Emerald Nova Games


French developer with decades of experience on the Saturn.


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

vbt: vbt.

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

vbt: A long time ago. I registered in 2001.

Emerald Nova: How did you find the community?

vbt: Surely google. At the time, I was looking for ISOs, FTP, newsgroups, emulation, and a bit programming. IRC channels #segaxtreme and #smspower on efnet were quite big. Unfortunatly some turd guy took over the channels.

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

vbt: I started to develop on Saturn with an ISA COMM card and parallel port. The first stuff was tested "slowly" on promising emulators like A-Saturn, GiriGiri, Saturnin, Satourne, and Yabause. My first programs are hidden here. Basically, I did a picture viewer, then the first bootloader (for game compilations and contests.) There was a starting SMS emulator made by dagolar & takaissilly. I restarted this project with some talented people from #smspower (cgfm2 and MKon.)

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

vbt: Let's say hkz (from scummv team.) He did incredible work on Another World and Flashback for Saturn. There was also an unreleased Sierra engine called sarien for c4 contest 2009. We spoke on IRC also about a Beneath a Stealth Sky port. It seems it was doable.

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

vbt: No idea.

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

vbt: No comment.

Emerald Nova: Thank you for your time!