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Crazy text in GBC ROM

Post by BigFred » 31 Oct 2011 18:24

Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, The (Europe).gbc

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00040000 48 65 6C 6C 6F 20 54 68 65 72 65 20 50 69 6C 67 Hello There Pilg
00040010 72 69 6D 2E 2E 2E 0D 0A 0D 0A 49 66 20 79 6F 75 rim.......If you
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00040030 73 20 52 4F 4D 2C 20 79 6F 75 20 6E 6F 20 64 6F s ROM, you no do
00040040 75 62 74 20 61 72 65 20 72 65 61 64 69 6E 67 0D ubt are reading.
00040050 0A 74 68 69 73 20 74 65 78 74 2E 20 54 68 69 73 .this text. This
00040060 20 67 61 6D 65 20 69 73 20 62 61 73 69 63 61 6C  game is basical
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000400B0 68 61 73 20 64 65 63 72 65 65 64 20 74 68 61 74 has decreed that
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000400D0 4F 4D 20 74 68 65 79 20 77 69 6C 6C 20 70 72 6F OM they will pro
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00040120 74 20 65 6D 70 74 79 20 36 20 4D 65 67 2E 3F 20 t empty 6 Meg.? 
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00040190 6F 74 3F 20 4D 69 67 68 74 20 61 73 20 77 65 6C ot? Might as wel
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000401B0 20 77 69 74 68 20 73 6F 6D 65 74 68 69 6E 67 20  with something 
000401C0 65 6E 74 65 72 74 61 69 6E 69 6E 67 2E 20 53 65 entertaining. Se
000401D0 65 20 69 66 20 79 6F 75 20 63 61 6E 20 72 65 74 e if you can ret
000401E0 72 69 65 76 65 0D 0A 74 68 65 6D 20 66 72 6F 6D rieve..them from
000401F0 20 74 68 69 73 20 52 4F 4D 2E 20 49 66 20 79 6F  this ROM. If yo
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00040210 65 20 70 72 69 7A 65 2E 20 50 6C 65 61 73 65 0D e prize. Please.
00040220 0A 63 61 6C 6C 20 28 36 30 39 29 20 34 36 36 2D .call (609) 466-
00040230 32 30 39 32 20 28 69 6E 20 4E 65 77 20 4A 65 72 2092 (in New Jer
00040240 73 65 79 2C 20 55 53 41 29 20 69 66 20 79 6F 75 sey, USA) if you
00040250 20 68 61 76 65 20 62 65 65 6E 0D 0A 61 62 6C 65  have been..able
00040260 20 74 6F 20 76 69 65 77 20 74 68 65 20 74 77 6F  to view the two
00040270 20 2E 47 49 46 20 70 69 63 74 75 72 65 73 2C 20  .GIF pictures, 
00040280 6C 6F 63 61 74 65 64 20 69 6E 20 74 68 65 20 72 located in the r
00040290 65 73 74 20 6F 66 0D 0A 74 68 65 20 75 70 70 65 est of..the uppe
000402A0 72 20 36 20 4D 65 67 73 20 6F 66 20 74 68 69 73 r 6 Megs of this
000402B0 20 52 4F 4D 2E 20 57 65 20 77 69 6C 6C 20 68 61  ROM. We will ha
000402C0 76 65 20 61 20 6E 69 63 65 20 72 65 77 61 72 64 ve a nice reward
000402D0 0D 0A 66 6F 72 20 79 6F 75 2E 2E 2E 0D 0A 0D 0A ..for you.......
000402E0 47 6F 6F 64 20 4C 75 63 6B 21 0D 0A 0D 0A 52 6F Good Luck!....Ro
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00040300 65 70 74 65 6D 62 65 72 20 32 38 2C 20 32 30 30 eptember 28, 200
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Re: Crazy text in GBC ROM

Post by xuom2 » 31 Oct 2011 18:25

let's upload the pics! :P

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Re: Crazy text in GBC ROM

Post by Dopefish » 31 Oct 2011 21:38

Finally a game developer with sense of humour :P

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Re: Crazy text in GBC ROM

Post by michal99 » 31 Oct 2011 22:49

Did you call them ? ;)

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Re: Crazy text in GBC ROM

Post by Rifu » 02 Nov 2011 11:17

heh, Out of boredom, I scanned all the GBC roms for JPG and GIF headers...

