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Interview: Ask Maven the Palm Gameboy emu developer

We will be conducting a Slashdot style interview with Maven, developer of Liberty, the Palm OS Gameboy emulator. Liberty is due to hit the Palm scene any day now. Post your questions for Maven with this story and we will review each question and select the best 10 or so. Then we will email them off to Maven and post his answers shortly thereafter.

Notes before you post:

Due to an anticipated high volume of questions, please confine yourself to one question per post, and keep it short and to the point!

Please look over the previous gameboy emulator stories and make sure you question hasn’t already been asked or answered. Feel free to help us out by commenting on questions that you would like to see answered.

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beta is here

pthree @ 7/6/2000 7:46:44 PM #
RE: beta is here
Aaron Ardiri @ 7/6/2000 8:10:56 PM #
Hi!

BETA? that was released to reviewers earlier :) This is the 1.0 version!!! Purchasing will be available very soon on PalmGearHQ!

http://www.palmgear.com/software/showsoftware.cfm?prodID=7928" CLASS=NEWS TARGET=_NEW>http://www.palmgear.com/software/showsoftware.cfm?prodID=7928

Enjoy!

// az
ardiri@palmgear.com

RE: beta is here
pthree @ 7/6/2000 8:13:30 PM #
My bad, -beta +shareware

Why is this important?

Dave @ 7/7/2000 10:10:32 AM #
I'm having a hard time trying to figure out why I should be excited
about this. If an emulator is made availble, what does it portend for the rest of the Palm world - for those of us not into games?
RE: Why is this important?
Ernesto @ 7/26/2000 9:41:28 AM #
I'm having a hard time trying to figure out why I should be excited about [insert narrowminded expression/noun here]. If a spreadsheet is made availble, what does it portend for the rest of the Palm world - for those of us not into spreadsheets?

Shareware

Adam @ 7/7/2000 10:31:58 AM #
When you started the emulator, wasn't it going to be freeware? Why is it shareware now?
RE: Shareware
Maven @ 7/7/2000 10:47:56 AM #
My goal was to give the emulator away, and sell the games... if we can get the games licensed, we'd still do just that.

On way charge at all...
I put in over 900 hours on it between then and now, brought in other developers to help (they need paid for their time).. Also, made the decision to quit my other job and support Palm game development full-time... I hope the Palm market is ready to support developers who provide good software!

Thanks, Maven

Moral issues

I.M. Anonymous @ 7/7/2000 10:54:51 AM #
What are your thoughts on providing tools for people to use pirated software? Why would someone pirate gameboy games and then pay for your software, wouldn't they just pirate that too?

IMO you would have been on better ground by making the emulator freeware to combat these contradictions.

RE: Moral issues
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/7/2000 3:26:37 PM #
Tools for people to use pirated software? You mean like computers, PDAs, and operating systems? Why not give them all away free so the manufacturer's can be on better ground! Wooo!

Lawsuit

Hared @ 7/7/2000 5:18:12 PM #
Do you expect to be sued by Nintendo? What will you do if you are?
RE: Lawsuit
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/11/2000 9:43:17 AM #
? Why would Nintendo sue you for an emulator, after all the copy right is for software and the gamebou design. Liberty is not Nintendo software o hardware, it jsut happens to achieve the same results. There are countless emulator for all sorts of Nintendo products on PC and none sued. Meanwhile Bleem! a PC emulation of Playstation was sued and they won...
RE: Lawsuit
ed@palminfocenter.com @ 7/11/2000 10:53:14 AM #
There's a very useful article about this here:

http://199.97.97.16/contWriter/cndlatest_columns/2000/07/07/cndin/5507-0002-pat_nytimes.html" CLASS=NEWS TARGET=_NEW>http://199.97.97.16/contWriter/cndlatest_columns/2000/07/07/cndin/5507-0002-pat_nytimes.html

If you don't feel like reading it, I can summarize it to say none of Sony's lawsuits against Connectix or Bleem are completely over though the small companies have won some victories. The issue may eventually work its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Overclocking?

Palmer @ 7/11/2000 2:30:08 PM #
Can overclocking damage my
Palm IIIx, and what is the maximum...
RE: Overclocking?
Joe @ 7/13/2000 12:00:15 PM #
Yes, overclocking can hurt your palm. I've found that if I overclock my III above 26-28 mhz,
it will crash. Many times needing to be hard reset.
RE: Overclocking?
scanman @ 7/31/2000 2:40:33 AM #
Yes, It can TEMPORARILY hurt. but there will be no physical harm to the components. Because of it's extremely low power design, the DragonBall CPU is basically immune to this type of damage. So: Back up your data, find your maximum speed, and keep it that way. Also on mine it sometimes crashes when you make a quick change (like from 28 down to 10 MHz) so I just tap the buttons in sequence and it doesn't crash!
RE: Overclocking?
I.M. Anonymous @ 5/28/2002 9:59:21 AM #
I run my M125 on 66Mhz, no problem, sometimes it freezes on sertan apps. But no physical damage.

gameboy

I.M. Anonymous @ 3/20/2002 7:27:22 PM #
How did you make gameboy?


RE: gameboy
I.M. Anonymous @ 5/17/2002 8:20:32 AM #
are yau the one who makes the pokemon games?
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