YOU CAN’T LEAVE THAT LION THERE
It’s been a long time coming, with various
emulators trying and failing to master the world’s first “64-bit”
console architecture, but one of the biggest holes in the world of
emulation has finally been (partly) filled, with the recent release
of the first-ever Atari Jaguar emulator. Project Tempest’s name
reveals the reason most people would ever want such a thing – the
Jaguar’s one true killer app, Jeff Minter’s astounding remake
Tempest 2000 – and appropriately T2K is one of the high number of
Jag games which are compatible with the emu.
Sadly there’s no audio emulation yet, but it
can only be a matter of time before the game’s fantastic,
intimidating soundtrack is booming out from a PC near you. (Tempest
2000 was actually released on PC, but with a poorer-quality
soundtrack, and it’s almost impossible to get it to run on modern
hardware. But you could always put the CD in the drive and listen to
the music while you play the mute emulated version.)
The artwork-addition facility of MAME mentioned
by Emu Zone a few months ago has now been taken to new lengths of
painstaking historical accuracy, or anoraky trainspotterness
despending on how you look at it. In addition to reproducing the
artwork on the coin-op’s monitor glass, some artists have now gone
so far as to replicate the entire arcade machine’s cabinet,
releasing graphics files which, when copied to your MAME “Artwork”
folder, place you right in front of the cabinet, inside a virtual
arcade museum beside a framed copy of the game’s original flyer.
You have to sacrifice a hefty chunk of screen
real-estate, of course, shrinking down the size of the actual
gameplay area, so the files (of which there are about 150 so far)
aren’t recommended for anyone with a monitor smaller than 17 inches.
But it’s an undeniably lovely way to really bring back those
20-year-old memories. Grandad.