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That is crazy looking, to the extent that I'd guess it wasn't typed. It looks generated or compiled. I think even though it looks like you've found code, that code was the output of another tool.

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I've been playing PC games mostly these days, and some VR. I'm hungry for a JRPG in VR and coincidentally one came out called Ruins Magus. I tried the demo, will probably buy it on sale.

I don't know why but Rocket League has become one of my staples. Something about how the car controls feels so good and intuitive to me. Have also dipped my toes into competitive multiplayer shooters, tried a few but settled on Apex Legends. I play with a friend mostly. And I'll tell you what, I am not good at Apex Legends.


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For those like myself who haven't bought the new version yet, here are the new music tracks. The arrangement of the song from Radical Dreamers brought tears to my eyes. I never thought I'd hear it sound like that. It's at 6:40

https://youtu.be/arWghzUlAMY

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Chrono Cross Modification / Re: New Party Mods
« on: April 20, 2022, 03:30:55 pm »
I would love to see a mod with a reduced/minimalist character list, with only story-necessary characters recruitable, or even minor story revisions to whittle that number down even more, get closer to 7, and minor character ability changes to rebalance for the new roster. Rather than making it bigger, I think Cross would be improved by decreasing the scope.

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News Submissions / Re: Chrono Cross HD on Steam
« on: February 11, 2022, 10:47:12 am »
I'm late ignore me

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News Submissions / Chrono Cross HD on Steam
« on: February 11, 2022, 10:31:52 am »
Check it out.
Radical Dreamers remaster included too. 20 bucks, out in April.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1133760/CHRONO_CROSS_THE_RADICAL_DREAMERS_EDITION/


ABOUT THIS GAME
"CHRONO CROSS: THE RADICAL DREAMERS EDITION" is a remaster of "CHRONO CROSS".

The 3D models have been upgraded to HD, new illustrations have been added, and all kinds of new features are now included. Additionally, the game that formed the bedrock of the story, "RADICAL DREAMERS - Le Trésor Interdit -", is included in this edition!
CHRONO CROSS is an RPG that transcends time and space, unfolding across two interlinked parallel worlds.
With over 40 party members to meet, people and dimensions will intertwine in this epic drama about the planet itself.Utilising an innovative turn-based style battle system, CHRONO CROSS is a unique RPG that follows the protagonist “Serge” as he crosses time on his quest to save himself dying in a parallel universe.
Those who purchase the game will also receive a CHRONO CROSS wallpaper!
New Features in the Remastered Edition
・3D models converted to HD・Refined character illustrations
・Higher-quality background music
・Switch enemy encounters on or off
・Background filter feature
・Battle enhancement features to make combat easier
・Auto-battle function
・Switch between imitation pixel font and HD font
・Change screen resolution
RADICAL DREAMERS - Le Trésor Interdit -
"RADICAL DREAMERS - Le Trésor Interdit -" was released in 1996 as a standalone game, and has not been easily accesible for play in recent years. Players can experience the story that went on to become the basis for CHRONO CROSS in an audio novel format. Here, an alternate story of the RADICAL DREAMERS, a group of three thieves - Serge, Kid and Magil - unfolds in a parallel world.
*You can switch between the new and old versions of the 3D models and illustrations.
*The 3D models, illustrations, font and background filter cannot be toggled separately. They will all be switched together.

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Chrono Cross HD Edition / Re: Goals, Progress, & Discussion
« on: October 01, 2020, 03:12:00 pm »
I'll mock up those subtitles if someone else can handle the transparency settings and the logo insertion stuff.

Seeing them might help folks decide which they like best.

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I think you can think bigger! You could say every playthrough is its own dimension, considering you can do things differently each time. Or even each play session could be its own dimension since you can start from a safe file any time. Each released version of each game represents a range of dimensions from the spectrum of possibilities.

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Chrono Cross HD Edition / Re: Goals, Progress, & Discussion
« on: July 30, 2020, 01:23:19 am »
Yeah, really sharp.

