This week on THE FOX SPEAKS should be groundbreaking
to say the least, an interview/article on a guy who has working
with emulation for the past seven years and is now winding down
to fulfilling his real life comittments, who is this person im sure
you are thinking? your gutt feeling is probably correct, today see's
Stephen Richards aka The Fox standing down from his perch
at the top of emuunlim.org. I have the wierd and strange opportunity
to interview someone who I yet haven't done yet. Myself!
Why are you leaving emuunlim.org?
Well in a nutshell, I cannot honestly put my hand on my heart and
say that I can give the time and commitment that our emuunlim.org
visitors have had over the past seven years, with real life events
catching up, I need to take a stand and get on with my life, without
worrying that im leaving a lot of our staff/visitors at the back
end of my commitments.
Over the years, I have sometimes put emuunlim.org ahead of spending
time with my ex girlfriends, spending more quality time with my
family and generally letting time pass me by. Put bluntly I cannot
promise that now, I cant be here for emuunlim.org at all times,
unlike before. It would be putting the websites future at risk,
which I wont allow, hence the decision.
When does emuunlim.org close?
Well, im putting in place a takeover (more or less) which will
secure emuunlim.org's future, nothing will change (structurely)
for the time being and I would like to wish that our staff with
stick with us and continue such excellent work on our homepage(s),
same goes with all of our hosted websites. I would hate to see a
mass revolt, due to me leaving, my wish is for emuunlim.org to carry
on going from strength to strength.
Im in the process of moving home with my girlfriend Emma (x), so
I will be back (once the cable internet is installed), but in a
smaller role, which I prefer at this moment in my life. I would
like to think that by doing this, is a great move to stablise the
future of emuunlim.org by giving it to someone who can give their
time and effort into continuing our success.
When do you leave emuunlim.org?
Sunday 11th January 2004 see's my stand-down from the post at emuunlim.org,
and by then the replacement will be revealed to emuunlim.org's homepage.
After this time I need to concentrate my time and efforts to moving
home and other personal committments.
The only thing I will say at this moment in time, is that emuunlim.org
will be ran correctly and that the replacement wants all the staff
and visitors to continue the great job (as do I). I will continue
to be at emuunlim.org during the 'takeover' making sure that things
go smoothly as planned. I would personally like to apologize to
our staff guys at emuunlim.org to drop this bombshell, but it was
something I had to do on the spot.
As far as I see it, nothing will change, so PLEASE continue
to stick with emuunlim.org, make sure that I will be visiting daily
(from my workplace) for the latest and best emulation news :)
Have you informed ZTNET (Emulation
World) on your decision?
I have spoken to Zachary Williams (Lev) explaining my situation
and he (as always) understands it completely and has promised to
continue hosting emuunlim.org and wished me the best for the future,
he has been a true friend over the past seven years and one of the
pillars that have made emuunlim.org such a popular and successful
I would personally like to thank ALL our newsposters, especially
Mike Haggar and Zolex, who have updated emuunlim.org on such a daily
basis, without these guys emuunlim.org would have been one of those
"updated every few days" websites, due to me not having enough time
(and sometimes desire) to do updates.
Over the years I have made a ton of good friends (some I have had
the chance to meet in person) and its been a honour to be involved
in such an exciting pastime such as EMULATION.
What have been your favourite times
Well one of the most exciting (and scary heh) times at emuunlim.org
was Friday January 29th 1999, the day ULTRAHLE was released
at emuunlim.org. It was such a thrill, to host such an exciting
project, which I was the third person to try (after REALITYMAN and
EPSILON), I knew the moment Mario came on with full speed and sound
I had something which would change emuunlim.org forever, it was
such an rush to hype it up, as I had something incredible which
would live up to its name. To note #4 & #5 testers were Atila and
JoseQ and to give one guy credit to bring it to our attentions was
one of our previous newsposters 64_Bit (see I do give credit where
its due) :)
Another time which was memorable, but for the wrong reasons at
a time emuunlim.org and EMUVIEWS.COM (JOSEQ) were at the
top of its game, just after ULTRAHLE was released. I was one of
the first people to try the infamous Playstation emulator bleem!
(eeeek!) and was hyping it up on emuunlim.org, knowing that it was
real and did work (kinda). JoseQ bomb-barded me publicly saying
that bleem! was fake and that I was doing wrong by hyping it up
(at this moment in time, he was probably right after all, it didnt
perform the way Randy hoped it would have turned out). bleem! was
confirmed as real and I kinda had one up on JoseQ for a long time.
