Episode 261 ventures into the brand new frontier of emulation

The MiSTer mission: But one more reason to be pleased about the traditional gaming creator neighborhood.

This week, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving within the U.S., and I am unable to consider a extra becoming matter for the event. 

This specific episode is extremely technical and consists fully of one-on-one interviews, however it’s an opportunity to tug the curtain again on a number of key areas of the trendy traditional gaming scene Retronauts hasn’t actually touched on a lot to this point. However, the work being carried out right here is crucial to video games preservation and recreation, and I exploit a few of it on an almost each day foundation myself!

The bigger matter right here turned out to be the MiSTer FPGA system, a quickly evolving open-source platform devoted to reproducing as many traditional consoles, computer systems, and arcade machines as potential, with as a lot constancy as potential. It is quite a bit like MAME, besides that it does its repro work by way of as a substitute of in software program.

The present state of MiSTer intently resembles the early days of MAME, the truth is. Since this episode went up for patrons per week in the past, a number of new cores have been formally introduced, together with Recreation Boy Advance and PlayStation. I’ve not dabbled in MiSTer as a lot as I would like, however I hope to alter that within the new yr (because of PorkchopExpress of MiSTer Add-Ons, who helped get me arrange with a MiSTer of my very own).

Whereas I am admittedly a bit misplaced at sea on the technical features of the MiSTer, that is what interviews are for. First, Artemio Urbina of JUNKER HQ talks about his work on MiSTer-adjacent tasks like MDFourier. Then, the rest of the episode focuses immediately on MiSTer itself because of the presence of its best evangelist, SmokeMonster (previously of the SmokeMonster Packs). It is a uncommon look into a few of the most fun work being carried out in traditional gaming as we speak, all helpfully offered in (largely) layman’s phrases.

Anyway, the purpose of this train is that it is best to look into MiSTer. It is versatile, highly effective, and can solely proceed to develop in capabilities and ease of use. On a weekly foundation, apparently!

Because of Bob of RetroRGB and the My Life in Gaming guys for internet hosting the shindig that made this episode potential within the first place!

Retronauts Episode 261: The MiSTer Revolution
MP3, 41.5 MB | 1:46:18
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Episode description: Jeremy speaks to retrogaming curators Artemio Urbina and SmokeMonster about their efforts to assist protect and enhance the state of traditional gaming by tasks like MDFourier and MiSTer.

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