MasterGear is a program that emulates 8bit SEGA videogames on your computer.
Version: 2.5MasterGear, or MG for short, is a program that emulates 8bit SEGA videogames on your computer. It runs games made for SEGA MasterSystem (Mark3 in Japan) and GameGear, as well as their predecessors: SG1000, SC3000, SF7000, and Mark2. MG will also help hobbyists who still write software for these systems to debug their works without using rare and costly development hardware.
Operating System: Linux
I started working on MG in 1996, after finding some technical documentation about SEGA MasterSystem on the Net. Writing an SMS emulator was relatively simple, as I already had experience with the fMSX emulator and SEGA's consoles are very similar to MSX computers. Since then, I extended MG to support the GameGear handheld and the previous generation of SEGA consoles: the SG1000, the keyboard-equipped SC3000 home computer, and the disk-based SF7000 computer. There is also support for add-ons, such as enchanced FM sound chips found in Japanese SEGA consoles and serial EEPROMs used to save games in some GameGear cartridges.
Because MG source code is highly portable, it runs on many different platforms, from Apple Macintosh to Sony PlayStation (see MasterGear Ports section below). While the source code is not available to the general public, I do share it with people every now and then, when they ask nicely and if I like their projects.
MG is still being developed, although not as actively as before because most features have already been implemented. At the moment, I am mostly dealing with bug fixes, adapting MG for commercial applications, and extending functionality beyond that of the original consoles.
MG is written in portable C language and will run on any sufficiently fast computing device, be it a computer, a videogame console, a PDA, an MP3 or DVD player, a set-top box, a cell phone, or even a digital camera. For example, MG has been successfully used to add gaming capabilities to several DVD players. If your company plans on using SEGA games in its products, you can license MG from me.
What's New in This Release:
· This release adds the new "soft video" rendering mode, better scnaline simulation, and fixes multiple bugs. Both MG-Windows and MG-MSDOS use the 640x480x15bpp screen mode now. The MG-Symbian includes the new "Fill&Soften" zoom option and fixes stability problems that occured in the last release. The complete list of features and the list of new features and fixes can be found in thedocumentation.
· I have now ported MG-Symbian to UIQ3 smartphones from Sony Ericsson and Motorola. Unfortunately, I only have a Motorola phone to test it on, so I would like to ask people with Sony Ericsson phones to test MG-Symbian and report their experiences in the EMUL8 discussion group.