CD Emulator CompilationsTheSpeccy 96 CD contains snapshots of thousands of Spectrum games, half a dozen Amiga Spectrum emulators and others for PC, ST and Acorn Archimedes. It's a mixed bag, padded with over 50 Mb of unrelated files from Aminet late last year, about 100 Mb of PC shareware and 55 Mb of clip art, with the Amiga GIF viewer VT.
Nonethless this is the most comprehensive collection this side of of ftp.nvg.unit.no, and contains almost all the old Spectrum hits. The title most notable by its absence is David Braben's Elite, pulled after legal hassle. You also get Spectrum FAQ files (Frequently Asked Questions, with answers) and Spectrum manuals, supplied as ZIP archives in ASCII and Microsoft 'Write' formats.
64 Sensations Volume 2 is a strange collection. It includes full versions of the Amiga C64 emulator A64, Frodo (with source!), AXF-64 and Magic 64 (unregistered), a couple of PC Commodore 64 emulators, and one for Apple Mac (or emulations). Most of the disk is occupied by hundreds of tunes for the C64 SID chip, with an Amiga player, and thousands of demos and disk magazines, some dating back more than ten years. Games are notable by their absence - reputedly because of legal problems with Volume 1.
Despite its name, the 64 Sensations disk contains other Amiga emulators besides C64 ones. There's a rare Atari 800 emulator, Apple 2000 with the necessary ROM image, and the latest Emplant software, plus C64 emulators for PC and Mac.
Emulators Unlimited is an Amiga-specific compilation, best described as 'shovelware'. Some of the emulators are way out of date - the Amiga Qdos version is the second release, more than six years old, buggy and incompatible with AGA. The IBeM directory contains a shareware update without the documentation or mountlist needed to use it. The PC AT-emulator is useless unless you own AT -Once A500 hardware. Some of the 'emulators' are useless spoofs, and the Amstrad directory only contains the very limited CPE.
Despite its shortcomings this CD contains things that are available nowhere else, including lots of emulator source files, over 250 genuine C64 games and 2000 demos, hundreds of Spectrum snapshots and games for PC, Oric and Apple 2. There are ROM images for VIC, C64, Oric and Amiga. Useful though these undoubtedly are, some of them are clearly infringing copyright, and should not be used unless you already own legitimate copies.
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Acronym GlossaryAF - Amiga Format, best selling Amiga magazine!
AGA - Advanced Graphics Architecture - current Amiga graphics.
C - A processor-independent (ish) system programming language.
DMA - Direct Memory Access, doesn't slow down the main processor.
ECS - Enhanced Chip Set - A600 & most older Amiga graphics chips.
ED - Extra Density - floppy disks with a capacity around 3 Mb.
HD - High Density - floppy disks with a capacity around 1.5 Mb.
Mb - Megabytes - thousands of K, or millions of bytes (roughly).
MIDI - Musical Instrument Digital Interface, for synths and sequencers.
PD - Public Domain - freely distributable software or information.
RAM - Random Acess Memory - changeable, lost with power off.
ROM - Read Only Memory - permanent fixed storage for system code.
SCSI - Small Computer System Interface - for up to seven fast drives.
X - A workstation graphical windowing system descended from W.
Z80 - The best-selling eight bit microprocessor, made by Zilog.
|AMIGA EMULATOR LOCATOR|
|A-CPC Amstrad 464/664/6128 emulator||S||3||1|
|A4 Commodore C16 and +4 emulator||S||2||2|
|A64 Commodore 64 emulator||S||2||2|
|Ami-CPC 6128 emulator||S||3||3|
|Amiga Qdos 3.23, QL emulator||F||1||1|
|AmOric Oric 1 emulator||F||10||1|
|Apple 2000 emulator||F||9||2|
|AppleOnAmiga, Apple ][ emulator||F||9||3|
|Atari 800 emulator||F||18||4|
|Atari ST emulator||F||2||0|
|AXF-64 Commodore 64 emulator||S||2||2|
|C64 Emulator v2 (A500)||F||2||0|
|Emplant 586DX emulator||C||8||4|
|Emplant Mac 2 emulator||C||4||3|
|FMSX,MSX 1 emulator||F||2||3|
|Frodo, C64 emulator||S||2||3|
|KGB Spectrum emulator||F||6||0|
|Magic64, C64 emulator||S||2||3|
|McGavin Spectrum emulator||F||9||2|
|PC-Task PC emulator||S||8||4|
|Shapeshifter Apple Mac emulator||S||4||2|
|Speculator Spectrum emulator||S||6||2|
|Texas TI 99/4 emulator||F||5||4|
|Transformer PC emulator||F||8||0|
|TRS-80 Model 3 emulator||S||12||3|
|UAE, Amiga emulator||F||0||4|
|ZXAM Spectrum emulator||S||9||3|