Interview with Chocobogo
In this interview, Red Phoenix interviews
Chocobogo, former webmaster of Chocobogo's RCT.
Where did your first hear about Hasbro's Rollercoaster Tycoon?
Chocobogo: I read a preview
in a Computer Game Mag, and I thought it looked great. I later
received a demo disk and within 5 minutes of playing the demo I
decided to buy the full game!
Once you played the original Rollercoaster Tycoon, what were your
Chocobogo: I was amazed by the
playability of the game, it is so easy to get into. I was
slightly disappointed that you couldn't ride your rides like in
How addictive was Rollercoaster Tycoon when you bought it?
Chocobogo: Do I really need
to answer that?
What made you think of building a Rollercoaster Tycoon fan site?
Chocobogo: Well I decided to
look on the net for RCT, and there was hardly anything out there!
Only the official site and a few fan sites. So I decided
to start up a RCT site mainly because I wanted to be a webmaster,
and also I felt that there was a lot of demand for my site as at
the time there weren't many around.
What has been the most difficult thing with keeping a fan site up
Chocobogo: The updating definitely.
Especially when you only have a 56k modem, it takes for ever
to upload 1MB files to the server!!
Chris Sawyer has publicly said that he is not happy with the current
status of the official Rollercoaster Tycoon site. What do
you think of the status of the site?
Chocobogo: Well, put it this
way, if I thought the official site was any good, I wouldn't have
started my own!! If you look around different forums, you'll
see that the general feeling of the official site is that it's not
up to standard.
From what I understand, Hasbro is responsible for the official site.
It's not had an update since Loopy Landscapes has come out, and
the update was really only mentioning the rebate Hasbro is offering
due to the fact that Corkscrew Follies is also packaged with Loopy
Landscapes. What do you think Hasbro will actually do with
the official site?
Chocobogo: Hopefully give it
to me!!! Only joking, I think they should give it a makeover,
as RCT is still booming, they should try to make it more user friendly,
then they may have a change of making it popular with RCTers.
Maxis' games have had great support lately. The Sims series
and Sim City series both have wonderful official sites, which have
been very important in the success of the corresponding game titles.
How important are the Rollercoaster Tycoon fan sites in the success
of Rollercoaster Tycoon? I mean this because the official
Rollercoaster Tycoon site has been a pretty poor place ever since
they lost the Ride Exchange due to technical difficulties.
Chocobogo: I think its very
important to have a big fan site community for any game. The
more fan sites the better the game in most cases. That's why
I tried to promote as many sites as I could, as many of you know
I gathered 100's of links to RCT fan sites over the 2 years of running.
What do you see in the future of the Rollercoaster Tycoon series?
Chocobogo: Hopefully the eagerly
awaited RCT 2 will be released with a whole bunch of new features,
the main on being a "ride your own ride" feature. Many RCTers
have had a taste of this using the NoLimits Simulator which I have
to say is excellent, the game developers should really look into
If the Rollercoaster Tycoon series does continue, what new features/changes
would you like to see?
Chocobogo: As I mentioned above
I think a "ride your own ride" feature would be great.
It's been quite some time since we've heard or read an interview
with Chris Sawyer. Do you think it's time for him to do another
interview? Perhaps just to get some of his thoughts on the
future of the series, or to get an update on whatever he's working
on at the moment.
Chocobogo: He has been pretty
quiet. I think if he remains in the shadows he may cause an
RCT depression in that fan sites will lose confidence in the game
and close down as we have seen many do already!
Chocobogo's RCT has been troubled with bandwidth problems in the
past few months. The last time I checked, it was still down,
although it did come back for a few days. What is the status
of the site, and will it ever come back in any way, shape, or form?
Chocobogo: I tried my best to
bring the site back, when I finally managed to, it got closed down
due to excessive bandwidth just over the few days I re-opened it.
I can't see the site coming back mainly due to the fact I have no
means of getting back the 1GB + of data lodged on the server!!
If I could, then yes, maybe you will see a return!!