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SMW Central enters Super Mario 64 hacking

29 October 2012 8:27AM EST - Update by Kieran Menor

Site News

For almost 7 years now, SMW Central has been the backbone of the Super Mario World hacking community, providing valuable resources to SMW hackers, as well as hosting a huge list of hacks for those just looking for something to play.

Now, for the first time ever, we are expanding by adding another Mario title to the list of games we support. Yes, you guessed it, I am, of course, talking about Super Mario 64. In addition to adding a Super Mario 64 forum where hackers can mingle, we’re now hosting music, textures and Super Mario 64 hacks for everyone to enjoy, and we hope to add sections for even more types of resources soon.

If there’s a little Mario hacker in you, whether it be for the old or for the new - or even if you just want to try out a hack made by someone else - you should definitely stop by.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community!

Announcement: Credit List

19 June 2012 4:54PM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

Site News

Today we’re making an announcement about a new Credit List feature we deployed recently on the site. It has been several years in the making. It was originally an idea from Satsu on how to better facilitate proper crediting of people in our database. There were many technical hurdles to overcome at the time. Allowing multiple author selection was a good stop-gap solution over nothing, but it still fell very short.

Let’s say Aeon Genesis just released a new translation. That’s great, but just who was under that umbrella for this release? Who did the stellar job translating that script? Who did the programming? What about that guy who made that custom decompressor utility? There are many important people involved in our hacking projects that deserve formal community recognition. Simply cramming all those names in the author list is not an elegant solution at all.

A credit list is not a difficult concept, but it can be very difficult to try to shoehorn into a database with roots dating back many years, containing a haphazard mix of people and groups, and entries assigned in various different ways. How do you do this without having to reset all entries, or lose all of our existing valuable associations? It was not an easy question and it took a long time to implement a viable solution.

We finally came up with something that works after some additional input from Spinner 8. All existing data and associations are preserved, and we have added the ability to properly fix and credit any entries going forward. Both old and corrected entries will operate. It is unlikely that all old entries will ever be corrected, so it is imperative that both old and new work.

The current ‘Author’ field for hacks and translations will be used as the ‘Released By’ field in all entry and search pages. In the case of a group project, only the group name should go here. All people belonging to a group for that project shall go to the Credit List. In the case of an individual project, only the primary individual/s to be credited for the release belong. All others involved should be added to the new Credit List attached to the entry. Additional information can be found on the Credit List submission page, and you may see the following examples for reference:

RHDN 5th Anniversary and RHDN 2.3 Released!

24 December 2010 7:25PM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

Site News

RHDN has turned 5 years old! We’ve had nearly 30 million unique visits. We are only a few months away from being the longest lasting active ROM hacking website in history. In honor of this occasion, we have released RHDN 2.3 to the site with the addition of several new goodies. Read on for details!

RHDN 2.3 has been released! It’s the culmination of all I’ve been working on this year for RHDN. I have cleared out most of the backlog of items leaving only those that never had a detailed plan for implementation. The following are some of the additions that have been made:

  • Enhanced Profiles with contribution rankings, reviews, news, and more!
  • Added submission form contents to rejection e-mails.
  • Added approved item link to approval e-mails.
  • Linked News Items to projects via the ‘News Articles for this Translation’ link.
  • Data Crystal ROM hacking wiki and Community History added.
  • Added language to translations in forum profiles and community database profiles.
  • User interface added to forms to submit an entry without a file and indicate when the project has no readme file.
  • Whirlpool News Archive added.

It’s been a very good year around here. RHDN hit it’s niche this year being a positive place where people can come to exchange information, discuss projects, and socialize more than ever before. Stability, personnel, management, and community participation were all at very admirable levels. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff and community members who helped contribute to RHDN this year, and build the longest lasting, largest site of it’s kind! There were many impressive releases this year from our community content creators, and the bar just keeps rising. I look forward to seeing what everybody is capable of in year 6!

At this point, I’ve done nearly everything I set out to do with the site. I had hoped to eliminate staff entirely at one point, but experience has shown we need to continue to have screening staff members in order to maintain adequate quality levels on the site. A few other compromises were made along the way where experience showed some ideals were not practical. However, for the most part, my original vision has come to full fruition and exceeded all my expectations.

