I recently posted about a game I played called Penguin Adventure on my MSX computer. Since that post I’ve been itching to play MSX games again but I wanted an immediate fix. It turns out that this is perfectly possible thanks to browser emulators like JaMSX.
Gradius (above right) is a great game on the platform and has plenty of exclusive features. Hyper Rally (above left), despite sapping hour after hour in my youth, hasn’t aged well but is still a curio and is worth playing.
Great news retro gaming fans, you can now take your gaming fun on the go AND use your original carts and controllers on your computer using the Retrode 2. I was pretty excited when I heard about the Retrode last year and if it was not for a giant backlog of stuff I want, I would have ordered it, but now I am glad I waited, because the Retrode 2 looks much improved.
As with the original gaming on the Retrode 2 is dead simple here is how it works:
1. Find and install and emulator.
2. Plug cartridge into Retrode, and connect controllers. Of course, if you only want to use either the cartridge or a controller, that’s fine with us.
3. Connect Retrode to computer. No drivers needed.
4. Play! Load ROM into the emulator, configure the controllers, and you’ll be playing in no time.
Sarien.net is a portal for reliving classic Sierra On-Line adventure games. With its focus on instant fun and a unique multiplayer experience, Sarien.net hopes to win new gamers’ hearts and promote the adventure game genre. The list of games is pretty impressive already with most of the classics covered and support for Firefox 2 and up, Internet Explorer 6 and up, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera and the iPad.
The future is looking good for fans of emulations. Programmer, Ben Firshman, has given us proof of concept on web based NES emulation. The emulator works best in Chrome, but it can chug along slowly in Firefox as well. So drop on by and give Dr. Mario a try.
Amiga Forever, the Commodore Amiga Emulation Software, has released its 2009 edition and it had many improvements and additions.
New features in Amiga Forever 2009 (all editions) include:
* Revolutionary new and intuitive player interface for Windows, for easy selection and playback of games and other content
* Easily add or remove games, demoscene productions, etc.
* RP2 Manager to scan for, import and export content
* Built-in RetroPlatform Library (used to recognize and configure games, etc.) with live updates
* The new Amiga Forever player makes it possible to double-click or drag-and-drop downloaded disk images (e.g. RP2, ADF, ADZ, IPF, etc.) to play them, using heuristic content analysis to preset a suitable Amiga hardware configuration
* The player has built-in support for dual screens and multiple emulation sessions
* Rather than closing an emulation session, it is possible to save its state, for example to resume a game at a later time (the session is up and running again in an instant), and even revert to a previous saved state
* It is also possible to undo the changes from the last session and revert to a previous saved state
* Full undo of RP2, ADF, ADZ, HDF and HDZ disk writes (disk changes may be committed or discarded when exiting the emulation)
* Support for new RP2 file format
* Full support for Windows Vista and Windows 7, both x86 and x64 (probably the first and only Windows software with custom-shaped glass-enabled skin)
Additional details about the new player for Windows:
* Professional skin design with familiar “media player” interface
* Buttons and other visual controls provide intuitive access to content and emulation features (pause, resume, disk change, reboot, joystick vs. keyboard selection, window size selection, full screen, Amiga screen capture, etc.)
* Windowed mode visualizes games and demoscene productions as they were meant to be displayed, without large unused overscan areas
* Helpful visualization of additional details (Amiga mouse options, device status with green/red read/write LEDs, Tip of the Day balloons, etc.)
* Integrated video playback (requires MPEG-2 support by the operating system, otherwise the Amiga Forever videos can be read by any DVD player)
Additional new features in the Plus Edition of Amiga Forever:
* Seamless, one-click integration of AmiKit and AmigaSYS add-ons lets you experience a broader variety of Amiga perspectives
* Content more than tripled (disk images are now compressed in the new RP2 format, and also used directly by the installer)
* New “Amiga Forever Game Pack I” (more than 100 games)
* More than 100 beautiful demoscene productions
* New Gallery items: original Tripos article, “top secret” Amiga-Atari documents, and much more
* New system HDFs: complete Amiga OS 1.3, 2.1 and 3.1 installations with only a minimum of add-ons (e.g. Y2K fixes, RTG update for 3.1), but otherwise identical to the original (including file attributes as intended by Commodore, which were lost in later distributions)
* New ADFs (1.3 Extras, complete 3.1 install set, etc.)
* New ROMs (Amiga 1000, A590 and A4091 boot ROMs, system-specific ROMs required for added compatibility, etc.)
* Preinstalled WHDLoad “kickemu” support
* New KX Light, bootable from CD and with HD installation option (featuring live updates) and extended hardware support
New features in the Value Edition of Amiga Forever:
* Includes 50 games and 50 demos (more than the 2006 Premium Edition!)
* Change of name (used to be “Online Edition”)
Amiga Forever can be purchased for as little as $10 and is a must-have for fans of the Commodore Amiga. So drop by Amiga Forever and order you copy today.