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[Project] Area-51: Change your nickname

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:16 pm
by Mat_S7340
This topic is launched to discuss the project "Area-51".

Little explanation :
Connection to the Area-51 NTSC server is not possible. The only way to access the server is to use a backup who was "functional" before the problems occurred.
We currently have a backup that belongs to AMATERASU but the problem is that we are forced to play with his nickname. It will be necessary then to find a way to modify this pseudo in the file of safeguard in order to use another name.

The game includes 2 backup folder *:

- gray.icn
- icon.sys

- BESLES-52570A5100000
/ - BESLES-52570A5100000
- gray.icn
- icon.sys

The file "SETTINGS" contains information concerning the preferences of the player (avatar, name of the server, settings, ...) les fichiers "gris" et "icône" ne nous intéressent pas (used for the icon on the memory card).

So logically the file that needs to be modified is the "BESLES-52570A5100000" but after opening it (with HxD) no character line corresponds to my username ...
In my opinion it is necessary to use a more advanced software like "PS2dis" to make this modification but I will not be able to do it.

After trying to change the server name in the "SETTINGS" file it did not work and then I remembered that Midway games have anti cheat systems that prevent changes to memory card.

This modification is not impossible but may be complicated to put in place :| . In addition, the PAL version works perfectly !

*(I used the PAL version to search / modify)

PS : Translated by Google translation.

Re: [Project] Area-51: Change your nickname

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:38 pm
by Hunk91
Great post Mat!
I didn't have the time to work on it since last time.
I Will post what I Will do and the results here.

Re: [Project] Area-51: Change your nickname

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:31 pm
by JamesCableCar
sounds good

however, if it can't be done, we could play with the same nicknames so that way we'll have more people for the first time in two years!

Re: [Project] Area-51: Change your nickname

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:57 am
by brad2192
Just created a solution by finding the joker address through a really long process (PS2Dis would not work; had to debug through the PS2) and also had to find the correct lines to edit...

Hopefully you are savvy enough to know how to use codes.

1) Download Area 51 Imposter Maker at

2) Once you input the name of your liking into the Imposter Maker, take the lines that are created and add them to the lines below

Area 51 Imposter
D05CD542 0000FFF9
204F9358 ?????????
204F935C ?????????
204F9360 ?????????
204F9364 ?????????


3) Boot the game with the codes

4) Once you go to "Online" and pass DNAS and login (where it says "Join Game", "Host Game", etc.) Hit L3 and R3 at the same time

5) Join or Host a game and you will see your new name appear!

WARNING: As I have tried, DO NOT SAVE your Online profile after doing this. It will not corrupt the save but it will look for GameSpy next time you connect.

If you do not have the appropriate online save it is also available at the link posted above.

Here is some video proof! Enjoy!

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Re: [Project] Area-51: Change your nickname

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:31 am
by Hunk91
Congratulations Brad! You made it!
Really impressive ! I Will try it soon !
Best regards