Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Announcing VirtuArcade

I'm currently working on the next step in online emulation: VirtuArcade!
VirtuArcade is, as the name suggests, a totally 3D representation of a 'real' virtual arcade with multiple machines, all running simultaneously in real-time. You can simply walk around to look what games the arcade has running, walk towards the game you feel like doing, insert a 'virtual' coin and start playing.

The idea was also to make things as scalable as possible, so running an arcade with many games at once should be doable on today's machines.

To pull this off, a number of optimizations, tricks and clever cheats were needed.

I have an early prototype running locally now, which already works nicely but the graphics and models (obviously) need work, as you can see below.

Screenshot of the prototype displaying 6 fully working arcades at once at full speed:

VirtuArcade is built on JEmu2, so all hardware currently emulated by JEmu2 work in VirtuArcade too and they will be simultaneously updated.
You can regard VirtuArcade as a new, enhanced 3D front-end for JEmu2.

Stay tuned!

Great stuff! The real next step up from the 3darcade frontend I wrote. The only next step I can think of is an online multiplayer mode for multiplayer games :)

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