Interview with Chris
In this interview, Red Phoenix interviews
Chris (Jacko) Jackson, webmaster of RCT
Where did your first hear about Hasbro's Rollercoaster Tycoon?
Jacko: I first saw a review
of it in my monthly mag and as always I read most of the reviews
in there. And a week later I was in my local EB shop and I saw it
so I decided to have a read of it and I thought to myself "what
the hell, why not" so I bought it as I like games like this and
I also have Transport Tycoon and that game has cost me many many
After you had a chance to play it, what did you think of it?
Jacko: I thought it was a great
game as to me it seemed to be a cartoonish game just like Theme
Hospital which I also love. I also found RCT hard to start with
as I like a good challenge in a game.
What do you think of all the "anti-cheat" code Chris Sawyer placed
in the RCT games?
Jacko: I personally didn't like
it as I think some cheats can give a game a more longer life span
as when you complete a game your all done but with cheats you can
have some fun with it which sometimes can be more fun then the game
itself. But hey, that's just me.
Recently, Infogrames publicly announced the production of RollerCoaster
Tycoon 2. What are some things you'd like to see added?
Jacko: I would love to see bigger
park maps as there is a lot of people out there with a huge amount
of creative skills when it comes to RCT and I think there held back
by small maps. Also I would like to see some sort of ride your own
ride, even if its just in the preview window of your ride but it
will still be something. Also I would like to walk around my park
to a degree like you can in the newest Theme Park games. The last
thing I would like to see if to be able to set the spirits of the
game yourself depending on the speed/power of your computer as its
no fun when your held back with just a few thousand people in your
When did RCT Inc launch?
Jacko: RCT Inc. went public
the same week as my birthday.. lol not easy to forget then. And
for people that don't know me that's around January 30th, 2001.
How happy are you with the success of RCT Inc?
Jacko: To tell the truth I'm
over the moon with the way RCT Inc. has turned out as I care very
much about my website and about the game and I love being part of
the community. But I do hope to see if grow more as time goes on.
What's the most difficult aspect of maintaining RCT Inc?
Jacko: I guess I would have
to say is TIME… as I have to look after my mum which is disabled
and its very hard helping her out and running the site. But another
hard thing about running RCT Inc. is finding people to help as a
lot of people know my staff members don't stick around to long as
there always coming and going but when they do help it helps me
a great deal and submissions lately have been very few and between
and as you know yourself its not easy running a site without files.
What can we look forward (in the future) to at RCT Inc?
Jacko: Well only thing I can
say to that really is that RCT Inc. is defiantly going to cover
RCT2 and I was going to cover Zoo Tycoon but couldn't find anyone
to run it with.
What RCT-related sites do you visit on a typical daily basis?
Jacko: The sites I visit all
the time is mine of course lol. Tycoon Recourse - as I talk to Sarah
(webmistress all the time), RCT Station - as its always nice to
know what's going on, TycoonPlanet - well there my host so what
you expect, RCTUK - as that's where it all started for me and now
I visit RCTOA a bit now.
If you could be someone (alive or dead) for one day, who would it
be, and why?
Jacko: um that's a good one.
I would have to say Pete Tong or Paul Van Dyk. Both of them are
to me the best DJs of all time as they both have contributed to
the music world so much its beyond believe and I hope to be just
like them one day as I'm a novice DJ myself and I get such a kick
out of music. I've helped out at a gig once where we did the music
for about 2000 people and it was just amazing and you get such a
buzz from it.
You can find Jacko at RCT Inc - http://rctinc.tycoonplanet.com/index.shtml