[Commentary by Versatile1] Hey guys, this is an exclusive interview with MusicMasteria. On youtube, he has several video’s depicting how to make your own slide card for your PS2. He knows his stuff, and today we present the first ever interview with the brainchild…
The Underground: How did you get involved into PS2 mods?
Musicmasteria: Well, I wanted to back up my games and without any form of modding at the time, I couldn’t do that. So I left it alone and continued my life. Then, while looking around on afterdawn.com I found a simple template for a slide card. Then I decided, I could make a better template than that so… I did. I first created my own slide card and tested it (without swap magic at the time) and it worked so I made a template and put it on my website. I then decided to spread my template to You Tube and created a tutorial and that is what you see today.
The Underground: How did you decide to go the slide card route? Have you tried any other methods such as HDALoader, or memory card exploit? Do you have an original slide card? Or did you make one up from a template?
Musicmasteria: I decided to start with a slide card because I had the means to make one for free. I don’t have a HD for my PS2 so I haven’t tried HDALoader but, from what I have read, it is a very good mod. Quick load times were a large factor for that. I have however tried USBAdvance. I didn’t really get it to work for me that well but I have seen it work on You Tube videos. I do not own an original slide card. Why would anyone spend $5 on something you could make for little or no cost with my tutorial? My first slide card was my own interpretation of a simple template I found on afterdawn.com a long time ago.
The Underground: How big is your PS2 game library?
Musicmasteria: Well if I were that kind of person, I could have an infinitely long list of PS2 games but if you would like to see my game collection, go to http://gamelist.musicmasteria.2ya.com
The Underground: What is the most common question you get on your You Tube video?
Musicmasteria: *Laughs* I get a lot of the same questions on my You Tube video. A common one is: “What does a slide card do?” or something along those lines. I don’t know why people ask this when there are so many other videos on You Tube saying how to use swap magic and slide cards. Another question is: “Where can I download games?”. I can’t really tell you that but if you really want to know, Google can tell you.
I have 96 comments on my video so far and that’s not including my responses to questions and comments *laughs*.
The Underground: Do you plan on moving onto other consoles and modding them too?
Musicmasteria: I don’t know. PS2 is the easiest console to play back up games on because of Swap Magic. No other console has a swap magic-like thing for playing backed up games. Also, the other newer consoles have a lot of protection against modding. Besides, I rather keep the warranties that I still have and wait for them to be long expired before I try modding them.. Now if someone was willing to give up their console or money for me to get one, then I would use that console solely for modding.
The Underground: What was the first PS2 game you remember backing up?
Musicmasteria: The first game I ever tried to back up was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (THPS 3). I didn’t even have a slide card or swap magic then and that of course didn’t work. Then, once I made a slide card, I used it to play my backup of THPS 3 with the original game (using the original game in place of swap magic). That worked but was very limited because you could only use the back up if you could play the original game up to one of the menu’s. Now that I have swap magic, I can play the back up in the case of my original breaking.
I do still have a video on Google Videos for how to use swap magic and a slide card to play copied games if anyone is interested. It is on private view so you can only see it from the link (no search). It can be found here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2874997274037472959. I even have the old video of me using THPS 3 to play the back up of it. It is on public view and can be found here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4416144802633809982
I personally like the newer video better (first link). Thanks again for the interview. Means a lot 🙂
To all readers: if you have questions you would like Music to answer, please, post a comment and he will reply. Thanks for reading!
[Update] The origin of the picture and the video is credited to MusicMasteria. His website is here.
[Update] Updated template picture, courtesy of MusicMasteria.
Looking to buy Swap Magic? Save yourself a few dollars by not ordering the Swap Magic with slide card. Instead, order the Swap Magic disks, and then make your own slide card and save $5 bucks.
Last weekend my brother took a fresh values card from Dominick’s and cut out a design that is effectively the slide card to use for the fat PS2. I will have him scan it so you can see what it looks like.
I linked directly to the image, so its going to be a little wide. The dimension on the side that is cutoff is 1-1/8″.
Here is a template provided by MusicMasteria,
and a YouTube video from MusicMasteria demonstrating how to make your own slide card!