I've played many hacks here and have seen quite a bit of stuff.
Sometimes I see hacks that have graphics in them which actually come from sprites and other things that aren't normally stand alone graphics.
For some reason I just thought of naming this because I've seen it often in many hacks and the phrase is called Cheap Decoration.
The star and flower power-up graphic that is embedded into the mountain sides is considered cheap decoration.
Cheap Decoration - The act of using graphics from sprites or other such things which are not normally used as stand alone graphics as graphics and or decoration.
I call it "cheap" because they are easy graphics that do not "cost" the creator/author of the hack/game anything.
They are graphics/decoration that are easy to make because they already exist in the rom. Instead of drawing something new these pre-made graphics are just pasted right into the levels.
I think the main concern with this is that by using graphics as decoration in a level that normally belong to sprites, this could potentially confuse the player.
In this level I honestly didn't know if those Thwomps were going to hurt me or not. Normally they are sprites which harm the player, but here its just decoration. Any player playing this for the first time would never know if they are pain inflicting or not thus causing confusion.
The player may think, is this an enemy or is it part of the level? Is it interactive or non-interactive. Is that really a power up star in the mountain or is that just decoration?
Here is a feather in the rocks. Is that a real power-up or just decoration? Since the same graphics are being used for the real feather and this decoration feather it could lead to a confusion on what is real and what are just graphics. In this case its pretty easy to tell its a graphic, but in other cases its not so easy.
See the stars.
The point of this post isn't really to say whether it enhances the game or takes away from it, but rather just to give it a name.
The Magic Koopa in the background is considered cheap decoration.
Another thing that I'd like to name is when authors/hacks modify enemies and such and add small things like sunglasses, Santa hats, eye patches, snow coats, and so on.
I'm going to call this Dress Up, because the sprites are being "dressed up" so to say.
So Dress Up is - the act of modifying or slightly modifying enemies and or sprites with garments and accessories for some type of visual effect.
The Koopas here are "dressed up".
So if a person adds sunglasses to their Koopas, that's Dress Up.
There is another thing that I'd like to call Throw Up.
Throw Up - When the geometry in a level is so bad that you literally feel nauseous and want to puke.
The hack was rejected because it had too much Throw Up in it. aka the geometry was so bad that it looked like vomit.