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  1. BettyNewbie
    November 13th, 2016 9:21 PM
    I read your message, but I kind of spaced out and don't really have anything good to reply to it.

    Now that the games have been leaked, I'm actually sort of disgusted with Sun/Moon. They don't even remotely feel like Pokémon games.

    If this is the future of the series, then it's time to get up and finally admit that the main games don't offer anything for me anymore. Hacks are where it's at, nowadays.
  2. Fotomac
    November 13th, 2016 8:23 PM
    Well, anyway, as promised, Alpha 3.0 has just been released, and its source code along with it.
  3. BettyNewbie
    November 11th, 2016 11:37 PM
    Then you also have the problem of people who took the time to come out to vote, but wasted it on something stupid. Apparently, at least 15,000 people showed up to vote for Harambe of all things. I mean, in their defense, a dead gorilla WOULD make a better President than Donald Trump, but seriously.
    Thankfully, that has been proven false, although it's still depressing to think about.

    Animated sprites was always a concern, yeah. Never thought it was that great on Crystal, and don't have the other frames to use for the sprites. The other issue had always been a lack of documentation and tool support in the old days before the disassemblies. Nowadays, it makes a lot more sense to be Crystal-based, yeah :p
    The disassemblies really changed everything, haven't they? They've really opened up Gen 1/2 hacking.

    That might explain why some people keep asking why they can't get to Kanto. Everything I post always says it isn't finished and you can't get to Kanto yet, but the bootleggers talk like it is, and specifically say you CAN get to Kanto.
    As I said, I think the bootleggers may have ripped off the description from the 2012 version, which did have Kanto. Very false advertising, either way.

    I've only seen one or two of the NES versions, but those are always a trip xD I think I know what I'm doing this weekend! Checking out bad Pokemon bootlegs, hahaha.
    That should help cheer you up!

    Altaria and Flygon have never made sense to be Dragons to me. Altaria looks like a bird trying to be Lakitu, and Flygon looks like a Dinosaur bug. I can see Flygon being a dragon more than I can see Altaria, but I can see anything Dinosaur-based as a dragon, since one of the most logical explanations for the worldwide belief in dragons is misidentified dinosaur fossils people stumbled across thousands of years ago (or, depending on who you talk to, surviving dinosaurs encountered by ancient people, but that's some Loch Ness Monster stuff, and I don't have $3.50 on me to lend that monster right now).
    I've read that Altaria is supposed to be based on the Peng from Chinese mythology. It seems that the earlier Dragon types took more influences from eastern dragons, whereas the more aggressive, dinosaur-based designs from Gen 4+ are more based on western dragons. (Which, I guess, sort of makes sense with later games being set in places like the US and France instead of Japan.)
  4. BettyNewbie
    November 11th, 2016 10:33 PM
    Yeah, I think the Bernie/Hillary divide really hurt us this time. I'm like you, I was one of those "Fine, I guess I'm with her then" people, since I was behind Bernie originally too. I was assuming we'd still be fine, since I'd been seeing a lot of people who used to insult Libertarians and had been life-long Republicans suddenly switching to support Gary Johnson once Trump got the nomination, so I was pretty sure the Republicans would end up fighting amongst themselves and splitting their vote between Trump and Johnson, meaning Clinton would win by a landslide and we might potentially see the first election where a third party managed to get a state or two on the map, but nowhere close to enough to win. I was watching the election coverage and kept seeing state after state going Red, and I just couldn't believe that it was possible.
    A big issue was that because Hillary was a "Lesser Evil" candidate, she didn't inspire enough people to go out and vote for her. Voter turnout was one of the lowest in decades for a presidential election, and while voter suppression laws played a role in it, apathy also did its part. It's a known fact that Republicans tend to win when fewer people vote.

    Hillary also carries 30 years of political baggage, whether it be as a First Lady, as a Senator, or as a Secretary of State. To a lot of voters, she represents the most centrist, corporate wing of the Democratic Party. There's also that known trend of people tending to hate her the most when she's campaigning (see also the 2008 primaries).

