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LinuxPlanet: Hardware Emulation and Old Games

Jan 02, 2006, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dee-Ann LeBlanc)

"Have you ever found yourself quoting something from a favorite old arcade game ('Elf needs food, badly!') and wondered whatever happened to that original experience? While many games have been updated over the years, those who remember their debut at times feel that the newest versions lost the something special that the original had captured. When caught in a nostalgic mood, it's a natural move these days to find out if you can revisit those old games again.

"Those who collect old arcade machines have it easiest. If the machine works, they just fire it up and have a blast. The rest of us who don't have the space or the funds to do so can make do with the MAME open source project, though in the Linux and Unix worlds our choice will be the XMAME variant. This framework emulates the hardware used for these old arcade games, allowing their software to be loaded and utilized..."

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