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MAME Ported To the Dingoo A320

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the seven-people-are-thrilled dept.

Emulation (Games) 44

Busshy writes "Slaanesh has released a port of MAME for the Dingoo A320 (the console that comes with GBA, SNES, CPS1 and Megadrive emulators built-in), with support for thousands of old arcade games. You will have to install Dingoo Linux to be able to use MAME on the Dingoo. Some tutorial videos are available."

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is that so (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28665875)

posting first is the game
 

Re:is that so (0, Offtopic)

Slimee (1246598) | more than 5 years ago | (#28665895)

The Dingoo A320 ate my baby! Wonder if my warranty covers something like that...

Re:is that so (0, Offtopic)

allaunjsilverfox2 (882195) | more than 5 years ago | (#28665915)

YOU STOLE MY COMMENT! :p It's kinda weird that this device keeps popping up on slashdot. I mean, its not anything special.

Re:is that so (1)

Slimee (1246598) | more than 5 years ago | (#28665929)

Sure it is! the ability to play a small number of old console games on one program is a totally new idea in uncharted waters. I just squeal with delight whenever I go over to my friends house to play us some super mario brothers on his computer! There's never been a way to do it before...right?!

Re:is that so (1)

Mr.P1ckl3s (1531833) | more than 5 years ago | (#28666117)

i'm sorry what is this post an attempt at?

Re:is that so (1)

mustafap (452510) | more than 5 years ago | (#28666403)

I'm guessing it's sarcasm, but the guy can barely write so who knows.

Re:that is so (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28666191)

Pssh. That's nothing. A dingoo MAMEd my baby.

I'm a WIkiTard! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28665937)

posting first is the game

[citation needed]

of platforms and bouncy things (1)

hoarier (1545701) | more than 5 years ago | (#28665961)

Astrotit [chello.at] would be a welcome diversion during my daily commute. It's just a CGA game for DOS, though, so I don't suppose it would qualify.

This is not a re-post of the same story (2, Informative)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | more than 5 years ago | (#28665997)

I thought this was a re-posting of the same story - but it is not. The one that I thought it was is Linux on the Dingoo A320 [slashdot.org] .

I have not seen much of the Dingoo devices on the Internet at all.

Re:This is not a re-post of the same story (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#28667691)

I have not seen much of the Dingoo devices on the Internet at all.

Me either. Sounds pretty bad ass though. Anyone have one? How are the emulators? Is it full speed? Full resolution? How's the compatibility?

If i hadn't just picked up a DS, I'd probably grab one of these. Emulation is a little weak on the DS.

Re:This is not a re-post of the same story (1)

ZosX (517789) | more than 5 years ago | (#28667765)

I read about it a bit because I was curious and the low down seems to be that it was a nice little device that played gba and nes games just fine, but snes emulation is a bit spotty. Don't know how it deals with genesis games, but I'm guessing not so good. The sound emulation seems pretty crappy from what I read as well. Seems like you might have better luck with a gp32, but they are a bit more expensive. For what its worth, the PSP does emulation too. I personally just prefer a laptop. You can even play playstation and N64 games without issue and get a decent sized screen to boot. Just don't complain about the battery life.... :)

Re:This is not a re-post of the same story (2, Informative)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 5 years ago | (#28668359)

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.20217~r.83761366 [dealextreme.com]

If you want to buy one here you go.

There's also a nice little commmunity on GP32X.com where you can download programs and ask for help.

What a little more relaxed copyright can achieve (2, Interesting)

iamacat (583406) | more than 5 years ago | (#28666149)

We will never see a device with this variety of games - and this variety of games that older, more affluent gamers already know - in US. Instead companies are holding on to - or neglecting - old copyrights where they could be making decent money from products they haven't touched for 20 years. We need a system that only supports copyright owners who do something about their creation. Much shorter duration (that gets reset for derivative works, such as port to a new platform) and compulsory licensing of commercially abandoned products would do wonders for both creativity and wallets.

Re:What a little more relaxed copyright can achiev (1)

mattbee (17533) | more than 5 years ago | (#28666479)

Rubbish - Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are making plenty of money selling their old games as console downloads - that might not be how you want to play them, or they might be selling them for more than you want to pay, but it's no longer true that 8-bit and 16-bit era titles are being "neglected". Just because you can't (legally) sell a device with hundreds of ROMs on for pennies doesn't mean the copyright system is broken.

Re:What a little more relaxed copyright can achiev (3, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#28666603)

Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are making plenty of money selling their old games as console downloads

Not the highly-demanded titles. You'll probably never see Earthbound on Virtual Console, and the commonly given reason is that it would take too long to clean out all the Beatles references. Sony, maker of PlayStation gaming products, owns half the publishing interest in the Beatles catalog.

Re:What a little more relaxed copyright can achiev (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28685059)

Since when was EarthBound a "highly-demanded title"?

Re:What a little more relaxed copyright can achiev (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#28667627)

Just because you can't (legally) sell a device with hundreds of ROMs on for pennies doesn't mean the copyright system is broken.

Yes it does. ROMs are not scarce. There's no reason anyone cannot own every ROM ever for a reasonable price, except for the copyright system. That to me qualifies it as broken. And really, copyright is intended to promote the production of new works, it's not intended to guarantee an eternal payoff from old works.

Re:What a little more relaxed copyright can achiev (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28667741)

And really, copyright is intended to promote the production of new works, it's not intended to guarantee an eternal payoff from old works.

And showering is intended to make me clean, not make me wet.

It never occured to you that it does the former by doing the latter?

Re:What a little more relaxed copyright can achiev (1)

iamacat (583406) | more than 5 years ago | (#28668171)

If it keeps you wet for 70 years after your death, your shower has clearly not been narrowly tailored towards the purpose of making you clean.

