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colcolstyles November 1st, 2011 11:59 PM

Discussions - 2011

HotY 2011 Discussion Thread:

This thread is where discussions regarding the Hack of the Year competition can be held. Because the official threads are for voting only, we have created this thread for you all to voice your opinions on this year's competition. Please try to keep conversation civil and respectful.

cr4y November 2nd, 2011 12:45 AM

A tough competition considering there are many decent hacks out there.

Truality November 2nd, 2011 6:51 AM


Originally Posted by cr4y (Post 6912921)
A tough competition considering there are many decent hacks out there.

I don't think so. The hacks that actually deserve HotY and aren't ineligible are finger-counted. I'll have to think about it carefully, however.

Also, it's clear which hack most people will spam in every category already.

gunnerpow7 November 2nd, 2011 11:56 PM

The 4 hacks that are fighting for the HotY are Light Platinum, Flora Sky, Life of Guardians, and Snakewood and the competition is tight between those 4 so it's anyone's game... =)

Snivy063 November 3rd, 2011 12:54 AM

I've played Life of Guardians several times already, and I couldn't get bored of it since the plot is very cool that wouldn't let you stop playing it. :)

Starchomp November 3rd, 2011 3:11 AM

Truality is right, while there are many good hacks here, most of them haven't Progressed enough to justify winning an award.

I think snakewood will be what I'll vote for because it was just a really fun and interesting hack to play.

Crimson5M November 3rd, 2011 8:03 AM

If Flora Sky wins I leave PC. It's full of stolen sprites and is nowhere near the standard of past winners.
Although there are many problems with Snakewood, I'd like to see it win for the pure fact that it was the most fun hack I'd played in ages.

Tcoppy November 3rd, 2011 8:31 AM

Honestly, even though I worked with beta testing the english release of Light Platinum, the fanbase is really out of control with noobs and such so it doesn't really get my the hack was cluttered with random useless rival battles

Fireworks stole what I was gonna say about Flora Sky so I won't even bother commenting on that.The Victini event wasn't that bad though.

Life of Guardians...well come on, if it doesn't win at least get it to second place, the story was fun and that hack was one of the most fun games I ever played, and come on, it's been in third place for two years, right? It might get my vote.

Snakewood is just one of the best hacks out there in my opinion, and it has R/S/E tiles!A hack that still has the same tiles that might win hack of the year (not to mention it's ruby tiles) it would be amazing. So it might get my vote.

In other words, Light Platinum fans are too over the top, Flora Sky just confuses me,Life of Guardians either needs to win or get out of third place, and Snakewood has bland ruby tiles but the story makes up for it. :)

gunnerpow7 November 3rd, 2011 3:03 PM

I have played Light Platinum about 20% of the game, Flora Sky 80%, Snakewood about 65%, and I haven't started playing Life of Guardians but to me, all of them are promising hacks. Light Platinum is a great hack with beautiful tiles and the story is like plating HG/SS but in a different sense... Flora Sky, well, a good hack but tiles kinda bright but scripting is good... Snakewood is one of the best hacks out there and has a sense of originality and even though it has RSE tiles, it makes up for it for its amazing storyline! I haven't played Life of Guardians so I don't know how to rate it... Still, I may download it today so I can see its features... =)

TheChaosBlue November 4th, 2011 12:29 PM

My first time partcipating in the HOTY competition...definitely a good time to join.

Wow, now this is a tough one...each have their own merits that make them stand out. Snakewood have definitely stood out as relying on its plot I give it that. Light Platinum is just so beuatiful to look at, and feels like an official game. Flora Sky follows that too, with a nice sidequest after the main game. And Life of Guardians is just amazing, no other words can be said...

Team Fail November 4th, 2011 12:58 PM

It's going to be fun this year. I should get back to work on Aqua Sapphire so I can get something in before the end of the year. I'll be placing a vote in when that time comes (I think it works like that anyways.) except if my hack gets in (although that's not too likely).

Blue November 4th, 2011 1:07 PM

I do see Light Platinum getting far this year, it's a credible hack afterall.

Kevin November 8th, 2011 6:09 PM

Dang, it's been that quick already? I remember last year's competition exactly. Time goes by so fast these days...

But yeah I don't see as many impressive hacks anymore, so I can guess who's gonna win this year... Maybe.

destinedjagold November 8th, 2011 7:04 PM

The year's competition~
I may come out third once again, making it 3rd 3 times in 3 years in a row xD

Anyway, I wish that this year's competition will be great~

shomoher November 9th, 2011 12:44 AM

Not sure if I have the right to do this... but I'll write of my opinions. It's just my personal thoughts... so I wish no one criticizes them too harshly...

