When I first read the guide on learning how to hack I figured in one-year at least I'd be able to do almost anything in hacking on roms from NES to Playstation. I understand the basics for rom-hacking, but still rely heavily on tools, and have not done any major rom hacks of my own. Unfortunately, instead of trying to become a better programmer and learning how to do XYZ for each system; I had a specific problem that I wanted to solve and spent all my energy trying to solve that one problem. So after that was complete I could do XY better, but still did not understand Z, and still continued to rely on better programmers, and rom-hacking guides to solve future problems. I think that is how the majority of hackers learn. Let me tell if you if something you want done can be assisted 95% by injecting a cheat code value, it will make your life easier, but then again someone probably already did it. Sorry, if I'm ranting. Hopefully this paragraph gives you some perspective on my first year of rom-hacking, OP.