We reported recently on how the Raspberry Pi $35 computer sold out within two hours of going on sale. So far interest has been limited to folk on the lookout for a cut-price media player and Linux devs, but now there’s a reason for everyone to get one.
While the Linux box the size of a pack of cards is capable of decoding 1080p videos, much more fun can be had now that some genius has ported a ZX Spectrum emulator to Raspberry Pi ‘too-good-to-be-true’ machine. In case you have never heard of a Sinclair Spectrum, it was a machine bred in the UK in the early 80s and since the Spectrum was eclipsed by more powerful games machines like the Playstation, a hardcore of enthusiasts has remained, writing various emulators of the Spectrum games scene.
Perhaps the most successful of these was the Fuse emulator, originally made for the Linux platform but since ported to various other formats, Windows machine included. Now that list includes the Pi.
Amongst the games you can grab is Manic Miner, one of the first real platform games to hit the home computer world, followed by the sequel Jet Set Willy, which became a household name. but don’t worry, you needn’t wait five weeks to get your sweaty paws on a Raspberry Pi.
But back to the Raspberry Pi – we fully expect various other platforms to be ported to run on the Pi in the near future. The Commodore 64 was even bigger than the Spectrum, so fingers crossed for fans of that old carbuncle. As far as the Pi’s estimated shipping dates go, we hear 2000 boards are currently awaiting CE safety certification before UK customers get hold of them, and the waiting list is currently around 6-8 weeks.
You can download the Fuse emulator from http://fuse-emulator.sourceforge.net/#Download.
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