Q: How come you don't have [name of any game or anime] covered?
FantasyAnime is maintained by just one person, so there is only so much I can do on my own. Plus I have to really like a game to have the motivation to shrine it. I love RPGs dearly but not every single one. However, I often post about other RPGs on FantasyAnime's social media. So if the reason you're asking me this is because you want your favorite RPG featured, it should give you some comfort knowing that I feature your favorite on social media :)
Q: Your Square Enix ROMs and soundtracks are missing. Where did they go?
Unfortunately, in December '21 and April '22, Square Enix sent me multiple DMCA takedown notices to remove the ROM downloads and all music files for Final Fantasy 1-9, Chrono Trigger, Mana series, SaGa series, Front Mission series, and Parasite Eve. You'll need to go to other websites to download those games and download their soundtracks.
Q: Can I trust FantasyAnime not to give my computer a virus?
Yes, FantasyAnime is 100% safe and you can trust it. I pay for a service that scans FantasyAnime daily to detect if it has been hacked. If malicious code is detected, it is removed immediately. You can also check Norton Safe Web for further proof that FantasyAnime is safe. The entire site is backed up on my computer, and my virus protection never detects anything malicious. And the fact that FantasyAnime does not have ads should be plentiful evidence that I am not interested in making a profit, therefore, I have no reason to steal from you (hack you).
Q: Can I copy stuff from FantasyAnime?
Yes, you may copy whatever you want from FantasyAnime. I just ask for you not to be greedy with the amount of stuff you want to copy and please do not directly link to pictures/files. If you plan to use my stuff on your website or a project, please credit FantasyAnime.com.
Q: All your downloads redirect me to Amazon or spam!
Um, you've been hacked because that's malware. Are you using Google Chrome? Firstly, you should rule out if you have a malicious browser extension (whether you're on Windows, Android, OSX). Open an Incognito tab in Chrome and try downloading something from my site. Incognito disables browser extensions, so if my site works in Incognito then that means you have a malicious browser extension and it must be uninstalled immediately. Secondly, if you're on Windows I recommend running a malware scan. Malwarebytes is a good anti-malware app that lets you run a scan for free.
Q: All your downloads are giving me a “404 not found” error!
Normally this happens when someone on another website directly links to my downloads. This is called hotlinking and I can't allow it because it would overload my server. Anyway, it's rare but sometimes a firewall, anti-virus, or VPN recreates the conditions of a hotlink when someone is not hotlinking and just innocently browsing my site. You'll need to play around with your firewall, anti-virus, or VPN to resolve this. Sometimes just switching to a different browser (I recommend Chrome) helps. If you're using a library or school computer and this is happening, you're out of luck.
Q: What is the password to download files from FantasyAnime?
Nothing in FantasyAnime is password protected. It's really strange for that prompt to come up. You need to look into your computer's settings, firewall, anti-virus, or VPN. Maybe switching to a different browser will help (I recommend Chrome). If you're using a library or school computer, try asking for help.
Q: What was the song you used to play on your homepage?
Q: Can you translate [name of RPG]?
Unfortunately, I did not translate any of the RPGs shrined in FantasyAnime. I don't know Japanese and I know nothing about ROM hacking (besides save state hacking).
Q: How do I play the games on your site?
You need to download the game and an emulator. Each system has its own emulator. For example, if you want to play an SNES game, you need an SNES emulator. To begin with, you can download the game from the Downloads section of the given RPG shrine. Next, grab the emulator from my emulators page. Unzip/extract the emulator from its zip file, open it (from its EXE), and load the game from within the emulator. You don't need to unzip/extract the game from its zip file.
*If you need more help, check out my emulation help site, Video Game Emulation for Newbies.
Q: The game loads the title screen and I am pressing all the keyboard keys but nothing happens.
You're just not pressing the right keyboard keys. Each emulator has a different set of default keys configured, and each emulator allows to change these keys. The same screen that lets you change the keys shows you currently which keys are set to what button. The tutorials in my emulation help site, Video Game Emulation for Newbies, will tell you exactly where the keyboard configuration screen can be found. Remember, emulators are emulating a video game system so it will have the same amount of keys as the real controller (for example, the SNES controller has 8 buttons).
Q: I can't figure out how to patch.
Read my patching tutorial :)
Q: I can't figure out how to use your saves. They don't work.
Read my game saves tutorial :)
Q: The SNES emulator gives me a “Bad ROM” or “Bad Checksum” error when the game loads.
This isn't anything to worry about. Games that have an English patch or hack patch applied will always give this 'error'. All that it's saying is the game is larger than it's supposed to be, which is what happens when a patch is applied.
Q: The game just goes to a black screen and nothing happens.
A black screen is a catch-all error that could mean anything. It typically means you're loading a corrupt or incompatible ROM. If you were trying to patch a game, it means you're patching it incorrectly (see my patching tutorial). If the ROM is in a RAR or 7Z file, you need to extract it (7-Zip can do it for free). Trying a different emulator might help, too. And make sure you're using the correct emulator (i.e. maybe you downloaded Pokemon for Nintendo DS but actually it was for GBA).
Q: My game froze. When I recall my save state it still freezes in the same spot.
That sucks. There isn't anything you can do with the emulator to troubleshoot this. All you can do is try another emulator. If you're playing an RPG and you were using in-game saving, you can copy over the SRM file to the next emulator to continue your progress. If your ROM is called "Earthbound (U).zip", your SRM file should be "Earthbound (U).srm".
Q: My gamepad isn't working.
This is tricky. There isn't any troubleshooting you can do with the video game emulator about it. You can try your gamepad with a different emulator and see if it works or not. If it doesn't work then maybe your gamepad is bad or Windows isn't detecting it. As a last resort, I recommend purchasing one of my recommended USB gamepads - I guarantee you that those will work!
Q: How can I get girls to like me?
Um, be yourself? :p