With 5 years of development coming to an end, it is now time to look to the future and determine a path to take for the next 5 years. I extend an invitation to all to discuss with us your hopes, dreams, and visions for the RHDN of the future. We will re-evaluate our roles, lay out a new plan, and embark on a new journey forward!

IRC Chat is moving!

07 November 2010 5:13AM EST - Update by DarkSol

Site News

Due to recent and continual net-splits on the DarkMyst network, as the administrator on the IRC side of the house, I am announcing that we are moving the chat to SynIRC where I am currently an IRCop.

There will be a transition period for people to get acclimated to the change of one month. After which, I will be shutting down the channel on DarkMyst.

However, the same rules still apply on SynIRC as they do on DarkMyst.

The IRC staff and I welcome you to join our chatroom and make yourself at home!

A list of the IRC servers in the SynIRC network can be found here.

ROMhacking.net and Data Crystal Merge!

10 September 2010 5:49AM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

Site News

This is an exciting day for ROMhacking.net! Today we officially announce the merger between ROMhacking.net and the Data Crystal Wiki (datacrystal.org). Two of the largest ROM Hacking resources around have come together in a big step forward toward centralization of the community and providing the largest ROM hacking resource on the planet! Both sites shared many of the same goals and it made sense to combine our resources and link together. AnyoneEB will remain webmaster of Data Crystal and it has been great working with him so far.

There are many new possibilities that have opened up with integrating RHDN and Data Crystal content. We’ve already implemented several new features you can read about below. We plan to continue the integration process as time goes on. We’d love to hear from you on what you might like to see in the future.

Here are some new features that have come from the merger:

  • ROMhacking.net Accounts Merged with Data Crystal

    You may use your existing RHDN account to log into Data Crystal for editing. If you don’t have an account, creating a new account from RHDN will work on both sites.

  • RHDN Game Pages Enhanced with links to Data Crystal

    Every RHDN game page now links to associated Data Crystal ROM Maps, RAM Maps, Table Files, Hacking Notes, and Tutorials! In the event no page exists on Data Crystal, you can create the appropriate page on the spot!

    See the examples below for Super Mario Brothers and Earthbound that show the full effects of the new possibilities!

    http://www.romhacking.net/games/727/

    http://www.romhacking.net/games/709/

  • Fan Translation Community History Page

    The Fan Translation Community History page is back in wiki form! This was a page lost when Wikipedia deleted it. It’s back now and ready to be edited and enhanced by all of you!

    http://datacrystal.romhacking.net/wiki/Fan_Translation_Community_History

  • Translation Request List:

    The Translation Request List from the forum has moved to the wiki. Users can add their requested games themselves. The list can be maintained by anyone, and the ability to further enhance it with additional information is made possible by the wiki format.

    http://datacrystal.romhacking.net/wiki/Translations_Request_List

RHDN 4th Anniversary!

23 December 2009 8:49AM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

Site News

RHDN turns four! What a fourth year its been! RHDN and its members have definitely proven we’re tough and have some serious staying power this year. After being embroiled by a dramatic Internet hacking caper in June from a HyperVM exploit, our VPS server fell to complete data loss along with thousands of others. We were down, but far from out! We suffered a few weeks of downtime, rebuilt from backup, and restored remaining information with the help of our strong user base. Fast forward a few months later and we’re back to near record traffic and visits once again! If that can hardly leave a dent on RHDN and its members, I don’t know what can! It was a proud moment to see everybody work together, rebuild, and move forward to become better than ever!

This year saw several big improvements to the site. With RHDN 2.2 we saw: full site UTF-8 support to better serve our global community, a new font section was introduced, and navigation and functional improvements were made. We also revitalized and reworked our IRC channel #romhacking.net to better tie in with the site and be the extension to RHDN it was meant to be. Joining together our two staffs, we kicked off the improved channel with a two day meet and greet IRC event. It was great to expose new people to IRC and have them come out to the channel for a fun online event. We will also definitely be considering the possibilities of what can be done for future events. Some ideas considered would be a Q&A session, mentoring session, or even a small ROM hacking class.

