TFS : Could you introduce yourself?
: Former founder of FUZION (under the pseudo of Dragon, then Ellfire),
I am now almost 30 years old (pfff... time passes!) and I completely
left data processing except the usage of a PC laptop computer
within the framework of my professional activity (management of
human resources, it is well so far from the data processing!).
I play occasionally on PlayStation (maybe soon on X-BOX OR PS2
according to the evolution of the market), simply for the ease
of use and to avoid the infernal race of the evolutions of PC
more the problems of configurations, conflicts, etc.! I have not
any more of time for it …
were you first contacts with the data processing? With the ATARI
first contact with the data processing took place when I was 9
years old with a ZX SINCLAIR SPECTRUM. A magnificent little black
box, linked with a tape recorder, with 48 Ko of memory (!!!).
I enjoyed it during several years, it had to be in 1982 or 1983
I believe. It was incredible in which point the programs was optimized,
unlike today when one asks you to change processor, to buy back
some RAM or a video card. Proof, "Captain Blood" which
was a classical game on ST was still adapted on the ZX at the
same time (imagine contrast in term of capacities of the machine!).
And " Manic Miner ", a classical game on Spectrum (there
was almost 20 years!) goes out on GameBoy Color nowadays!! (Nostalgia,
The computer following the ZX was naturally an ATARI 520 ST, what
marked my passage of the 8 in 16 bits. 1040 came then, then STE.
did you join your first group?
created FUZION in school re-opening in 1989, if I do not make
a mistake over the year, with a friend met with small advertisements
on " TILT " (THE newspaper of the video games in 1989!!!).
This pal returned a short time later at the REPLICANTS, he allowed
us to contact the ST scene .
which groups were you member during all these years? Which were
since the origin till the end, at first under the pseudo of DRAGON,
then ELLFIRE. I have also join the REPLICANTS over the end with
this pseudo. FUZION made then CD and REPLICANTS cracks.
did you start up to code, swap or draw for FUZION? And Why?
the creation of the Group, it became even quickly sharply more
amusing than playing video games. The crack scene and the competition
was a game in itself. Moreover, the management of the group was
somewhere comparable to that of the company (various competence:
cracker, to code, musician, graphic designer, swapper, / products:
CD and novelties / distribution networks: swapping, network on
Minitel limps mail, / the "customers" or "the users":
all the players on ATARI ST worldwide / competition between the
groups to be the fastest, etc. - We had even realized a sounding,
I believe on CD towards 123 - 130 …).
did you make at FUZION who makes you the most proud? The most
was rather proud of the number of realized CD, the quality of
intros on CD … In the typical computer newspapers Amazine,
Toxic Mag and the others, it seems to me that we were at the moment
N°1 for CD with FUZION and at the same time N°1 for cracks
with THE REPLICANTS …
For the shameful recollections, the first crap realizations of
the group, without speaking about games stolen from the compilations
of the other groups in our first numbers …
was your best memories? Your worse one?
good memories: copy-party, group, evenings, sleepless nights to
see complete WE with the friends, the pleasure to take out a new
CD, competition with the other groups pirates, frenzies, meetings
with the other French and European pirates, etc.
As worse memories: naturally my arrest.
are according to you the best games taken out on ST? The worst?
best games or those witch was the most funny, as I can remember
myself: Captain Blood, Super Cars I and II, Super Sprint, Defender
of the Crown, Operation Wolf, Sim City, Shufflepuck Cafe, Turrican
II, Bubble Bobble, Lemmings, Populous, Lotus Esprit Challenge,
Archipelagos, Stunt Car Racer, Double Dragon, Buggy Boy, Rick
Dangerous and I forget a lot it certainly!!
The worst, they was numerous, especially in the end of the ST
are according to you the best demos on ST? The worst?
do not remember myself any more so demos, except the first which
marked me: the UNION DEMO (the one that we remember…). There
was then several superb one, which we could find on the NET. A
big step was the adaptation of musics .mod, the famous Amiga modules
on the ST.
you think that the cracking scene killed the ATARI ST?
absolutely not. The ST knew numerous and beautiful years. It had
an enormous success and the traffic of video games by the swappers,
the exchanges in the classes of secondary schools contributed
certainly to the sales of computers. It was simply exceeded technologically
like every machine , by the video games system (Super Nintendo,
Mega Drive) and especially the PC (486).
did you left FUZION? Why?
did not leave FUZION, I was arrested by the french police force
in 1993. The group stopped all his activities after this event.
you keep contact with the other group members or with the ST scene?
Do you have some projects involving them?
have some contacts with 2 members of the group. No project.
computer do you own at present? Have you some projects?
possess a PC laptop computer and it is of use only for my professional
activity. No big computer project, if it is not vaguely a personal
do you think of the current ATARI scene?
completely dropped out, but I find staggering that there is always
an " ATARI scene " all these years later … I do
not however imagine that it can continue as our generation will
age, seen the speed of technological innovations. For the users
of X-Box, GameCube and future supports, term " ST "
will not mean big matter…
do you think of the cracking scene of the PC?
do not know it.
I would tend to think that it is nowadays much less funny and
pioneer than the madness of the cracking groups scenes on ATARI
ST and COMMODORE AMIGA of the years 80-90, when microcomputing
called domestic started really, 16 bits computers succeeding the
good old CPC AMSTRAD, ZX SPECTRUM AND COMMODORE 64. It was a small
revolution and numerous young people were burst in these cracking
Now, whoever can go to the FNAC, buy a CD writer and copy audio
CD or CD ROMS either download of the music, the software packages
even films by Internet … No more need of cracking groups
, and if one was the object of attentions by some rare polices
specialized at the time, it was commercially the droplet with
regard to that it is possible to make today for any newbie …
do you think of the evolution of the data processing today?
goes without saying that INTERNET revolutionized everything and
is really brilliant. I think that in this domain there is still
great fun to had. Otherwise, the PC has no charm compared with
a ST or AMIGA, it is just a tool, one box filled with components
in permanent evolution without any emotional link (it was necessary
to see war between the defenders of the ST and those of the AMIGA!!!).
I shall not speak about Mac, the market is almost non-existent.
you anything to add?
notice that I did not evoke Jochen HIPPEL ( Mad Max), David WHITTAKER,
Chris HUELSBECK or COUNT ZERO who were the best musicians of the
ST, of whom we take regularly musics for our intros. Greetings
Otherwise, congratulations for this site and enjoy the FUZION
CDs as we had lots of fun to make them!!!