>> Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Increasing interest in CD-i Emulation arrived today. cdifan (author of CD-i Emulator) has been contacted by two people about assisting the MESS project (a fork of MAME) with their CD-i emulation driver. cdifan: "Before any of you get their hopes up, I've taken a quick look at the MESS CD-i emulation sources and it seems to be about at the stage where CD-i Emulator was around summer 2003, two years before the public release. Unfortunately, this is exactly where the hard part begins. Based on a comparison of video emulation sources, I'd say the MESS code is at a few percent completion at most, and this is for video emulation alone, arguably the easiest part of CD-i emulation. So far MESS only emulates the 68070 processor and a small part of the MCD 212 video chips, and these are both documented. From this point on they will hit nothing but undocumented chips (except for a few small support chips such as NVRAM). However, I am willing to share information; we are currently trying to work out a way to do it."
Multi Emulator Super System (MESS) is an emulator for many game consoles and computer systems, based on the MAME core. The primary purpose of MESS is to preserve decades of computer and console history. As technology continues to progress, MESS prevents these vintage systems from being lost and forgotten. MESS emulates portable and console gaming systems, computer platforms and calculators. The project strives for accuracy and portability and therefore is not always the fastest emulator for any one particular system. MESS supports 376 unique systems with 1069 total system variations and is growing all the time. However, not all of the systems in MESS are functional, some are marked as non-working or are in development. MESS was first released in 1998 and has been under constant development since.