Standing at the Root of Emulation are the sites from were the ROMs are born,
or dumped to be exact. Without ROM dumping, every type of emulation would be virtually
impossible. Thanks to ROMLIST, a site run
by OrG & CaBBe, many emulators like the
have come to existence. This is why, we dedicate some time to take a look at ROMLIST,
from OrGs point of View.
|ROMLIST InterViewed! - May 22, '98 by JoseQ
1. First of all, can you tell us how ROMLIST came about? What made you
I think it was CALLUS that basically made me get in contact with CaBBe. I called him and
asked him if he was able to find some of those "wanted games" that were in the README.TXT
for Callus. And The rest is history. Or if it was the OUT RUN rom's for Thierry Lescot...
I don't remember, both of them came at the same time. However, the thing was that at that
time Cabbe wanted to make some more dumps since he discovered that the dumps actually got
emulated (thanks to Sardu who was FAST sometimes). And we wanted to get a place where we
could get all these requests of roms. Or at least we wanted to see the tendencies of which
games that was demanded. this was when email@example.com was created. But after 2-3 days
I discovered that it was to much mails comming there. So I decided to start ROMLIST at the
WEB, and the rest is history... and after that, I and Cabbe has been flooded by nerdmails
EVERY day :)
2. When was it?
This happened about last summer or begining of the Autumn. Personaly I've been
using MAME for about 1-2 months or so at that time. But We didn't start the
SITE until november 23rd last year.
3. Can you briefly talk to us about what you do for a living today, and other responsabilities
you have during the day?
I'm an AASE (Certified Apple Technician). So basically I'm doing service jobs at
Apple Products + repairing Notebooks.
4. How come you still have time to work on ROMLIST?
Got no idea! Mostly Luck and a Fiancee that doesn't complain about I'm spending time
with the computer. But I recognise that I spend more time with my 5 months old
Daughter than with the Computer.
5. Do you make any money from ROMLIST?
Not a single cent. I would probably make a lot's of money If i used this "click on
6 banners and get the first letter on the 6th row"-password site idea. But I don't
like this thing myself so I won't include it either. ROMLIST cost's me a helluva
of money and time, and CaBBe is spending even more time than me with doing the
6. I guess as most of us Web writers, we prefer working on our pages
than doing most of the other things. Can you guys describe why that happens?
I'm a quite unique guy, I'm not doing anything with ROMLIST from my work at all...
But I'm constantly on IRC instead. In my case I'm just concerned of keeping ROMLIST
updated, but I don't want to overwork with it. That would probably make me bored of
7. Can you describe the process from wanting a ROM to having a ROM @
Usually when I get a "request" mail that seems to be serious, I try to find it that
the other known sites. If that fails,I call Cabbe and ask him if he got it available.
If he has it, it usualy takes 1-2 weeks + 2-3 extra calls to remind him about that
game before it's dumped. If he doesn't have it, the Request goes into the WANTED LIST
8. What are your thoughts on the legality of Emulation in general?
The talk about "busting" sites is as much bullsh*t as it was during the golden AMIGA
years when ppl was talking about busting all BBS'es here in Sweden and so on.... I
don't belive in actions like these. As 99% of all other probably have thought I wonder
why the companies don't release the Hardware specs for the OLD games. I think they
will win respect for it and as well make sure their game is saved for the future.
9. How about ROM distribution? This is the part of emulation that
resides in the thinnest part of the rope. What do you think about distributing ROMs, is it legal?
As illegal as it gets.
10. Have you been contacted by any of the manufacturers, or IDSA in
11. Does the fact of being in Sweden help you be more comfortable doing
Nah, except for that the NeoGeo emu authors are from sweden, so we can talk the
same language (not C++) and understand each other. I think this is the best thing
12. Your NERD Mail section, is pretty darn funny... Do you really get
many nerdmails every day? Or how often do you get them?
Each day I get about 3-4 mails that I would classify as NERDMAILS. Personally
I like the nerdmail section. As far as it is now I've only got ONE mail that
is negative about nerdmails, that mail is the last mail in that page.
You can see that Here.
13. About how many mail notes in general do you process each day?
Depends on what has happened. When CaBBe decided to resign I got about 70-80 mails
the first two days. I usualy read the mails at my job, and then at home. I try to
answer those that I either think needs an answer or those that are urgent. I happens
VERY often that I forgets mails.
14. Did creating a nerd mail section lower down your nerd mail volume?'
Absolutely, This was the best thing I could do.
15. Whats coming up next at ROMLIST?
I'm planning to move the ROM section of ROMLIST to a new server. Which would give me
better ability to administrate it and aswell configurate it. I'm still looking for
someone that can write a CGI script that can read DBASE files. I want to put Jan
Axhell's DBASES at the net as searchable archives. I still haven't come anywhere
with my idea of making a "EMU Tech / Programming" section at romlist. I wanted to
make a section where i could have progamming issues and so on. I hope I will get
more time to do this in a near future.
16. How can people help ROMLIST if they want?
Pay our phonebills, send ME whiskey, make emu's out our dumps. And especially,
find boards and DUMP the roms.. and send them to me! and most of all MAKE EMULATORS
out of the roms we got!... I would love seing CPS2 Games, NBA JAM, and BUGGY CHALLENGE
emulated.... + Hard Driving aswell...
17. What would you like to express to the reading public out there,
about anything at all?
Without my basic obsession for MAME, romlist would never have existed!
And without CABBE; CALLUS, RAGE, RAINE and other EMU's would still be in
the early Beta stage, and ROMLIST would never have existed either.
Another great feature at ROMLIST are the message boards. They have
the very first Message Board about NeoRAGE and you can go to that if
you click Here. I hope
you liked this InterView. You can contact Me
or OrG & CaBBe with comments.
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