My “Shrines 2.0” project to remake every shrine from scratch is taking forever. In the meantime, I realized just the content itself in my old shrines desperately needs updates and improvements. I figured it was worth it to go through each shrine and perform the following:
- Add MP3 & WAV soundtracks. Particularly, these are properly prepared soundtracks with the song/artist/album/year tags filled in and the album art is included.
- Re-work Downloads pages with title screen thumbnails and add clear Download buttons. This makes Downloads pages more inviting.
- Add pre-patched ROMs for all ROM hacks (instead of just having the patch up).
- Re-work Screenshot pages to display large screenshots and to house 30 shots per page (instead of 10 shots).
- Add high-res box scans and large official art.
- Add versions of desktop wallpapers for modern resolutions.
- Correct any spelling and grammar errors. And remove all of my adolescent sense of humor, which by today's standards can come off as quite offensive ^^;;;
- Remove any 'old web' stuff such as Flash and frames. If a page has a small-width layout (for 'old web' resolutions), expand it for modern resolutions so that the page doesn't look so squished.
The following shrines were the first to receive the treatment mentioned above and other tweaks. The most work went into re-doing the Music and Downloads pages for these shrines.
- Chrono Trigger - The Downloads page received the heaviest treatment with pre-patched ROMs now available. I added a dedicated page for Flames of Eternity's screenshots. And I added more official art and better quality art. I removed the fan art and cosplay because I never credited where they came from. Plus added MP3 soundtracks.
- Bahamut Lagoon - I re-worked the main page. Lots of 'old web' stuff was removed and improved upon from the shrine. I added 6 new desktop wallpapers - they came out nice! I placed some previews to the right of them. Plus added MP3 soundtracks.
- Front Mission - I also re-worked the main page and added 6 new wallpapers. In Downloads, I removed the Front Mission 2 (PS1) pre-patched download and its English patch. I just realized the fan translators strictly asked that their work not be redistributed (not even the patch). I can keep the Japanese game for download, but you'll need to go to the official page to obtain the game's English patch. Also, I added MP3 soundtracks for both the SNES & PS1 versions of Front Mission 1.
- Front Mission: Gun Hazard - This shrine had a lot of my adolescent sense of humor, which is now removed. The now large screenshots are gorgeous with this game's graphics. Plus added MP3 soundtracks.
- Sailor Moon RPG - I totally re-worked the maps page and added new maps! The wallpapers were updated with widescreen resolutions. Plus added MP3 soundtracks.
- Tenchi Muyo RPG - Added a global navigation (no more 'back to the main page' links on the bottom of every page) and 4 new wallpapers. Plus added MP3 soundtracks.
And a few general updates:
- FantasyAnime is now on TikTok! I want to stay relevant and have a presence on all the popular social media platforms.
- I was looking over the Final Fantasy 9 screenshots I added in the last update. Most of the screens looked significantly dark. So I re-processed all of them and brightened them to appropriate levels.
- If you've been following my Video Game Emulation for Newbies tutorials for a long time, you'd know that I recommended a program called “ImgBurn” to rip your game CDs to ISO files for use with emulators. It's a great program, and it still is. However, its installation serves ads that (falsely) get the program flagged by anti-virus programs as adware. This scares people and prevents them from using ImgBurn. Well, I found something better! I discovered that RetroArch for Windows has the ability to rip game CDs! Cool, huh? I updated every tutorial that has game-ripping instructions to use RetroArch instead of ImgBurn: ePSXe, PCSX2, SSF, uoYabause, Gens, Kega Fusion. When it comes to burning ISOs to a CD-R, I still have ImgBurn directions in my tutorials for that since RetroArch doesn't have the ability to write to CDs.