Friday, January 9, 2015

Retro Game Emulation on your OS X Machine

How many hours did you spend playing Legend of Zelda? 

Come on... be honest...

OK, how about the original Mario Brothers?  Donkey Kong?

Do you miss it?  Of course you do!
If you are running Windows you have quite a few good options for old game console emulators.  If you are running Mac OS X, not-so-much.  But now, you do.  Enter OpenEmu as the answer to all your retro-gaming prayers!  OpenEmu is a game console emulator that runs on your Mac OS X based computer.  It features a wide variety of retro game console support, a ROM library organizer, support for multiple gaming core projects, plus (wait for it) support for actual, real, gaming controllers via USB or BlueTooth connections!  Not only that, but they have a ROM Starter Pack to get you up and running in no time without having to scour the Internet for games to play.  

What more could you ask for from a gaming console emulator?  Maybe support for more consoles.  The list of currently supported consoles is below, but the big glaring omission are the classic Atari consoles such as 2600, 5200, 7800, Lynx and Jaguar -- as well as the Panasonic 3D0, Sega Saturn, Sega DreamCast, Sony PlayStation and Microsoft's X-Box.  But, hey, this is a good start!

Currently supported consoles on OpenEmu :
  • Nintendo Game Boy
  • Nintendo Game  Boy Advance
  • Nintendo NES
  • Nintendo DS
  • Nintendo Super Nintendo
  • Neo-Geo
  • Sega Genesis
  • Sega Game Gear
  • Sega Master System
  • Turbo-Grafx 16
  • Virtual Boy

Bruce has worked in educational technology for over 18 years and has implemented several 1:1/BYOD programs.  He also has served as a classroom teacher in Computer Science, History and English classes.  Bruce is the author of five books: Sands of TimeTowering Pines Volume One:Room 509The Star of ChristmasPhiladelphia Story: A Lance Carter Detective Novel and The Insider's Story: A Lance Carter Detective Novel.  Follow Bruce's Novel releases by subscribing to his FREE newsletter!

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