Originally posted by IanBoy141
Well, a lot of newly posted hacks still tried to publish their hacks with an .ips. While some already have submitted theirs in .bps format, what they might not know is that it's as easy to do as making an hack in .ips format.
If they're not aware of the rule change, then of course they'll break it. Same goes for everyone who submits ROMs, removing them is our way to inform them of the rule.
Perhaps we should sticky this in the WIP forum. And we should clean up the hack submission page, nobody wants to read that wall of text.
i don't know if changing it into a .bps will make it unplayable or not.
Of course not. If anything, it becomes more playable: Flips has an automatic source ROM picker, so you can double click the patch to create a ROM or launch the emulator - but only for BPS.
And, as mentioned, a BPS gets angry if you try to apply it to wrong ROM. IPS doesn't, it just emits a garbage file.
Originally posted by BTD6_maker
Presumably this does not affect File Bin, only the actual hack submissions.
Your file bin belongs to you; we still remove illegal stuff, of course, but there are no real quality standards. Hack submissions, on the other hand, are part of the site.
So yes, IPS remains allowed in the file bin. But we recommend BPS for everything, of course.
Anyway, I am definitely in favour of this for SM64 in particular.
IPS was never possible for SM64 (IPS works only for files up to 16MB, SM64 hacks tend to be around 48MB), and PPF was banned long ago. Everything contains either BPS or Xdelta over there (though some contain multiple patches).
With SMW the difference is slight.
Not slight enough. The are fewer ways to screw up SMW IPSes than SM64 PPFs (at least SMW has only one correct source ROM), but people still screwed up way too often.
Originally posted by hobbledehoy899
Forcing .bps is forcing a better patching system, how could anybody disagrees with that?
Every single rule change causes objections from a couple of users who care only about the drawbacks of the changes, without considering the advantages. In the case of BPS, the drawbacks are that LIPS doesn't understand it, and LM doesn't understand it.
tldr: Haters gonna hate.
<blm> zsnes users are the flatearthers of emulation