Super Awesome™ Guide To ROM Hacking/Translating. Not getting enough attention? People don't think you're cool enough? Want 58.3 virtual girlfriends? Then give ROM hacking/translating a try! Picking A Game To Hack/Translate[/p] Make sure the game is going to be localized officially. "Why waste effort if it's going to be translated anyway?", you ask? Everybody knows all the official translations suck! Besides, the games that get officially translated are the ones english speakers already want, so if you can give a better translation quicker, people will love you for it! Just go up to anybody and tell them you can give them an english version of (game X) a month early, and they'll wet themselves in happiness!* *Actual peeing not guaranteed. Pick the most text-heavy RPG, even if you've never done this before. The more text there is, the more EXP you gain, and you want to level-up, right? The bigger the projects you take on first, the quicker you'll get famous! Pick games with a lot of censored content. The more you uncensor, the happier people will be! Hell, feel free to uncensor stuff that wasn't even censored in the first place! In the words of a great poet; "Nipples everywhere!" Hacking/Translating The ROM[/p][*]Download The ACTUAL ROM Hacking Tool™. I can't show you exactly where it is, but if you ask around you'll find it. Forget all that "hex editing" and "specific program" crap, people just tell you that because they don't want you to find the real program used to hack ROMs! Even if people tell you there is no such tool, keep asking them until they give you the link. [*]Run it and select your ROM. Run the tool and select your ROM. [*]Choose to hack the ROM. You'll be presented with this screen, tell it yes. [*]Select your options. The program will analyze the ROM and figure out which game it is, then give you a list of possible hacks, simply check off the ones you want and press OK! [*]Choose to translate the ROM. The program will ask you if you want to translate the ROM into another language, tell it yes. [*]Add in your own custom translation options. Feel free to rename the main character after yourself so people know how awesome you are! And don't forget to leave a bunch of words in their romanized counterpart. Gamers love nothing more than playing a translated game and seeing pseudo-translated words like "kawaii" and "sensei" in a ROM hack! [*]Fix the bugs. People really appreciate it when you fix all the bugs that the original game came with, so don't forget to choose this option! [*]Finalize the hack. When it's done you should get this confirmation screen, and the program will automatically make the patch for you! Releasing Your Hack[/p][*]Make a thread on every forum about your hack. Even if your hack is still 0% complete, the fact that you had the idea to make a hack means you need a thread about it! Feel free to post a thread on every single forum you can find, even ones that don't have anything to do with the game! Those guys on the ATV Off-Road Motorbike Rage forums may pretend they don't care about how you're translating Hyper Princess Schoolgirl Superpower 7, but in reality they're just jealous at your amazing hacking skills! [*]In your hack thread, you are god. It's your hack thread and you spent at least an hour working on the hack, so you deserve some special power! Anybody that says anything bad about your hack deserves a ban. [*]Include screenshots. The more screenshots, the more people will get excited! Don't worry about giving away too much of the game, even if you take 10 screenshots per minute of gameplay that's fine! Also don't bother putting them in a spoiler because people are going to just click the spoiler to look at them anyways, 'ya know? [*]Pick a good site to host the patch. The longer the download time on the site, the better! If people have to sit there and watch a countdown, they'll just get more excited about your hack! [*]Credit nobody but yourself. Even if you use somebody else's work 99%, it's still your idea in the first place so you should get all the credit! I mean you made a thread about it and everything! Hints And Tips[/p] What if I get stuck somewhere? If you have any questions at all, make a thread. If you have more than one question, make more than one thread! It doesn't matter how many questions you have at once, they're about your ROM hack so that makes them special, they each deserve their own thread. I want to prove I'm a real hacker. The secret to hex editing is to just open your hex editor and type the english straight into the hex! You'll be proving to people that you're such an awesome hacker you don't even need to follow the rules!