1. When did you get started on SMW Hacking?
Oh gosh, that was way too long ago :x
If Youtube hadn't killed my old profile I could look up the old PMs but, oh well. It had to be somewhen in 2007/08 that I first used Lunar Magic. I saw those videos of ProtonJon and AzuraBlade49 and asked in the comments on how people make that stuff, soon to get a reply which told me it was a program called "Lunar Magic". A few minutes of tutorial videos and HOURS of trail and error later and I got it to work ;). Not that I produced anything decent back than. In fact, for the first few years I only made those "OMG it's my first hack look at how awesome it it" type of things... and I'm seriously glad that there seem to be no records left of these horrible hacks of mine :3
If there are any first-time hackers out there, listen to the advice of an old veteran. Once you finished your first hack, throw it in the trashcan. It's better that way.
That, or ask some people for their oppinions before making a grant release.
Anyway, that's how I got into this whole thing.
2. Tell us any of your projects that you're working on.
ROM Hacking wise, not much... actually close to nothing
I have this project called Super Mario World FTW Edition (FTW Mario for short) that I've been working on for like 3 1/2 years now... laziness is a bitch I tell ya. It's a "VIP Mario" typo of hack. That is to say, vanilla graphics for the most and some ASM shenanigans. Unfortunately though, I only ever work on this when I feel like it, which often results in me taking half a year breaks from it... I guess I should just remove one World and get done with this already. I have backups and copies of this hack floating around all over my computer, and I don't want to clean up while this is ongoing out of fear to overwrite or delete something I still need :<
Other than ROM hacking, I make lots of tools, that nobody really seems to need xD (that's an exaggeration but at least it's not many). The only problem with me is, that once I got an idea on how I could possible code something, that idea just won't let go of me until I at least try it out. If in the end, the idea turn out to be fruitless I usually call it quits, though sadly(?) that being the case rather rarely, I end up making tools that aren't all that needed... or something...
3. What has gotten your interest towards ASM?
No idea actually... I think I just needed it so I learned it... maybe? In the end, I like programming and those sort of things, so I found it appealing anyway ^^'
ASM also helped me understand lots of fundamental things as to addressing and how that whole thing "intern" actually works. When coding C or other languages, you don't actually get a feeling for what's going on with registers, who many bytes a variable has and all those things. So I guess, knowing ASM helped me out there a lot.
I read Nesquik Bunny's ASM tutorial, though only to fill the gaps still left in my ASM knowledge. Then his sprite making tutorial followed by lots of trial and erroring... GOD, thinking about all the time I spend on ASM and ROM hacking, had I used that for school I'd have skipped a grade or two :<
Anyway, some time after that I also read up some HDMA tutorials and only "recently" how to make patches/hijacks and those nifty things :3
Yeah, I guess that sums it about up.
4. As a common reviewer, what do you look for when you play hacks?
Not that much actually. As far as the graphics and design goes, you don't need to "look for it", you see it even if you just look at a screenshot... If you really have to look for it though, that's usually a bad sign. Just good graphics alone don't make for a good hack though, as such, I also look at the way the level is build. Whether it's flat and/or boring or if the creator managed to get some challenge, variety and excitement in there.
I'm of course also looking for bugs or places that could cause serious problems, such as unfair deaths or even worse gamebreaking glitches. Lastly, I just see how much fun I have playing these hacks ^^. If you have fun, it usually can't be all that bad of a hack, can it (exceptions to this rule possible!) and that's about all there is to it.
I sometimes also read the reviews of the others to see if I missed something and/or if there is something I need to point out more for having been missed by them (rare but possible).
5. What can you say about the site's community?
Other than how much I love you all
... ... ...too soon?
No, for real now. I love this community. I didn't really have any relationships with any of the users here before Vitor Vilela started talking to me, contacted me on Skype and eventually also dragged me over to IRC. Which, in the end, I'll always be grateful for ^^. I met lots of nice people in IRC and even got to talk to them more. So yeah, I really like this community for being friendly
and putting up with a weirdo like me :>
Other than that, I view Everest as my mortal enemy (jokingly) for often beating me in answering problems in the General Help forum as well as being the only one close to me with the review-score
. I also sometimes make fun of Ladida in
his comic-thread The Tale of Adam (which I love btw) or on IRC... though I have to hold back now due to recently obtained staff power on
In the end, I just love this site and the people here :> and I hope to stay for many more years to come.