Once again I bring my apologies for my poor English, for it's my second language.
I think that everyone who played in Free Play knows the fact that Japanese players send their messages in both languages, while European and USA players send them just in English. I always wondered why it's happening, because "Word Select" feature is supposed to send the ID of a message that is locally translated to a player, like it was in PSO (Japanese see only japanese text, French see only french text, etc). After 3 days of researching the source of PSZ I managed to understand the system of messaging in the game. Actually the game always sends 128x48 bitmap images over network, even in Free Play mode. Free play just doesn't allow you to change fixed words (that are actually images with some text drawn on them). So I dediced to do some changes in fixed images.
So, I made a patch (tested on European version of PSZ
) that can change your Free Play shortcuts to another ones. I and DoctorShanks
discussed what shortcuts for free play could be more useful than default ones and then I created them. Shortcuts' text is in both English and Japanese, illustrated with characters from old Phantasy Star games.
We replaced old words with more useful phrases like asking for clearing missed rooms, saying that you'll be right back, saying thanks for waiting, saying goodbye, saying "you're welcome" as an answer to "thanks" and so on.
The most important change is that you can invite other players to PSO-World
so they can find you on forums and exchange Friend Codes with you! Now you won't lose each other after Free Play just by asking to meet each other on this site.
How to install:
As soon as some copyright policy rules don't allow me to share the modded ROM, I made a tiny patch that can be applied to your game and change all shortcuts. I included everything that you need into this archive:
Note: This is NOT A ROM!
P.S. You will need a flashcart to play the modded game.
P.P.S. Do this only if you own a retail copy of the game.
Originally Posted by Ryna
Just as an update to this particular thread, linking to the modification will be allowed.
I have coloured the pictures with monochrome colors (used 3 different shades besides pure white and black) and redrew some elements on characters (diadems, eyes, mouth) so they look a little better. Also changed "You're good" to "You're welcome". So, here go Version 2 shortcuts:
We tested my mod with DoctorShanks and Gavin and it really works, so here you can see first results of our tests:
If you found me this way, please post here. I want to know if this thing really helps us to find each other.
Version 1 (history):
Thank you everyone for your support! :3
P.S. You can try applying this patch to JP and USA versions of the game (success not guaranteed: I wasn't testing it), and if it doesn't work, just tell me - I'll make few more patches for your versions.