May 6th, 2009
Lazy Bastard: You hacked some of the most impressive codes for PSX, specifically for Final Fantasy VII, and thus influenced a lot of hackers in their ways of thinking. What inspired you to do this?

Rainsphere: I loved FFVII. I had done everything possible in the game yet still felt there was so much more fun to be had with it.  So when I got my first GS I was determined to find out what other things I could do with FFVII that were unique and different from what other people were doing.

Lazy Bastard: You were one of the active hackers at the GS School of Hacking. What set that forum apart from other forums of the time?

Rainsphere: People at GS School of Hacking were much more friendly and helpful with code projects. It was great to collaborate with other hackers on particular codes. I found that GS School of Hacking was much more active in making more of the unique codes that I was attempting to create.

Lazy Bastard: What is your favorite code/hack that you hacked?

Rainsphere: I have two. The "Walk anywhere" code was great fun. It was a collaboration with a friend on GSCCC named Zackv3. We essentially made the game think you were a Gold Chocobo, thus allowing you to walk over ocean and mountains. Was great fun.
The second would be "Underwater" code. It took out the ocean entirely, allowing you to explore the caverns below. There are quite a few caverns that weren't in the original game storyline (thus inaccessible with the submarine) that you could explore with that code.

Lazy Bastard: What is your favorite code/hack of all time?

Rainsphere: Play as Sephiroth. It was a huge code, but was uber cool. Big props to the people that put that together.

Lazy Bastard: Who would you say influenced you the most in the video game hacking scene? Who did you 'look up to' when you first entered the scene? (doesn't have to be the same person for both)

Rainsphere: My collaborator, Zackv3.

Lazy Bastard: What was your first code/hack?

Rainsphere: I want to say Unlimited Gil, but I'm not sure...It was quite some time before I found the hacking community so I had actually created a lot of already created codes.

Lazy Bastard: What do you think is the most difficult type of code/hack to hack, and why?

Rainsphere: I always hated changing models around. It was a pain to find the model you were looking for, and when you found it you typically didn't know the value to change it to what you want.

Lazy Bastard: What is your favorite type of code/hack?

Rainsphere: The ones that let you do the seemingly impossible.

Lazy Bastard: What is your least favorite aspect of hacking?

Rainsphere: The time it consumes as you wrack your brain looking for the right combination to make it do what you want. (But it was still a blast)

Lazy Bastard: What do you like least about the hacking scene?

Rainsphere: How quickly people are willing to "claim" segments of your code as their own. That always annoyed me.

Lazy Bastard: Which game did you find the most fun to hack, and why?

Rainsphere: Of course, FFVII, because I loved the game, and it had a million different ways to be hacked.

Lazy Bastard: Did you ever hack an awesome code, or find an address in memory that would've yielded an awesome code, but then lost it somehow?

Rainsphere: All the time, and I'd have to rehack to get it again.

Lazy Bastard: What was the most difficult, 'hair-pulling' hack you've ever accomplished?

Rainsphere: The "Walk Anywhere" FFVII code was pretty intense. It involved turning you into a golden chocobo but having the appearance that you're still Cloud, also it had to have a menu activator (as you couldn't open the menu while on chocobos) and a button combination switch to turn the code on and off.

Lazy Bastard: Was there ever a code you just couldn't get to work quite correctly (something you hacked/attempted to hack)?

Rainsphere: I tried to hack a code to make you a "Beastmaster", essentially allowing you to get the spells/abilities of whatever monster you were fighting. I never finished it.

Lazy Bastard: Aside from hacking and gaming, how do you like to spend your time?

Rainsphere: I go out with my friends to the movies or for drinks. I do a lot of different coding now. I have recently started writing addons for World of Warcraft, so that's pretty consuming as well.

Lazy Bastard: What do you think must happen for the video game hacking scene to continue to thrive?

Rainsphere: We need better hacking utilities...the GS was a pain due to the lack of PC->GS capabilities.

Lazy Bastard: One last question: if you had one thing to say to current, aspiring, and future hackers, what would it be?

Rainsphere: If you can dream it, find it and hack it.