I found this JPG pic in "Rugrats - Time Travelers (USA, Europe).gbc"
(its at offset 0x000EE000 to 0x000EF5A9, save that as a JPG) :P
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"DynaMike (Europe) (Proto).gbc" has HTML code and very small jpg thumbnail in it too
(both not safe for work.. porn, i'll let you find it yourself, its near the very start of the rom)


Razmoket, Les - 100% Angelica (France).gbc
Rugrats - Totally Angelica (USA).gbc
Rugrats - Typisch Angelica (Germany).gbc
All three games have this exact same GIF in it:
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Portal Runner (USA).gbc has this GIF file in it:
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for GIF files, search for GIF89 in text in a hex-editor.
for JPG files, search for JFIF in text in a hex-editor, file starts 6 bytes before that text.

edit: I might search other systems like GB/GBA later...

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Re: Crazy text in GBC ROM

Post by BigFred » 02 Nov 2011 12:16

Did you call them ?
Nope, but when I find an E-mail I might give it a try ;)

@Rifu

good work. There appears to be more to discover than expected. Who knows what files may be hidden in bigger media.

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Re: Crazy text in GBC ROM

Post by hydr0x » 02 Nov 2011 14:54

Rifu wrote: "DynaMike (Europe) (Proto).gbc" has HTML code and very small jpg thumbnail in it too
(both not safe for work.. porn, i'll let you find it yourself, its near the very start of the rom)
Sounds like the proto was hacked then, can't imagine this to be real content, even hidden in the rom.

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Re: Crazy text in GBC ROM

Post by BigFred » 02 Nov 2011 15:33

Well the proto was a direct download from the developer's homepage so at least this was first hand.

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Post by hornpipe2 » 30 May 2012 21:39

Here's a good one from Deadly Towers (NES):
DISASSEMBLE? HELLO ! THIS IS DISASSEMBLE MESSAGE FOR YOU. THIS$PROGRAM WAS MADE IN JAPAN TOKYO 10 NOV 1986 COPY RIGHT BY IREM CORP.PROGRAMMED AND LICENSED BY LENAR SPLENDOR TEAM GOOD BYE !

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Re: Crazy text in GBC ROM

Post by KingMike » 25 Sep 2012 01:48

Good to see that note about the GBC ROM.
I always wondered why Pong! The Next Level ROM was 8mbit even though the game looks like it could have fit in 1mbit easily.

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Re: Crazy text in GBC ROM

Post by TeamEurope » 27 Sep 2012 21:04

also sometimes nice text in arcade roms

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translated:
anyone who will do unauthorized changes or copy's will feel the anger of the gods...





this game will hopefully get added in one of the next mame versions...

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Re: Crazy text in GBC ROM

Post by BigFred » 03 Oct 2012 09:48

Haha - reminds me on those anti-piracy comments in old id games.

No. one is still the GBA game that has code of a pirate intro from another game buried somewhere.

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Re: Crazy text in GBC ROM

Post by hornpipe2 » 25 Apr 2013 21:52

FYI, I have found a website that documents all these and much much more - all kinds of hidden text, images, unused sound files, etc. in distributed games. It's called "The Cutting Room Floor" (www.tcrf.net) and makes a heck of a good read if you're bored.

For example, here's the entry from the first post, Elmo in Grouchland:
http://tcrf.net/The_Adventures_of_Elmo_in_Grouchland

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Re: Crazy text in GBC ROM

Post by TeamEurope » 09 Dec 2014 15:36

i dumped the bios of the leapster a couple of weeks ago. today i did have a closer look at the file and extracted some SWF files from it. Beside the normal "no cartridge insert" flash movies was also a secret swf menue inside the rom. Which should show some hardware-id's and rom-id's. i just look threw the complete swf and every frame and also found pictures of all Team members from Leap Frog!

here are just some of it:
Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image

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Re: Crazy text in GBC ROM

Post by BigFred » 11 Dec 2014 20:08

This is sooo cool 8-) :lol: I believe all this stuff would be worth an article in Retrogamer mag or similar.

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