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What are the difference(s) between ROM Hacking and Game Development?

ROM hacking is, as the name implies, the process of altering a game ROM by changing map data and other things, in order to add your own story and locations and gameplay. These hacks can then be played by an emulator. On PokéCommunity, the most popular ROMs to hack are those of the GB, GBA and DS Pokémon games.

Game Development is for every possible game-making process other than ROM hacking. This can include using pre-made game engines such as RPG Maker XP or Unity, programming a game from scratch, or even designing board games and the like. No game in this section is a ROM hack, and they should not be referred to as such - they are games.

Neither section is limited to Pokémon and Pokémon-related games. There are many advantages and disadvantages to doing one or the other, and it's up to you to decide which is best for you.

What kind of questions are or are not allowed in Community Feedback and Support?

The Community Feedback and Support forum is the central hub for anything that has to do specifically with The PokéCommunity Forums. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about forum usage or etiquette, all of them may be addressed politely in this place. Threads that appear in the Community Feedback and Support forum include, but are not limited too: how to post a thread. Questions about obtaining supportership. Suggestions about how to improve the forum. And anything posted in preexisting threads such as the Quick Questions & Answers / "Where do I post this?" thread, the Signature Rules & Check Thread and any official feedback requests from the administration.

In contrast, there are subjects that do not, under any circumstance, belong in the Community Feedback and Support forum. This means that threads about whether or not your thread in another section has been approved are not allowed and should be directed to the moderator of the designated sections. Threads requesting Pokémon trades, threads concerning ROM hacking/game development, or any threads questioning why you received a warning/infraction (which should always be discussed with the staff member who issued the infraction) are strictly prohibited.

The PokéCommunity is always willing to listen to your concerns and we encourage you to express them. If you have any questions about whether or not your thread belongs in the CF&S forums, contact any of the staff members, which you can find by following the View Forum Leaders link at the bottom of the forum, and direct your concerns via PM. Be mindful that your thread truly belongs in CF&S and consider the contents of your thread before posting. Again, the Community Feedback and Support section is a place where the central purpose is to assist members in navigating the forums and is a safe place to discuss anything belonging to them.

Where do I go to trade Friend Codes and Pokemon?

Wi-Fi connections for Generation IV and V games are no longer supported, so the only sharing permitted on PokéCommunity is for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. If you're looking to share Friend Codes for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, you can use the X/Y Friend Code Sharing thread.

If you're looking to offer up a Pokemon to trade or want something to throw in your PokéDex, you might want the Quick Trades forum. If you want something incredibly specific or want someone to breed something for your team, the Trade Shops is your destination. You can even set up a shop of your own there, but make sure to read the guidelines before you do so.

Why do some threads get moved from Pokemon General to Pokemon Gaming Central?

There's a variety of Pokémon-related forums out here, such Battling & Team Building, Gaming Central, Anime, Trading Card Game, and Trade Corner, and they each serve their own purpose. Battling & Team Building is the place for all your competitive needs; if you're unsure about your team and need others' opinion, this is where you would go. You're also allowed to discuss competitive battling here in general, and get advice on how you could possibly improve your skills. Pokémon Anime is the board, of course, for you to discuss the animé, and Pokémon Trading Card Game is where you're able to converse TCG and get our deck reviewed. Trade Corner is our official place for us to set up and execute trade. Not only that, but we're also able to get breeding help and advice here, which is mandatory when it comes to making teams. Pokémon Gaming Central—here, we could talk about all topics that involve all generations of games altogether.

So, what does Pokémon General house? Basically, it's the place where we could discuss two or more parts of Pokémon at once. Topics that mix both games and animé together would be a good example, and they'd fit here perfectly fine. Another would be threads that relate to both TCG, games, and anime all in one. If they tackle only a single aspect, though, then they'd be moved to their respective forum. This is also where we're able to talk about things that don't fit in other categories, such as Pokémon manga, videos, music, and theories. These things like these don't fit in other places, and cannot be posted there.

I have a card that seems rare but I'm not sure; where can I check its value?

If you’ve landed yourself a Pokémon TCG card that you’re unsure of its worth, you can use the How Much is My Card Worth? thread. Remember that selling cards on PokéCommunity is prohibited, but you are encouraged to check any card’s worth at any time.

Why are we limited from discussing Pokémon in Video Games section?

We've got plenty of sections to chat about the Pokémon series, with Metal Generation, Advancedtrong>, and Spinoffa> being just a few examples. Others, such as Call of Duty, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, and Jak & Daxter don't fit in any of those places, unfortunately, and therefore, they have their own home in Video Games. Pokémon is mostly prohibited from here because we don't want it to overshadow discussions related to them. However, you're freely allowed to talk about it in its sub-forum, Let's Reviews, since there's no place to share these kind of thing regarding the series.