Exactly what it says in the title. What was the first romhack, be it FE or otherwise, that you ever played, heard of, etc.
In my case, it started when I was an innocent 6 year old kid who was about to make the most important choice of every man’s life: Pick your first Pokemon game. We went to a store and the guy said something among the lines of “Ok, so pokemon ruby is sold out, so your choices are Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, and, uh… “Pokemon Chaos Black”.”
At that point, I made the choice that ruined my childhood. I’m not joking, the very first Pokemon game I owned was a bootleg cartridge. For those who don’t know, Pokemon Chaos Black is basically just a reskin of Pokemon Red that introduces myriad glitches. I wouldn’t even be mad if at least the hack was complete, but the game was so buggy that you had to deal with bullshit, such as:
- The game may freeze randomly, even while you are saving.
- Your savegame might randomly decide “Your data just got deleted LOL” upon starting the GBA.
- Even if you somehow make it through all the torture, there is an impassable river that softlocks the game at Mt. Moon. Meaning the game literally ends in the first gym.
- Friendly reminder, I was charged full price for this flaming piece of garbage.
I got stuck. FOR MONTHS. TRYING TO GO PAST THE GODDAMNED IMPASSABLE RIVER, GRINDING AND HOPING ONE OF MY POKEMON RANDOMLY “LEARNS FLY OR SURF” ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT’S NOT HOW THE GAME WORKS. I discussed with my friend how tf was I supposed to get past that point, and he said “Hey that’s not the game I’m playing sorry.”
Turns out he was scammed too, as he got “Pokemon Quartz” from the same store (At least that one was more complete .-.) and saw the translation being so bad that even I could spot errors (I had very limited knowledge of english), I started suspecting that maybe, maaaybe, these games were not legit.
When I realized I was scammed, I was so pissed I didn’t set foot on that shop again. Mostly because it closed months after we found out. Presumably either because they found out that asshole shopkeeper was scamming children or because he made so much money by selling bootlegs and renting Smash Melee that he made an escape or something. 14 years later I still have the cartridge and a GBA, so I figured I should replay it and see if it was so bad. It was as horrible as I remembered.
Hopefully you guys had a better experience