BahumatLord was kind enough to take some time and answer a few questions regarding his January PSX-Scene contest winning submission [TUT] Alphabetically order games in XMB Edit and share some of his thoughts about the PS3 Scene.
What made you decide to create your Tutorial?
I decided to do the tutorial because I found something I thought was cool and useful and thought other people might like it as much as I did. It always bothered me that Sony didn't include alphabetical sorting in the XMB for games. I'm usually quick to defend Sony because I like what they produce but sorting by date just seemed stupid to me because the more content you add at different times, the harder it is to find things and eventually it gets to the point it's not worth looking for them. Also, whenever I have a question or a problem with my system I can come here to get the answers I need. The people here have been very helpful so I try to give back wherever I can.
How do you feel about the state of the PS3 development scene?
I think that we're just in a lull right now and people are getting frustrated about not being able to play the newer games. This has always happened no matter what you're talking about whether it be PC, XBox, 360, PSP, DS, or whatever dating back to the start of home gaming. There are always new security measures being implemented and it takes time for people to bypass them but in the end they are always bypassed. Aside from the new game backup problem, there's still some great stuff being updated all the time and some good homebrew being released. I think everyone should really check out what they're doing over on the GTA + Mortal Kombat mod section. It may not be for everyone, but these guys are talented and we're lucky to have them.
Following up on the previous question do you feel like developers are holding back submissions based on the bashing of their work and ideas? What would you say to anyone who is bashing the work of developers?
I absolutely think developers are holding back submissions because of the bashing that's going on. I thought for sure that I'd get 20 different comments about it being stupid or pointless or "Can I play new games with it?" I actually started to just send it to bitsbubba to see if he could implement it somehow in his NFW firmware because I didn't want to deal with that kind of thing and if Jay-Jay didn't suggest doing a tutorial that's probably what I would have done with it. What I did was simple so I don't want to sound like I've got a swelled head, but I could see how people that have major developments will just sit on them because there's always those couple people who will spout off because they don't understand something or it can't give you the new keys. What's really funny to me is that 99% of the time the people doing the bashing have never released anything or at least even bothered to answer someone's question that's having trouble. It's usually only the people that have the mindset of "what's in it for me."
The January contest came right down to the wire between yourself and Shaitan. Was it exciting keeping an eye on the votes as the contest came to a close and were you and Shaitan having some fun as you kept track of the votes?
Yeah, I had a lot of fun with Shaitan. We had a little friendly side competition going which made the whole thing great to be a part of. I honestly never thought what I did qualified for the contest so it's all been gravy. I really like what he put out there. I would have liked to have seen what would have happened if we released at the same time instead of me releasing a couple weeks earlier than him. I'm pretty sure he would have beat me without question because he came up really quick in the votes.
Do you have anything else in the works right now and are you planning on entering future contests and what if anything would you like to see developers working on?
Of course I've got some more stuff I'm working on - I'm always working on something. I'm actually just getting warmed up. I've been working on various platforms since the days of Commodore 64 mainly for my own amusement or needs. I started working on the PS3 I think in late September or early October. I've actually got something right now that I think is cool, but I could use some help making a Windows GUI that has built in FTP support to make what I've got practical and easy to use for everyone. I'd do it myself, but the last time I wrote script for Windows was close to 10 years ago so I'd feel more comfortable having a hand with it from someone with more recent experience. I've contacted PsDev about that because his recent GUI wouldn't need much modification to do what I would need it to do. I'm still waiting to hear back from him but if anyone thinks they would want to help just drop me a line.
Lastly, what advice would you give to someone who is new to developing and may be having second thoughts about releasing something.
At the end of the day the only way the "scene" is going to progress is if everyone contributes what they are able to. Not everyone is as skilled as kakarato, geohot, or failoverflow but everyone has a unique perspective and set of ideas. If we all pool our efforts and contribute what we can I think people would really be surprised at what we can accomplish. People will always find something to complain about but it should never be a determining factor in what you decide to do.
Thanks again to BahumatLord for speaking with us and we can't wait to see what is in the works. Check out his tutorial for alphabetically ordering your games in XMB here