Top-level runs done on emulator January 18, 2018 or later must use any method available to show/prove that a movie file is currently not being played. This applies to all games and categories, unless stated otherwise in the rules.
Ie. any of the following:
- Show a message from the emulator that a movie file is currently not being played.
- Show a message from the emulator that a movie file is currently being recorded.
- Any other hud message/information that is not possible while a movie file is being played.
- Showing a frame counter (before and after run) is enough, if it is displayed differently while a movie file is being played.
If your emulator does not support any of the above, your run will not
- "Top-level runs" will vary from game to game and category to category - it's basically up to the moderator. But you should think about following these rules as soon as you're in the top half of the leaderboard, or definitely if you're within 10% of the record time.
- The HUD-message does not need to be on for the entire run (generally). Ex: you can show the frame counter at the start and at the end of the run. If you're unsure, check with the moderator for the game you're playing.
- If you decide to submit an emulator run as a console run, it will not be accepted and you might potentially get flagged for attempted cheating.
- A game/category may completely bypass these rules with it's own rules. Always check the game rules before submitting!
- None of these rules apply to any run done before January 18, 2018.
If you have any questions or concerns, please join the Mega Man Leaderboards Discord
Here you can see a list of recommended, accepted and banned emulators. If your emulator doesn't appear in any list, it may still be accepted.
Visual Boy Advance
Sega Master System/Game Gear
Mega Drive/Sega Genesis
Visual Boy Advance (VBA)