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Gaming Discussion / Re: What. are you playing?
« on: June 28, 2016, 10:32:24 am »
I've been on a real Doom kick lately.  Next up, Sunlust.

Also, I picked up Pocket Arcade Story on mobile.  Hot dang, this is the best thing Kairosoft's come up with in quite a while.

Another note about the Gender Neutral hacks, or as some call them Attack Helicopter Editions (love the reference by the way).  The most common thing I see in the reviews that have cropped up are "he is obviously male."  These hacks were started as basically a dad doing a cool thing for his girl, so this may be legitimately a sticking point.

I have agender friends who like the idea of these myself so I see the point of doing these without such, but for those concerned what about graphics hack addendums?  I can see how on the 3D games this would be more of a hurdle to cross, but it would be possible to make more ambiguous and/or female-looking sprites to go with them, for all those who would find use of these hacks in general.

News Submissions / Re: ROM Hacks: New Hacks Added to the Database
« on: June 27, 2016, 05:52:06 pm »
Better yet: ignore them, pretend they don't exist (if you don't dig em), and move on with your lives.  :thumbsup:
A vital rule to life in many cases, really. :thumbsup:

News Submissions / Re: ROM Hacks: New Hacks Added to the Database
« on: June 27, 2016, 05:47:45 pm »
I kinda want to see that now. "this is bigoted", "they hacked only the title screen", "changed the menu pointer only", "another insipid Mario edit"..... just a rash of "vandalism" hacks like that might be good for a laugh.
This kind of sounds like it would be better suited for reviews though.  Put in more detail to explain what you mean and not only do we know why this hack is known as bad, we learn from it too.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Breath of Fire GBA palette restorer.
« on: June 27, 2016, 05:37:47 pm »
I know that all the LoZ games on the system, Mario Vs. Donkey Kong, and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance also had these options.  In fact FFTA had three of them, one for each GBA and one for TV.

A cosmetic improvement fix.

Final Fantasy II NES - Give Firion an 8-bit version of his Final Fantasy Origins sprite, and also make his portrait match that sprite.
I'm actually surprised no one did this already.

News Submissions / Re: ROM Hacks: New Hacks Added to the Database
« on: June 27, 2016, 11:48:02 am »
Nice stuff about BOF. Now what that needs is a nice VWF and sound restoration, maybe some optimizations to kill lag as well. <3
At this rate, it may be that the GBA version outclasses the SNES one.

News Submissions / Re: ROM Hacks: New Hacks Added to the Database
« on: June 27, 2016, 02:02:57 am »
I was just going to sit back and be neutral, but the Eva post brought me in.  I had a chuckle.

With all due respect, the submissions area is just a nonbias warehouse where we put our stuff for archival/sharing, and one of the very few sites that serve as only that.  Do I criticize a storage locker next to mine because they put in an unwashed dragon dildo, rusty nipple clamps, and a transcript of the "how do you wipe your ass" thread?  No, because it's a storage locker.  It's there to put stuff into.

Sorry for the mental imagery, but my point is things on here are beyond what we like or don't like or what we deem as acceptable or not.  We can review things and tell people not to play them, but everything should at least be given the service of an archival of some sort.  Think of it as a safe place for hacks in general, because with the status of hacking we could use one.

Metroid III: Samus Goes to College
And then it takes place in a big ol' college campus secretly run by Ridley.  But could there be the even more dangerous enemy of Student Loans?

I mentioned a control hack for Illusion of Gaia that would basically add "sprint" to a face button instead of needing to double-tap a d-pad direction, but now that I'm playing the Secret of Mana "Variable Width Font" Edition, I'd also love to see it with a variable width font, plus a little grammar clean up.
Interestingly enough, it's somewhat known by now that IoG was censored upon localization.  It would be neat to see this kind of text cleanup result in a restoration.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Seiken Densetsu 2 Beta Map
« on: June 24, 2016, 01:42:00 pm »
Woah, those maps changed a lot between beta stages!

Speaking of beta, I remember reading once here that a lot of what was once planned for SD2/Secret of Mana was put into Chrono Trigger.  Can anyone confirm that theory?

Does Megaman Battle Network count?

I wouldn't call it a genre of it's own but it's a unique series and part of it is a trading card game, decks and all.

Most of what I play in cards these days are of the Deck Builder genre, where it revolves around building your deck out of the available cards on the table using your resources.  It's generally similar to a TCG but instead of buying booster packs out the yazoo it's more around buying expansion packs (which makes it less costly in especially digital form), plus it has the advantage of everyone having around the same chance of winning.  My favorite of this sort of game are Ascension, though there are definitely more out there.

