Hi. I'm Sean, 19 and currently a college freshman. As if anyone cares
Yeah, I'm one of those people who doesn't know jack about real
ROM Hacking. Just to get that out of the way.
ANYWAY, I had my beginnings in emulation when Pokemon was still relatively new- I had found what I thought was Pokemon Yellow, but I had no fuggin' idea how to make the emulator work (I believe it was some DOS version of no$gb). Flash forward a year or two (I have no idea, been too long). I was a huge Harvest Moon fan at the time, and being disgruntled over not being able to own the Super Nintendo version, found the game and Snes9x and actually got the damn thing to work. I spent a good deal of time playing Harvest Moon, Secret of Mana, and Final Fantasy 2, until I finally got tired of Snes9x not being able to do transparency on some layers properly (yes, this was OLD) and switched to ZSNES. Shortly after, I got my noob beginnings in ROM hacking by attempting to make a decent hack of Harvest Moon. Unfortunately, it was a bit out of my league at the time, and I kept running into stupid glitches like "Let's see what happens when you use more space for dialogue than the game actually has!". I more or less gave up on that and found zbattle. I spent a lot of time in there, and I still remember the old zbattle forums. Easily my best memory of that time was playing through Final Fantasy 4 IN ITS ENTIRETY on two-player mode...
Game: "Received the Masamune!"
[timberwolf] Sephiroth was here
[timberwolf] Dude, you've never played FF7?
(We had spent a lot of time making stupid references and making fun of perfectly normal things in FF4's plotline. It seemed natural to make a FF7 reference at the time, and I guess the guy hadn't played it yet
Unfortunately, zbattle had a major crash at some point, and down went the forums. New forums were made, but I lost interest in zbattle, and to a lesser extent, emulation.
Now that I'm in college, I have a lot of classes and crap taking up my time, but I miss the old days of 2-player RPGs and going WTF at people who could win a match of Tetris Attack in obscenely short lengths of time.
I've messed around with hex editing and tile editing, but I've never finished a hack. Too much time playing games, I suppose. I'd go back to zbattle, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be difficult to find someone INTELLIGENT to finish an RPG with. Never did finish FF5 or SoM...
Back in the non-"scene" world, I'm supposed to be majoring in Computer Science. I hope to get a job involving designing or programming games, which is going to kick my ass, I know. I'm one of those 'geeks' with little social life (although not as bad as most, and I'm getting better, honest!) and spends too much time playing games. Mostly Maple Story and FlyFF because I'm too cheap (poor) to afford a real MMORPG.
So, uh, yeah. Word.