[Interview by Xavio]
Xavio hasn’t updated a lot the last time, but no worries folks, the one and only Xavio is back – WITH AN INTERVIEW!! How great isn’t that? I was trying to contact Borman from Past To Present / Superior Version, but he was far to little on his computer (so we’ll have his interview for another time) and I decided to contact DRX from Hidden-Palace.org instead. God Bless that guy, now I’ll get an A+ in English. Anyway, let’s go down to business.
[spoiler /Click here for the censored version/ /Hide the censored version/]I went down the streets, looking for the man. The city walls were gray, and I smoked on my cigarrete as I heard the noise of the wind coming through me. Then I saw him. He stood in the city corner, the guy who took care of Hidden-Palace.org. He watched at me as I came towards him, with my cigarrete and my pimped out nose. We stood and chatted for a while, and then I began interviewing him.[/spoiler]
TEH EPIXZ INTERVIEW WIHT TEH L33T ADMIN
<Xavio> Hi DrX! Thanks a lot for this interview, we know that you probably have better things to do than reply to our questions, but we’ll try to be as fast as possible. :) Would you like to introduce yourself and your site to our readers?
[spoiler /Click here for the censored version/ /Hide the censored version/]<Xavio> Hi DrX! Thanks a lot for this interview, we know that you probably have better things to do than reply to our questions (like spitting in cans), but we’ll try to be as slow as possible. :) Would you like to introduce yourself and your site to our readers?[/spoiler]
<drx> It’d be a good idea, I don’t think that many people know me. I run a website called Hidden Palace, devoted to preserving lost video games and video game development history, among other things. Oh and don’t worry, I have enough time and cans to spit in them.
<Xavio> When did you get the idea to open a site for unreleased stuff? Why did you start the site?
[spoiler /Click here for the censored version/ /Hide the censored version/]<Xavio> When did you get the idea to open a site for unreleased stuff? There’s so many already on the Internet already I could be eating a nacho cheese while dancing to Rick Astl… Forget that, why did you start the site?[/spoiler]
<drx> I started it around the time when I started being fascinated by game prototypes and lost levels, features, etc that are sometimes present in them. I was planning to find prototypes and release them to the public, and I needed a place where I could do that. So I made a website. Initially, I was mostly concerned by Sonic the Hedgehog prototypes, but the craze soon expanded to many other games and consoles.
<Xavio> Why do you think that developers never release any information about beta-games?
<drx> Various reasons. Sometimes legal (usually only the owner of the IP is allowed to do anything with it; the single developers, who are sometimes eager to share, are bound by contracts, NDAs, and even without that, there’s still a risk of losing your job over doing these things), sometimes moral (some developers object to public display of in-development, buggy versions or information). Sometimes it’s because the company doesn’t care (this is very common, and so forth)
<Xavio> Is there any released games that has “changed your life”?
[spoiler /Click here for the censored version/ /Hide the censored version/]<Xavio> [Notes: I have no idea what was going on there, he wondered if the message got cut off, and told me to write this. If that wasn’t the case let’s blame the Slovenian government] Is there any released games that has changed your way of lifestyle or somethin’?[/spoiler]
<drx> I don’t think any games changed me directly, there aren’t that many philosophical games. But I do think the countless hours playing various games since my childhood affected me one way or another.
<Xavio> Yeah, even if Rayman 2: The Great Escape actually sucked for me I still enjoy it more than any DS game I’ve ever had. It’s a weird effect.
<drx> Oh boy, Rayman 2.. i almost ate my hair because of that game, it was so frustrating :P but I did finish it.
<Xavio> How do you look at the sub-gaming community – the Beta lovers?
[spoiler /Click here for the censored version/ /Hide the censored version/]<Xavio> Yeah, good memories, gotta love that fatass smiled flying… Frog? I dunno. How do you look at the sub-gaming community – the Beta lovers?[/spoiler]
<drx> First of all, I don’t like the term beta, it’s overused and it’s mostly used incorrectly (beta means an almost finished product with minor bugs to iron out, in most instances). The community is nice, there are many people out there who help find stuff and preserve it, though there are far more ‘ROM leechers’ than helpful people, but I’m not really concerned about that.