After all that was said and done, me and JoseQ became quite good
buddys and laughed about it at times. Another good friend during
my time at emuunlim.org.
Hitting the 10 million mark was such an incredible feat
for a US hosted, UK ran website. emuunlim.org can forever be classed
as the #1 UK emulation website, and one of the greats worldwide,
we did it all without the aid of offering illegal arcade rom downloads
(which Daves Classics did, look how that ended up, big hits, gone
to the shits), we done it by delivering pure news, interviews and
A good moment was being interviewed by PC ZONE magazine
and having a photo shoot for our 4 page interview, I remember it
like it was yesterday, they wanted to use a smoke bomb as a background
for the photo's in my home, five minutes later all the fire alarms
went off and neighbours etc though the house was on fire, priceless.
What were your bad times at emuunlim.org?
One of the worst times at emuunlim.org was when I lost all of my
newsposters/staff in one mass revolt due to them setting up emugaming.com,
but it ended being the best thing that ever happened to emuunlim.org
as it developed superbly and got as popular by tenfold. My desire
to see it through pushed me more to be successful. (endnote: emugaming.com
has been closed for a few years now) Not many other bad times, worthy
to mention, the only other bad time was typing this, my swansong.
What was your favourtie EVER emulator
One of my favourite emulators previously was the SYSTEM
16 emulator by Thierry Lescot, a great guy who was a pleasure
to interview. Seeing my favourite games such as Shinobi, Space Harrier,
Outrun (all which worked with sound samples back then) was such
an exciting time for me. The first System 16 release was one of
the first emulators I ever tried, when my internet useage was to
visit the nearly cybercafe with a few floppy disks :)
Amstrad CPC emulation (I was a previous Amstrad CPC owner) was
another favourite which I used to download from the cybercafe seven
years ago, I even contacted one of the authors by post, who duely
replied with a new version which wasnt released on the internet,
after this gesture I was hooked and wanted to get involved in the
world of emulation by any means possible.
M.A.M.E also was an amazing journey,
seeing it being developed over the years has been such a rush, as
who would have thought seven years ago that a simple 4mb download
would allow you to play over 4,000 arcade games, simply incredible.
Kudos to everyone involved! Seeing the FIRST ever Nintendo 64 (UltraHLE),
Atari Jaguar (Project Tempest), Sega 32x/CD (AGES) emulators were
ALL exciting times as they all debuted at emuunlim.org and allowed
us to put our footmark in the history of our great hobby.
What do you think of Next Generation
Well after feeling the aftershocks after ULTRAHLE was released,
I feel that if released early into the public circle, next generation
emulation will be the slow but sure death of emulation and will
drag it underground with rom images (see Xbox emulation, as a waypoint
- news with no downloads available).
I dont expect this, many websites support next generation emulators,
but appear to be a shower of pictures to whet peoples appetites,
but may not surface (unless they dont work authentically) in general.
Getting involved with SONY/NINTENDO/SEGA etc in a court battle
is a scary thought.
Word Association Time!
- Atila Mert (Retrogames)
- A great guy, who has like myself better things to do than to
post news updates (he's done a lot more than in the past which
makes up for it, he deserves as much time as he needs). Brought
many exciting projects to retrogames such as MAME, CPS2SHOCK and
many other websites, as well as bringing quick and informative
news without the razzamatazz that many websites do.
- Dave (Daves Classics aka Vintage
Gaming Network) - Hmmmmm, not had really much communication
with Dave over the years, but when I have spoken to him briefly,
he seems such a not-so-happy chappy, more like one of the kids
that enters our channel acting the dick (not much think, more
gob - me saying that intensifies the point). Brought many people
to the world of emulation, by offering rom downloads, which many
sites didnt have the balls to do, but it ended sour legally. Doesnt
cut the mustard by the amount of hits that it did/does recieve.
