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My instructor ran out of material to cover in my game programming class, so he's giving me half of the Thursday class to talk about what I do. So yeah, people at a state university will be in a ROM Hacking class (For one day though!)
I was wondering if you had any ideas on how I could do this. I'm going to show him my lecture on Tuesday, then present in Thursday.
Sounds amazing ! :D
But how long is this lecture you're talking about (30 minutes or possibly ½ day (~4 hours)) ?
Mmm... interesting... I wish I could assist XD
Well, as Miksy says, it depends on how much time you have.
If the lecture is long, you can talk a bit about the ROM Hacking history and basics (when did it start, what roms are the most likely to be hacked, famous hacks...), but if it's not very long (30 min.- 1 hour) simply talk about what is it, how does it work, and make a little demonstration.
Good luck ;)
It's going to be 40 minutes total. I will be making a demonstration to introduce people to the concepts and maybe suggest a few hacks for them to try.
I got an idea though (not sure if you like it); why not ask someone to video the whole thing and later upload it to youtube to be seen?
That would become an excellent introduction to rom hacking for beginners if done properly too (I don't think you'd have a problem with this issue).
Last edited by Miksy91 (2012-06-06 06:08:51)
That's quite interesting. 40 minutes aren't that much of time. It would be nice if some of the big categories of rom hacking are included and shown e.g. hex, graphics, text (with references to fan translation) and asm editing.
I think fan translation are a good introduction generally because I assume that almost everybody of the people who are attending a game programming class got his/her special game he/she always wanted to be localized.
I'll try to record it. Might be fun to show off on my Youtube that I've been neglecting.
I have it all planned out now. I won't get too technical with ASM but I'll explain the structure of many of the common elements of the game and give live demonstrations of me hacking the game.
Last edited by koolboyman (2012-06-07 04:17:01)
So how did it go and should we expect a video to be uploaded to youtube soon?
Here's what happened.
I was set up to record and everything, however the projector in the classroom was refusing to work on that day, so we decided to cancel it. I talked to the professor and he said that I can do it some other time in his future classes.
So instead I just gave a brief explanation of my experience with the video game industry (since I believe "hacking" to beginners would be too complicated with just words) and gave some helpful hints for people who wanted to get in themselves and answered a few questions. Then the class was let out early.
I was greatly disappointed since out of all days it decides to fuck up when I wanted to do that (I was supposed to go earlier but a private real life crisis delayed it a few weeks), but shit happens. I'll get another chance, and I'll also try to find other ways to introduce ROM hacking to other people interested in game development.
Last edited by koolboyman (2012-06-09 08:37:55)
"shit happens" pretty much puts this all together nicely.
Good to hear you'll get a another chance later though so all the work for the class wasn't for nothing at least.