Not in any particular order

1. Flora Sky
Pros: Good Scripting. Engaging Storyline.
Cons: ...I'm not too sure. I liked Flora Sky... but not 'loved' it. There is something in this hack I didn't really like... but I can't remember it atm... :O (One thing was that it was difficult to figure out what to do next after I finished one event...)

2. Light Platinum
Pros: Excellent Graphics and Tiles. Two Regions (wow!).
Cons: Boring Storyline... and I seriously got fed up with some people saying the same thing over and over again in cities and towns. The Gyms' layouts and the Legendary Pokemon lairs were tediously designed too...

3. Snakewood
Pros: Unique and engaging storyline and theme (Zombies... :O wow!).
Cons: RUBY TILES... (but still it was actually quite good!). Too Many 'secrets' (I know most people like to uncover extra secrets (e.g locations of Shaderu, the Item Key Chain etc.) on their own... but I SUCK AT THEM, so it was frustrating for me to figure all those out... (to be honest... I still haven't figured out most of them yet)

4. Ruby Destiny: Life of Guardians
Pros: Lovely Tiles. Cool Storyline. Very Engaging.
Cons: The Bad-Normal-Good Feature. It is unique, but that means I have to play the game three times to cover all the aspects of the game... which I don't really like.

Overall... I would say LoG > Snakewood > Flora Sky > Light Platinum... but that's just my opinion :)

AshtonTS November 10th, 2011 3:18 PM

What about Liquid Crystal? That one's pretty good too

Crimson5M November 11th, 2011 9:55 AM

Really hoping Sinnoh Quest gets to the next round, which so far it is. It's a really amazing hack.

gunnerpow7 November 12th, 2011 5:48 AM

It seems that LoG, Snakewood, Flora Sky, Light Platinum are the leaders here... One reason that they are the leaders is because all of them are complete or atleast 85% complete. Also, they all have amazing tiles and storylines!

Crimson5M November 12th, 2011 6:19 AM


Originally Posted by gunnerpow7 (Post 6926531)
It seems that LoG, Snakewood, Flora Sky, Light Platinum are the leaders here... One reason that they are the leaders is because all of them are complete or atleast 85% complete. Also, they all have amazing tiles and storylines!

You just contradicted yourself.
Anyway, it's obvious who's won this year.

Truality November 15th, 2011 5:11 PM

*sigh* You people should give your votes a little more thought... and I would like to point out how sad the absence of Pokemon Identity is. I'm delaying my votes because I'm thinking carefully about this contest.
Maybe I got too serious, but then again, this is not MOTY. This contest is actually about something that people put a lot of effort into. I don't enjoy seeing air-headed opinions on the matter, but can't help it, eh?

Semi-rant aside, I do hope that through the 'public demand' cast, LoG will prevail.

Also, I lol'd.

rockerzz182 November 16th, 2011 4:29 AM

Im rooting for Light Platinum Because it has a great graphics and has a two regions,World Championship and the previous protagonist,rivals and legendaries..Im rooting also in Pokemon Flora sky..=D

Poké - Nyota November 16th, 2011 5:19 AM

Since I'm new to PC 'haven't had a lot of time to play hacks, but, the leaders...
Honestly, none of the hacks have really caught my eye, but I'm still planning on playing them if just for the sake of having an opinion.

The only one I have played, Flora Sky, I couldn't bring myself to play much of it. I don't know if I was just missing
something or what, but it bored me.
Nice story line, but overall it was nothing too gripping.


Unfortunately, it IS looking obvious who will win.


@Truality - I lol'd also

SonicBlazePlatinum November 17th, 2011 1:47 PM

Pokemon Flora Sky seems too unfinished to be Hack of the Year as it has unedited texts, and reused characters especially with Frontier Brain Cailtin being Gym Leader and Elite Four Caitlin being Palace Maven and they're the same person. Pokemon Light Platinum has repetitive texts and the Pokemon used by trainers are also repetitive such as the overuse of Purugly.

I think it should be either Pokemon Snakewood or Life of Guardians since their both in better quality. Pokemon Snakewood has zombies, zombiemons, Battlezombies, and the fun Deadly Seven. While RD: LOG has a storyline that allows you to be bad and both are Ruby ROM Hacks, I'm hoping Snakewood wins with its original whimsicallity.

hashtag November 17th, 2011 3:01 PM

So disappointed with this years hacks. Literally only two hacks produced this year are good enough for Hack of the Month, let alone Hack of the Year. :/

Crimson5M November 18th, 2011 8:15 AM


Originally Posted by Manipulation (Post 6933299)
So disappointed with this years hacks. Literally only two hacks produced this year are good enough for Hack of the Month, let alone Hack of the Year. :/

I fully agree with this statement despite not even knowing what hacks it is referring to.
But seriously though the quality this year has been insert-swear-word-here. Quartz all the way!

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