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Posted on 08-02-07 03:11:59 PM, in About Your Usernames Link
I played too much Rudra no Hihou , showing off the original cart.

My first name ever was GandalfTheGrey. Also not too creative, but VL-wise, it is like a first love - you never forget it.
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Posted on 08-02-07 03:21:56 PM, in Metroid pro mission 0.3 beta version (Yes this is a demo) Link
It sucks, really. Sadly the screens you showed/linked show screens which look much more better. But this is just as a SMW hack with an invisible ledge where you have to do blind jumps.

I honestly advise you to tweak around a lot. I couldn't get past the third room. There is yet another lava-filled hole (you cannot get out once you are in, at least not without the Hi-Jump Boots (optional; Varia Suit while taking damage).

Nothing against challenging hacks. But some key things should include:
- Giving the player enough to room to maneuver, at least right at the start. This includes enough space for jumping, long enough rooms instead of short doom traps.
- Fairness. Getting past several screens with tiny height and very damaging lava before any save room/energy recovery is not fair.
- Beta testers. You are the creator, you want the people to earn the items - that is not the problem. But you know things, you may be perfect at infinite bomb jumping, getting the perfect navigation room message in Metroid Fusion (shinespark), but others like me are average, didn't finish the game originally without any game over. The difficulty level goes up much more than you self might expect.
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Posted on 08-03-07 05:38:47 AM, in Metroid pro mission 0.3 beta version (Yes this is a demo) Link
Negatve feedback is also feedback. It still is your hack, nobody forces you to do something, but often you'll see the point what the people don't like. If one person out of ten complains about the appearance of a certain enemy he/she doesn't like, you'll be unlikely to remove that enemy unless it cannot be avoided or is really just a minor thing in a game.

And as for being honest or not. This is a game, so it might be another thing if I come up with a comparison:
In real life, if I know someone, I tend to say opinions directly, in a non-damaging way (think about your girlfriend and similar, things can get hard in certain situations - especially when being together for a longer time).
Of course you cannot do this when having problems with someone in a higher position than you (chef) easily, but in terms or ROM hacking being honest is the only way.

It's up to you if you even give out demos, showing screenshots only or if you just release the full version. But is it not easier to change things in a hack in an earlier status with more negative feedback than finishing the game and nobody seems to like it ?
You might be angry about the wasted time and effort if you are the only one playing this game.
As said, I am only one player and no expert and have different views. Their is no perfect hack at all, DW:TLC, TSRP2 (two well-known SMW hacks) may have superb gameplay, but even these can be flawed.

Your point to ultra-hard hacks is right and the same as in your case:
People have great ideas, want to surprise the players with new levels, forcing them to use more skills in than the original game - what is not a bad thing.
First, you know the level since you built it obviously, then you test it hundreds of times to check balance, debugging and such -> So it just get very easy for yourself and just rush through later.
You might wantto raise the difficulty level, because it _seem_s too easy for you.
But even until then, no player even has seen the level yet, so must judge from your skills and the knowledge from the "average" (or in your case, expert) gamer how easy/hard the parts should be made. The same applies to hidden items. You have a cool idea hiding a missile pack or somethin; I need to think to one or two of those in Metroid Zero Mission which drove me mad really, but if a good player takes them without any problems and places a lot of items that way, it will be an annoyance for some the players later.
It is impossible to satisfy all players, but you should just see that thread as constructive criticism ... if people say "it sucks", hey write something I also wouldn't like if I was the hack creator - but often they give ideas and point out what they don't like or what could be changed, without sacrificing your own idea from the hack you want to create.

So, ask for beta-testers beforehand. I think this is a better way prior to releasing a major demo or the final version. Get people you trust, they usually go ways you never would expect, see flaws, find bugs faster and you even have good hints. They may like to test games before they come out; you name them in your readme/in-game credits, they feel happy and good. Of course, people only glaring to have their nickname shown in a game, but nothing contributing sucks too. Depending on the people the game also shouldn't leak to the public, with still unfinished levels/bugs and such.
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Posted on 08-05-07 02:21:01 PM, in Kirby's Adventure (NES) Link
Originally posted by Ranko
I think that's Kirby's Dreamland, if I'm not mistaken.

I owned 2 for that. Beat the heck out of the first too. Getting 100% in 2 isn't too terribly easy for the person going through it at age 11 or so.

Dark Matter in KDL2 was the main problem, similar to getting the Rainbow Piece in World 5 (if you don't know how).