The largest global force of ROM hackers ever assembled is still in full force and propelling RHDN one year closer to being the longest lasting ROM hacking focused site of its kind! What challenges does RHDN face for year five? We’ve got to continue to encourage, promote, and facilitate user contribution. Our contribution base is strong, but there’s still room for more of us to join the band and bring RHDN to the next level! Our user contribution is what makes RHDN what it is. We will continue to look for more ways to give additional site editing power to the users, display your contributions, and hopefully encourage new people to jump on the contribution bandwagon! We will certainly continue to evaluate site navigation and functionality to improve the user experience and make it easier than ever for you to contribute!

The overwhelming majority of our new users today come from Google searches on a variety of topics from gaming to emulation. Sometimes, the search terms may be unrelated (such as game titles) to what we do here. We have to continue to improve our accessibility to outsiders and gracefully deal with people who do not know what our community is all about, and other ‘growing pains’ so to speak. RHDN has grown beyond its niche roots and we have to look at ways to continue to adapt to our large site status.

So, what’s in store for 2010? I’ve already mentioned a few things throughout that we will be trying to achieve. Surely, we’ll see an RHDN 2.3 release covering several of those items. Though no official development plan has been made yet, I’d expect you may see: an improved site and forum layout, improved submission form interface and options, fun additions to your profiles and community database pages, enhanced database relationships, and possibly a new section or two!

If you’ve got some good ideas or ways to improve the site, we’d love to hear them in the Site Talk section of our forums! Its only with a combined effort that we can continue to be the unwavering global force that we are today and keep RHDN a valuable resource for years to come! We can make year five the best year yet!

RHDN Meet and Greet IRC Event!

12 November 2009 9:07AM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

Site News

Come meet, greet, and get to know your RHDN site and IRC channel staff members during this inaugural IRC community event! Our staff wants to get to know you on a more personal level and elevate the community aspect of the site to new levels! Make new friends, ask questions, talk about the future of RHDN! It’ll be a fun time had by all! Read on for details!

The event will run on two days with the following expected staff participants. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, December 3rd 16:00 - 18:00 EST:

  • I.S.T.
  • Nightcrawler
  • KaioShin
  • Azkadellia
  • Gideon Zhi
  • Dragonsbrethren
  • RedComet

Sunday December 6th 13:00 - 15:00 EST:

  • I.S.T.
  • Nightcrawler
  • KaioShin
  • Suzaku
  • Gil Galad
  • DarkSol
  • MathOnNapkins

DvD Translations New Home / Free Hosting

09 September 2009 6:54PM EST - Update by Matthew Callis

Site News

DvD Translations has a new home at http://dvdtranslations.eludevisibility.org/. I’m also taking this opportunity to offer anyone with a site going down due to Geocities or just never had a site to have hosting for emulation related projects. You can have your own domain or a subdomain from superfamicom.org / vintagedev.org / eludevisibility.org based on what type of project you are working on.

Dynamic-Designs Open for Business!

09 September 2009 6:53PM EST - Update by Draken

Site News

Well, it finally happened! Stealth Translations and Magic-Destiny have officially merged to form Dynamic-Designs! A brand new website is up, and they have announced that work has begun on everyone’s most wanted SNES RPG: Burning Heroes. Some translators have stepped forward to lend a hand, but as always, more translation support is always welcomed.

There are also mentions of Mystic Ark updates, as well as mentions of “Secret Project #1″ being at 45% done with beta testing.

RHDN 2.2 Released!

23 June 2009 10:31AM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

Site News

We’re happy to announce the major release of RHDN 2.2. This release brings several new features that have been added to the site. You may have noticed a few of these features silently deployed for testing over the past several weeks. The showcase piece this time around is the addition of a long awaited Font Archive that should benefit ROM hackers of all types. Please be sure to read the submission guidelines, and look at some of the example fonts already in place for details on what is expected from your entry.

In addition to that, we have many other additions and have addressed all site issues/bugs on file! See the highlights below.

RHDN 2.2 Highlights:

  • New Font Archive section
  • Multiple Authors support for Hacks Section
  • UTF-8 Full Site and Forum Conversion
  • Language added to Extended Translation Submissions Page
  • Reason for change field added to all edit submissions
  • Site wide dynamic page titles
  • Fixed all recorded site issues and problems on file!
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