any new handheld that has similar capabilities.

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