List of 6502-based Computers and Consoles

List of 6502-based Computers and Consoles

This is a list of home computers and games consoles that use theMOS Technology 6502 chip or a variant. The basic design of these CPU’s are 8-bit and the basic 6502 instruction set works in the same way on all these systems. I will add more information about these systems when time allows. Apple I – 1976 [6502] Commodore PET – 1977 [6502] Atari VCS (later known as 2600) – 1977 [6507] Atari 400/800 – 1979 [6502] Commodore VIC-20 –…

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List of Z80 Computers and Consoles

List of Z80 Computers and Consoles

Here’s a quick list of the most popular home computers and games consoles that used the Zilog Z80 chip (or a variant in some cases such as the Game Boy). I will add more information to the website on each of these platforms and link to them from here over time. Sega VIC Dual (1977) ColecoVision (1982) ZX Spectrum (1982 onwards) Camputers Lynx (1983) MSX (1983) Amstrad CPC (1984 onwards) MSX2 (1985) Elan Enterprise (1985) Sega Master System (1985) Nintendo…

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Free Retro Gaming eBooks

Free Retro Gaming eBooks

DaddaRuleKonge over on itch.io has made a wide range of free to download retro gaming eBooks (as PDF’s) available. Check out the list here. Some of the ones that I’m particularly interested in are as follows: – Megadrive SNES Nintendo 64 Playstation 1 Point and Click Adventure Games Although there are many others too including NES, Sega Master System, and GameCube. Careful though, some of the downloads are quite large.

Installing ZX Spectrum Emulator on RG350

Installing ZX Spectrum Emulator on RG350

Its quite easy to install a ZX Spectrum emulator on the Anbernic RG350. Here’s what I did: – Download the “Unreal Speccy” emulator from here: unreal_speccy_portable.opk Remove the external Micro SD card from your RG350 Copy this file into the /apps folder of your external Micro SD card Copy your Spectrum games into /roms/zxspectrum After you’ve re-inserted your Micro SD card, boot up your RG350 and it should be there in the “Emulators” tab You can bring up an on-screen…

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RG350 Quick Start Guide

RG350 Quick Start Guide

My Anbernic RG350 arrived today, here is a quick start guide and some hints and tips to get it up and running. Charging The device comes with a charging cable (USB to USB-C) so can be charged via any normal USB wall charger. Charging is done via the USB-C port at the top right of the RG350. There is a red light to show that the device is charging, although the light didn’t go off on mine once fully charged….

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Anbernic RG350 Handheld Console Ordered

Anbernic RG350 Handheld Console Ordered

I ordered a Anbernic RG350 today. From the reviews I’ve seen it looks like a great handheld console that can emulate most systems up to including the Sony Playstation 1. Here are the specs: – CPU: 4770 dual 1.0GHz Screen: 3.5 inch IPS screen (320 x 240 resolution) RAM: DDR2 512MB OS: OpenDingux (Linux-based) Battery: Li-polymer 2500 mAh battery, lasting 6 hours Storage: internal Micro SD card and slot for external Micro SD card I’m looking forward to seeing what…

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Emulation for Retro Gaming

Emulation for Retro Gaming

Emulation is hardware or software that allows one computer system to behave like another. In the world of retro gaming this means that a newer more powerful system can pretend to be an older console or computer and old software can be loaded. Emulators for various old games platforms are available to run on different systems – Windows, macOS, even in web browsers. Alternatively, full retro gaming setups containing multiple emulators can be used, such as Batocera for PC’s, or…

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ZX Spectrum Emulator on macOS

ZX Spectrum Emulator on macOS

The best ZX Spectrum emulator that I found for macs is Fuse for macOS. The latest version of Fuse for macOS is 1.5.6 which was released in August 2019. Even though this is a little old, it seems to work fine in 64-bit only macOS Catalina. All of the main ZX spectrum versions are available, from 16K, 48K, 128K, +2, +3, together with some more unusual versions. (Pentagon 1024K anyone?)

Sopwith PC Game

Sopwith PC Game

The Sopwith PC game was one of the first games that I remember playing on a PC. You are in control of a Sopwith biplane whilst trying to bomb enemies and avoid crashing. The game was released in 1984 and used CGA graphics with a resolution of 320×200 pixels. Only four colours were available at the time (cyan, magenta, white, and black). The sound was pretty rudimentary too, using the built-in PC speaker. You can find more details on the…

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Oliver Twins New Website

Oliver Twins New Website

Philip and Andrew Oliver (aka the Oliver Twins) have redesigned their website during the lockdown – check it out here: https://www.olivertwins.com The Oliver Twins developed many games during the 80’s and 90’s, including the “Dizzy” series with Codemasters. The website has loads of great information, photos and even music.