    Not to mention Christmas has some random (mostly graphical) bugs caused by incorrectly porting code from Crystal. Porting the tileset routine seems to have somehow caused issues with the ShowPokePic command in some areas, so I have it not showing you a pic of the Pokemon in the lab. There are issues when using Cut and stuff where incorrect tiles get loaded, the girl has the wrong sprite on the Fly map in some areas somehow, I want to say you still look like the guy in the Hall of Fame even if you're the girl, etc. Plus it's just a mess internally due to how many times it's been updated and essentially rebooted on the same rom. Tons of leftover vanilla data that isn't used anymore, leftover "new" data from older versions that isn't used anymore, stuff that is used but isn't organized, etc. It definitely needs the improvement.
    Yeah, since Christmas takes so much from Crystal, it might as well be on a Crystal base (especially now that pokecrystal exists). I think you said that your main concern with using Crystal has always been the animated sprites, but those can probably just be disabled.

    I haven't played any bootleg versions to know, but I believe it. Plus, I'm sure they have really outdated versions of the rom on them, so there are probably lots of bugs that I fixed years ago sneaking through. And if they're already putting Christmas on them, I'm Red++ will be next.
    Look, it's on Amazon!

    Yeah, that box looks totally legit, right?

    The back of the box badly rips off your description from (I think) the 2012 version:

    "New Bank Town," LOL.

    And, I'm sure the biggest Sinnoh hater in the world must love seeing ripped off DP anime art being used with his hack:

    These same bootleggers appear to have gotten to Brown and Team Rocket Edition, too:

    I've never seen that LP or heard of DeliciousCinnamon somehow, but I guess that's why people think it's new. Either way, I played it back in like '05 or '06 so it was old news to me by the time everyone else got into it :p #Hipster #NotReally

    I haven't played Engrish Green though, so that might be worth looking into for some laughs haha.
    You were 5 years ahead of everyone else!

    I'm sure the ROM is out there somewhere if you search for it.

    Also hilarious are the bad NES ripoffs of the main games:

    Diamond 2 (aka. Ruby):

    Watch out for awful music in those!

    It's almost like "Dragon" is a misnomer, and they meant to call it "Badass" type or something. They love to put it on Pokemon that make no sense, in an effort to make them badass.
    That's pretty much what the type became starting in Gen 4. Compare earlier Dragons like Dragonite, Kingdra, Altaria, and Flygon to the likes of Garchomp, Haxorus, Hydreigon, and Tyrantrum. Huge difference.
  5. Fotomac
    November 11th, 2016 7:22 PM
    I'm upset about the election, too, but I'm not going to let it drag down my hacking endeavours. I will make an effort to release weekly nightly builds as much as possible.
  6. BettyNewbie
    November 11th, 2016 5:16 PM
    I'm trying to keep it together. My coworkers are really testing my patience, though. I just have to remind myself those "people" aren't worth getting myself fired or worse. Can't let myself sink to their level.
    I've been trying to think of positives to help myself feel better. For example, I do feel somewhat vindicated as someone who supported Bernie over Hillary during the primaries. Her loss may have proved that he was the stronger candidate, after all. (Notice that two of the big swing states that allowed Orange Hitler to win--Wisconsin and Michigan--were both states that Bernie beat Hillary in.)

    I also think this may put the Democrats in a better position for 2018 and 2020. Just two years under the Hairpiece should be enough to energize and shock both voters and the party into supporting stronger, more progressive candidates, and this also allows the Democrats to run a fresh face in 2020 instead of an incumbent.

    It's going to be a rough 4 years, no question, but let's hope that it's only that.

    To be honest, I'm the same way at times, lol. I was playing around in Christmas recently to take screenshots of a couple of things and to remember what I'd done for something, and I kept being annoyed by things like "Why don't I have running shoes?" or "Why can't I see if a move is Physical or Special?" and stuff like that.
    Well, a lot has changed since the disassemblies became available. People have been able to do far more with Gen 1/2 hacks than ever before. Christmas seems quaint and limited for being an old fashioned Gold hack compared to Red++. (And, even you've decided to scrap hacking Gold in favor of rebuilding Christmas on pokecrystal, which I'm definitely looking forward to.)

