New games database for emulator usersBy Chris Williams. Published: 24th May 2006, 23:39:01 | Permalink | Printable
Never lose a virtual floppy againA retro-Acorn games website has set up a database of popular titles and linked it with Archimedes emulator Arculator. Frank Wockenfuss's Wocki website is hosting ArcGB, an application to store and manage disc images - copies of floppy discs.
Frank said: "I've released a frontend called ArcGB for running any game discimages with Acorn emulators on Windows - it currently only works with Arculator.
"The goal of ArcGB is to gather all available game discimages for Acorn Archimedes emulators in one database for easy access to the content. With ArcGB it is very easy to play the game of your choice in your Acorn emulator."
The database includes thumbnails of the games in action, and was designed to take away the hassle of installing ADF images and configuring an emulator to find them.
He added: "Clicking the game of your choice will start the configured emulator. All you need to do is to wait until the bootup sequence is over, and then click on the floppy icon for drive 0:. This will open the correct disc image."
A punter on the Wocki site forums was recently stung after he purchased a dubious CD of game disc images, as he needed RISC OS 3.10 to run the titles. However in amongst the software piracy are people returning to RISC OS after reading about Acorn emulation, including one Windows and Linux software developer.
• Arculator is now up to version 0.7. The latest release includes an updated ArculFS, improved emulation of the video system to include multisync mode support, and a few other tweaks and bug fixes. Disc writing, for example, now works again.
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