Warning in advance to my readers, as few as there are: This post will be a bit all over the place.
Well, almost midnight on July 4th. The birthday of our nation. We almost set a new world record, too! It was a mostly exciting day, and I learned quite a bit. About our nation, politics, schools, just about everything. Let me give you a brief overview of my day today.
I got up at around 9:00, and headed over to festival Park in Greensboro, NC, for WFMY News 2’s High-five on the Fourth World Record attempt. Learned that most parking is free on the 4th, thanks to it being a national holiday. I also learned that there was this Fun Fourth festival on the 4th of July. I’m certainly going next year.
I eventually found Festival park, and it was actually pretty awesome! I got there early enough to get in without a hassle. Quite a few people were there already, but not a whole lot. Soon after, Jay Bird and his band played a few songs. It was pretty awesome, actually. Goober from McDonalds, and the Deal Chicken were even there. I went t find some water, as it was getting pretty hot, and found some, and it was free! =D Nothing like a refreshing drink of water when you have to wait an hour in the hot sun.
Eventually, the countdown started, from twenty, and we all got ready, and we all hi-fived each other at the same time! I don’t know how many people were there, but it was at LEAST 3,000 people at that point. Oh man. There were a LOT. xD Anyway, after that, Jay Bird came on again, and I got his autograph. WHILE he was singing! He’s good, and he was sweating a lot, too.
Anyway, after that, I went to meet a friend that was supposed to buy me lunch. Didn’t happen. So I went home, then headed over to Super G Mart to get some food. $20 got me two 5-pack Jin Ramen Instant Noodles (Ootogi brand), a 6 pack of Orange flavor Ramuné, and a carton of 18 eggs. That’s a lot of food =D
After heading home, my dad made me some of the ramen, and I made some Quaker Oatmeal (Quick cooking). Cinnamon, Brown sugar, and maple syrup. Mmmm. Good oatmeal. Anyway, that, plus my dad’s version of Jin Ramen with egg, Squash and Broccoli; pretty awesome if I do say so myself. And after that, I mainly stayed at home, took a nap, and then checked on PokéCommunity IRC chat for any news. Oh boy there was.
There was a discussion about the community that creates games using Pokémon (or any) games as a base, literally changing the code of the game, and making it their own. (Collectively referred to as “Pokémon Hacking”) Hackers that do this should really be all kind, and information should flow freely, and we should all get along. But this doesn’t always happen. There are people that think hacking tools just make people lazy, there are those that disagree with creating hacks at all, and in general, there are just mean and/or ignorant people. Even within that same community.
And it saddens me to see people shoot down someones hard work just because they used a “tool” to achieve it. Let’s be honest. Did Valve create Portal in assembly? Did Nintendo force Gamefreak to use Machine language to code the Pokémon games? No. In both cases, the developer used tools. Granted, in some cases, games are created with tools programmed by the developers, but usually they are made with tools that everyone else uses, like Visual Studio, or Netbeans, or Unity, etc. If we don’t frown upon that, then why should we frown upon those hackers that remake a Pokémon game using a tool?
“It makes hackers lazy.” Such a common excuse. It does have some truth, however. It is certainly easier to code a game in Visual Studio, than it is to use pure assembler. But at the same time, who would WANT to code in assembler? It wastes time, money, and effort that can be used elsewhere. As they say: “Find the 10% of your code that’s executed 90% of the time, and recode it in assembler.” Doing the rest of it by yourself is just insane. It’s true that some people will take advantage of this, and use the tool in ways it wasn’t meant for. Like trying to use Visual Studio to code in LISP. But you can’t blame the tool for this. Blame the idiocy of the human population.
“You aren’t a REAL hacker if you use tools.” Though perhaps true, this statement is simply uncalled for. It’s like saying “Valve, you aren’t a GOOD company until you program in assembler.” I mean, come on. Who CARES if you use tools? “real” hacker or not, you can still make amazingly awesome games. Or, on the flipside… Just cause you’re a “real” hacker, doesn’t mean you’re any good. You could make sucky games.
Those are just a couple of the things I’ve heard. And honestly, I’m getting tired of it. People can be mean, and so idiotic at times, thinking that they’re actually HELPING when they say things like this. It’s like we’re in middle school all over again. I mean, come on, guys. Do you really think this world would be better if everyone believed that? I certainly don’t. This would would be absolutely terrible. I’d much rather be in a world of people with amazing ideas that suck at programming and scripting, than in one with amazing programmers/scripters, and no ideas. Granted, this is partly so I’d be useful (I’m a bit of both), but it’s true, in any case.
All in all, though, today was good. =D Food, fun, and debates, all on the same day! I never thought I’d enjoy July 4th as much as I did today. here’s hoping that next year will be even better! =D Happy Birthday, good ol’ United States of America! May there be many more.