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Introductory Guide to MAME32/MameUI

Introductory Guide to MAME32/MameUI

Presented by Fastbilly1 Note from Racketboy: As common as MAME is, it can be quite intimidating to install for those that are new to the scene.  Fastbilly1 is an arcade enthusiast to say the least and he wanted to share his knowledge with the Racketboy community about how to properly setup MAME and how to avoid potential pitfalls.  This guide ended up rather large and just a bit rough around the edges, but we wanted to go ahead and publish [...]

Summer of the DIY Arcade pt2: The MAME Cabinet & X-Arcade Tankstick

Summer of the DIY Arcade pt2: The MAME Cabinet & X-Arcade Tankstick

Presented by Dsheinem In my previous entry, I discussed how I got the notion at the 2011 PAX East convention that it was high time for me to introduce some form of arcade gaming (beyond arcade sticks) into my home retro gaming setup.  My first foray into this – and something that would prove to be an incremental step – was the use of an iCade, a device that still has more promise than delivery, but which nonetheless offers an [...]

Summer of the DIY Arcade, Part 1: The iCade

Summer of the DIY Arcade, Part 1: The iCade

Presented by Dsheinem This past summer I decided to take a leap that a lot of retro gaming enthusiasts ponder, but far too few ever follow through with: I decided to add some kind of  dedicated arcade experience to my gaming setup. I have long owned some very nice arcade-style fightsticks by companies like Hori, Agetec, and MadCatz, and swear by all of them for playing shmups or fighters on consoles.  I have even used adapters to hook a few [...]

The Best Sega Genesis Emulator for the DS – jEnesisDS

The Best Sega Genesis Emulator for the DS – jEnesisDS

While Genesis emulation on the DS isn’t as perfect as you can have on a PC, it has a level of quality that justifies the little trouble that it takes to set it up – depending on the games that you want to play on it. jEnesisDS (by Lordus) is arguably the best choice for the DS at the moment, and it is likely to remain so. You may want to try PicodriveDS but it does not support sound and [...]

SSF: A Nearly-Perfect Sega Saturn Emulator

Presented by: Mozgus It’s no secret that many developer interviews in the mid-90’s cited the Sega Saturn as a very complex and challenging machine to work with. In fact, it’s one of the key factors which led to machine’s downfall in the face of the Sony Playstation. Developers struggled to produce the experiences they envisioned within the time-frame allotted. If such a console were so hard for experienced, professional programmers to work with, the notion of emulating the machine must [...]

The Best Gameboy/GBColor Emulator for Nintendo DS: Lameboy

Just because we have a DS doesn’t mean we don’t want to play some older portable Nintendo games.  While we could play the original Gameboy cartridges on our Gameboy Advances, the Nintendo DS doesn’t afford us that luxury.  However, with a little emulation power, we can resolve that issue and make your portable gaming life even better. What Is The Best Gameboy/Gameboy Color Emulator? While GNUboy DS (aka DS_GBC / DSBoy) was the first Gameboy emulator for the DS that had [...]

The Best NES Emulator for the Nintendo DS: nesDS

Adding some retro functionality to your Nintendo DS is always a good thing. This time we will be showing off NES emulation for all your favorite 8-bit Nintendo classics. Related Posts to Check Out The Best Gameboy Emulator for the Nintendo DS: Lameboy The Best Undiscovered NES Games Best Games That Defined The History of the NES NES Games That Pushed The Best Graphics and Sound A Beginner’s Guide to the NES and Nintendo Famicom What Is The Best NES [...]

Enhance N64 Graphics With Emulation Plugins & Texture Packs

Many of the most old-school of gamers still pride themselves on playing all the classics on the original hardware and look down on emulation. Many other Nintendo fans may be loading up their Wiis with plenty of excellent N64 games on the Virtual Console. However, if you are looking for something to breath a bit of fresh air into your favorite N64 games, you may want to look into some neat little hacks you can do with an N64 emulator [...]

Goldeneye 007: Ten Years Later

Note from racketboy: I felt this piece from fastbilly1 did a wonderful job looking at one of the most pivotal console FPSs and how it is still relevant and practical today. I hope you enjoy it. Few games have caused as much awe and frustration as Rareware’s 1997 Goldeneye 007. Bringing four-player FPS multiplayer to a console was unheard of at the time to the vast majority of gamers. Sure there were the PC fans who had played through Wolfenstien [...]

Commodore Amiga Emulation on Windows PC: WinUAE

Note from racketboy: “For those starting out in the world of classic gaming, emulation is one of the first places people start out in order to get their feet wet. While emulators may be a bit more work to set up and use than the original console, it lets curious gamers play around with the system without investing any financial resources (although in this particular case, you may need to purchase some copyrighted files). Our resident emulation enthusiast, Ivo has [...]

Enhance PS1 Graphics With The Best ePSXe Plugin Settings

Many hardcore retro gamers try to play most of their games on the original gaming hardware for the most authentic and enjoyable experience. However, the original Playstation is one of the consoles that most definitely prefer playing via an emulator. One of primary reasons I use ePSXe to emulate PS1 games is the amazing graphical options it provides via plugins. While You’re Here: More Must-Read PS1 Content to Check Out The Best Undiscovered PS1 Games Games That Defined This History [...]

Xpadder: Use Your PC Gamepad Instead of Keyboard

Xpadder is a small and simple Windows application that lets you make the most of your gamepad – and it is free!Xpadder has several features. The most basic is that it lets you map keys to your gamepad buttons. I decided to make a tutorial here to connect with the emulator guides. Some obvious uses of Xpadder in this context: Some emulators that don’t support gamepads natively Some emulators that don’t let you redefine the gamepad commands freely (use keys, [...]

The Pristine Dreamcast Backup & Preservation Initiative

With virtually every disc-based console video game system, there has been an relatively easy way to copy, burn, and play perfect backup copies of games on a system either via an emulator or the console itself. Most consoles use a variant of either a CD-ROM or a DVD-ROM disc. This makes it very easy for a computer to read and store the data and have the option of burning it back onto the same type of media. This isn’t the [...]

Super Nintendo (SNES) Emulation on Windows PC: ZSNES

Note from racketboy: �For those starting out in the world of classic gaming, emulation is one of the first places people start out in order to get their feet wet. While emulators may be a bit more work to set up and use than the original console, it lets curious gamers play around with the system without investing any financial resources. Our resident emulation enthusiast, Ivo has volunteered to share a series of emulation guides that will focus on helping [...]

Maximus Arcade: Multi-Platform Emulator Front-End for Windows Media Center

One of my personal holy grails of my gaming life is to have a single machine that I can play a variety of games from different eras without having to get out of my chair. After reading that first sentence, you might think I’m lazy, but it really comes down to convenience and simplicity. I’ve also had this same goal for my other digital entertainment such as my music, movies, and TV shows. A number of months ago, I bought [...]