My nieces visited today – and spent a very happy hour playing two of my old favourite games – Pang and Lotus II. Both games went down extremely well with the girls despite being released about 10 years before they were born! While I still find a lot of fun in classic games, it’s encouraging to see that they’re enjoyable even to the iPad generation.
I was rather amused, however, that they were playing such ancient games on brand new, 2013 hardware: For Pang we used Majsta’s prototype Vampire 500 board, while we ran Lotus II on one of Till Harbaum’s prototype MIST boards!
Hey, just wondering is that Vampire 500 board just emulating CPU? or CPU and memory, ROMs, IDE, floppy drive?
So far just emulating CPU, and providing extra Fast RAM. Ultimately it should be possible to support ROM images, real IDE, SD-Card-as-IDE, but probably not floppy emulation. (Would probably need a larger FPGA for that.)