Interview


Handle: Sodan -/- Homepage

How did you come up with your alias ?
A part of the name is from my first name, and a part is from the country I live in. Sěren - DANmark. Now there is a special letter ĺ°ĺ in the danish alphabet, so the name ended being Sodan.

City / Country:
Copenhagen, Denmark

Born year:
1969

What was your first computer, and when did you get it?
My first computer was a Lambda, which I borrowed for a week until I got the C64. I could not afford a tapedrive, so the first two weeks it was not possible for me to save any programs. Very funny to remember this... ;-)
I think this was in the summer of 1983.

How did you get into the scene and what groups have you been a member of ?
When I finally got a tapedrive, I went a bought some games, and was amazed by the programs. To have a ĺboxĺ in front of me that could do ĺintelligentĺ things. So from the very beginning I wanted to be able to do programs myself.
Very soon I got in contact with Ace who sold games, and I started to do intros for him, and also did my own special stuff. I was never really a member of any group.
I was/am Sodan.

What was the proudest moment in your career ?
I was really happy when Sword of Sodan came out for the Amiga. Sword of Sodan got the computergames Oscar in 1988. I was a pretty happy guy. Also there have been a lot of other good moments, like bordersprites (which ended in an argument with 1001 Crew about who did it first. I did!!! ha ha ha).

For what specific reason(s) do you think that you are remembered ?
My creativity, programming skills, wierd but friendly person, maybe more... donno...

What would you like to be remembered for ?
Crackers Revenge, bordersprites, Superwriter, Sword of Sodan, and generally wierd ideas.

What made you stop the scene activity ? (and do you remember when?)
After I got back from USA in 1989 (doing Sword of Sodan and Datastorm), it was over for me. I sold my computers and started to do other thing for a while.

Thinking back on the good old days, is there anything you regret?
Not really.. hmm... maybe to have socialized to little with other people than the C64 crowd.

What was your favorite
GAME(S)
Dropzone, Paradroid

DEMO(S)
?

PROGRAMMER(S) (OR PROGRAMMING TEAM(S))
Tony Crowther, Jeff Minter.

CRACKER(S) (OR CRACKING GROUP(S))
PMK, the first great cracker 1983-84 (from Danish Crackers), and 1001 Crew.

COMPOSER(S)
Martin Galway.

EVENT(S) (E.G. COPYPARTY)
Odense, Denmark 86 or 87 or so...

MEMORY(S)
64K

DRINK ?
Carlsberg 47. (only available at Christmas time)

What are you doing nowadays ?
A lot of different things actually. Internet stuff, have a Cafe with a bunch of friends, kissing my girlfriend, drinking Carlsberg, listen to SKA, and more...

What are you doing on your spare time?
See above.

Is there anything you'd like to say to the public (read: admires)
The C64 and the C64 herd really kicked ass! We were a part of the computer pioneer age. yeaahh...

What is the meaning of life?
Make friends, make children, humanize the Earth.