Author Topic: How do you know what hacks [h] contains?  (Read 102 times)

Offline HellfireEternal

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How do you know what hacks [h] contains?
« on: June 27, 2018, 04:08:29 PM »
Is there anyway to find out which hacks are applied to the files marked [h] in the TOSEC collections? When a file is marked [h5] for example, does that mean it has 5 hacks similar to trainers marked +5 or is it the fifth hack of that game? I am hoping there is a reference somewhere that explains what cheats are hacked into the game, trying to manually load each and figure out what is going on seems like a difficult task. is there a website that explains what each hack in the TOSEC sets does? The maintainers of the sets had to have kept notes of what is going on in each rom or they wouldn't know which hacks they already had.

What about [t] files? Is there anyway to tell what cheats are in the trainers?

Thanks for any help!



Offline Maddog

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Re: How do you know what hacks [h] contains?
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2018, 01:49:48 PM »
Welcome and thanks for your interest.
I have made an extensive reply on your original PD thread, but might as well reply here too.  :)

The short answer is: there's no easy way to determine what every hacked file is. For the most useful hacks like translations and trained roms, we use separate
and [t] flags respectively so they are easier to identify. But there are also others where the purpose of the hack is unknown and it's unavoidable to use generic [h] or [a] flags. Many of those are very old files and their origin is lost in the murky depths of the early Internet.

Some work is being done to better identify the files for many of the more well known systems, but this is slow and low priority work due to the amount of work and the special detective skills needed. Any help on this is welcome.

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Re: How do you know what hacks [h] contains?
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2018, 03:51:21 AM »
Oh, I can help? Well I guess I will get in contact with you If I figure anything out!

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Re: How do you know what hacks [h] contains?
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2018, 07:27:20 AM »
Help is always welcome, you can even become a member of the group if you supply a significant amount of renames. :)