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  • In Part I, I began work on an emulator for the Vectrex video game system - if you have not read Part I you should do that first. In this post I will start out by creating a boilerplate layout for the project and fill in some user interface parts - so there will be a basis for the emulator.

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  • Emulation is the recreation of a system in enough detail and with enough accuracy that software designed for that system can run on an entirely different system by way of that emulator. In other words it’s a piece of software that runs on one computer to let you run software designed for a different computer. But I think it is more than that, I consider emulation to be a form of digital preservation; emulators preserve the experience of older machines that are no longer produced or are difficult to find in working order.

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  • The Zapper does work with modern TVs, at least it does on our Plasma TV - I can imagine it would work on an OLED TV, but I don’t have one to test it on :) (Volunteers welcome.) The zapper did not work with our LCD TV or any laptop screen I tried it with :(

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  • The Guncon 3 is a light gun for the Play Station 3 that was bundled with Time Crisis 4. It is a USB device with two joysticks, 9 buttons and an IR LED based pointer (similar to the Wiimote). It is only compatible with the PS3 games Time Crisis 4 (TC4), Time Crisis 4: Razing Storm and Deadstorm Pirates. While it is only supported by a small number of games I found it to be a very good and accurate light gun, better than my AimTrak and with more buttons. The only problem is the lack of support for any other device - there are no drivers for Windows, Linux, etc. I hoped to fix this problem by creating a Linux kernel module to support the Guncon 3.

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  • In a recent Hackaday post they spoke about bringing the old NES game Duck Hunt back to life on modern televisions (LCD/Plasma/OLED). As I had a few NES Zappers lying around and an Oscilloscope, I figured I could do some experiments to determine the behaviour of the Zapper. Unfortunately, I don’t have a CRT TV so I will be simulating a TV using an LED :grimacing:

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