Monday, January 2, 2012
With the festivities of New Year over, Hardcore Gaming 101 is excited to reveal a treasure trove of top secret Konami files, which we’re making available for you to download. Grab them before Konami slaps an injunction on us.
With the New Year great changes are in motion at HG101. Not just in the site itself and the way you read it, but also with a series of extremely exciting, exclusive articles, and also this selection of Konami files. In truth, due to a clerical error, these files were never technically under an NDA back in the day – so perhaps they’re not top secret. But they are interesting. They are a selection of localisation files, containing the original Japanese scripts and official English translations, for several Konami games and a variety of manuals. There’s also translation notes and other behind-the-scenes morsels in some of them.
We acquired them from a freelance localiser who has never been interviewed before – I want to emphasise this, said person has never been interviewed before – and for various reasons we were given permission to distribute them. Full disclosure as to why they’re being released will be revealed later on.
Our first release contains the collection of instruction manual translations, and the entire script for Hybrid Heaven, prior to its being edited for use in-game.
(Manuals include: ISS64, some dancing game, some kind of beat-em-up, some kind of bass fishing game, some NHL games, Silent Hill, Goemon, some GunGage game, Airforce Delta, Vandal Hearts 2, an NBA game, Power Dunkers 64)
If all goes according to plan I’ll be making periodical updates to this in the coming few weeks. Our second and third releases will be the entire script – every single line of script in fact – for a pair of text-heavy games already covered on the site (can you guess which two?). This will make for fun Spotlight entries with the main site update, or I may just put them up earlier.
The final release will be for two games which aren’t yet covered by the site, but trust me when I say they will be MEGATON releases, and something to get both romhackers and fans in general extremely excited. Heck, there are some files in here which I don’t even know what they are (but according to RHDN they’re probably NOT the source code to anything).
Alongside this final release will be a lengthy 10’000 word interview with our mysterious benefactor, at which time their identity will be revealed. Let’s just say after reading this you will never look at Konami or indeed the videogame industry in the same way again. HG101 staff have already read the unspeakably controversial feature, and everyone agrees it’s the most industry rocking article we’ve ever published. The pillars of heaven will shake. Some bits are so hot we’re not even sure if we can legally publish it – but we’re going to anyway.
Quotes from other HG101 staff, taken entirely out of context:
“Oh god. You have cojones, sir.” – CJ Iwakura
“... seizure-inducing...” – Derboo
“You said it! A real eye-opener.” – MP83
Plus here’s a 100% genuinely made-up quote from site founder DiscoAlucard:
“Bloody heck, Sketcz, I’m keeping my attorney on speed-dial for this one, just in case.”
So check back regularly for some really solid content. The MEGATON interview with top secret files to download should be stealthily up before the end of January, assuming Konami’s fox-like assassins don’t stop us before then.
(screens taken from GameFAQs)