Though beating Dark Matter can be a lot easier (less time-confusing) in its first form:


I had Kirby's Adventure as well, the graphics amazed me with their variety, considered to the technical limits of the NES.
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Posted on 09-07-07 10:26:21 AM, in Screenshots Link






This one is edited,though, unlike the above ones (and was used in once in the past, while moderating another forum)
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Posted on 09-07-07 12:01:59 PM, in Coffee Link
Before university, while working I actually drank a lot of coffee. After that I cut it down a lot - currently I often drink one or two cups (0,3l), but not every day.
While working early it's good to have the never-ending coffee source running in the kitchen.
I absolutely get into good mood, after hearing the typical sound, when the water is sucked out nearly entirely from the tank in the back of the machine
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Posted on 09-07-07 04:22:59 PM, in Screenshots Link
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Surlent: Taking a stab that the game is Jets 'n' Guns? Excellent soundtrack that game has.


Yes, actually this is the expansion Jets 'n' Guns Gold, which adds levels, ships, weapons and lots of other stuff. This game really rocks - and makes a lot of fun, since the new levels and other stuff are mixed with the old ones. And the game seems harder. I died a lot, playing on "Normal". Let's see how this will be when I am done and re-play all the levels with all equipment on a higher difficulty level
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Posted on 09-07-07 06:35:58 PM, in Puyo Puyo; last edit by Surlent on 09-07-07 09:40 PM Link
Actually there is a PC version out there, even with included netplay. I have that game.
The bad thing is, the game is available in Japan only and you need a valid serial number and a password (not sure about that one) for multiplayer games. So if you want to get it via the "usual" ways, forget about multiplayer via the internet.

I also noticed, the difficulty level in PPF for PC is lower than in the GBA version. So you can beat that version on Very Hard easier than on your handheld.
The graphics are the same from the Gamecube, except there is no fancy 3D effect when clearing the screen in Fever Mode.

Sadly, only PPF1 got ported to PC. I would like to try the second part some time ...
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Posted on 09-13-07 03:09:19 AM, in Problems booting after MB/Processor upgrade Link
Did you perform a new install of Windows, after putting the new mainboard in ?

When replacing a mainboard, a re-install of Windows should follow. Especially, if the new MB has another chipset than the old one, I strongly recommend that.
Of course you need not to format, just a normal Windows installation should do it (though you need a valid serial number for that), a repair install is not sufficient.
This also has the nice side-effect of removing faulty system files and probably eliminating some errors you might have experienced previously (not these bluescreens, in XP they usually only pop, if something really bad happens - like damaged drivers, broken RAM, HDD failure and such).
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Posted on 09-13-07 01:37:15 PM, in Crack vitually any password on Windows.; last edit by Surlent on 09-13-07 04:38 PM Link
Similar to protection against burglars, any password does not grant full protection and can be broken at any time. It just needs time. But with a long and secure enough password, you can make it more complicated/time-consuming for intruders at least.

So that neat little program will need more time with a 12+ character word, including special characters, not being in dictionaries though.
One more secure way might be something like an USB stick, which you need to dock on your machine to be able to log in (like, putting some vital user files onto the stick, and similar ...), and combining this with another password.
And although that program might be good for retrieval of forgotten passwords, most users use very unsafe and easy passwords like "password" or "sex" ..
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Posted on 09-14-07 03:04:31 AM, in iqtest.dk Link
It said 112 for me.
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Posted on 09-14-07 07:37:11 AM, in Universal Audio Architecture (UAA) High Definition Audio class driver; last edit by Surlent on 09-14-07 10:38 AM Link
The problem is, that you probably need a version which fits your mainboard/sound card.Microsoft doesn't offer the download on their site, so you need to contact the support first to obtain this file. Best bet might be to check on the manufacturers and/or mainboard homepage, especially if it is onboard sound.

But there _are_ other downloads for that driver, but I cannot tell you, if that version (HP Pavillon) will fit your system or cause critical errors (bluescreens, not being able to boot Windows anymore and such). Since we don't know your system, we also cannot know if you own that particular machine or another one ...

But unless you just formatted and wouldn't mind re-formatting your system, in any case that driver fails, I would stronly recommend not installing this, if you are not 100% sure about it.
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Posted on 09-16-07 10:04:09 AM, in Your biggest gaming challenge Link
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Come to think of it, I did a 3 HP run of Cave Story....


...

There were many continues.

I'm just playing the game currently, it's awesome. The final boss awaits me, but as for difficulty; even with 45 HP there were two or three bosses where I needed some tries, until I figured out how to defeat them easily.

