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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. Fotomac
    November 11th, 2016 3:05 PM
    But anyway... do you think you can code the Attract effect sometime in the near future?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.)
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. BettyNewbie
    November 9th, 2016 7:33 AM
    I was wondering where you were.

    I weep for the US right now.
  12. 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...
  13. BettyNewbie
    November 7th, 2016 11:06 PM
    Interestingly enough, I was talking to Sotomura on Discord last night. Brown and whatnot came up, and he made some comment about "I should maybe start porting Brown to Pokered. But I should really get back to work on Rijon Adventures" so I was like "Yeah, well, I already talked to Koolboyman and he gave me permission to port Brown to Red++ once I'm done with it." and he was all "Oh ok. Well in that case, let me know when you're ready to work on it and I'll help out" or whatever. So that could be cool. Also seems to indicate it will be rather doable to end up with devamps of the custom character sprites from Rijon Adventures. But I guess we'll see when the time comes.

    But yeah, a lot of the sprite choices were pretty suspect once he did get around to swapping sprites. It was also jarring how like the Johto Pokemon had their proper palettes for the most part but Kanto still went "2 shades of the same color" for everything. I figure for Brown++, they'll just be Gen 2 style sprites for all of them, for consistency. Can't see anyone arguing with consistency haha.
    Brown was great for its time, but it definitely shows its age in many respects. It'll be nice to see it get the modern ++ polish.

    Yeah, I've seen that nonsense too. Then again, I've also seen people uploading hacked versions of other hacks that just do stuff like make it to where you can buy free Master Balls and Rare Candies and nonsense. Some people want a challenge, but a lot of people apparently want "hyper-easy don't make me have to think or do anything" mode. I have to wonder if those people think it's too much of a challenge to tie their shoes.
    Of course, often when a hack hands you free Legendaries and Master Balls, it's because the game is anything BUT easy. The opponents all have jacked up, overpowered teams, and there's no consistent level curve, whatsoever. Bonus points if there's Fakemon with 800+ BSTs lurking around.

    Speaking of HG/SS and Gen 2, had a rather amusing interaction with a rando today. While I was at work, someone IM'd the Romhacker Mateo facebook page and asked "Are Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal your hacks?" so I was like "...what?" and they were like "Are you the one who made the hacks called Pokemon Gold, Pokemon Silver, and Pokemon Crystal?" so after staring at my phone for a while, I was like "...Gold, Silver, and Crystal aren't hacks. They're just the names of the second generation games. No, I didn't make Gen 2." smh. Then I posted a screenshot in the #rom-hacking channel on PokeCommunity's Discord server and the running joke for like the next few hours was that I made Gen 2, and HGSS were Gamefreak making fangames because they liked my region so much. Then someone claimed that I didn't just make Gen 2, I actually invented Pokemon in general. It was kinda weird, but still, what was that guy smoking to think I made Gen 2?
    Okay... WTF?

    If you really want to blow that kid's mind, show him this:

    Sinnoh demake or an Engrish translation of a crappy Pokémon knockoff?

    Yeah, even now I still see comics making fun of Dragonite for being "girly" or "gay" or whatever. Like this comic where a Charizard is talking to a Charmander and Charmeleon all like "Ok kids, remember, don't make fun of my gay cousin when he--" and then a Dragonite bursts in the door. Those people need to get a grip on something besides-- nevermind. But yeah, those people suck and the franchise needs to stop catering to them.
    I absolutely HATE those comics so much. Not only are they (obviously) homophobic, but they misrepresent Dragonite.

    No, Dragonite isn't a grunting "badass" like Charizard, Salamence, and Garchomp, but it doesn't need to be that to be cool. Ever read Dragonite's Pokédex entries?

    Has intelligence on par with people. This "sea guardian" is said to be capable of flying around the globe in about 16 hours.

    Gold, Stadium 2, HeartGold:
    It is said that this Pokémon constantly flies over the immense seas and rescues drowning people.

    Ruby/Sapphire, OmegaRuby/AlphaSapphire:
    Dragonite is capable of circling the globe in just sixteen hours. It is a kindhearted Pokémon that leads lost and foundering ships in a storm to the safety of land.

