Late to the topic (and maybe slightly off topic), but why were Nightwolve's translation patches removed? I'm thinking of Ys IV here on PCE. I went to his site.... and it's a political blog now? And he started ranting about people not paying him for his translations. I'm sure I probably just misunderstood the whole thing, but it was rather odd.
Anyway, I eventually had to dload a prepatched copy of the game. I find it very odd that anyone would want to withold their work from the community/world.
Is RHDN's mission to collate information on everything related to romhacking and translations, globally? I only ask because browsing forums, it seems that the MSX community (which I love btw), seem to be off in a world of their own, doing interesting stuff, but not making much hoo har about it beyond their own smaller forums. I'm not hugely into it enough to post about stuff, but it seems that not everyone is aware of what RHDN does.
Quoted for when you write an article about this later and delete your post.
Now that I've had some time to think, I'm not really sure what point I was trying to make. It's very clear that this site caters pretty exclusively to the hackers and translators themselves (hence the "community site" atmosphere that everyone stresses pretty heavily). So, my argument doesn't make much sense for a website like this. RHDN basically bends over backwards to make everyone happy and avoid "drama", accessibility be damned. That's cool.
I'm more thinking of a hypothetical website that caters more to the end-user, a website that's there for that dude who just wants to play some damn games,
and this website would have all
patches, by everyone, for everyone, no matter what. In that case, the "if it's on the internet, it may as well be here" rule is pretty applicable.
Because really, it's the internet,
and people who want complete control of their property do not really get along well with the internet. If you give out your Ys beta to a bunch of people saying "hey don't give this out" and then you're shocked to discover that someone gave it out, well, that sucks, but it happens. I'm not saying that patches like that should be supported here, but I'm not saying it's a valid reason to call all your fans scum and quit forever either. I'm just saying that whoever wants to put your patch on their site, can,
and there's probably no legal ground available to you whatsoever. And if that's the case, then why not have everything on one easily accessible website? :D
Anyways, I'm just having fun with my completely hypothetical and non-applicable argument over here.