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Jamsponge InterViewed! - February 20,1999 by JoseQ
One of the most constantly released emulators in the last few dayshave been Jamsponge's HU6280. The latest news have brought us the Windows versionof this PC Engine / Turbografx16 emulator. Read on this InterView, tofind out what the future of HU6280 looks like. Released source? CDEmulation? You may find out what you want to know in this InterViewwith Jamsponge.

1. Can you introduce yourself and tell us a little how you becamea fan of emulation?

I first became a fan of emulation when I got a c64 emu for my Amiga, Iloved my c64 , but had to sell it to get my amiga. So it was kewl for meto still be able to run my software.

2. What triggered you to start working on HU6280?

Erm, seeing Magic Engine, and I`m paranoid my pc-engine is gonna breakdownone day.

3. Why did you choose PCE/TG16?

Quite simply because its the best console system I`ve ever known!

4. How long have you been working on it? What were the major barriersthat had you stuck the most?

Ohhh.. I`ve been working on it for about 9 months now, on and off.

5. Whats planned for the future releases? Do you think you'regetting close to the end of life for that project and start anew one?

Basically I plan to get it 100% compatible, add cd-emulation etc. then I`llrelease the source code so it can be ported to every platform under thesun.

6. Will we see TG16 CD emulation? What would be a good approximationas to when?

Yes, I`m working on it, still looking for more CD donations though... :)you`ll see it this year.

7. What other systems would you like to work on if you were donewith HU6280 and had lots of free time?

I`d quite like to emulate some arcade titles after this...

8. Where do you think console emulation in general is moving? Arethere still new technologies not being exploited in areas thatcould be improved?

People seem to be trying new things , dynamic recompilation is a nice trick, but for old systems like pc-engine where you have so many interruptskicking off all of the time, I`m not sure these types of technologies wouldhelp with speed as much as they do on say psx and n64 emulators. Hu6280 iswritten almost entirely in C , so the only real way to speed it up is bygetting off my arse and doing some x86 coding (which I hate btw).

9. What do you think will be the outcome of legal battles likethe recent Connectix vs. Sony deal, and the speculated Nintendovs. UltraHLE?

Well, If people have done their emulators legally , with no officialdocumentation, I can`t see how they can be illegal. I`m interested to seethe outcome of these cases... Personally, I think emulation is legal, butPIRACY is most certainly not.

10. If you were to change anything in the emulation scene, whatwould you change and why?

I just wish the warez freaks and rom beggers would just go away, and leaveus alone.
Thanks go to Jamsponge for taking the time to answer these questionsand let us know what the plans are for his emulator. You may want to directyourself to E-MailWars #41 where ManBeast interviews Jamsponge as well. Thanks for reading!

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