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    Spotlight on schtruck

Date: 2004-12-27
Current Project(s): FPSEce, CastCE
Location: Paris, France

Today we focus our developer spotlight on the FPSEce developer schtruck. Schtruck along with LDChen have come a long way with FPSEce since its creation. The amount of progress and the ability to play Playstation games on a Pocket PC still amazes me today.


Q : When did you get into emulation either as a coder or just a fan?
A : Ouch, I started to be interrested in emulation in 1993, when i discovered an MSX 1/2 emulator for my AMIGA 1200, it was very impressive. This emulator was done by a spanish guy, and believe me,it was really perfect. Then i have discovered Emulation coding when a guy in 1997 claimed he was able to emulate a playstation on pc, then it started to work on it while most of people were laughting, saying it was impossible.... this guy was Duddie and its emulator was psemu, which became psemupro when it reach a really playable state.... i have helped him a bit for the project, you can see my old Pseudo (Kovax) in Greetings page when you run psemupro.

Q : What was your first coding experience for emulation?
A : I'd say CastCE which is an ATARI ST emulator for PocketPC. I still work on it sometime, i'd like to release a new Version Soon which support the Famous Enhanced Disk format , STT from steem Engine.

Q : What interested you in Playstation Emulation?
A : This is my first Console, and when i saw Ridge Racer running on it, i bought it immediatly in 1995, i started to like Personal Computer on 1982 with MSX, then i had an Excelvision in 1985 and an Atari ST in 1987 , then an Amiga 1200 in 1992. And i'm on PC since 1995...

Q : What do you think about the current state of the emulation scene as a whole?
A : I never thought it could become so important... As running an emulator need at least some experiences....

Q : How do you feel about the response you have received so far for your projects?
A : ALL positive.

Q : What is your best experience when it comes to Emulation?
A : When LDchen has accepted to work on the project, it's was incredible, as he has worked on it during 1 year without any PocketPC... All its work were done using FREE GBA dev kit...

Q : What was your worst experience when it comes to Emulation?
A : I remember good experiences only :)

Q : Are you currently working on any other projects besides FPSEce?
A : CastCE: www.pocketinfinity.com

Q : Does the amount of lame request ever make you second guess what you are currently doing?
A : I prefer to ignore lamer...

Q : What is the lamest request you have every received?
A : ISO, rom etc... like most of Emulator creators receive each month...

Q : What is the nicest complement you have received?
A : hmm, "We love you", but it was from a guy :)

Q : Could you give us some information regarding the current state of your projects?
A : LDchen has began to port Fpse 0.10 to PocketPC, he is rewritting most of all code from scratch, then i can say current Version of FpseCE 0.10 is really impressive, this version use HLE (no bios needed), compatibility is nearly perfect (the most compatible psx emulator) it's is really fast, for now about 2 time faster compare to current version 0.09.3. Plugin can be changed in live without restarting emulation, i think this is the first time on an emulator. It miss some Features of Fpse 0.10 PC version which will speedup more emulation. But for now it's already a very usuable Psx emulator which will surely kick the PocketPC scene emulation when it will be released...

Q : Do you ever plan on working on another emulation project after FPSEce? If so what would interest you and challenge you?
A : I'm a daddy of two child, i have more responsabilities at work, and i must admit that my free time has never been so short... Coding an emulator is a dream for me, but this dream would stop soon i think...

Q : Are you satisfied with the work you have done up to this point?
A : Sure :) but it stay many work to do....

Q : Does the progress of your projects surpass all of your expectations so far? Or do you think you would have been further along in development?
A : I must admit, we reach a state i couldn't Imagine when i started to work on the project.

Q : Who else do you currently work with on your projects?
A : LDchen.... Fpse author.

Q : How much have they influenced you and how much have they improved your work and vice versa?
A : He's a god in coding!!

Q : After you have moved on from the scene what do you want to be most remembered for?
A : The pleasure i had to play my old prefered game in my hand!

Q : Could you provide us with an teasers of things to come for your projects?
A : I have listed a bit what FpseCE 0.10 will have, but I can say that we'll try to make an PAD Multiplayer plugin using LAN...

Q : One last thing is there anything you would like to say or anybody you would like to thank?
A : Yes i'd like to say a big "THANKS" to all people who supported the project!

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Related Links:
:: FPSEce Official Site
:: FPSEce Official Forums
:: CastCE Official Site

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