We"re avoiding using emulators because the driving force behind the project is developing a cabinet system that will allow the player to experience the games on the original hardware with which they were presented in the market, up to 35 years ago!
With all the gaming tech available today, people have become obsessed with the best graphics, the most intelligent AI, and the most advanced systems. We"ve played on the most cutting edge systems, but when we go and plug in our Atari 2600"s and Nintendo Entertainment Systems we realize that we have more fun on those systems than a 3-400 dollar x-box setup!
It"s an experience that kids nowadays just don"t get, because there"s no one to teach them an appreciation for the ingenuity and initiative that went into creating the systems that would spur the widespread creation of a billion dollar market!
Much in the way Raspberry Pi wants to teach kids a skill that is all but inaccessible to them in the current society, we want to teach people of all ages that you don"t need more than 8 bits to change the world
EDIT: When we say original hardware, we really mean it That's why the video signal is sent from an original console or console motherboard. Then it's split, rather than looping through the RasPi, and it's displayed on a Cathode Ray Tube television, as opposed to an LCD or any kind of HD display. It's crazy, I know
Hi kabungalee ,
I understand you wanna give the users the real feel of the old games. but emulators are so good, that you would not notice if you not use the original.
To get the real feel, you just need CRT screen and good arcade sticks and also the cab has to look nice. The Atari2600/NES (ok NES had some arcade cabinets) games were not on the arcade so that way you already can not get the "real" feel.
Also if you run them from HD you don't have to change cartridges.
In my opinion :
- Have CRT screens
- Nice Arcade sticks
- Nice cab
- Play with time limit.
- good frontend (NO WINDOW SCREENS, this will not be good for the arcade felling)
xbox1 would e a nice setup for this. you could use Pi or arduino for time limit after coin is inserted
a little sample of my cabs : fKz7A9pzVpM (youtube)
But I understand you wanna keep I real, but sometimes you have to look at result and practical use. Maybe I did understand you wrong, but how could somebody miss the feeling game looks and plays the same ?