Sonic Hack Database

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  1. ProjectFM

    ProjectFM Optimistic and self-dependent Member

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    It's a single space where you can easily find any available Sonic hack. It's a timeline in which you can see how Sonic hacks have evolved over the years. It's a place where you and a friend can quickly find multiplayer-capable Sonic hacks. It's a list of links which don't have a 9 in 10 chance of being broken. It's a document where you can quickly check whether a hack works on real hardware before you add it to your Everdrive. It's a directory where you can find out who created your favorite Sonic hack and discover their other works. It's an index in which you can find hacks that people have deemed notable in particular areas. It's the setting for discovery. It's the...




    The document is available for anyone to edit. If you ever need something productive to do, why not contribute?

    • Sonic: - To make hacks easier to find by name, I separated the title. The actual name of the hack is ultimately going to be more memorable than whether it has "the Hedgehog" or a colon, etc.
    • Title - The rest of the title.
    • Creator(s) - The name of either the team or the main person/people responsible for the hack.
    • System - As follows:
    • SMD - Sega Mega Drive aka Sega Genesis
    • SMS - Sega Master System
    • SGG - Sega Game Gear
    • SCD - Sega CD
    • S32X - Sega 32X
    • GBA - Nintendo Game Boy Advance
    • NES - Nintendo Entertainment System
    • SNES - Super Nintendo Entertainment System
    • NGPC - Neo Geo Pocket Color
    • Base Game - The game the hack is built off of. If there is no game, then it's "Homebrew".
    • Type - The focus of the game's modifications:
      • Level - Anything from layout modifications to brand new zones. Can envelope the traits of all other types of hacks.
      • Gameplay - The levels are kept in tact for the most part, but the way the game is played is different.
      • Character - A special type of gameplay or aesthetic hack in which Sonic's sprites are replaced with a different character's.
      • Aesthetic - No gameplay or level modifications are made.
      • Port - Meant to recreate the experience of playing a game on a console it was never available for.
      • Homebrew - Either no game is used as a base, or the game is modified to the point that, aside from possibly art and music assets, it is unrecognizable as a Sonic game.
      • Utility - When the hack isn't meant to be used for entertainment.
    • Last Release - In Year/Month/Day format so that sorting by date is chronological.
    • Multiplayer - The multiplayer is "Unchanged" when no changes have been made to the multiplayer mode and second player co-op. Generally the split screen multiplayer in these hacks is untested and buggy if playable at all. If either type of multiplayer is removed, then it is specified. If multiplayer has significant changes and/or is a focus in the hack then it is either "Co-op" or "Versus" depending on if the players are working with or against one another.
    • Works on Hardware - Same terminology as redhotsonic's series. If the glitches from using real hardware are significant enough to affect normal gameplay, then it's "Partially". If the game is impossible to play normally on real hardware, then it's a "No".
    • Status - If the hack is still being worked on, it's "Active". If it was abandoned before reaching a complete state, then it's "Inactive". Otherwise, it's "Complete".
    • SHC Trophies - Each award given to the hack by the Sonic Hacking Contest followed by the contest year(s) that it was given in.
    • Download - A hyperlink to either a downloadable file or a page with links to downloadable files (such as Sonic Retro's wiki). Ideally, there would be a link to download every version of the hack ever released. The text is the name of the website the link goes to.
    • Release Page - A web page with a description of the hack, often including features, credits, and a forum discussion about the hack. The text is the name of the website the link goes to.
    • L̶o̶n̶g̶p̶l̶a̶y̶ ̶-̶ ̶A̶n̶ ̶o̶f̶t̶e̶n̶ ̶u̶n̶c̶o̶m̶m̶e̶n̶t̶a̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶Y̶o̶u̶T̶u̶b̶e̶ ̶v̶i̶d̶e̶o̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶h̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶p̶l̶a̶y̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶r̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶s̶t̶a̶r̶t̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶f̶i̶n̶i̶s̶h̶.̶ ̶T̶h̶e̶ ̶t̶e̶x̶t̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶n̶a̶m̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶Y̶o̶u̶T̶u̶b̶e̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶n̶n̶e̶l̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶h̶o̶s̶t̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶v̶i̶d̶e̶o̶.̶
    • S̶h̶o̶w̶c̶a̶s̶e̶ ̶-̶ ̶A̶n̶ ̶u̶n̶s̶c̶r̶i̶p̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶c̶o̶m̶m̶e̶n̶t̶a̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶Y̶o̶u̶T̶u̶b̶e̶ ̶v̶i̶d̶e̶o̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶c̶o̶m̶m̶e̶n̶t̶a̶t̶o̶r̶ ̶d̶e̶s̶c̶r̶i̶b̶e̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶h̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶p̶l̶a̶y̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶r̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶a̶ ̶p̶o̶r̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶i̶t̶.̶ ̶T̶h̶e̶ ̶t̶e̶x̶t̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶n̶a̶m̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶Y̶o̶u̶T̶u̶b̶e̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶n̶n̶e̶l̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶h̶o̶s̶t̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶v̶i̶d̶e̶o̶.̶
    • Review - Either a scripted YouTube video or some kind of text which is meant to criticize the hack. The text is the name of the website the link goes to and, if it's a video, the name of the YouTube channel which hosts the video.
    It's nebulous what can really be considered a "Sonic hack". I'd go with anything that could feasibly be submitted into the Sonic Hacking Contest and would fit under the "Retro" category. Alternately, you could define it as any unofficial game that is related to Sonic in some way, doesn't require you to own a particular game in order for you to play it, and isn't made with the intent of selling it (so bootlegs don't count).

