Why are games changing my VMU's icon?

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SomeGuyWithASega
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Why are games changing my VMU's icon?

Post#1 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:21 am

So, I just came from playing Super Magnetic Neo for the first time. Pretty good game so far, I like the attraction/repulsion gimmick that is implemented. It helps the game stand for its own and not just become a Crash Bandicoot ripoff. The strangest thing that happened though was when I finished playing; I booted back to the Dreamcast menu, and my VMU's icon had been changed from a happy face to the Crave logo. I checked to see if there was an extra file saved on my VMU along with my save in the menu; nothing. I even deleted the save, and still nothing.

So then I booted up the handy-dandy Dream Explorer and found a 3 block icon data file for the Crave logo that was hidden from the default file menu. If you didn't catch onto that, Super Magnetic Neo basically installed a virus onto my VMU (not in the way that it harms files, but makes changes to the settings without telling the player). I didn't even know that was possible, let alone that developers would be sneaky enough to put them in.

I was incredibly confused, and eventually found out that other games do this as well, like Shadowman. None of my other Crave games do this though.

Could I get some more info on this, as well as more games that do things like this? Thanks.

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Re: Why are games changing my VMU's icon?

Post#2 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:33 am

I didn't know that games themselves could install icon files. Will they also overwrite existing icon files? D: I have icons installed on most of my VMUs, and I wouldn't want a rogue game to overwrite them without my permission...
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Re: Why are games changing my VMU's icon?

Post#3 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:35 am

Theres a glitch with capcom games doing that as well. I remember reading it being a known issue, but I think there is dc software that can change the icon again out there

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Re: Why are games changing my VMU's icon?

Post#4 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:05 pm

I haaaate that. Same for Shadow Man it just eats four blocks of space to force its own stupid icon

n then only Dream Explorer VMU Tool can undo that

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Re: Why are games changing my VMU's icon?

Post#5 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:06 pm

@Aleron Ives I don't think they overwrite the existing icon files.

Speaking of Super Magnetic Neo, I ran into a problem in Ancient World level 1 where Neo doesn't get on the camelcycle at the beginning. I heard it was supposed to be automatic, but the buttons do nothing except for Start to pause the game.

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Re: Why are games changing my VMU's icon?

Post#6 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:39 pm

I have had this happened very recently, although not recent enough for me to remember which game did it, haha. However, it wasnt SMN or Shadowman.
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