<Xavio> Okay, shall I use the word OMEGA lovers? Hey… that actually sounded nice.
<drx> Well, prototype is a term I use, though some argue it’s inaccurate as well.. but it’s less harmful in my opinion
<Xavio> Isn’t beta and prototype really the same word?
<drx> nope :P beta is the last stages of a game, when all features are done and the only stuff left are the bugs to be fixed
[spoiler /Click here for the censored version/ /Hide the censored version/]<Xavio> Hmm… I blame all on the Slovenian government. It’s always their fault.
<drx> don’t slovenians have (or had) a nice government? They have a 15% flat tax.. that’s nice :P ..or maybe it’s 19%
<Xavio> You want me to blame on the Russian government? They’ll freaking kill me. Anyway, how do you see on the relationships between “beta” websites? Are they like dogfood corporations, or are they like the Alliance during WW2?[/spoiler]
<Xavio> How do you see the relationships between the various “beta gaming” websites? Are they competitors or collaborators?
<drx> I don’t see them as either, many users go to several of those communities.
<Xavio> So they are like friendly rivals?
<drx> I guess, but like I said. I’m not concerned with communities too much.
<Xavio> I’ll take that as a yes. Have you gotten any information that’s not been shared to the public before?
<drx> Yes, some information/material I get cannot be shared with the public for various reasons, in order to be preserved. I had to sign a couple NDAs before.
<Xavio> Why does it feels like I talk to a FBI-agent?
<drx> This information is confidential. I can’t comment on it. I kid, I kid.
<Xavio> You do? Sure no one from Lost Levels is behind you snapping up our secret information?
<drx> I doubt it, I’m paranoid ;)
<Xavio> What do you think about U64?
[spoiler /Click here for the censored version/ /Hide the censored version/]<Xavio> My level 70 Draenei Paladin is also paranoid, but only in Alterac Valley. Anyway, say your opinion of Unseen64. Please lie if you think it’s bad, so we get more publicity.[/spoiler]
<drx> I think it’s interesting. It has a lot of material in one place, and you guys get a lot of publicity, which is always a good thing. You seem to have a lot of energy – you post videos, you grab screens. The more, the merrier, they say.
[spoiler /Click here for the censored version/ /Hide the censored version/]<Xavio> Yeah, we are spoony bards, all of us. Sorry, I just had to say that. How do you think… PROTOTYPE sites can collaborate together?
<drx> Weird question :P Next please[/spoiler]
[spoiler /Click here for the censored version/ /Hide the censored version/]<Xavio> Okay… let’s blame that on the Slovenian government. Where did you get all information on your site from?[/spoiler]
<Xavio> Where do you get all those infos that you share on Hidden Palace?
<drx> Developers, journalists and prototype games.
[spoiler /Click here for the censored version/ /Hide the censored version/]<Xavio> That was fairly obvious.
<Xavio> Ah well, I think that was all.. Anything you’d like to add before we quit?
[spoiler /Click here for the censored version/ /Hide the censored version/]<drx> I hope I wasn’t too boring.
<Xavio> No, my mom is worse[/spoiler]
<drx> Well, greetings to all unseen64 visitors. And look out for future unreleased game releases from Hidden Palace
[spoiler /Click here for the censored version/ /Hide the censored version/]<Xavio> Should I take that as an advertisment?
<drx> :P for some reason.
<Xavio> Ah well, smell ya later drx, have a great time in Hawaii, or where the heck you’re moving.
…He looked at me with a murder look on his face. I knew that he hated Hawaii, with all the naked girls and all the annoyning volcanoes. I smiled at him and left. I went back to my office, where I sat and smoked some more, took a Gammeldansk and filled my body with God’s gift. I watched the computer. It had been a long day. I brushed my teeth, and for the rest of the evening I watched South Park.[/spoiler]
[Interview by Xavio]