Interviews



Interview with Antichrist & The Sorceress

Published in Domination #13
Performed by Raver



THE MOST NOBLE TALE OF THE SCENE

Here it is, seven years of marriage thanks to the breadbox (aka C64)

Most of the answers come from Sorceress, since Antichrist was quite busy, speaking straight only a couple of times. It's a family game!





R)
Hello Debbie and Oliver! prepare yourself for little flashback as we will talk about past, and be ready to drop an eye in future, while for a start we could examine present time a bit. TODAY

A&S)
Since Oliver is working on many projects right now, I am typing the interview and reading/answering the questions for him as well as myself. We have 2 computers in the same room so he is right next to me.




R)
So, how the life is for you right now? where you living and what are are your occupation and hobbies?

A&S)
Oliver and I are living in New York not far from Manhattan. Oliver works for a local newspaper in our area as Production Manager and he just had his 3rd book published called "A Treasury of Pet Humour". He is also doing Cartooning and we both do web designing. As for hobbies, I guess you can say that the computer is our hobby since we spend a lot of time on it doing work and playing our favourite game "Rise of Rome" and maintaining our websites. Other then that we are into watching movies, having a good time and a lot of laughs.


R)
I guess you're not active scene wise anymore, but perhaps you're still connected to some digital devices, just like almost everybody these days. what technologies are you using and for what exactly?

A&S)
We both have computers and we use them for what I listed above. I also run a graphics group which I like doing. As for the scene. No, we are not active anymore. There is not much left that we could offer the scene these days. It was fun while we were on the 64 but being on the pc, it just wants to make you go on to do other things.



R)
C=64 can affect destiny. bullshit! I should better say, it is destiny! and this time I don't mean importing team. and so do you still keep in touch with people you got to know in the scene times?

A&S)
We have been in contact with old 64 sceners but most of them have gone on to get married and/or developed their careers so the contact is there but its limited. It is interesting to find out what happened to people we have not heard from in years. As for the scene affecting our destiny... most people would say it did not affect the directions in which their lives went, but in our case that would be different because Oliver and I met through the 64 scene and we got married, so yes it did affect our destiny in a good way. We will be married for 7 years this February.



R)
So maybe you know about fact that Newscopy was recently kicked out of F4CG?

A&S)
We both remember Newscopy. He was in Genesis*Project a long time ago but we never knew he was in F4CG. Iím sure his talents can be used elsewhere.


R)
There's an affair with him being accused for stealing money he got for a game.

A&S)
We can't give any opinions on Newscopy being accused of stealing money because we have no idea of what happened. I hope he didn't do it!


R)
What about the scene itself? do you know what's going on, do you check new releases?

A&S)
No, actually in America the 64 no longer exists so until we stumbled onto a c64 site we thought the scene was gone. What a surprise that was to see that there were sites up and groups still going at it. We did look at some old releases but aside from that we do not know what is going on with the 64 scene now and we do not keep ourselves updated on new releases. We just don't have the time right now to do it.


R)
Well one might say there are still some more or less active groups in the states but the illegal scene can be counted as dead really. hats off to Fungus the one and only active American cracker though. do you think that because of the burning decreasing of illegal activities, the scene is dead? is a demo scene something really different for you?

A&S)
I think the scene is dead in the US because they no longer sell games or c64's and people went on to bigger machines. If the companies would have kept the games coming, the c64 would probably be very active today because it was so affordable. But although we had fun on the 64, we would not trade the PC for it. I don't think many people would. It just has so much to offer. As for the demo scene, we were not really active in the demo scene although Genesis*Project did make demos.



R)
Question for Oliver: what do you think about magazine scene and journalism nowadays as the pioneer of it?

