The vast majority of hacks of Mario titles out there can't seem to have a single original thought and instead import sprites and backgrounds from other games and shoehorn them in. It always looks like shit and they all look the damn same and are fucking boring. That video CM30 posted above is a damning example of this. Maybe the scene would get some more members if most of the established work wasn't all so trite. But I guess people just like seeing the same shit from 20 years ago rehashed.
But then again, do you guys really WANT this hobby to be more popular? Isn't part of the fun of ROM hacking being in a gang of elite nerds who have learned a skill with a very steep learning curve that seems like magic to the uninitiated? Do you all really want to lose that feeling? Or does this thread exist partially because of the cognitive dissonance of being proud of having mastered a skill that most people in the real world don't really give a fuck about?
On the mario levels thing I was reminded of something. I have almost certainly brought it up before but a while back IGN did a playthrough of Doom with John Romero (video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUU7_BthBWM
). In it John Romero makes a passing comment about those doing user made levels doing things he never would have thought of (and possibly beyond him that day). I have always liked that sort of thing in science and tech but so rarely see it in games and that stuck with me.
"I agree that GUI is more convenient than using a command line. I prefer using GUI over command lines. However...."
There are many occasions during which a GUI is more convenient, few would argue otherwise though part of such an argument would be ease of programming, and you do have https://xkcd.com/1168/
to consider. Some seemed to be wanting to eschew it entirely though and that is just crazy.
Yeah there is always need for more translators and it would probably be one of the bigger timesinks, however more hackers are always useful as well.
"cognitive dissonance of being proud of having mastered a skill that most people in the real world don't really give a fuck about?"
"Do you all really want to lose that feeling?"
Two things in life scare me
1) The possibility that I will one day wake up with kids and a mortgage
2) The possibility that I will be one of the people that thinks "never hire anybody smarter than you" is a good idea in the long run.
Related to 2) would also be the weakest guy in special forces concept -- you might be the weakest but the variation in skills will get you somewhere good and you are probably still a hard bastard. Alternatively there is the meeting of scientists/engineers thing to consider ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0ZgED70FMg
) -- I would consider myself a decent hacker, able to wander into any random ROM and do some damage, at the same time I do not really know PS1 MIPS assembly or architecture and thus someone that spent a couple of weekends learning it could probably get my best fish impression should I be foolish enough to claim "I R master haxxor" on the matter.
Anyway serious skills in pointless fields* is the epitome of man as far as I am concerned (even more than laziness), and one of the few things I actually do anything resembling improvement in.
*bonus points if they were once a useful field like engineering.