September 18th, 2017
Lazy Bastard: You're one of the most prolific hackers in the scene, with thousands of codes to your name. What's more, a lot of these codes are things like Hit Anywhere codes (which you've been asked about so much that you just wrote a guide to hacking them and had it added to the GH Library). How do you decide what to hack next? What gives you inspiration to hack a certain code?

nolberto82: I just think about what I want to hack in my mind. How I'll go about accomplishing the goal. I take a lot of notes of notable addresses to keep track of my progress specially when the emulator doesn't have tracing. I'm always thinking of new types of codes to hack.

Lazy Bastard: What's something you did in the scene which you think was pretty cool, but isn't very well-known?

nolberto82: One of coolest code I found was by accident. It was Super Metroid's Get All Items In Current Room. I was looking for something related to the items but ended up finding that code instead.

Lazy Bastard: What is your favorite code/hack that you hacked? What gave you the idea, and how did you go about hacking it?

nolberto82: It was for Faxanadu NES. I started thinking what if I could attack an enemy anywhere. I wanted to try something new that no one had tried to do before. I thought about it for some time on how to go about it then it came to me about tracing the enemies health when damaged. That's how I made the first Hit Anywhere code for a non fighting game.

Lazy Bastard: What is your favorite code/hack of all time, by any hacker?

nolberto82: Jesus Mode for Super Mario 64 by Parasyte. The way he went about hacking this code is a very interesting.

Lazy Bastard: What was the first thing you hacked for any game?

nolberto82: I started doing small ASM codes like infinite lives to learn the assembly for the NES.

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)

nolberto82: I would have to say Labmaster. Labmaster showed me how to make custom routines for the GBA which helped me with other systems immensely.

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

nolberto82: Hit Anywhere for 3D games in some cases it can be right down impossible.

Lazy Bastard: On that note, what was the most difficult, 'hair-pulling' hack you've ever accomplished?

nolberto82: Jump in Midair for Super Mario 3D Land 3DS. The lack of a proper debugger makes it difficult finding the controller status address. It took me nearly a week to make it work correctly without crashing.

Lazy Bastard: That said, was there ever a code you hacked that you just couldn't get to work quite correctly?

nolberto82: Hit Anywhere codes for some 3D games just don't work right as much as I tried to get them to work.

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

nolberto82: Jump in Midair and Hit Anywhere codes are my favorites to hack.

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

nolberto82: I find Mario games fun to hack. You can do some fun stuff with Mario games.

Lazy Bastard: Did you ever hack something awesome, but then lose it somehow?

nolberto82: I hacked a code in which you didn't lose your character when you die for Double Dragon 3. That was before I joined the site so I never wrote it down so I forgot how I made it. I tried to reproduce it a few months back without luck. 

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

nolberto82: I like to spend time with family and friends.

Lazy Bastard: What is your favorite video game ever?

nolberto82: Super Mario Bros 3.

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

nolberto82: I think we need more people interested in the scene who are willing to learn from long time hackers.

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

nolberto82: Never give up. It takes a lot of practice to become a good hacker. And not to be scared to ask questions and experiment on your own.