A)
I haven't really seen any scene mags lately, but it's nice to know they're still around. I did see a voting sheet for one scene mag recently, and I saw they were using the word "graphician" in it. The funny thing is, I invented that word! There is no word "graphician" in the English language. In German the words Musiker (musician) and Grafiker (graphic artist) end the same. So I figured it works the same way in English. But it doesn't. But I used to use the word in Sex'n'Crime all the time, and later also in Propaganda... And now the whole computer scene still uses it, after about 10 years! I think that's pretty cool! I actually invented a word! YESTERDAY


R)
Past... for some this word has almost the same meaning as scene, how about you? am I right saying that scene changed your lives, forever and for good?

A&S)
Yes, you are right about that : )



R)
There is a beautiful story behind the scene for you both. will you share it with our readers? it might be not only an interesting but also inspiriting for those who are part of scene today.

A&S)
The scene does have a beautiful meaning for us because as I mentioned above, it changed our lives and Oliver and I became family. We met over the phone. Oliver was working on Propaganda at the time and there was a section in it that asked the readers what they thought about the last monthís issue. One day Oliver (who I did not know at the time) called me and asked for my feedback on the last issue of Propaganda. I told him that I thought the issue was great although I did not tell him I didnít read it yet. The issues were always good to my taste and I was embarrassed to tell him I did not load THAT issue yet. Well, we started talking and he told me a little about himself. I was very surprised when he told me he was from Germany because he had no accent. We talked for a very long time and became friends. After that he started calling me often and we never ran out of things to talk and laugh about, and not to mention the group G*P. I ran a BBS and spread the wares that G*P put out. We eventually started talking daily and became very close. You have to understand that when your dealing with an overseas friendship you actually talk more then if you were together in person because its all over the phone. Well this went on for a long time and I always felt sad that one day we would lose contact because of our locations (being on 2 different sides of the world). It can make things difficult at times. The closer we became, the more frustrating it got. Well, this was not going to happen. Because of the 6 hour time difference Oliver would be going to work at 12am my time... Did I mention we were very tired during those days? The time difference took its toll. But back to my story. So he would get up and after he would go to work, I would go to sleep. One day he left as usual to go to work but he did not call at the usual time when he normally would get home. I worried that something might have happened to him but there was no way for me to find out. At this point we were talking on the phone for way over a year and have grown very close. At 12am my time (U.S. time) someone rang my doorbell. I went to look out the window but it was dark and I could not see who was there. I just saw the chest part of the person BUT tucked inside the neck of his shirt was sunglasses. Oliver had bought new sunglasses and sent them in a picture to me and those were the same ones. It crossed my mind that this could be him but I ruled that out because he was in Germany. (Surprise on me!). Well, I didn't answer the door because I was not dressed and my mind would not stop bothering me. Was this actually him??? Within 10 minutes my phone rang and it was him. As soon as he spoke I knew he was here because I didn't hear that beep or echo as you would on an overseas call. I will tell you one thing... I would rather meet someone right away rather then speak to them for such a long time and then meet. I was not dressed and I was shocked!!! He was supposed to be at work in Germany! I told him to give me 10 minutes to get dressed. I showered, dried my hair at warp speed and my stomach was in knots. Would this guy be a stranger to me now or the same Oliver I knew? I did not like this feeling at all, who would? But I went out (he had rented a car) and the car was in front of my house and got in. When I think about it now I have to laugh. How strange it was to actually SEE him talk. We had exchanged pictures but I always wondered what it looked like when he moved, or talked. Things like this cross your mind. He was shy in the beginning and I asked him in a loud way (because I was still shocked) "What are you doing here???". He laughed. It was a surprise he told me. (For anyone reading this in a similar situation, NEVER surprise a girl in that way. It can cause bodily harm when she kicks you!). Girls need a chance to get ready! We started talking and I just stared at his mouth moving and the voice coming out. It was amazing. But before long we were ok. This was the same guy I knew for so long on the phone and visa versa. On that trip he stayed for 3 weeks and we had the best time ever! His leaving was so sad but he came back. And within 1 year he came back and forth 6 times. We just fell in love over and over. How powerful the feeling is! We decided to get married and almost 7 years later here we are. Now that more people have access to the internet a long distance relationship is more common. Not easier, just more of an average thing but 99% of them probably will not work out because it is a very hard thing to do. One person must make a big move and thatís scary. But you will get those couples who beat the odds and have a wonderful life from it.