    Apparently, people are already selling Christmas. I've had people PM me about it. Some letting me know because they knew they were bootleg, some asking me how I put it on the cartridge, and some asking if they should buy more to help support me. So naturally I told all of them that I had nothing to do with it, but unfortunately there is nothing I can really do about it. Can't really make any legal claims since my hack is just as much copyright infringement as them selling it is :/ I'm just gonna start adding disclaimer screens like Gen 3 hackers do sometimes, saying that if you bought this game, you were ripped off, because it was only officially released for free.
    Yeah, I figured that the bootleggers may have gotten to your hacks already. What really sucks is that they often glitch up these games in the process of transferring from ROM to cartridge. The bootleg version of ShinyGold, for example, is extremely glitchy and borked compared to the original ROM.

    It's so weird to me that people call that "Vietnamese Crystal" now and act like it's something new. I know you aren't calling it new, but I've had people talking about it like it just freaking surfaced in the last year or something. I was like "so why are you talking about this like it's new, did you just find out about it or something?" "Umm, it is new dude" "If by 'new' you mean 'I downloaded it when I was in highschool so this is all old news to me' then sure, it's new. But back then I found it as 'Pokemon Crystal 100% English NO ELFS' despite being full of 'elfs' haha." "wow I had no idea it went back that far" "I mean yeah..." smh
    Apparently, it was called "Vietnamese Crystal" because someone found it in Vietnam, but like most bootlegs, it was probably made in China. It probably dates back to late 2000/early 2001, before Crystal was officially released in English, but it didn't start to become widely known until around 2011 when DeliciousCinnamon did their now famous Let's Play.

    This game has a Gen 1 counterpart in Engrish Green where the Pokémon are called "Pets" instead of "Elfs." Good times.

    Garchomp doesn't even look like a dragon. He looks like a hammerhead shark learned to walk on land. Dragonite is waaaay better than that nonsense
    Yeah, Garchomp definitely seems like a Pokémon that was given the Dragon type just for the heck of it. I wish GF would stop slapping the type onto every Pseudo-Legend. There's a reason why the only other Pseudos I like besides Dragonite are Tyranitar and Metagross. Unlike Garchomp and friends, they feel unique and original.
  7. Fotomac
    November 11th, 2016 3:27 PM
    In the meantime, have you been able to look into the Snore and Sleep Talk effects? (BTW I plan to code both right before Struggle, regardless of all else.)
  8. Fotomac
    November 11th, 2016 3:05 PM
    But anyway... do you think you can code the Attract effect sometime in the near future?
  9. Fotomac
    November 10th, 2016 12:02 PM
    Well, I was able to compile after moving the one file in that bank to not be related to animations, "items/tm_prices.asm", but it was a pretty small file, so I might have to put my TM overhaul venture on hold for the time being, not to mention that I'm not sure if even that was the right call and probably won't be until I release the alpha and someone gets to the Celadon Department Store.
  10. BettyNewbie
    November 10th, 2016 12:01 AM
    Yeah, I've not been in a very good place mentally today or last night thanks to the way this went. I'm sorry I haven't forgotten about your messages though. I'll go ahead and reply while I'm on.
    I'll fully admit that I had a complete breakdown last night. I haven't been in a good mood all day (I even had a total meltdown on my own message board), although I've been starting to feel better.

    It's going to be a very rough next 4 years (possibly even 8). We need to stick together to get through this.

    Hopefully things will go smoothly when the time comes, and since it looks like I'll have help available if/when I want it, it seems like it should. Part of me is all "omg I wanna start on it now" but then the other part of me is all "But like, you need to finish Red++ before you can do that, so yeah..." but when the time comes, I'm sure it will be a fun adventure to work on, and it should be a definite improvement from a player standpoint. I know this Youtuber I've been watching do a Nuzlocke of Brown keeps commenting in just about every episode lately how he was spoiled by Red++ or he's used to Red++ or missing this feature or that feature that was in Red++ while he's playing Brown and I'm thinking "well I don't blame you, but I still can't wrap my head around people liking my hack better than the hack that got me into hacking, because that is impossible lol."
    That means that your hacks have been a success. I'm even finding Christmas 2014 difficult to play now. Even that hack is missing loads of things that aren't in Red++.

