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Atari emulator mod developed to make games look like they used to


A group of students at Georgia Tech were apparently dissatisfied with the way Atari games look when played on current LCD displays. While the ROMs are still available for download around the dark reaches of the Internet, they believe that a lot of what made the Atari graphics special back in the day could be attributed to the CRT televisions they were played on, and the shoddy RF adapters used to get the signal to the display.

These students developed add-on software for Atari emulation that supposedly replicates some of the artifacts that would have occurred with this more traditional setup. These include texture, afterimage, color bleed, and noise. Above, you can see the difference where the left half of the screen has the filters applied, while the right half does not.

Personally, I don't foster any sort of nostalgia for how Atari games looked, so I actually prefer the crisper right half of the image to the more washed out left half. Still, it is apparently more authentic to the original experience, and it's neat that they've done this.

What do you think, would you prefer a more accurate representation of how we used to game, or do you feel like now that we have better visual technology, we should embrace it?

[via Science Daily, picture courtesy of Georgia Tech]
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About Darren Nakamuraone of us since 2:29 AM on 11.06.2006

Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011.

While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.

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