The Final Dave Interview
Conducted by LordEvilElmo
This is only a very short interview as these are questions
that I think
many other people would like to hear the answers to :)
Hiya Will, how's it going. I'm here
to plug my new single called "Funky
EmuChicken" a kind of hip-hop Retro-pop Funk-techno-rap
affair, out in all
good record shops Monday. Oops, emulation interview, not publicity
interview - doh! I always get them mixed up...
Are you going to be continuing the development of FB,
or is this another
rare one off opportunity?
It's more of an update with all the
micro-updates I've been making for my
own interest, probably easier to upload now that the scene
is a bit calmer
many months after the... you know... the *incident* ;)
Progress on Final Burn has always been at irregular rates.
For example when
CPS2 emulation first became a possibility with Raz's work,
I was working on
it at a blistering rate. Whereas when there was a steady flow
of virii into
my inbox, progress s-l-o-w-e-d d--o--w--n. So I don't know
- I suppose you
could forsee a similar thing happening if say Super Monaco
GP was finally
decrypted, but otherwise it's probably going to be quite quiet.
What made you decide to return to programmin after such
a long hiatus?
I guess that's the thing, I haven't
really stopped programming at all!
Ever! Since the age of four! It was FB a couple of years ago,
then the Dega
project, then VGM format, then back to FB, then another project,
then a few
tiny updates to FB for my own usage, while all the CPS2 craziness
happening last year, now the FB upload (which was pretty hard
work - it's
getting harder to host the damn thing than write it - LOL)!
I've got a few
things on at the moment, but I hope I can do something to
As the emulator is now quite far behind KAWAKs, Nebula
and even the
deriative project FBA, will you be adding all that is missing
the games which don't work correctly?
I'm not sure - I guess I don't really
notice the deficiencies myself.
Probably because I can't do any of the special moves which
Why the incomplete CAPCOM games list again?
I guess I just wanted to concentrate
on a few titles, as it's very
difficult to maintain all the drivers. It takes about an hour
to add a new
driver in and it's quite a chore to do it, then you end up
with a larger
games list to page through. And there just didn't seem to
be much point if
it's a game I never play.
I guess I just tend to find all that a bit tedious and just
adds to the
compile time. If it's a game I'll use I'll add it though.
I did take the
time to add a few more CPS1 titles though in the interest
emulation versus new stuff.
Actually the compile time is bad enough at the moment with
the Sega AND
Capcom drivers in!
Will we be seeing further Development of the Sega games?
I hope so, I'd like to get Thunderblade
and Out Run working well. And I'd
like to get Golden Axe up and running.
Considering the huge amount of progress made by team FBA,
will any new
systems be added to FB?
System 16 is a little bit different
to After Burner, so that's sort of a
new system I've been adding. The other thing I'd like to add
is a Gauntlet
driver, since I've been working on a new 6502 emulator. But
I don't know
how easy that would be.
What new functions may we be seeing in the future of FB?
Don't know! I've been playing a bit
with an overlay video plugin
(preliminary code is in the source), feel free to try that
out but it's a
As you have never expressed more than a glancing opinion
of Team FBA, how do you feel about the work they have done?
I haven't? I thought I'm always singing
their praises! Well, if you haven't
heard me singing they praises before, this is me singing!
# Team FBA = cool
Do you have any other projects at all?
Anything else that you'd like to say?
Don't know why, I'd just like to say it.