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ROMLIST Interviewed Part II! - May 24, '98 by JoseQ
The other day we ran an InterView with OrG2 of ROMLIST, and as always, the second half of the InterView comes a little after. He has dumped ROM, threatened the EMU community with his resignation, but we love him so he decided to come back. So answering some of the questions from OrG's interview, and a small slew of new onew, here is the one previously known as CaBBe, which is now araCorn from ROMLIST. Give it up for araCorn!

1. First of all, can you tell us how ROMLIST came about? What made you start it?
I hadn't heard of arcade emulators until OrG talked about MAME and Callus, and practically forced me into dumping roms. I weren't very enthusiastic about the idea at first but after a few dumps for Callus, and to see and hear the huge response I started to enjoy the work. Org started collecting Wanted-ROM lists and soon we were flodded by mail. Therefore we started Romlist.

2. How come you still have time to work on ROMLIST?
I don't, but I have to take some time on and on. I wish I had another 24hr a day.
[Don't we all? =P]

3. Can you describe the process from wanting a ROM to having a ROM @ ROMLIST?
After a request on Romlist, the real work begins, searching through all our piles of boards takes a lot of time, sparetime! And believe me there are many piles to search through. I've got access to over 2500 boards so I hope you can understand that finding a specific board takes time.....When the board is taken I start looking at the roms, CPU, sound processor etc. etc. Often there are some roms that aren't socketed and therefore I need to unsolder the rom(s). This is quite hard because you don't want to damage the board. When I dump the roms I'm using a Labtool-48 which is a very good eprom-burner. Before I could dump 'em though, I need to know how big the prom is which could cause some trouble. Mostly it's the masked roms that causes me trouble. Research is often needed at the prom-manufacturers websites.

4. What are your thoughts on the legality of Emulation in general?
As long as you don't include copyrighted material in the emulators it should be legal. As far as I know no emulator is distributed with that kind of material.

5. 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?
It's not illegal to make backups if you have the boards itself and anyone else who has the board could download the dumps. Ofcourse we cannot check if they really own the board.

6. Have you been contacted by any of the manufacturers, or IDSA in general?
No. As I approach newer kind of boards (SNK and Sega Model 1 & 2) we'll see how the manufacturers reacts.

7. Does the fact of being in Sweden help you be more comfortable doing it?
No, I dont think it's safer in Sweden than other countries.

8. Your NERD Mail section, is pretty darn funny... Do you really get many nerdmails every day? Or how often do you get them?
Oh yes, I got about 2-8 mails that I would call NERD-mails. After a Callus Release it could be as many as 20 a day.

9. About how many mail notes in general do you process each day?
It varys alot depending on if it has been any emu release lately or not.

10. What would you like to express to the reading public out there, about anything at all?
Due to reasons I wouldn't like to explain publically, I have to change nick name. I'll take my RPG character name: AraCorn.

11. So, can you describe what made you change your mind? There has to be more than one simple reason isnt there?
Yes, the emulation of the Neo-Geo is one of them. Another is all the mails filling my mailbox, thank you everyone. Especially a mail from the great Virtu-Al helped me to reconsider my decision to quit. I've also been into the scene long enough to get some close friends which also helped me recon- sider my decision.

12. Did you get many people supporting your efforts and calling you to come back?
Yes, as Org described there were about 70-80 mails asking for a coming back. I would like to thank you all!

13. How did that feel?
I feeled appreciated and I was quite shocked over the huge response.

We thank araCorn for his time in answering these questions and we're certainly glad he is back, even if its not under his usual Nick. Comments can be sent to JoseQ or Org2 & araCorn. Thanks for reading!

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