Ronaldinho Soccer 64 was a bootleg Nintendo 64 game developed by TEG Peru and released only in Brazil back in January 1998. TEG Peru is best known for making hacks for a variety of different consoles but this was their one and only N64 effort. The game is a hack of Konami's International Superstar Soccer 64 with a few differences made including a new Portuguese announcer. International Superstar Soccer 64 was actually sold in Brazil, but it was the exact same version that was released in North America. This Ronaldinho game was likely their attempt at making a game that was better localized for Brazil. That and to make a quick buck.
First off that is not Ronaldinho, that is Brazilian striker Ronaldo. The front label is printed on some extremely low quality paper. The artwork also isn't wide enough, hence that extra white area on the left side. On the backside of the cartridge there wasn't even a label at all. The cartridge isn't held together by normal screws like you'd expect and it's so cheap and fragile that you'd have to be really careful if you were taking it apart. The game is also very light. We do have a few pictures of the board, courtesy of NESWorld:This game lacks a real CIC. That means an adaptor such as the Passport III is necessary to play.
One of the places I really wanted to check for differences was in this game's credits. I Gamesharked my way through 70 games of the World League and made it to the end credits only to find they were identical. I also played that last final game against the World Stars and all logos afterwards were also the same. Too bad the hackers didn't give themselves any credit. It would've been extremely cool to find out how they managed to pull this game off. That's pretty well it for all the visual differences I was able to find.
I have a confession to make before I tell you about this slot hack. I have used this successfully, but not on slot machines. I pulled it off once or twice on the vending machines in my high school and scored a free bottle of Coca Cola or two.
The idea is to tie a thin string around a coin and deposit it. When a deposit is registered, you yank the string and pull it out. If you know anything about modern slot machines, you probably just laughed out loud. Out of all the slot machine hacks and cheats, this most definitely would not work today.
Before scanning technology became widespread, slot machines used to accept bets based on the weight of the coin. The question of how to hack slot machines had a real answer: Use fake coins which were the same weight as real ones. They used similar metals or hard material, and they got away with it for a long time.
This hack would never work on an electronic slot machine. To understand why, you should read our report on Random Number Generators (RNG). There are no physical switches which activate payouts in modern slot machines. The only thing tampering with slot machines will get you these days is a place on the sidewalk when the casino security team catches you.
Harris got away with this for a long time, but his accomplice got busted when they tried the same thing on keno. Harris was locked up for seven years, but he got out in two for good behavior. I doubt he has ever tried to hack casino slot machines again, especially since all Vegas casinos have banned him.
In the summer of 2014, a casino in St. Louis noticed some of its machines had paid out much more than they should have according to their payback averages. After watching the security footage of the casino, they found the same man winning again and again, and they knew he was a slot machine hacker right away. They just had to figure out how he was doing it. They noticed three things:
It soon became apparent that lots of other casinos had been the victims of slot machine hacking, and the same man was involved in most of the slot machine hacks and cheats. Authorities tracked down Murat Bilev and discovered he was part of a Russian team which had successfully hacked slots from the United States to Macau, bilking the casinos for millions.
After arresting him on a return trip to the US, Bilev spilled the beans. He was part of a Russian slot machine hacking team which figured out the exact timing of how the PRNGs work in Aristocrat slots. His phone was equipped was a slot machine hacking app which told him exactly when to press the spin button, hence the sudden hand movements after long pauses.
Bilev was sentenced to two years in prison and deported from the USA. However, authorities worry that the scam has evolved and there are still teams out there using slot machine hacks and cheats today.
extra details about the game:-this is a bootlegged ROM hack of Konami's International Superstar Soccer 64 made by TEG Peru for the Brazilian market. -they made a lot of these hacks for SNES soccer games, mostly focusing on specific South American teams and players. this is their only N64 hack.-according to some BR friends of mine, the game became a meme in Brazil because the badly redubbed Portuguese language announcer is very obviously a native speaker of Peruvian Spanish trying to speak Portuguese. 2b1af7f3a8