I've been holding off from responding to this topic for a couple of days. Partly because I am only permitted out of the salt mines for 6 seconds each day to draw nourishment from the sunlight (which does not leave much time for writing provocative messages to people on the internet,) but mainly to allow the levels of snark in my blood reach levels which are safe for human exposure. As far as I'm concerned, that someone could think that Sonic hacking is "dying" is faintly preposterous. I don't understand how exactly one could follow the subject and reach that conclusion. The release and revision of Sonic hacks has always moved at a ponderous pace (with the exception perhaps, of MarkeyJester's brain). In that respect, I see no difference. Things have changed though. The proliferation of tools, tutorials and split disassemblies have lead to more advanced modifications. This, in turn, raises the bar in terms of what can be achieved by and what is expected of, hacking projects. More ambitious hacking projects take longer to come to fruition. Combine this with a preference among some hackers of the occasional big release over frequent public updates, and the forums can seem quite slow. As for these contests mentioned, I have witnessed similar events occur on IRC (notably the 3 hour boss competition held by qiuu, snkenjoi and Destructiox.) Such events are good fun and act as a great catalyst for further work. On the topic of those people who wish for other people to personally teach them to do what is already documented at length, I choose to say nothing.