Depression, crowdfunding and open source emulators
First, a nice story
I have been around in the emulation / open source communities for some time. I spent my early teenage years playing with epsxe and Project64. Soon I joined the emudev club with chip 8 and gameboy. My favorite console was Dreamcast - I could not afford to buy one growing up. I spent tons of hours on the local computer shop playing the demo discs. Inspired by project such as Icarus (DC) and pcsx2 (ps2) I decided it was time to switch focus to Dreamcast myself. After fooling around for some time, I met ZeZu and PsyMan in #emudev and nullDC was born in the following months. We did our first release in 2007. We always loved to share the source with friends and other emulator developers, and eventually the project went open source in 2010. A few years later, Reicast evolved as a reincarnation of nullDC, with a slightly different team.
Makes for a good story, no?
The truth is however more complicated. I intensely contributed to nullDC during my late teenage years, often hacking for days without sleep. As I was busy doing “important stuff” I failed university exams. Twice. I…