Lord Nikon / Civitas,
Added on January 10th, 2004 (12739 views)
Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Robert Dörfler, age 16 and I was born on the 2nd of October 1986 in Zschopau, Sachsen, Germany.
What handle(s) did you use and how did you come up with it/them?
I have watched the movie Hackers more than twenty times, and yeah, one of the Hackers is called "Lord Nikon". :) When I was on the Amiga I used the handle Crash but I only made one demo there.
What group(s) were you in?
I'm a member of Civitas, Flashback and Unlimited.
What roles have you fulfilled?
Coder, artist, musician and swapping at times.
How long were you active for?
I am still active! :) I have been active in the scene since 2001!
Tell us about those years and how you got into the scene in the first place.
After the Mail Madness Party 1 I wanted to join a group to be active. Only one or two weeks later, I joined Civitas.
Describe a typical day for you in front of the computer.
On holidays, I sit in front of the computer from ten a.m. to four a.m. the next day. From time to time I have to get something to eat or visit the toilet. :)
Did you personally invent any special techniques or tools to make things easier for you?
Some time ago I made an 8x8 animation player but I still haven't used it.
When you look at what you did back then, what are you most proud of?
Hmm, I am most proud of my demo I Can't Code 3 for the Mail Madness Party 5. I got the second place and yeah, it was a lot of work.
Who were your heroes on the scene and why?
AEG, Graham, Oswald, Krill, Bubis and the others. Why? They made or make cool effects which show us what the C64 can do.
What, for you, was the coolest thing ever invented on the C64?
Hmmm, the coolest thing I've ever seen was a non-static tunnel effect with great speed in Bumpmania 2 from Arise.
Did you go to any copy-parties, meetings or tradeshows?
Yeah, I have attended seven parties.
In your opinion, what was the scene all about?
Was and still is! Hmm, I think the scene is only for having fun. :)
What were the particular highlights for you?
Oh, that's not so easy. My favourite demo is Soiled Legacy of Resource and my favourite event is the Mail Madness because it was the party that brought me into the scene.
Any cool stories to share with us?
Are you still in contact with any old C64 people today?
Not really. I only reactivated someone. :)
When did you get your C64 and do you still have it lying around somewhere?
I got my C64 on my first school day back in 1992, and since then, I have used my C64 every day. And my C64 doesn't just lie around somewhere. It has an extra desk. :)
Was the C64 really as special as we like to think it was?
When can we expect to see some new C64 output from you? :)
Music and pictures will come every month and the next demo in two or three months time.
Do you have a message for your old contacts and/or anyone reading this?
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