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Interview with: Gonzo
Wraggster: Can you tell me a little about yourselfs?
Gonzo: I'm 19 years old and from Austria. Still student at a higher school
Wraggster: Whats your programming history?
Gonzo: I started 4 years ago with C,C++ In the following years I learned
(Visual) Basic,Java and PHP.
Wraggster: What projects are you currently doing?
Gonzo: 2 days ago I would have said "nothing" but in the last
2 days I started porting 2 new emulators. The first one is a Odyssey 2 emulator(port
of O2EM). It's already running but there are some problems(no sound and
only 4k rom support). The second one is a port of Virtual VCS ,a Atari2600
emu without sound support. That one is running too on the DC but i have
problems with the graphics output and controller input. And I'm still working
on [D]Colem. These are the DC projects. Theres also a PC project I'm working
on with 2 friends. It's a massive multiplayer online game programmed in
Java. But thats another story...
Wraggster: What interest do you have in the dreamcast dev scene?
Gonzo: It's a hobby so i think I should say fun. But it's also about learning.It's
much easier to learn something new if you are doing something you like.
PC programming is boring but programming for the DC is much more fun.
Wraggster: What future projects if any are you looking into?
Gonzo: DreamSnes 1.0 and tubooboos PC Engine emu (great console!).
Wraggster: Why choose the Colecovision console to emulate?
Gonzo: It wasn't already emulated on the DC and the source was well written
documented. And it has a great version of Donkey Kong
Wraggster: Do you see the emu scene on dreamcast progressing much further
or do you think it has reached its peak?
Gonzo: It's just the beginning. Existing emulators will progress and there
will be new ones wich emulate newer consoles. I wouldn't be suprised if
PSX,N64,Neo Geo or similar emulators will find their way to the DC. I don't
think that emus like this are going to run in fullspeed or play commercial
games but maybe somegames would be playable. At least with an PSX emulator.
Wraggster: Whats your viewpoint on the Bleemcast Emulator from a technical
Gonzo: Bleemcast is awesome and worth the money. It shows whats possible
on the DC when it comes to emulate newer machines. Oh and i would kill someone
to have a look at bleemcasts sourcecode. Such power makes me curious.
Wraggster: What do you think of the dcemulation website?
Gonzo: I think it's a good source for the users to get their infos and
emulators. From the developer's view it's not too helpful. Obwohl it's getting
better with people like Heliophobe or Akira and some other devers visiting
the forums. Oh yeah and it's nice to see that dcemu is getting rid of the
illegal stuff like ******* .