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Old December 3rd, 2012, 08:01 AM
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This thread is where discussions regarding the Hack of the Year competition can be held. Because the official thread is for voting and will eventually be closed, we have created this thread for everybody to discuss this year's competition. Please keep all conversation civil and respectful.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 08:05 AM
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Hmm, finally, the hack of the year again. :D
my top 3:
1. Pokemon light Platinum ---> still my favorite :D
2. Pokemon Flora sky ---> Awesome aswell!
3. Pokemon Liquid Crystal ---> Though HS/SS is there, i like this game very much!

I really hope more and more hacks are being made.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 09:49 AM
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I see one problem with the nomination system. Someone who specifically likes one hack overall could easily nominate it for all categories, giving it seven points towards HotY consideration right there. Since I haven't been here through the 2011 nominations, has this been a problem in the past?

I also agree with the above post, Light Platinum is just a nice job. Some fixes are needed, but I think Ash and I will be covering those in the future (once that's done I wouldn't be able to vote for it, of course, being I will have contributed to it). Flora Sky also looks awesome, but instead of Liquid Crystal I'd argue for CrystalDust as it's being made as a perfect replica of Crystal (but with berries instead of Apricorns on the trees, since Emerald's base can't handle them) but with bonus material after the original game is completed in full. So far Kanto isn't in it, so it might still be some time away, but it's worth mentioning.

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Old December 3rd, 2012, 12:07 PM
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Why do you guys like Light Platinum so much? I see nothing special about it except the Graphics. Every aspect in graphics has been changed in that hack. Same as Flora Sky. That hack didn't really feel new to me. It's like I was exploring an updated Hoenn Region.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 12:33 PM
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Why do you guys like Light Platinum so much? I see nothing special about it except the Graphics. Every aspect in graphics has been changed in that hack. Same as Flora Sky. That hack didn't really feel new to me. It's like I was exploring an updated Hoenn Region.
Disclaimer: I have not played Flora Sky, so I would not be nominating it as such if I were to nominate any. The category it would win would have to do with graphics, if any, and Light Platinum competes well in that as well.

Light Platinum, meanwhile, is lacking polish (one of my complaints), but there is work going on to give it that polish. The storyline likely will not change, but otherwise it's a decent hack.

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Old December 3rd, 2012, 12:39 PM
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It's a shame there isn't really anything new to vote for... (At least, nothing that has a strong following).
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 01:26 PM
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The 649 patch, while it may be in the slideshow showcase, has significantly more progress and hard work compared to most hacks in this forum! The Mods should make an exception for this hack, as people should be allowed to vote for it.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 03:59 PM
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The 649 patch, while it may be in the slideshow showcase, has significantly more progress and hard work compared to most hacks in this forum! The Mods should make an exception for this hack, as people should be allowed to vote for it.
I'm not trying to sound rude but they said no to any hacks from the Sideshow and well, this is not really a hack, it's more like a base than anything else.

To be honest, no hacks really got me going this year. It's like, there are some that had a thought out storyline which were pushed aside from being completed thanks to people who "fell in love" for a "complete" and "beautiful" hack. I mean really, this section of the forum needs to come back from the dead.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 04:11 PM
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I'm not trying to sound rude but they said no to any hacks from the Sideshow and well, this is not really a hack, it's more like a base than anything else.

To be honest, no hacks really got me going this year. It's like, there are some that had a thought out storyline which were pushed aside from being completed thanks to people who "fell in love" for a "complete" and "beautiful" hack. I mean really, this section of the forum needs to come back from the dead.
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Hack (hobby), heavy modification of the software or hardware of one's own computer system
The true definition of what a hack is - is best described in the 649 patch. A hack is not a video game, to make a true hack you need to understand the hardware/software of the hacking system (GBA) Which is both are demonstrated with the 649 hack.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 04:23 PM
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The true definition of what a hack is - is best described in the 649 patch. A hack is not a video game, to make a true hack you need to understand the hardware/software of the hacking system (GBA) Which is both are demonstrated with the 649 hack.
Here's a quote I found on the first post of the 649 thread and is ironically the first sentence:
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Old December 8th, 2012, 04:00 AM
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I voted for CrystalDust which is a Crystal Remake, i know that there are many remakes out there that have more extra stuff like extra rivals maps etc but this hack is like the original Crystal and everything in it is perfect and the creator is a good guy who responds to people fast and fixes bugs fast, there is only Johto playable for now but in the future Kanto will be added and the Sevii Islands which will feature a Custom Storyline with extra content after the original Storyline is complete
Also this is the most stable hack i ever played most of the other remakes got tons of bugs lmao :D
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Old December 11th, 2012, 09:52 AM
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Honestly there has been nothing good this year. I mean when Dark Rising is getting so many votes you can tell there is a problem.

