I used to be a somewhat “prominent” ROM hacker in the past. I would make creative modifications of Nintendo video game ROMs and upload patches to the internet so that others may play it too. I also illegally downloaded ROMs and music in my youth (mostly video games soundtracks and “nightcore” versions of then popular tunes), through YouTube downloads.
Now, one year ago, I reverted to Catholicism. I am now aware that ROM hacking is an illegal activity (ESPECIALLY for Nintendo ROMs), and that it is therefore a sin to hack ROMs and distribute these hacks. I’ve already confessed piracy away, but I’m not sure if I’ve specifically confessed ROM hacking (I wasn’t aware of its gravity perhaps?). Nevertheless, as I’ve been suffering from severe scrupulosity, once a priest told me that all my previous sins had been absolved even if they were forgotten. I hope it’s true, but that’s not the problem for which I’m looking for advice.
The problem is that I don’t know how to make reparations for all my former life…
Should I delete all my comments in ROM hacking forums? All my YouTube videos portraying my hacks? Any previous internet activity that displays my former sins? Should I pay some money to Nintendo? I’ve deleted the ROMs, patches and tools from my computer, but should I also delete all the assets, screenshots, concept-art and images? Every trace of the creative process I’ve produced?
With respect to piracy, should I buy copies of every game I’ve downloaded a ROM from? (I own a physical copy of the specific game I have been hacking.) Should I also buy all the music files that I downloaded? Some of them are impossible to buy (some video game OST, and obviously “nightcore remixes” of popular songs, of which I don’t remember much of my former collection anyway) and others are only available in collector’s editions through Ebay, or as a very expensive shipping from Japan.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?!? I don’t want to live in mortal sin anymore!!!