Are ROM hacks considered pirated software for purposes of site policies against supporting software piracy?
ROM hacks typically take existing game images (typically those of yesteryear) and edit in creative or even insane new content. For example, there are ROM hacks floating out there that edit gratuitous blood and sexual content into 20-30 year old RPGs. The use of existing game engines certainly puts ROM hacks into a "questionable" box in terms of copyright, but one could (especially when the source ROM is ancient abandonware) make an argument for "fair use".
Without getting into a discussion on when (if ever) ROM hacks are "legal" in specific jurisdictions, what is our policy?
For example, would a question like this be a violation of our no-piracy law?
I found this hack of Sonic II for Genesis called Sonic Final Showdown Massacre II in which Sonic gets a shotgun. I know I can press C to fire the shotgun, but what do I do to reload? I tried all of the buttons in turn and it still tells me that my gun is empty.