I was completely joking -- I didn't create them. I just wanted to say something that would definitively answer Tepples' question without giving him an avenue for weirdness. ;-) At least it got byuu to make a Jojo reference, which really did get me laughing (I haven't enjoyed an anime/manga that much since Jungle wa itsumo Hare nochi Guu).nicklausw wrote:Have you ever felt weird seeing this many people (that being most of SNESdev) using a term you created? I'd feel like some sort of celebrity.
The LoROM/HiROM terms were already in use by the time I started getting into SNES development back in 1992 (or was it 1993?). I have several different ideas as to where/how they originated, but I'd rather keep those to myself -- the less misinformation spread, the better. (I had never heard of "ExHiROM" until sometime in maybe 2008?). But if I had to go out on a limb publicly, I would say it probably came from the Amiga/SNES/warez crowd who were distributing ROM sets back in the day. Pretty much all the .nfo files had those labels. "Lo" is probably just a convenient/short (fewer characters) way to say "less" and "Hi" meaning "more". I mention the Amiga because that's a system where you've got 9 billion different kinds of RAM (ChipRAM, SlowRAM, FastRAM, MB RAM, AccelRAM), even though I'm pretty sure all of those have no actual relation to the SNES, I just think the "naming convention" syntax/style might have carried over. There weren't 24mbit or 32mbit carts at the time those terms were created -- I know this for a fact because a paper copy of the official docs I have don't even mention mode 25, nor do they have any of the PCB layouts + memory map details that the last-known-version has.