Really good article about gender-focused NES rom hacking, and how the recent coverage of it is pretty myopic:
The discourse centering on Mike Mika’s Donkey Kong hack aims to present men as positive forces for gender equality in gaming while distancing them from feminism. These strategies help to relieve anxieties that might implicate men in the shaming and rejection of girls from gaming cultures. Additionally, the suggestion that this kind of ROM hacking is new and limited to loving fathers obscures a long and rich history of ROM hacking that includes women hacking games for their own ends.
I’m happy to announce that NES homebrew titleTRACK+FEEL II is an IndieCade 2012 official selection. It will show on Saturday, October 6 as part of the Night Games portion of the festival. If you can’t make it to Los Angeles for IndieCade, you can download the ROM, find an NES and a Power Pad controller, and play it anywhere with friends.
My NES homebrew “glitch-‘n-rhythm” game, TRACK+FEEL II,is now available for free download. It can be played on a standard NES or in an NES emulator. Take a look at the readme to read about configuring the Power Pad controller. Please enjoy! :)
I made this playable NES ROM hack of Super Mario Bros. when I was in high school. The Sanrio sprites were taken from Hello Kitty World for Famicom, and the levels and game physics were altered with a hex editor, a level editor, and NESticle.
Shine GET! The debut of the interactive NES installation TRACK+FEEL II will be here in Austin, TX on May 6. We’ll also show some other fine NES works that are all yours for the playing. Check this link for more details.