Tip: After editing your overworld, make sure to use an EMPTY save file, as save files with progress may load Mario's position based on previous versions of the overworld. Note that altered level flags will also only take effect on new save files.
Also known as: Dotsarecool, Dots
Join date: June 7, 2007
Birthday: February 8
Known For: SMWCNews, CaffieCraft administrator, former hack moderating, Dewotts, being that one moderator that no one knows too well
I joined SMW Central what seemed like forever ago to ask a question about where the Springboard and Jumpin' Piranha Plant graphics were located. I was new to Super Mario World hacking at the time, and wanted to try to make a decent hack. I worked on this new hack project for about a year, then gave up on it due to lack of creativity, motivation, and organization. I have yet to make another hack since then, but don't expect anything from me.
History at SMWC
I joined SMWC on June 7, 2007 at exactly 07:32:19 PM EST with user ID 931. I believe this is the only lasting archive of my pre-wipe account. Ever since I joined, I had been on and off in activity. When I first joined, I would go to the forums everyday, but not post a whole bunch. After a couple months or so, I slowly trailed away from visiting the forums.
Again, I came back to the site to notice that hack moderator sign-ups were starting. I instantly entered, volunteering to be a hack moderator. Surprisingly I was chosen to be on the staff team, and was until November 2011 when I decided to resign. I then went completely inactive for about a year.
I returned a third time around November 2012. This time, there were not moderator sign-ups going on so I had to ask myself. I returned to my hack moderator position; however, I couldn't handle it for long because of school, so I just became a forums moderator. I moderated the Talk, Computers & Technology, and Gaming forums. I resigned again at the start of 2015 due to lack of interest in the community.
Almost two years later, I received the helper role for the SMAS ROM and RAM maps. I still hold on to that role today, despite the slow going of it all (it's not even on the sidebar anymore).
View on SMW Hacking
I think the best types of hacks are semi-vanilla ones because of the simplicity of graphics and plots. I used know how to insert ExGFX, custom music, blocks, sprites, etc., but everything has changed since back then. I think a SMW hack will become too complex if to much is added to it.
I think a hack with superior level design is much more appealing than a hack with boatloads of ASM.
I don't really hack SMW very often anymore because of how uncreative I am. However, I am looking forward to advancements in Super Mario All-Stars hacking.
I made a mini-golf webgame here. It currently features 18 holes and two difficulties. In the future I plan to add a course editor you can use to make holes and share them with others.
I speedrun games sometimes. Mostly SMW--you can find my Speedrun.com profile here. You can find my stream at twitch.tv/frieze__. I usually stream Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 8am eastern.
I have a few SMW/SNES programming projects that you might be interested in:
SMW Practice Cart: This is a romhack that you can use to help learn how to speedrun Super Mario World.