Wednesday, January 03, 2007

 

Happy 2007

First of all, happy new year!

Looking back, 2006 has been a good year for GaGaPlay.com with many new games and exciting new hardware emulation in JEmu2:
* For the first time in java, Sega X-Board and Y-Board emulation (the most complex hardware emulated in JEmu2 yet, with up to 4 CPU's, math chips, zooming & rotating sprites, FM sound, 16 channel PCM etc).
* The introduction of VirtuArcade, the first ever true virtual arcade emulating 20 arcades at once in a hardware accellerated 3D environment.
* The introduction of pretty accurate emulation of the Sega Master System console.
* The introduction of MSX1/2 emulation with support for Konami SCC and Pana FM-PAC sound add-ons. The SCC emulation even improves over the original, creating a nice stereo output.
* A new homebrew game 'Hyper Blazer', a fast 3D action game. Think of the game as 'Trail Blazer' on steroids, adding many gameplay features to the original.

Special mention should go to Stephan Dittrich, who donated his Motorola MC68000 CPU emulator for use with JEmu2. This CPU is used in systems such as X-Board (After Burner), Y-Board (G-Loc, Power Driver etc), CPS1 (Street Fighter 2) and Snow Bros. Nick & Tom.
Check out his website featuring his project jEnesis, a great emulator of the Sega Genesis with 32X add-on. For the first time in java, running at good speed.

For 2007, the following is in the pipeline:
* Atari ST emulation. I still got a long way to go with this; it's now booting about halfway to TOS 1.02.
* ZX Spectrum emulation. I got a 48k speccy driver working okay, with support of it's 'beeper' sound output and Kempston Joystick. Okay, it's been done numerous times before, but it was a nice little system in it's days with many great games made for it.
* Disk support for MSX. I had this working great before I lost my latest sources. I got it mostly working again, but am running into a problem which prevents it from running the great 'SD Snatcher' (a fantastic 3-Disk cyberpunk action RPG made by Hideo Kojima of Metal Gear Solid fame). I remember having this problem before, but don't remember how I fixed it before losing sources...
* More homebrew games? Hyper Blazer ranks up high in the top 10 of most popular games on GaGaPlay.com...
* .... who knows? My plans tend to change a lot :-)

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