Easy as Pi Emulation

Recently I was given a Raspberry Pi, inc case, power, wifi and SD card. Plan was for my eldest daughter to play with it and see if its something that would interest her going forward…. she showed a lot of interest, more so when she found Retropie.

Since then, she started hassling me to help her get it running to play some old games….so I did.

And guess what ? It was damn easy.

Just dump the latest Retropie image on the SD card, and away you go. The only thing we had issues with, was getting through the initial controller setup. It didnt seem to like my budget USB game pad, so ended up using an Xbox One controller.

Now, since this is an original Pi, its not amazing at emulation, but runs the early arcades such as PacMan, Space invaders, Donkey Kong well, but anything else can be hit and miss. My daughter fired up Super Mario Kart (SNES) and while it did run, it wasnt great.

Copying new games was easy as copying some ROM’s into the relevant folders onto the SD card over the network.

So now, I’m hooked on this little box for emulation purposes, but looking at obtaining the latest Pi which apparently handles most stuff without a problem. Being so small, its portable, which makes it great for throwing into a bag when you go away for a weekend and the kids start going “Im bored” – find an HDMI capable display and you’re away.

Now, this does make my RetroBox project rather redundant………  I may still do it, I’ll see how the new Pi goes.

 

Check out : Retro Asylum

If you’re into retro gaming and listen to podcasts, I’m pretty sure you would have come across Retro Asylum.

It’s a great podcast with a group of guys who love their retro gear and gaming and have a great sense of humor.

I’ve been tuning into them for about 8 months now and find it fascinating listening about all the systems they’ve come across or own, a lot of gear we never saw officially in New Zealand.

They cover all aspects of retro gaming, from hardware, software, peripherals, newly developed games (inc Amstrad!) and more.

I highly recommend checking them out. You can find them on all the usual social media platforms, including Discord – but the bugger about discord is that we’re usually asleep when they all come to life 🙁

 

BAMIGA Sector One Collection

If you’re like me, you probably grew up during the reign of the Amiga 500, and sourced your software through various means, with a majority of them being “dodgy” cracked copies. At the time, you didn’t think much of it, but now, what happened to all those game disks that were cracked by various groups ? Did they throw them away ? Wiped them and reused for other means ? Locked up as evidence ?

Or as in this case, left sitting in storage – and then given to an Amiga fan.

All of the games in the BAMIGA collection are probably ones you already have (usually in ADF format to use with an emulator), but the attraction to this collection, is that it is a complete catalog of a single groups work.

There are approx 10,000 disks in the collection, which is (as you can see in the photos on the site) a hell of a lot, can you imagine having that sort of collection at home back in the day ?

Big thanks to Simon of AmigaClube.Be for obtaining and making these available for all to see.

Now, is there any other Amiga group collection similar to this that you know of ? Are they available online ? Or are they sitting in someones shed awaiting for you to image them all….