My prediction for this year is:
1/ ****e Platinum
2/ Snakewood
3/ Flora-makes-me-want-to-cut-myself-Sky

But in my opinion it should be:
1/ Brown
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Old December 11th, 2012, 11:41 AM
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Honestly there has been nothing good this year. I mean when Dark Rising is getting so many votes you can tell there is a problem.
You can also tell it's a problem when people are rarely voting. By now it should've been at least 3-4 pages worth of votes but there honestly even a page full yet.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 11:59 AM
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Great way to encourage the community to make hacks you guys!
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Old December 11th, 2012, 12:10 PM
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Great way to encourage the community to make hacks you guys!
True that.

Quite many of the hacks out there are simple modifications, whether or not the games are complete and they'd have completely new maps and scripts, but there's nothing to be argued about it. More dedication should be put into the actual learning process, instead of implementation.

To get on topic, I haven't voted myself because I don't play hacks that much (not sure whether that is because most of them don't catch my attention or just that I'll rather spend time doing something else). It wouldn't be right to go voting for one hack you like although there would be better ones around which you haven't tested out.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 12:25 PM
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Honestly there has been nothing good this year. I mean when Dark Rising is getting so many votes you can tell there is a problem.
I'm surprised you didn't vote for Lilac. And personally, I never thought any hacks were that great. They'll just never compare to official games.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 05:46 PM
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My prediction for this year is:
1/ ****e Platinum
2/ Snakewood
3/ Flora-makes-me-want-to-cut-myself-Sky

But in my opinion it should be:
1/ Brown
2/ Quartz
3/ Hytology
Amazingly, I agree with this.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 06:37 PM
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I haven't voted, either. I've only played a couple so far.

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I have one question: why isn't there a cutoff for a yearly award? There's still years old hacks being vouched for and it kinda... feels wrong. Shouldn't we have it limited to hacks that have been updated/started on for the past year?

Anyways, in respect to gameplay there really hasn't been a single thing good this year in the main showcase; I threw it at a sideshow even though it wasn't allowed because it does actually provide the best experience I've had in a loooooooong time in accordance to actually playing the game.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 04:17 PM
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I have one question: why isn't there a cutoff for a yearly award? There's still years old hacks being vouched for and it kinda... feels wrong. Shouldn't we have it limited to hacks that have been updated/started on for the past year?

Anyways, in respect to gameplay there really hasn't been a single thing good this year in the main showcase; I threw it at a sideshow even though it wasn't allowed because it does actually provide the best experience I've had in a loooooooong time in accordance to actually playing the game.
If there was a cutoff there wouldn't be anything to vote for. The only good hack I've seen this year is Shadow Amethyst. That being said I do feel that hacks that have been in the top 3 more than once like Light Platinum should not be in the competition. Because it's obvious it's just going to keep taking spots in the top 3 every year until it wins.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 04:27 PM
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Super Rising Thunder was a great hack this year. It wasn't a simple edit, it had new outerworld sprites, an actual story line in correct English (yeah the intro was a bit long but you know, set up and such). Puzzles and new worlds and even has floor traps, I don't even know HOW that was possible. If anything SRT should win because of how new and different it is compared to other hacks.
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Old January 1st, 2013, 04:48 PM
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I agree with LP being 2nd every year until it wins. But It's sad that rom hacking is slowly dying. There used to be so much people here. It's sad that now that rom hacking has advanced, more people stopped :/
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 02:57 PM
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I agree with LP being 2nd every year until it wins. But It's sad that rom hacking is slowly dying. There used to be so much people here. It's sad that now that rom hacking has advanced, more people stopped :/
Slowly dying, what? In PC's hack showcase specifically, maybe. I still see it going strong personally.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 04:55 PM
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I'm extremely surprised at the number of ties there were in the nomination round this year. I know that there have been hacks that got the same number of votes in the past, but on this scale it is completely unheard of. I mean, only Graphical Appeal has no ties what-so-ever while Most Engaging is completely full of them and there's even five thirds in Mapping.

Oh well, that's how everybody's votes panned out. C'est la vie.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 09:12 PM
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Great to see Lilac, Crystaldust, and Dark Energy get something, even if not first.

Also, I was quite surprised about the ties too. I wonder if it's because not very many stuck in PC's minds this year. For some reason.
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