    Also check out the Sonic Hack Database Companion, a place for lost and found hacks.
     
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  2. nineko

    nineko I am the Holy Cat Member

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    Excellent idea! But...
    You might want to change this description to: "Longplay - A column where we kiss Razor and Zenon's ass". No, I am not being sarcastic, this time I am sincerely offended. And yes, I did see that you did include one of my videos, ironically the one which isn't a longplay. I have no more words to say, just, wow.
     
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  3. Iso Kilo

    Iso Kilo Is it a fox? Is it a wolf? It's Kilo! Member

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    I'd like to note a thing or 2, just about my creations. Ray in Sonic 1 does work on hardware, including the high fidelity Sega chant, I had, if I recall, gotten VadaPega to test it a little bit before the 2019 contest. Just so you can fill in that column.
    I've also got 2 other hacks, Sonic Kyukyoku (Not my proudest work but it's my first published regardless), and Sonic 1 - Attack of the Killer Rings.

    Overall this seems like a really neat and useful project. Though I do agree with nineko about the longplay column. It would either be nice to see a larger variety in Youtubers, or self made videos for the purpose of the database.
     
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  4. ProjectFM

    ProjectFM Optimistic and self-dependent Member

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    @nineko My process was usually to see if Razor & Zenon played it, if not see if Amy Rose played, and if not try using someone else's longplay. I did this because I had brand loyalty to Razor & Zenon and Amy Rose and I knew they uploaded videos with good video and audio quality and were popular enough that there would be a lot of discussion in the comments. Other than that I didn't think it mattered because every longplay was going to essentially offer the same experience regardless. What I failed to take into account is how smaller channels would benefit from having videos on this list, and I'm going to work on fixing that.

    @Iso Kilo: Thanks for this information. You can add this information yourself. I might not have made it clear in my original post, but both documents are editable by anyone.
     
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  5. RuthlessTheHooman

    RuthlessTheHooman The who, man? Member

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    Couple of questions I have about this.
    First of all: If someone has someone else's hack that doesn't have a public download link (a perfect example being lost hacks), is it fine to make and post a download link of your own?
    Secondly: I assume it's fine to link my own hacks in this database. Am I allowed to link unannounced/unreleased content of my own? I'm just unsure on whether that's what you're looking for with this.
     
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  6. ProjectFM

    ProjectFM Optimistic and self-dependent Member

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    1. Yes, you can.
    2. This database is meant for hacks in which a ROM is publicly available. Every hack should have a download link.
     
  7. RuthlessTheHooman

    RuthlessTheHooman The who, man? Member

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    So, to clarify on the answer to the second question, is releasing something unreleased of mine onto the database fine to do? Does that qualify the rom as being publicly avaliable?
     
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    ProjectFM Optimistic and self-dependent Member

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    Yes and yes.
     
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    RuthlessTheHooman The who, man? Member

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    Alright, cool. Thanks for clarifying.
     
  10. StephenUK

    StephenUK Working on a Quackshot disassembly Administrator

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    Great idea, but personally I'd leave the YouTube links out of it. People know how to use YouTube and by favouring one link, you just run the risk of pissing other people off, especially when I know one of the channels you've used has crossed paths with some of ours members here for posting content of their hacks without permission, and when confronted they dismissed those complaints outright.
     
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