In the past your entries have won several of the previous monthly contests but for the last few months we saw some new people winning. What do you think contributed to that?
Reasons. I don't know. I suppose I haven't been as active as I was when I won in the past. Maybe the rest of the community has become less stagnant in these last few months.
Have you been following the work that is being done on the PS Vita? What do you think is in store for the future of homebrew on the Vita
I'm vaguely aware of what's been going on but I haven't bought the hardware yet so I've only been skimming news posts about it. I'm sure true Vita homebrew will become possible at some point in time (it seems inevitable that any sufficiently popular and useful piece of hardware will get hacked) but I'm not really sure what the near future has in store. I wasn't expecting even PSP mode homebrew to be possible this soon and it seems like progress is continually being made.
Regardless of what progress the homebrew community makes PlayStation Suite seems potentially interesting for new and legitimately independent developers.
We know that you work on other consoles like the Wii. Do you think at some point you will be able to create for the PS Vita?
If it becomes possible to run homebrew natively on Vita (outside of the PSP emulator) and take advantage of what it has to offer then I'll definitely buy one and begin developing for it. It's a very cool piece of hardware.
But for the time being I'm more likely to pick up an original PSP than a Vita for homebrew.
On a side note I've lately been thinking more and more about trying to make something for Xbox (the original not 360).
Aside from your own creations do you have a favorite homebrew that you would recommend to other users?
To be honest I don't play other people's homebrew very often. I don't even play my own very often unless I'm working on it.
Do you get a feeling of personal satisfaction when you see that one of your games is being well received by the community? Or is it more like, if you are happy with your game then it really doesn't matter if other people like it or not.
I suppose it's both. I'm not really interested in making something or doing something differently that I disagree with just to get the approval of people and I find some of the comments/suggestions/requests I get infuriating at times (not the occasional negative posts but more the well intentioned ones that seem obviously objectionable to me for perhaps at times partially irrational reasons). I would always prefer to make something that I'm happy with instead of something that other people would be happy with. But seeing that something I've made has been received positively is certainly a nice ego boost and if I was completely indifferent to the acknowledgment of other people than I likely wouldn't be posting most of the stuff I post.
Can we look forward to more contest submissions from you in the future?
A big thank you to ThatOtherPerson for his steady stream of submissions for all of us to enjoy. If you haven't checked out The Catachthonic v0.95 - Sandbox Homebrew Game make sure you stop by and see why he won.