R)
What did scene meant to you back then? and what does it mean now, even if not as important part of your life, but as phenomenal thing at all. you know, it's alive.

A&S)
Back then the scene meant a lot of competition, fun, creativity and work. Not to mention huge phone bills. We had good groups and excellent fixers. A group called Empire fixed our games and they were the best. They were also our friends. This is another thing that the scene meant. Meeting some awesome interesting people who really made you laugh and sometimes drove you crazy. It was a love/hate relationship between groups too. What confusing creatures we 64 people are. TOMMOROW


R)
Silly question which I simply had to ask - will you ever come back and do something for the scene?

A&S)
There is nothing for us to do in the scene right now except to share memories for the people who were in it with us during those days and letting the people newer to the scene and who are interested know what it was like back in the days when new wares were coming out non stop and how different it was back then. The Euro scene was over just about the time that we got married. (Or so we thought until we saw the 64 sites on the internet) So I'm speaking of 6 to 7 years ago. And the U.S. scene was over long before that. The companies stopped making 64 games and computers. Thatís when they (the Americans) turned to fixing.


R)
Are you planning to visit Europe some time? some copy party, old friends, relatives (for Oliver) and the continent itself?

A&S)
Well, Iím a chicken when it comes to flying especially when its a 6-7 hour plane trip but Oliver does visit his parents around once a year and maybe one time I will hold my breath and get on that plane. His family donít speak English that much so it makes it all the more harder for me. We do keep in contact through the internet and phone as well. The copy parties are a thing of the past because everyone is new. There are no old friends (or very few friends) that attend them that we know these days. Plus there is so much going on over here between work and living. Our location is a factor as well. If they had some more local it might be a different story. Its hard to fit all the exciting stories into one interview because so much has happened concerning the scene back in those days. I can actually fill a book filled with interesting and funny stories. There are so many people in the scene today who will never know the great crackers and fixers that came and left their mark in the history of the c64 and its sad because they made the scene what it is today. But I learned that if you take one group that stays productive and sticks together through the good and the bad, you can consider them an Elite group because this is what its all about.


R)
So maybe you could once start writing for some magazine! why should we be taking the scene so serious, but what is serious then? only the things which helps you to earn money? I think that scene history is just as interesting as movie producing history, for example. it's more strange though ;] and it's sad nobody is really working on the historical chronicles or something like that. it'll all be gone soon. maybe the Propaganda could be released again (Newscopy stopped the production a couple of months ago saying that it'll not be here till he or Antichrist decides to release it again)?

A&S)
Antichrist won't be going back to doing Propaganda because he has very many projects he is working on right now and they are all time consuming. He has his cartooning, his internet work, plus he is working for a newspaper so doing a scene mag again is not likely going to happen. Plus since he is no longer in the scene he would have no idea of what to write about. There will never be a Propaganda the way he used to make it. Iím not saying that in a selfish way. But he risked many people not liking him for being truthful in the original Propaganda and I think thatís why it was so popular. People hated him for writing it but they also couldnít wait for it to be released.


R)
and at last, maybe Antichrist has something to say about OMG matter? another question is, do you still have the breadbox(es)? there's some game, probably you've played it, called C64 Scene Adventure, made by Gotcha, and it's really funny!

A&S)
No, we don't have a 64's anymore. Oliver or I have never heard of the game called C64 Scene Adventure but I can only IMAGINE what the game is like. It must be really funny. As for the OMG and Antichrist names... They are one and the same person. All Oliver's friends knew it was him so it was not to hide fool people. He had trouble twice in the past from the police concerning the c64 and wanted to create a legal name. People just blew that way out of proportion. Thank you for letting us do this interview and if you would like to come and visit us, here are our urls:

(Debbieís) http://www.thefunnypage.com
(Oliverís) http://members.aol.com/GSPZ

Signed: Antichrist/G*P and The Sorceress/G*P

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