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hpr0660 :: An argument against emulators when retrocomputing

An argument against emulators, explaining why using retro hardware is the superior option.

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Hosted by Trixter on 2011-02-11 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
emulation, retro, retro gaming, vintage hardware. 4.
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Duration: 00:18:50


I was moved by Ken Fallon's cry for submissions, so here's my first podcast: An argument against using emulators when retrocomputing. In short, there are some semi-intangible things you can't get from an emulator that you can only get from the real hardware, so use real hardware when you can. Examples contained within.

Mentioned or hinted at on the show:

Andrew Jenner's proposal to rewrite the CRTC emulation for MESS:

Ian Bogost's work on adding more realistic display techniques to Stella, a 2600 emulator:

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Comment #1 posted on 2011-02-11 22:40:35 by sigflup

awesome episode tixter!!!

Comment #2 posted on 2011-02-12 02:30:31 by pokey

Very good show.

That was a lot of fun to listen to. There was some real cool stuff about old hardware that I never would have known otherwise. Like the Zaxxon thing... I loved that game! When you talked about people timing their moves in Mortal Combat to the frame, it made me think that I'm sure I've played against some of them. Would you consider doing a series on retro computing, and maybe highlighting one machine or program each episode? That would be epic. Just think how much fun you would have doing prep for each show.

Comment #3 posted on 2011-02-18 03:19:26 by Trixter

Regular series

Thanks very much for the kind words. I have toyed with the idea of doing a regular podcast, definitely on retrocomputing, but it would be centered around the subject I know the most about, which would be old PC/DOS machines. There are some video podcasts that cover this, but not a regular audio one dedicated to the broad hobby itself (the video ones are game-centric), so I think I might actually give it more thought and pursue it. Thanks again.

Comment #4 posted on 2013-04-08 15:47:42 by John

Episode 2- An Argument For Emulators

Your stance is of course absolutely sound and I enjoyed listening to this podcast but as someone who loves emulators as much as original hardware it would be great to hear from the other side of the coin. You did go into it briefly but I think you would be very capable of being as equally verbose on the plus points of emulation and software preservation. It wouldn't be news to my ears but I'm sure there are many out there who would value such information in podcast form.

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