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Best Tools For Beginners?
« on: February 13, 2016, 03:46:58 pm »
Look, I'm not gonna beat around the bush nor am I going to lie to you, I'm a serious amateur when it comes to game hacking, however, I am full of ideas and willing to spend the next few months or even a few years making my ideas a reality. With that being said, I am looking for advice as how to approach my situation.

First off, I'm looking to do Pokemon rom hacks (yes, I know, that is so overrated). Sadly, a large portion of the applications designed for hacking these roms are, in the nicest terms, dangerous to use. According to multiple sources (google security, VirusTotal, MalwareBytes, etc.), a few programs which I figured would be most appropriate to use in my quest for creation are unsafe

Programs such as:

Advance Mart
Advance Text

Have come up as dangerous and would be best avoided to prevent my PC from becoming infected with god knows what. That being said, are there any alternatives which haven't come up as dangerous according to VirusTotal and other sources? I have tried to download Advance Text multiple times from this website (as well as a few others), but all I keep getting is a warning from Google that the download is malicious and will damage my computer if used. My question is... is advance text actually dangerous? It says on the VirusTotal page that the program contains multiple trojans, and when scanned with MalwareBytes, it pops up as a virus as well.

So, what programs are best alternatives?

I already have Advance Map, which is labeled as safe according to VirusTotal, MalwareBytes, HerdProtect, and a few other sources. So I can do the mapping no problem, but now I need to be able to edit the text or better yet, have more text than what is acceptable. Like for example, rather than someone only having a text line saying "You may have won this time", I'd rather have a box or two of text for them to say. Also, I am looking for a program which will edit the INTRO text as well as edit the title screen.

So, suggestions and ideas appreciated.

(Gameboy Advance please)


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Re: Best Tools For Beginners?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2016, 05:30:52 am »
For most I would have said stay away from the tools at first and learn the hardware and basic concepts, however is a pain to hack as Nintendo/Game Freak seem to delight in doing all the fun and complex stuff.

The tools. Some of the pokemon hack/fan sites out there have some iffy downloads (though the big ones like pokecommunity and such are well curated). The actual ones are fine though, just subject to endless false positives as they are often written in some flavour of visual basic, possibly have a packed or encrypted exe and exist solely to modify other files. There might be some dodgy tools that were never things out there but Advance Mart and Advance Text are both highly regarded tools.

Alas I have not kept fully up to date with pokemon hacking (the game does not interest me and I am not terribly fond of a lot of the communities either) so I can not help you much further there. However I can at least link you to and to help you along your way.


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Re: Best Tools For Beginners?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2016, 02:01:11 pm »
I'm pretty good at Pokemon game (well, the GBA game) hacking/editing/spriting so if you have any questions you can PM me.

If you are concerned about the utilities being infected with Malware (although from my experience I found they were mostly false positives) you can run the programs with a Sandbox tool like Sandboxie.