Emerald Nova Games


Pseudo Saturn Kai contributor and main member of the Pseudo Saturn Kai Beta Testing Task Force™.


Emerald Nova: What names are you known by in the Sega Xtreme and Sega Homebrew community?

privateye: privateye.

Emerald Nova: When did you come into the Sega Xtreme and Sega Homebrew community?

privateye: I was a lurker on Segaxtreme for many years, and I finally joined in April 2019 when I wanted to clarify something in the Pseudo Saturn Kai official thread regarding Rhea/Phoebe ODE support.

Emerald Nova: How did you find the community?

privateye: My memory is a bit hazy, but I think I originally found Segaxtreme when I wanted tips on how to perform the swap trick (way before Pseudo Saturn Kai and the various ODEs existed.) I'm pretty sure it was this thread that I gained help from.

Emerald Nova: What projects you have contributed to in some form? Who did you work with on these projects?

privateye: Ever since May 2018 when I purchased the awesome Gamer's Cartridge from cafe-alpha, I have been contributing to his well-known Pseudo Saturn Kai project. My contributions include; extensively testing support for Rhea/Phoebe and Fenrir ODEs, tuning automatic loader settings, refining cheat code associations, cleaning up the official compatibility list, and submitting (many) bug reports. To put it simply, Pseudo Saturn Kai has my fingerprints all over it since v6.274 :D

I have also beta tested a few firmware builds for Ced’s excellent Fenrir ODE, reported issues in Knight0fDragon’s Shining Force 3 translation patcher, and informed hitomi2500 about an issue in his indispensable ss-save-parser utility.

Emerald Nova: Is there anyone you think is in danger of being forgotten or lost to time that made contributions to the community?

privateye: Everyone who contributed entries to the first three Sega Saturn Coding Contests hosted by Rockin-B (C4-2005 / C4-2006 / C4-2007). Without their wonderful efforts, I doubt that the Saturn homebrew community would be what it is today, much less even exist.

Emerald Nova: Is there anything else you could think of that should make it into the Saturn Homebrew history pages?

privateye: I haven't seen many people talk about Dezaemon 2 Save Game Manager 4 a homebrew application by cafe-alpha that allows for importing of homemade shmups created by members of the Dezaemon community into Dezaemon 2. If you have exhausted the Saturn’s shmup library and are hungry for more, then you're sure to find some delicious treats here. My recommendations include DAIOH Huricane Special, Devil Blade 2, Lost Vision, and MUCHA KUCHA FIGHTER.

Credit to Madroms for developing Dezaemon 2 Save Game Manager Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, from which Dezaemon 2 Save Game Manager 4 is based.

Emerald Nova: Do you have any previous history in game development or the game industry?

privateye: None.

Emerald Nova: Thank you for your time!