Back in the olden days when Pokemon Red and Blue were new, there was one rumour you saw everywhere. This rumour was about a special truck found on a dock near the SS Anne, with the idea being that if you went there with Surf and Strength, you can move said truck and find Mew underneath..
Unfortunately, it was false. The truck wouldn’t move with Strength, and Mew was nowhere to be seen. Mew was not under that truck.
Well, until now that is. Because thanks to a bit of technical trickery, the Mew under the truck rumour has now been made true! Yes really! It’s now possible to get a Mew in the one location everyone (rightly) considered impossible for years.
So how this is possible?
Well, through a modified save file virus, that’s how. Remember that story we ran a while back about a ‘virus’ save game? The one that could replace your save data if you traded with it?
The same thing is in play here. Thanks to a bit of custom code, you can now give someone the ability to find Mew under the truck simply by trading with them. Here’s the original video about it by the coder, MrCheeze:
As you can see, it works perfectly, doesn’t affect anything else in the game and cannot be ‘blocked’ by the other player at all. So yeah, now you can basically ROM hack someone’s game through a special virus save file and change the content without them knowing about it.
And this opens up some very interesting possibilities. Like say, using a hacked save file to insert a Buried Alive battle into their game, thus making a creepypasta come true. Or recreating Pokemon Black and White 2’s difficulty trading. You know, where you can trade someone easy or hard mode. That kind of thing is now possible in Red and Blue.
So yeah, it’s a great trick really. And now it can be used to make your childhood dreams (or nightmares) come true!
Pokemon Red/Blue Virus 2.0, and the Mew that was hiding under the truck all along
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When it comes to Pokemon Red and Blue, Arbitrary Code Execution is not a new thing. A glitch item called 8F has allowed people to rewrite their Pokemon’s stats and abilities. Memory bugs in the game’s code have allowed them to use a Pokemon glitch to actually modify a second game running on the same system.
And well, a glitchy move and some careful code manipulation has even let people wipe out save files via a link battle. In other words, Pokemon Red and Blue is broken. To hilarious extremes.
However, today’s exploit is something else entirely. Why? Because a speedrunner called MrCheeze has actually created a self replicating ‘program’ that runs in copies of Pokemon Red and Blue. In other words, he’s made a virus for the game. That clones itself whenever an ‘infected’ player uses the link club.
Here’s a video showing it in action:
So what does this program do?
Well basically, it overwrites the save file. So whenever a player running it goes to trade with another person, the second person’s entire save file gets replaced with the first person’s one (complete with program). In other words, you can get your game hacked and replaced merely by playing with someone else with the program.
Fortunately though, this isn’t bad for the user. Why? Because this program doesn’t replace your save with a terrible one, or blank it altogether. Instead, it gives you a bunch of Dittos, Mews and Mewtwos, all of which are shiny and have max IVs.
So yeah, instead of a wrecked game, you get a bunch of good Pokemon to transfer to Sun and Moon. It’s pretty cool really.
Either way, it’s an impressive coding feat really. One that should never, ever be possible in a video game, but a technical work of genius none the less. You can even try it for yourself if you want, since the save game has been released online.
But hey, what do you think? Are you impressed that someone has created a virus in Pokemon Red and Blue? Or are you worried that someone could abuse this outright damage games instead of helping them?
Post your thoughts on the matter here or on Gaming Reinvented below.
There’s been quite a few video game related TV shows and films announced recently. From the Tetris trilogy to Nintendo’s work in TV shows and many more besides, it seems like both Hollywood and the TV networks have taken an interest in adaptating video games to other mediums.
And today, it turns out that Castlevania has joined the queue! Why? Because in today’s Netflix announcement, guess what this series was listed on the paper?
Yep, a 2017 Castlevania TV series!
So what’s it going to be like? Well, Netflix isn’t giving anything away just yet. There’s nothing in the announcement talking about the characters or storyline or cast that are part of the show, nor how it connects to the rest of the series.
Well, unless we look at other related stories that is! Because about a year ago, Adi Shankar posted a very interesting message about a Castlevania series on Facebook.
Here it is:
Breaking News: I’m producing a super violent Castlevania mini-series with my homies Fred Seibert and Kevin Klonde. It’s…
Posted by Adi Shankar on Tuesday, 25 August 2015
As you can see, it’s talking about a ‘super violent’ Castlevania mini series involving Fred Seibert and Kevin Klonde. What’s more, this series was previously mentioned on a Nick Animation podcast, where he talked about making a series based on a ‘world-famous video game of the last 30 years’.
And that’s not all. Oh no, he also mentioned a few details about the adaptation earlier today as well. There he described it as a Netflix Original Series with a season 1 in 2017 and a season in 2018. As well as the ‘western world’s first good video game adaptation’.
Here’s the post about that in case you haven’t seen it:
Castlevania is a Netflix Original Series with Season 1 launching in 2017 and Season 2 in 2018. Furthermore,…
Posted by Adi Shankar on Wednesday, 8 February 2017
So yeah, it seems we’ve got a real interesting series coming up here. Let’s hope it lives up to all the hype!
When it comes to events in the gaming world, nothing tops E3. Seen as the most important one in the entire calendar, this summer event in LA has been the location of everything from new console reveals to trailers and demos of games as big as Zelda Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Galaxy among many others. It’s the event pretty much every gamer dreams of attending.
And this year, it seems they’ll get their chance! Because as the title suggests, E3 2017 will now be open to the general public as well as the press. Here’s the official post about it via the official E3 Twitter account:
So how does it work anyway?
Well to put it simply, it works as you’d expect. There’s a limited amount of tickets (15,000 of about 50,000) that are now available for anyone to buy. These cost $250 in total (or $150 with an early bird discount), and let the holder enter the convention and try out whatever games are available there.
Either way, everyone does well now. The media still go and get information about new games for their sites and magazines. The industry still have a way to advertise their wares. And now Average Joe can go and enjoy the new games and presentations. Everyone’s happy, right?
Not quite. As you can probably guess, some parts of the media are a little… upset that their event is now open to everyone. After all, why should they mix with the hoi polloi? It’s like we’re treated as gamers rather than ‘insiders’ now!
But still, these are minority views expressed by a couple of folks on Twitter. For the most part, people are happy with E3 being open for the public to attend. It’s just another fun event for the gaming community calendar.
So what do you think? Are you happy that E3 is now available to the public? Or do you wish it was still a press only deal like it was before?