Re:What a little more relaxed copyright can achiev (1)

mattbee (17533) | more than 5 years ago | (#28668293)

So what price would be reasonable for every (say) SNES ROM in existence, a reasonable price that you would pay? That's 800-odd games, many expensive-to-develop blockbusters, many of which are being still being sold individually for $10-odd full price on the Wii's virtual console service? Would you pay $8000? Is that a fair price? If not, why not? What about $4000? Or are you saying that copyright it broken because all those ROMs should be out of copyright by now, and you should be able to have them for free? And do you think that the copyright system is somehow not motivating Nintendo to produce new games? There is an enormous number of them being released, and profits must be decent from their monopoly on their own creativity.

If you want to own every ROM in existence, or play a single old classic, there is nothing practically stopping you. You could write to Nintendo and say, hey, I've got a copy of Mother 2 here, I'm really enjoying it, sue me or bill me, whatever, I want this to be a legitimate transaction! And they'd ignore you, you crank! They know their old titles are there for the taking, just download and enjoy them. But it's copyright that allows Nintendo that monopoly on *selling* old titles as new, and produce new games to boot.

This whine might have had an air of legitimacy in 2000 when Nintendo were squashing ROM sites as NES/SNES titles became scarcer, but now the vintage game market is in full swing via downloads; it shows that it just took companies a bit of time to adapt to selling their old titles again, so I don't think a copyright on old games of tens of years is unreasonable.

Re:What a little more relaxed copyright can achiev (1)

iamacat (583406) | more than 5 years ago | (#28673479)

I think $10-odd price is reasonable, but I should be able to use it on a platform of my choice through compulsory licensing.

And this is /. news because? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28666221)

Stuff gets ported to the 'open' handhelds all the time, why is this suddenly /. news?

Re:And this is /. news because? (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#28666337)

slownewsday

Re:And this is /. news because? (2, Interesting)

Threni (635302) | more than 5 years ago | (#28666821)

No, it's on Slashdot because it's something people like me are intersted in, and it's..uh...news. I'd never even heard of this thing before, and now I want one. It's always easier to move your finger slightly to scroll past something you're not interested in than to bother posting something irrelevant.

Re:And this is /. news because? (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#28666837)

Yeah, just saying, there's emulators ported to PMPs and such every day. I don't doubt it may be interesting to many people, mostly to those who never heard of the A320, but that still doesn't make it worthy of being a front page news article.

Re:And this is /. news because? (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#28667555)

Yeah, just saying, there's emulators ported to PMPs and such every day

Which emulator was ported to a PMP yesterday? Is there like an RSS feed I can sign up for or something?

Re:And this is /. news because? (2, Informative)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#28668191)

http://pdroms.de/

See, just today, an Odyssey2 emu was ported to the Dingoo.

Re:And this is /. news because? (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 5 years ago | (#28669423)

I think it's cos it's Mame - you know, sort of THE emulator. I only ever read the front page, and I've been here years (this isn't even my first account). Perhaps I should check out this site a little more!

Re:And this is /. news because? (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 5 years ago | (#28668425)

We get a front page story everytime something is ported to the Iphone, so why not the Dingoo A320, and perhaps every other device too? And it's not like this even made the front page.

It must be late (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28666285)

I'm holding my dingoo...

Frosty Piss is dumber than usual? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28666437)

Anybody wonder why arcade games are being ported to a family of short- to medium-range commercial passenger airliners [wikipedia.org] ?

Re:Frosty Piss is dumber than usual? (1)

jonwil (467024) | more than 5 years ago | (#28666949)

Don't know about the A320 but I bet you could port MAME to the Linux based IFE that seems to be being used these days :P

Old before it's new. (1)

Jamie's Nightmare (1410247) | more than 5 years ago | (#28666599)

From the blog/fourm:

MAME4ALL Dingoo is a port of MAME 0.37b5

Great! A version of MAME released in 9 years ago this month.

Re:Old before it's new. (1)

ZXDunny (1376265) | more than 5 years ago | (#28668911)

Do you have any idea how performance would be if they'd ported a recent version of MAME?

On an A320?????!!!! (2, Funny)

jc66 (1179587) | more than 5 years ago | (#28667005)

They are emulating arcade games on an AIRBUS???!!!! Wow, how cool would Sega Rally be on that?

Re:On an A320?????!!!! (2, Funny)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 5 years ago | (#28667163)

Everything is so automated that the pilots were getting bored. In fact much of the conversion work was done on the stupefying London - New York redeye.

and then mame eats up so much cpu power the autopi (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 5 years ago | (#28667229)

and then mame eats up so much cpu power the autopilot does not work right.

Re:On an A320?????!!!! (1)

Per Wigren (5315) | more than 5 years ago | (#28673575)

The A320 is a bit to weak but the French beta-tested it on the A330 six weeks ago.

OMG!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28667047)

The dingo's got my baby!

Re:OMG!!! (1)

markimusk (669429) | more than 5 years ago | (#28670027)

Never heard of this thing ten minutes ago... just ordered it! In Black!

I feel like Calvin waiting for his propeller beanie...

Yawn (1)

moosesocks (264553) | more than 5 years ago | (#28671545)

I'm waiting for MAME to be ported to an actual arcade cabinet. At that point we'll have come full-circle.

Re:Yawn (1)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 5 years ago | (#28690209)

Actually, it already has. There are plenty of bootleg MAME cabs out there that are running older versions with cut-down rom sets that offer a zillion games in one machine. Amusingly enough, there are forks of MAME out there that emulate these machines, so you have MAME emulating MAME emulating a game. That's so full-circle it's pretty much a Moebius strip and a divide-by-zero in one.

Which suddenly makes me think of "My Fair Lady." /singing

"The game in MAME is running under MAME..."

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