In my opinion. (Please check out his website to see if he proves
my point, by getting the last word hehe)
- Realityman (co-ULTRAHLE
author) - Gordon Hollingsworth (previously True Reality author)
is a nice bloke, who i've met in person. Not spoke to him lately
due to him moving to Canada, but by meeting Gordon, he introduced
me to his then-wife Carla (who has since married ZTNET'S very
own Zachary Williams) who is such a sweet person and is very happy
living in the US at the moment. I would like to thank Gordon for
giving me the opportunity to host such a hot potato as ULTRAHLE
and letting me run with it :)
- Peter Dalton (EmuHQ)
- A great guy, who over the past twelve months, hasn't had the
best of luck with newsposters, or having the time to update his
website (also due to H/D problems). Since then he is hosting EmuHQ
himself and hopefully this will be the end of their hiatus and
EmuHQ will now go from strength-to-strength. EmuHQ was started
shortly after ULTRAHLE was released, so its nice to see something
good come from the controversy. Good Luck Peter!
- Swampgas (Zophars
Domain) - A mixed bag (not a gasbag), personally he seems
a nice bloke who I have spoken with a good few times on MIRC over
the years. The only questionable thing was the way he kinda treated
his staff, it gave the feeling that if you dont post, you get
fired (for a voluntry job was a bit silly). In my opinion in order
to run a successful and updated website, you have to treat your
newsposters well, if you tell them what to do, they simply dont
do it, as it would seem to be a chore. They have to enjoy their
experience and be treated well, after all they are giving their
time and effort into helping you. Again, my opinion.
- Lev (Zachary Williams - ZTNET)
- A great guy (gotta say something nice hehe!) who has over the
years been one of my best friends on the net, has given emuunlim.org
a lot of leverage (no pun intended) and expansion options to develop
emuunlim.org into the premier emulation website that you see today.
Together we started Emulation World bring many exciting emulator
projects and hopefully securing his future. He has put a lot of
time and effort (and money) into securing the hosting life of
many emulator websites on the net, for free. If you wish to get
your website hosted by a guy who actually gives a damn about emulation
then contact him. Remember advertisements and popups (annoying
as they are) only help to fund the websites usage, as emulation
isnt a cash generated business, something has to pay for the darn
thing. Please support him.
If you would like people to remember
you for a reason(s), what would it/they be?
I would like to be remembered as someone who gave a damn about
emulation and someone who was a nice person to his staff (if anyone
disagrees please email me) and visitors. Also someone who didnt
pressure his staff into posting and realised that real life comes
first etc. I would like to see myself as someone who enjoyed every
experience at emuunlim.org and left the right way, with no grudges
with the right people. I feel emuunlim.org gave something different
that other websites simply emulated (ie. look similar, do the same
thing etc etc). Dont emulate, inovate...i feel that was emuunlim.org
in a nutshell.
Remember, im not leaving emuunlim.org completely, but just standing
down from my head post, I will keep everyone informed on how im
doing etc. and try and dedicate some time to update the site and
bring exclusives to emuunlim.org when I have time. There's still
some life in the old dog yet. Thank you everyone for reading this
crap over the years, it really has been a pleasure, giving my time
and effort into my baby, which has grown into such a flourishing
website, its time for the dad to be put in retirement. I will take
this GREAT experience to the grave and it breaks my heart (tear
in eye) to let it go, but we cannot stay young and commitment free
forever. Its simply time to move on....but i'll be back (arnie voice)...count
Stephen Richards (The Fox) webmaster of emuunlim.org
Sept 5th 1997 - Jan 10th 2004.
I would personally like
to thank the following people for their work/assistance at emuunlim.org,
I would like to wish them the best for the future.
- Mike Haggar, Zolex and the newsposting team : Im indebted
to your workrate and pray that you continue for years to come.
- Malc Jennings : A great guy, who always had time for
a good chat. Another brick in emuunlim.org solid house.
- L_Face: When the mass revolt at emuunlim.org came a while
back, he stayed and showed great loyalty to emuunlim.org, even
though he did nothing :)
- Sixtoe: A great guy, nice to see him becoming such a
force to be reckoned with at retrogames.com.
- Kyle O'Brien: The ladies man of emuunlim.org, always
a great chat letting me know with his ladies problems (as usual).
- Fygee: Our forum head honcho, I promise that the forum
will get much better tenfold, thank you for your patience.
- ALL HOSTED PROJECT WEBSITES WEBMASTERS: Thank you for
sticking with emuunlim.org for all this time, your websites have
a safe home at emuunlim.org for many years to come.
- Apprentice, Atila, JoseQ, DrSteveW, FRK, Martin64, Manbeast, Bish, Bomb,
Zing, Marrez, Kim Visnes, Zophar, Whitsnake, Bobbi & Thorgal (ngemu.com)
- .....and everyone else involved with emuunlim.org that i've
forgot to mention (sorry!)