Yes, in a lot of cases they relate directly to the NES Hardware and Flash Equipment or SNESdev forums, which makes perfect sense since repro carts involve a bit of hardware familiarity (including finding donor carts). But links to relevant technical tips about address/data line remappings when making a PCB could be used (ex. "Yeah, for the issue with /ROMSEL or A14, check out this thread for details").
Please don't reply with a post here unless you've voted for the "Other" option (in which case feel free to propose an idea/recommendation).
Edit: And for those who are legally-conscious and are curious about what sorts of games can be legally repro'd and sold, tepples has compiled a nice list.
I can't stand this kind of posts, and I've already made it know a couple of times. The hardware section is basically the "90% garbage" section of these forums.
EDIT: I am, however, against having too many forums/sections, so I think we'd benefit from merging the least used ones. Since there's hardly any development talk in the GB and SNES sections, I don't see why they can't be merged with the "other retro dev" forum (aside from these consoles being close relatives to the NES, but what's the point in having these forums if they're not used?). The same goes for the FCdev forum. It's supposed to be for discussions in japanese, but people end up using it to talk about japanese hardware more than anything, with the occasional software translated japanese text. I see no reason to have more than one international language forum, since no language other than english is used often enough here.
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mmm, now I understand that when I ask things about reproduction in cartridges, never are answered with the exception of some people.
on the other hand, I think we came here with questions and doubts, because the information that exists, is very confusing and unclear, some things I learned taking approaches, however, sorry for asking so much, thought that the forums are for that,
but I am supporter that the information is for everyone, no one is born knowing and I think sharing is a double triumph...
if there some types of manuals, tutorials, like Bazz, would be another story.
- Find a worthwhile from-scratch homebrew game (not a translation, not a SMW hack) whose author is fine with third parties making and selling carts. I could probably provide examples for most of the discrete NES mappers; I'll need help with Super NES however.
- Make a 100% correct guide for reproducing that game.
- Allow talk of reproducing that game and other homebrews, but not of reproducing commercial games or hacks of commercial games. If someone asks about a game, ask "Have you tried reproing (homebrew game on the same board) first?".
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Is there someway to block the subsection so you don't see it in 'unread posts' and such? If not, I don't see the point really. Only a change in the small font that is rarely read anyways. Maybe I just don't get it, but what's the point of any subsection really? Do people really browse the sections? Isn't the norm to just view unread posts? I find the separate subsections a hindrance to searching for old threads, it only helps when you know for certain which subsection it's in which is rare in my case at least.
If there is no feature like that it's about as worthless as blocking a person you're trying to ignore. Only to still get email notifications when they post in your threads of interest. You come all the way to view the topic only to find it's that freak you've been trying to ignore, but you get suckered into clicking to look at their comment now that you're there, only to immediately regret it...
The only thing I see it accomplishing is starting arguments as to where the topic belongs. "I'm developing something new with old hardware", "no you're making repros", "move the thread", "this repro has some new hardware", etc... If we don't like them, then don't reply to them offering help. Or just crush em every time to try and scare them away. Unless there is some sort of real obstacle, people will post about their broken repros if they believe they can get answers here.
I played the same game as you for the 1st 2 pages and ended up with the following results :blargg wrote:A quick classification of the first page of posts in the SNES forum yielded this breakdown:
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Programming : ||||||||||||| Hardware : ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Repro : |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Emulation : ||||||| Sound / SPC : |||||| Spam : |
The first half of the first page is currently almost exclusively reproduction stuff more or less directly.
Sometime it's more subtle like questions about the MAD-1 chip but in the end I'm sure it's for reproduction.
PS : What pisses me off the most about these guys is not only the fact they illegally create carts and sometimes sells them for very expensive, but that their questions are often tremedously stupid like :
"How do I wire A14 to MAD-1 pin 7".
As if it was normal for us to know such things by heart and to answer them.
And generally their post count is < 10.
1. The point is to have a board specific to repro questions, rather than have the posts scattered all over 4 or 5 separate boards. The proposed board would be placed under the "Other" forum, and probably named "Reproduction Carts" or something along those lines.infiniteneslives wrote:I originally voted yes, but now that I think about it I really don't think it'd accomplish anything... Is there someway to block the subsection so you don't see it in 'unread posts' and such? If not, I don't see the point really.
I spent the past 5-10 minutes inside of phpBB's admin section and found that it's possible to accomplish. You wouldn't see the board itself, nor any of its posts in any way. The amount of administration work on our part to accomplish this is minimal -- no phpBB "mods" needed, it's all possible with stock/built-in features. You'd just have to ask one of us to stick you in the "no-repros" group and voilà. I did test it too, and it does work.
Regardless of #2, I'd like folks to stay focused on the matter at hand -- it's one of organisation. I made this indirectly clear in my initial post, quoting:
koitsu wrote:... I'm politely asking folks put their ethical/moral/legal quandaries aside for a moment ...