    Oh, I was meaning I've seen people making hacks-of-hacks and releasing them where all they do is make the game easy-mode like that. Apparently someone did that to Christmas, and I found out about it because someone was talking about a bug or a change they wanted, and I was like "What are you talking about?" and they said they were playing "the master balls and rare candies version of Christmas" and I'm like "Still don't know what you're talking about, I didn't do that. Where did you get it?" and it was on one of those shady sites where you're afraid to click anything where sketchy people upload stuff.

    Just wait, one day you're going to wake up and find that some Chinese dude dumped Christmas and Red++ onto carts and is making $$$ off of them in flea markets and Chinatown backalleys.

    Seriously, here's an entire collection of old PC hacks that got turned into flea market bootlegs.

    I don't know what he was smoking, but I think I need some after last night. Haha. After I told him that I didn't make Gen 2, he said something vague like "oh well they need to be better" or something, and I told him that Rangi was making Polished Crystal and he was all "oh I'll check it out" and that's the last I've heard from him. I'd rather let him wander back off than start trolling him for now haha. But yeah, no idea what he'd say if I sent him that xD
    Some people can be weird. I'd love to have some of what he was smoking, myself.

    Engrish bootleg games are the best. Vietnamese Crystal still has me howling. ("Eggie! Drug bag psyduck!" )

    (Coincidentally, some copies of Diamond and Jade actually came bundled with Vietnamese Crystal according to this site: "Sometimes, either Diamond or Jade is bundled with a pirated Pokémon Crystal, which, like Diamond and Jade, is unofficially and poorly translated from the Japanese version (most likely before Crystal was released outside of Japan), and has glitches not present in the original version." )

    I'm not really sure what else to add to this, but I agree with you on it for sure. I don't like homophobia or the belief that things have to be overly masculine to be worth anything, whether its applied to a Pokemon like Dragonite, or to anything else. Dragonite's 'dex entry portrayal is much better than the one annoying people in the fandom have come up with.
    Dragonite is a beautiful, powerful Pokémon and doesn't deserve one iota of the hate it gets. I overwhelmingly prefer it to the likes of Charizard, Salamence, and Garchomp.

    (I also love that a semi "alpha male" character like Lance has this "girly" dragon as his ace with no issues whatsoever. And, Dragonite totally suits him better than any other Dragon type, especially better than crap like Garchomp.)
  11. BettyNewbie
    November 9th, 2016 9:38 PM
    Are you okay? You didn't show up at all today like you said you would.

    If the election got you down, I understand.
  12. Fotomac
    November 9th, 2016 5:59 PM
    Anyway... do you think you can find the files that can be moved from bank 1E by Sunday?
  13. Fotomac
    November 9th, 2016 12:58 PM
    Oh, while you look for files I can move from bank 1E, there's another thing I should bring to your attention. When a Pokémon wakes up from Sleep, the "Woke Up" text doesn't appear at all, instead skipping to the Pokémon using its move.
  14. BettyNewbie
    November 9th, 2016 7:33 AM
    I was wondering where you were.

    I weep for the US right now.
  15. Fotomac
    November 8th, 2016 10:44 AM
    But anyway, it's not a matter of which files I must move from bank 1E (course, I must move at least one of the files in order to compile the next alpha), it's a matter of which files I can move from bank 1E, and considering bank 1E is where the move animations are...

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    Hey guys, I'm Mateo. I was the co-founder of the Skeetendo Inc. Hacking Group (before it was a community, when it was just me and Pyro). I'm still a huge fan of Gen II, and so I still enjoy playing and hacking those games. I'm currently working on a "Johto Legacy" series that continues the story of G/S/C that consists of the "Pokémon Christmas" hack, and an upcoming prequel called "Pokémon Spirits and Legends" (that currently has no thread here).
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