Episode 122a – Rom Hacking and Retro Gaming

Welcome to Episode 122a

Main Topic

  • yes it is i the boy – who am i even

    -son of unclemarc

    -stevens type kid

    -longtime mathematics enjoyer

    -“pro” gamer

 

a quick personal history

    -first talk about how i got into older games

    -wii virtual console, snes emulator in 3rd grade (messing around with lunar magic, despite not knowing how to use it)

    -got into gba in grade 6

    -got into fe in grade 8, fell out a bit, got back into it in junior year

    -got into hacking in freshman year of college

 

retro gaming

    -old games are cool, but good luck finding the carts and consoles

    -if you’re not japanese there goes a lot of games

    -solve these problems with emulation- play classic games, translate foreign games, etc.

    -pretty much every system you can think of has emulators developed

    -of note here is also the ability to play hacks

 

what the hell is a romhack

    -take a game that you enjoy, and use your numerous powers to turn it into something new

    -graphics, sounds, level design, mechanics- the whole nine yards

    -why do you hack? for fun, to learn about old stuff, to show off to people

    -it’s like making a game, but you kinda have to be purely passion driven (no profit for you)

 

what do ya need, anyway

    -a rom, obviously (yeah sure i totally dumped one myself)

    -patience and perseverance

    -whatever hacking tools exist for the game you wish to tackle

    -god there’s so many of them

    -game specific tools (ex. lunar magic, febuilder)

    -assemblers/disassemblers

    -debugging emulators (ex. no$gba)

    -graphical tools (ex. usenti, paint if you hate yourself)

    -sound stuff (usually working with midis, either custom made, downloaded, or ripped from other games)

 

decomp vs. binary

    -binary hacking is more straightforward to setup (usually)

    -decompilations/buildfiles allow much more freedom

    -buildfiles also give you powerful version control

    -if you screw up, bug fixing is far more merciful

    -binary has you burning edits into your rom- scary!

 

i just told you buildfiles are rad but anyway use binary hacking

    -that all being said, binary hacking tools are probably the best way to start

    -the simplicity allows you to acquaint yourself with the nitty gritty

    -gonna be honest, i started with very little knowledge on the specifics

    -never thought i’d casually pick up hexadecimal

    

you don’t even have to do it all yourself

    -lots of hacking communities have tons of resources

    -graphical/musical assets for the artistically unable

    -engine hacks so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel adding cool shit

    -documentation on the inner workings of a game

    

but sometimes you gotta

    -gba assembly haunts my dreams

    -thankfully, other options exist

    -pokemon decomps use C, CHAX is a somewhat recent thing in fe

    -with the gui methods, you can do a ton of stuff without ever touching asm

    -just gotta be clever and maybe rub an elbow or two

    

screw it, fe hacking scene history

    -nightmare (good old csv editing), various general use gba tools

    -apparently hackers used to map in ms paint

    -feditor is a nightmare hellscape

    -despite this, we still had hacks

    -shoutout to the last promise, made by a highschooler with the equivalent of rusty sponges

    

    the golden age begins

    -event assembler- insert data with a powerful and versatile tool

    -buildfiles insert most of their data through EA

    -in march 2017, skillsystem dropped- a revolution in the hacking scene to turn fe8 into a game as feature rich as modern entries

    -emblem magic- an all in one gui hacking tool dropped in august 2017

    -then febuilder dropped in september 2017 and kinda overshadowed it

    -an aside on pokemon romhacking making you download like 80 things

    -builder is a gift from a god known as 7743- easy to use UI with a ton of features and some underrated debugging power

    -skillsys got ported to builder early on, and it has a ton of ui to complement it

    -ever since, we’ve had tons more hacks

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Episode 112b – Spotting conspiracies, duck duck go, and identifying mass shooters

Welcome to Episode 122b

Announcements

Reviews

  • Nothing New

Chat

  • [unclemarc]
    • First days
    • PS Remote Play
    • I haz Steam Deck
    • Killed Elden Beast!
    • Trying Fiverr for a mashup
  • [gangrif]
    • The jeep
    • The caddy
    • The other jeep
    • The washing machine.
    • Everything is broken. 
    • And we’re going on vacation.
  • [retina]
    • Morbin’ time, and bad movies

 

News

 

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Episode 121a – Finding software to learn on

Welcome to Episode 121

Main Topic

 

 

 

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Episode 121b – RHEL 8.6, Metaverse Face-Punches, and Nvidia Drivers

Welcome to Episode 121b

Announcements

Reviews

  • Nothing new

Chat

[unclemarc]

  • Elden Ring multiplayer – new dimension!
  • Still waiting on my Steamdeck email
  • I’ve volunteered to mentor a military vet
  • May be hiring on my team soon

 

[gangrif]

News

 

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Episode 120a – How do we Learn

Welcome to Episode 120

Main Topic

  • Learning new things
    • Certification
    • Sog, on twitter, 
      • Dive in and drink from the firehose and leverage the hyper-focusing ADHD ability to further accelerate learning. I learned Powershell, Go, and Rust in the last year-ish, in addition to a lot of pentesting-specific stuff. If you want it bad enough, you’ll get it done.
    • The Mentor
      •  the way I learn new technology is by setting it up in my homelab messing around with it and messing  it up and building it up so many times until I fully get it 
    • Name_pending197
      • This is the way. I do the same, build it, document it, break it, repeat. I also find that learning and then presenting new technology to the rest of the team is an excellent way to retain knowledge. Explaining and demonstrating something to others is one of the best ways to understand it yourself. Especially if you know you will be questioned on it
    • Home labs 
    • Trial by fire
    • Training
    • Reading 
    • What else?
    • What do our listeners think?
    • Kubernetes Zero to Hero:
    • Kubernetes by Example:

 

  •  

 

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Episode 120b – Twitter is Musky, Steamdecks, Elden Ring, Open Internet, and NSA on AWS

Welcome to Episode 120

Main Topic

  • Learning new things
    • Certification
    • Sog, on twitter, 
      • Dive in and drink from the firehose and leverage the hyper-focusing ADHD ability to further accelerate learning. I learned Powershell, Go, and Rust in the last year-ish, in addition to a lot of pentesting-specific stuff. If you want it bad enough, you’ll get it done.
    • The Mentor
      •  the way I learn new technology is by setting it up in my homelab messing around with it and messing  it up and building it up so many times until I fully get it 
    • Name_pending197
      • This is the way. I do the same, build it, document it, break it, repeat. I also find that learning and then presenting new technology to the rest of the team is an excellent way to retain knowledge. Explaining and demonstrating something to others is one of the best ways to understand it yourself. Especially if you know you will be questioned on it

 

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Episode 119a – Being healthy while working at a desk

Welcome to Episode 119

Main Topic

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Episode 119b- Metaverse Immortality, Meta’s greedy, Heat batteries, and Musk wants to buy Twitter

Announcements

 

Chat

  • [nate] 
    • Windows hibernate is just as terrible as I remember
    • Toying with DOKS (digital ocean kubernetes)
    • I have trodden further down the apple path… 
  • [unclemarc]

News

 

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Episode 118a Cyber Warfare

Welcome to Episode 118

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