North Carolina State University: Tracing the History of Mobile Games

North Carolina State University: Tracing the History of Mobile Games . “NC State’s Mobile Gaming Research Lab is launching the Retro Mobile Gaming Database (RMGD). The RMGD is an online, publicly searchable database of early mobile games, intended for use by game scholars, students interested in games, and game enthusiasts. And if there are games missing from the database, we want you to tell us about them.”

Jalopnik: When Adobe Stopped Flash Content From Running It Also Stopped A Chinese Railroad

Jalopnik: When Adobe Stopped Flash Content From Running It Also Stopped A Chinese Railroad. “Adobe’s Flash, the web browser plug-in that powered so very many crappy games, confusing interfaces, and animated icons of the early web like Homestar Runner is now finally gone, after a long, slow, protracted death. For most of us, this just means that some goofy webgame you searched for out of misplaced nostalgia will no longer run. For a select few in China, though, the death of Flash meant being late to work, because the city of Dalian in northern China was running their railroad system on it.”

Eyerys: ‘Winamp Skin Museum’ Is A Tribute To A Software That Rules Music Before The Internet

Eyerys: ‘Winamp Skin Museum’ Is A Tribute To A Software That Rules Music Before The Internet. “The skins are literally bitmap files which change the looks-and-feel of Winamp. As of the year 2000, there were about 3,000 Winamp skins available for download on Winamp’s website. And here, Jordan Eldredge, a programmer and classical singer living in the San Francisco Bay Area in the U.S., has given the internet a chance to again experience using those Winamp skins.”

Internet Archive: The Legend of GayBlade

Internet Archive: The Legend of GayBlade. “The recently released video game documentary High Score includes a sequence in the third episode about a game called GayBlade. GayBlade is one of the first commercially-sold LGTBQ-themed video games, a role-playing romp for Windows and Macintosh occasionally referred to as ‘Dungeons and Drag Queens’. Once thought to have been lost, the game’s software was recently discovered and preserved—and is now available in the Internet Archive!”

BetaNews: Celebrate 25 years of Microsoft Windows 95 by running it on Windows 10, macOS or Linux — here’s how

BetaNews: Celebrate 25 years of Microsoft Windows 95 by running it on Windows 10, macOS or Linux — here’s how . “If you’re looking for a way to feel particularly old, the news that Windows 95 was released a quarter of a century ago today should do it. You can read my recollections of its launch here. If that’s not enough nostalgia for you, why not experience Microsoft’s game changing OS for yourself, by running Slack developer Felix Rieseberg’s app version.”

An Archive for Pocket PC Software

Spotted via Reddit: a new archive for Pocket PC software. From the front page: “As time goes on, software for Pocket PCs becomes harder and harder to find. Pocket PC Planet’s goal is to make software for Windows CE, Pocket PC 2000/2002, and Windows Mobile easy to find. Something important to note is that Pocket PC Planet does not support piracy. The software on the website is either abandonware or available with the developer’s consent.” The site is still under development, but there’s plenty here.

Make Tech Easier: How to Use vDOS to Run Old DOS Programs on Windows 10

Make Tech Easier: How to Use vDOS to Run Old DOS Programs on Windows 10. “If you’re feeling nostalgic for 8-bit games or need to run some old software, 32-bit Windows 10 doesn’t accommodate. Old DOS programs need a little extra to run on the newer, 64-bit version of Windows. You can use vDos to help you run old DOS software if you need to, although it isn’t a suitable option for gaming. Here’s how to use it.”

Slashgear: Flash videos and games are resurrected by Ruffles emulator

Slashgear: Flash videos and games are resurrected by Ruffles emulator. “Once the darling of the young Web, Flash eventually became a liability because of its gaping security holes and heavy resource usage. But for all the flack it has received, it’s hard to deny the amount of legitimate and noteworthy content produced using flash, particularly 2D animations and games. To make sure those are never lost forever, one developer has taken upon the rather grueling task of creating Ruffles, the open source WebAssembly Flash emulator.”

Ars Technica: 30-plus years of HyperCard, the missing link to the Web

Ars Technica: 30-plus years of HyperCard, the missing link to the Web. “It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the US, and the Ars staff has a long weekend accordingly. Many will spend that time relaxing or traveling with family, but maybe someone will dust off their old MacIntosh and fire up Hypercard, a beloved bit of Apple software and development kit in the pre-Web era. The application turns 32 later this summer, so with staff off we thought it was time to resurface this look at Hypercard’s legacy. This piece originally ran on May 30, 2012 as Hypercard approached its 25th anniversary, and it appears unchanged below.” Man, I miss Hypercard.

The Next Web: The SETI screensaver shows us what the internet could’ve been

The Next Web: The SETI screensaver shows us what the internet could’ve been. “SETI@home is a long-term science project currently run by the Berkeley Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. It began in the early 1960s, when astronomers first began harvesting data from vast radio telescopes — like the one at Green Bank in West Virginia—to look for signs of life beyond Earth. The search and the science is much older than the screen saver, of course, which was released to the public in 1999 and still running today. But the screen saver has been directly helping that search for the past two decades.”

MakeUseOf: 8 Classic Operating Systems You Can Access in Your Browser

MakeUseOf: 8 Classic Operating Systems You Can Access in Your Browser. “We all love the cutting-edge operating systems of today. But there are times when it’s fun to cast your mind back to yesteryear and relive some of the operating systems of old. And no, we’re not talking about those of you who still insist on running Windows 7, or worse, XP. If you want to emulate Windows 95, Mac OS X Lion, and more, you’ve come to the right place. Here are eight classic operating systems you can access in your browser.”