    A powerful, yet kindhearted and intelligent Pokémon that helps people in need. Not at all like the derpy "Puff the Magic Dragon" the fandom likes to portray it as.
  14. BettyNewbie
    November 7th, 2016 7:57 AM
    When I originally played it, it didn't have new sprites for Pokemon either. They use the same compression format, and we didn't know how to change that either. It wasn't until later that he added the new Pokemon and new sprites, and then it was by (if I remember) just bypassing the compression and using uncompressed sprites for the Pokemon. We've certainly come a long wa since then, haha. I'm sure he'll be fine with new sprites in Brown++ though. I'm fairly certain Rijon Adventures was using new sprites for all the leaders and such, and I'm pretty much already planning on using Gen 2 or newer sprites for the normal trainers like I am in Red++.
    Brown made a lot of odd choices for Pokémon sprites. While some used the nicer sprites from Yellow and GSC, others used the extremely ugly and derpy RG sprites. And, yet, they all had GSC backsprites.

    Sounds like you might be able to devamp the Gym Leader/E4 sprites from Rijon Adventures. I think even that hack reused the vanilla Kanto protagonists, though, you you may need to make new ones with him.

    (I don't know how others feel, but I generally want to play as a new protagonist when in a new region.)

    As for Orange, yeah, a lot of early hacks had those same types of issues. People wanted it to look different, so they changed the starters to weird choices and tried to make routes have unique encounters, often ones that were originally rare for a reason. We didn't know how to add new Pokemon or even replace existing ones yet, but that still doesn't excuse a lack of balance. It was a weird time, for sure.
    Even many of today's GBA hacks still have those same issues. I've seen loads of games that gave you a Legendary or Pseudo-Legendary as a starter and put crap like starters/Eevee/Riolu/Pseudo-Legendaries/etc. on the first route. (Bonus points if the starters are badly-devamped versions of Gen 4+ starters.)

    Yeah it was disappointing to see the hype swept under the rug in favor of Gen 5. HGSS was probably the most hyped I've been for a Pokemon game since Crystal, so when BW were announced, I really didn't care. I was too busy being excited to go back to Johto. It really is a shame that Gen 2 doesn't get more love :/
    What happened was that HGSS got shoved into the very tail end of Gen 4, so they got very little attention in their own gen and were quickly overshadowed by Gen 5. It seems that GF took too long trying to fix the borked Sinnoh games to be able to release HGSS in a more timely manner.

    (Considering the established age gap between Gens 1 and 2, HGSS should've been a 2007 release. This would've worked perfectly had DP come out in 2005 as they had originally been planned to. But, since DP got delayed a year and still turned out to be completely broken, messed-up games, Gen 2 remakes had to be put on the backburner in favor of releasing a bugfix for Sinnoh, aka. Platinum.)

    Pretty much. When anyone tries to argue with that guy, he just says stuff like "I bet you've never even been exposed to Digimon, you just hate them because it's cool" and stuff like that. He didn't seem to know what to say when I told him, "I mean, I had a digimon virtual pet (aka the things that started your beloved franchise) back in the 90s, and I liked Gigapets better. I tried to watch the anime back in the 90s, I thought Pokémon was better and more interesting. It's not that I wasn't exposed to it, I gave it a shot, and it missed. Pokémon has always been superior in every way."
    This sums up my thoughts on the Pokémon vs Digimon debate.

    I don't think I've heard that before, but it would explain the lack of diversity. Even still, being a late addition wouldn't really explain why Dragonite looks nothing like its earlier stages. That one is still a bit of a mystery. And it isn't even like the "Butterfree and Venomoth were designed for one family and swapped to the other at the last minute" theory, since I don't really know of a family in Gen 1 that Dragonite looks more like it belongs with. Only thing that makes sense to me would be if it was going to be a standalone 'mon like Scyther and whatnot that was made part of a family, or possibly even a legendary that was made into a pseudolegendary at the last minute by taking it on as the third stage of another family.
    Yeah, Dragonite is a pretty odd evolution. How do you go from a couple of blue snakes to a fat orange dragon?

    And, that's not even getting into how all three of them are completely adorable and lovable and not at all what you would "expect" from the Dragon type (especially in light of the Dragons we've mostly seen since Gen 4, which have had angry, aggressive dinosaur-based appearances).

    Even back in the day, Dragonite took a lot of muk for its appearance, and a lot of dumb little boys whined about this fat "girly" dragon having the Dragon type and not the "badass" Charizard/Gyarados/Aerodactyl. Pokémon like Salamence, Garchomp, Haxorus, and especially Mega Charizard X were made exactly for these brats who didn't think Dragonite was "cool" enough to be a "real" Dragon, which is why I despise them.
  15. BettyNewbie
    November 6th, 2016 11:21 PM
    It's really late, so I'll get to your message tomorrow. I promise!

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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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