Retro Thing release classic USB Joystick. Take that, evil space invaders!

You can shove your PS3s and Xbox 360s; put yourself in front of a classic Galaxian arcade cabinet and watch as it devourers all the silver in your pockets with old-school gaming joy. Emulators like MAME may keep your piggybank…

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Gerald LynchRetro Thing release classic USB Joystick. Take that, evil space invaders!

SEGA launches marginally disappointing online "casual" gaming portal PlaySEGA

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The once-mighty SEGA has nailed its colours to the “Casual, internet” gaming mast, with the launch of PlaySEGA – a little portal rammed with simple games and colourful logos that might just hold the average teenager’s attention long enough for a game to finish downloading.

It’s not just about trading on former glories, PlaySEGA’s got actually NEW stuff on there to play that’s been made specifically for the service, should you, for some odd reason, be tired of slogging through Sonic 2 or Golden Axe on your emulator of choice.

As is fashionable these days, users are encouraged to sign in and create a wacky and possibly zany avatar symbolising their unique personalities, with “Escape Areas” – personal profile pages based around visual…

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Gary CutlackSEGA launches marginally disappointing online "casual" gaming portal PlaySEGA

Something to do with a PlayStation3 – spend 25 minutes waiting for Windows Vista to load

You have to love hackers. OK, so they occasionally hack into your email account and upload your cybersex email history to the internet for everyone to laugh at, print out and stick on the office noticeboard, but, once in a while, they pull off something truly magnificent.

Like this – getting Windows Vista running on a PlayStation3. It’s actually running under emulation, with Qemu 0.9.1 doing most of the work. Which is why it takes 25 minutes to boot up.

There’s quite a bit more to it than that, but it’s frankly way above my head and if I tried to explain how it’s been done I’d only get something wrong…

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Gary CutlackSomething to do with a PlayStation3 – spend 25 minutes waiting for Windows Vista to load

Microsoft brings HD DVD emulator software out of beta

xbox360.jpgMicrosoft has announced that its HD DVD emulation software is now out of beta. The software probably won’t be much use to the average consumer, but for smaller HD DVD authoring companies, it could be very useful.

The system works around the Xbox 360 and its add-on HD DVD drive. A one-time $2,999 licence fee gives access…

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Andy MerrettMicrosoft brings HD DVD emulator software out of beta

"Psx4all" PlayStation emulator for iPhone and iPod Touch on the way

playstation-emulator-iphone.jpgSome law-breaking CRIMINAL has been hacking around with Sony’s PlayStation emulator (presumably nicked from the PSP) and Apple’s iPhone OS, managing to get a basic PS1 emulator working on the iPhone and the phoneless iPod Touch.

At the moment the screenshots he’s released show it running at…

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Gary Cutlack"Psx4all" PlayStation emulator for iPhone and iPod Touch on the way

Chinavasion worries not about copyright laws – its CVASQ-C811 PMP plays *everything*

chinavasion-CVASQ-C811.jpgThis could well be your next new thing to put in your pocket if it’s half as good as promised, thanks to built-in emulator support for the NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Colour and even SEGA’s legendary Mega Drive.

The controller bit there also doubles as the unit’s docking station…

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Gary CutlackChinavasion worries not about copyright laws – its CVASQ-C811 PMP plays *everything*

iPhone hack gives NES Emulator: Super Mario Bros here we come!

iphone_nes_emulator.gifThe latest in an increasing number of iPhone hacks is a pretty cool one: an NES Emulator.

Forget proof of concept “Hello World” applications – they’re useful but boring. This application, which works on any “Jailbreak” (hacked) iPhone, allows you to play complete NES games, including Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda, just a little slower than an actual NES console or a standard emulator.

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Andy MerrettiPhone hack gives NES Emulator: Super Mario Bros here we come!