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Chrono Cross HD Edition / Re: Goals, Progress, & Discussion
« on: July 27, 2020, 03:03:18 pm »
That looks really nice, except the edges as you're already aware. I too ran into alpha channel troubles on my attempt and if you get it figured out I'd love to know how.

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Regarding the real world definition of Mammon, a false god of wealth or wealth as evil, and that in Hebrew the word means money or wealth, is it possible that Magus calling himself Prophet was a pun? Profit?

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Chrono Cross HD Edition / Re: Goals, Progress, & Discussion
« on: June 16, 2020, 02:07:44 pm »
I think I've figured out the aspect ratio with the logo. PlayStation apparently rendered screens as 340x224 and then CRT TV's were expected to stretch them to 320x240. The increase in height from 224px to 240px is approximately 7.14%. And if you stretch the logo's height by that amount in Photoshop, the O's in the font are not perfect circles, but the Roman numerals' black backgrounds on the clock ARE. To me it seems likely that the "correct" aspect ratio to view. The pixel amounts wouldn't be the same in HD resolution obviously, but the percentage shouldn't change. So the HD logo graphic will be created 7.14% shorter than it should display at its given width.

Does this sound reasonable? Or have I missed something crucial?

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Chrono Cross HD Edition / Re: Goals, Progress, & Discussion
« on: June 07, 2020, 09:16:49 pm »
Tirion that's super helpful, thank you!

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Chrono Cross HD Edition / Re: Goals, Progress, & Discussion
« on: June 06, 2020, 08:56:57 pm »
Would anyone be willing to work on a new title screen? It could be as simple as adding "HD" as like a splash logo (or whatever title we end up deciding on).

I can do this, just need to know what format and dimensions are needed. Getting the current title/logo extracted would probably help.
Like is it just a high resolution logo on a transparent png at 1920px by 1080px file that we need? Or do we need a full image, non transparent? A different size (maybe not full screen but just the size of the logo cropped)? A weird file format?

Any info would be great so I can make the right file the first try.

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Chrono Cross HD Edition / Re: Goals, Progress, & Discussion
« on: June 02, 2020, 04:14:48 pm »
I wish there was a like button, but since there isn't, I'll use text. I like the idea, I think the OP was put together really comprehensively.

Other ideas I wanted to add to the wishlist:

Widescreen hack.
This goes with improved graphics. I doubt this would be something that could be changed in a menu, so it might have to be a separate hack maybe tested for compatibility. It's possible Danetta and Prizvel or someone else already did this. It's also possible it already exists or can be done by changing emulator settings. I don't know, I can try to research it. Regardless of the how, it'd be nice to have the option to view the HD version in something like true widescreen, where the UI and text elements stretch but the environment, characters and objects are not stretched but still fill the entire available screen space. We'd have to decide whether to pillar-box (black bars on sides of the 4:3 video) the FMV scenes or crop then to the 16:9 aspect ratio. This would apply whether or not the videos were upscaled.

Typo/dialogue correction.
Goes along with bug fixes. I know text can be changed. I know the script is long. I assume there are typos (aside from the intentional grammatical mistakes that come from the accent system). If there is a dialogue dump if some sort, proofing and correcting typos would be doable.

Edit title.
Goes with Quality of Life. While it would be nice to simply boot up Cross in HD, I think if the work done to it isn't immediately obvious (and even if it is), then the title should be edited to immediately identify the version being seen, despite being vanilla.

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Hack compatibility
Doesn't really fit a category.
Since it already exists and was (from what I understand) a Compendium community effort, I think Magus Unmasked would make a perfect first hack to try "on top" of the HD edition to test compatibility, once the HD edition is up and running of course.

I think those all seem like they would be perceived as upgrades and they seem like they could be realistic goals (though, again, I know little to nothing on the subject of PS1 game hacking so don't take my word for it).

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