My nickname is BGE, I'm an old (40something) coot who decided to translate Phantasy Star IV in French so my daughter would stop pestering me about it.
That's pretty much my only claim to ROM hacking/translating fame, and the only reason I dared to do it is because lory1990 had disassembled the code, and galletteuh helped me fix embarrassing typos.
Of course to have had the idea of doing such work implies that I knew such a thing existed, which means that I have lurked on romhacking.net a little bit, but it was mostly to find translations.
I don't know if my schedule will let me take on new projects in the future (and it's not like I'm 100% finished with the translation, there's some technical nits I still want to fix) but I must say I did find it an interesting intellectual challenge. And I do love those older RPGs, I feel like they struck the right balance of being engaging enough without eating up all your spare time (Mass Effect, I'm looking at you now...)
By day I'm a software developer writing corporate web sites in Java. I like that but much of the challenge is figuring out what dependency is conking out or what stupid XML file has a typo in it. Retro systems are a nice change of pace, where the hard parts are very different (especially when writing raw assembly!)
Oh, and if anyone wants to talk about Tangerine Dream music or mechanical keyboards I'll gladly waste your time ranting about either subject.
Anyway, hello, everyone