So you want to help document the game. That's great! Here are some helpful tools, guides, and tips.
- Memory Viewer/Editor
- This is normally included with most emulators, for old games. For recent games, try Cheat Engine. This will allow you to edit values in the game's memory, like your health and ammo, but it can be used for much more.
- Hex Editor
- This will also allow you to change memory values in the game, but on the hardcoded stuff, not when the game is running. Though hex editors are mostly used to search for strings.
Here are a few helpful guides that will teach you on how to search for unused levels, hidden comments, debug modes, and more! Of course, not every game is quite the same, so the information here won't always apply to your hunt for content. Nonetheless, perhaps it will be of use!
How to find text.
|32||Finding Menus and Areas|
How to find menus or areas, like sound tests and debug menus.
Some of you might use this to hack your inventory...
Let's hope we don't find just garbage and assume it's garbled audio.
How to find and access debug programming associated with text strings
How to open archives/file containers.
How to use a memory viewer/editor.
- Document everything you find.
- If you need ideas for things that might be inside the final game and unused, check early screenshots and press information. They may contain elements that were present in an earlier version of the game that go unused in the final version.