As for actual TCG games Pokemon TCG is still alive and well, though by now it's rather different from it's older form due to the limitations on cards and rule shifts.  I used to play Cabals before the devs of the digital app made it massively "pay to win" one day.  I remember reading that they're working on a physical form though, it's a pretty neat idea on paper when you look at it so it's probably worth at least a gander.  I also used to play Shadow Era, but it's pretty much a Magic the Gathering clone.

Gaming Discussion / Re: What i'm looking for in a shooter these days
« on: June 22, 2016, 01:48:45 pm »
Project Brutality 2.0 for Doom/Doom 2/TNT/ Plutonia/


Doom Metal pack Vol. 4


And any level wad (I'm currently playing through the Scythe Level wad - small maps and shit tons of enemies!)


Your mind will be blown.  :)
One thing I like combining is DoomRPG's Launcher (note, DRPG only works in GZDoom), Doom RL Arsenal (you need all three PK3s for this one), and any kind of good length map WAD that won't clash like Scythe 2, maybe even something made in Oblige with a lot of pickups and monsters.  I haven't tried this with Valiant or Ancient Aliens yet (they're both really good on their own), but it's tempting.

Of course, nothing just beats playing the plain ol' wad by itself like the author intended.  But this one adds a really fun layer over it for a second playthrough onwards.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: What are you looking for in a ROM hack?
« on: June 22, 2016, 12:56:35 am »
Almost always I'm looking for translations and bugfix/objective improvement hacks that don't feature much in the way of radical gameplay changes.  Some call the majority of these minor hacks.  I also like restorations of cut content or uncensoring.  I'll do new level hacks of games like Mario or Sonic too if they're really good quality and don't try to be extremely hard.

I also tend to hold a very high standard of quality, and I can't stand for many glitches no matter how minor.  This goes both ways, to the point that updates to my own projects are rapid-fire as soon as I find out about them. :P

Nah, you're right about FLIPS.

Interesting, I think it may be just the ROM format and not the MD file for sure; I tested this with Phantasy Star IV proper-caser since the ROM info says MD, it's working.

Maybe PSII Improvement just only works on BIN format.

Okay I just got it to work.

So yesterday I used SBWin to convert my rom from MD to BIN or SMD because Lunar IPS does not detect MD. Then after patching I had the error.

What I did just now was just directly rename the file from MD to SMD. Lunar IPS detected it, patching went just fine and worked correctly.

This also seems to be a problem with FLIPS.  Never noticed it until now because I've never patched an MD file until now. XD

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Breath of Fire GBA palette restorer.
« on: June 19, 2016, 11:26:36 pm »
You added the date you found the patch as the patch release date. I checked the file and it was created 2008 sometime so I edited the page to add that as the patch release date. That's probably when the hack was really released.
Thanks for this.  For a little bit after I saw it, I thought it was recreated from scratch. :P

wonder if someone will take a crack at a more fully blown retranslation in the future.
I remember when a BoF1 retranslation was being kicked around after BoF2's, Ryusui mentioned wanting to use the GBA version for various reasons.

I'd like to see a sound patch first though.  Though it's better than most GBA jobs, the game is still weaker in that department.

You know those gender neutral Zelda hacks?  I like the idea around it, doing so while leaving little impact in the actual game.  How about we carried this idea to some other games where the protagonist is meant to represent the player in some way, yet there is no gender choice?

I can't really brainstorm a whole lot of them for now, but Dragon Quest 1 and 2 come to mind (I think, I don't remember many pronouns in those scripts).  Maybe the Golden Sun games?

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Breath of Fire GBA palette restorer.
« on: June 19, 2016, 06:42:53 pm »
Makes me wonder how many stuff like this is lost.
A lot of times it's because the filehoasting site and all mirrors expire, and the uploader lost the file/doesn't care to reupload.  Megaupload did that to a lot of older things when it shut down for example.

These days we have places to put expired things like here and ModDB, but some stuff is just lost in the sands of time.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Mobages/Other Mobile Gaming
« on: June 18, 2016, 11:25:11 pm »
Quick note on Pinball Arcade, my recommendation is a little less now.  They changed the UI to a significantly worse one just today, it looks terrible, it's horribly glitchy, and I doubt it's been even beta tested at this point. :|

Though the pinball quality is just as great, I'd advise you get the PC or console version instead until they put out a few updates.  EDIT: Nope, PC version's fucked too.

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