Since there are enough save points and you can usually dodge everything, it's a fair challenge. Not too hard, but not too easy either.
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Posted on 09-16-07 10:18:56 AM, in Vanished post or something I did wrong ? Link
I replied to the gaming challenge thread, but neither my post did appear, nor I deleted my post or created a new thread by accident.
As shown, my post doesn't show up. But if I go into my profile and click on the last post link, it shows me my single reply. I am just interested, what happened there actually ... was it my mistake or something else ?

If this is something other users encounter as well (like a bug affecting all members here), feel free to trash this thread. Thanks.
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Posted on 09-16-07 10:57:58 AM, in Vanished post or something I did wrong ? Link
Well, reloading didn't help me, the same also happens in Internet Explorer and Opera, since I usually use Firefox. And IE and Opera had not that board in their cache(s) and I am also not logged in there, so the problem must be either my ... connection (I am using no proxy) or something else happened

The last post in that thread I see is Skreeny's always.
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Posted on 09-17-07 10:06:31 AM, in No thanks, I like my games humanly possiable. Link
Originally posted by Kles
Yeah, I saw that a while ago. Kind of silly actually.

This makes the Touhou series look almost easy, Mushihime-sama is probably the hardest shooter ever, making Gradius look like ... training
On the other hand: You actually have to sacrifice a lot if time for practice to do it that perfectly, dodging everything besides a small hitbox (even only an area of just one single pixel would be hard here). So the real life might come short, when mastering that game
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Posted on 10-15-07 04:39:45 AM, in Past the hype. Link
I even wouldn't blame Nintendo for strongly forcing multiplayer games. In web 2.0 days the small world "community" plays a role - and as already mentioned here, already the DS with its WiFi capabilites with games like Mario Kart or Tetris DS went that way.
The Wii still has that advantage that it is the cheapest console of all and games like Super Paper Mario and such. You cannot expect as good graphics as from Sony's beast. And if you don't have enough money ... well, as said, there aren't too many good 1P games to buy yet - just another argument to get a Wii, since you won't waste hundreds of dollars on games first

Do you think Nintendo and other companies developeing Wii games will have enough innovation for the whole life-span of the console; will there be a day when all Wii owners will yawn - even when nearly all games are innovative (usage of Wiimote) in their own way? When we think back to SNES days, there were really a lot of crappy games, more bad games than on Genesis and other consoles, but those very good titles Nintendo licensed, these really helped them back then.
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Posted on 10-24-07 04:26:58 PM, in Looking to buy a laptop battery Link
I have to agree with neotransotaku's opinion about common Li-Io (I think) batteries:

My Nokia 3200 is several years old, still in use and has standard batteries - they still hold about six days in stand-by and maybe about three hours when calling someone ... I usually leave my phone switched on always, letting it discharge until it turns off (if someone urgently needs me at that time, they know the phone number(s) of the places I usually am), then I charge it over night. Again, I am too lazy to open up the phone to just look up the battery type now ...

But as with any rechargeable battery, after a longer usage it can die pretty quickly. So fully charged batteries should be used normally (hence why rechargable ones are sold in a discharged state usually, apart from security or other reasons).
As for the laptop, I'd buy the original one from Dell. There could be really cheap alternatives which fit your needs and laptop voltage, but you never know about security and such.
Some time ago even a very cheap non-brand cell phone battery exploded while the phone was in use, killing the user. Although this should really in extreme rare cases, on the other hand you never know how long your cheap battery lasts or if it will last least as long like the original one from Dell ... so the problem is the price of the original ones, but some very cheap ones can be more expensive if these break or even could do damage to the computer.
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Posted on 10-25-07 02:38:42 AM, in Insanely Hard SMW Hack Link
Heard about that Mario hack. Funny references in the level names in here, as for example Yoshi's Island 1 was renamed to "Akihabara" (district of Tokyo, but about 99% of board users know this anyway), which has a ... freaky touch. Recently friends were in Japan, they confirmed that fact when they visited the capital city of Japan. Nevermind ...

The second video is really cruel, just see when the player enters that small-Mario-only door in the last stage ...
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Posted on 10-26-07 02:29:32 AM, in Cave Story Link
Originally posted by NightKev

Edit: I wonder why there wasn't already a Cave Story thread?

Well, this game is several years old, but nonetheless an excellent mixture of Metroid and Megaman. I especially liked the final battle, it feels so ... epic with a lot of obstacles, a nicely done boss. And the game even just gets better and better ...
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