Ultima 7 The Black Gate is an awesome game, especially for its time. Those looking for this page probably already know this, so let me just skip ahead. This guide exists for those who want a different experience while playing Ultima 7. For me personally, Ultima was all about the plot and storylines. Sure they are RPG’s which means character minding, combat, taking notes and mapmaking on paper. The one main thing I intensely disliked about the Ultima games, was the combat aspect.
Roland MT-32 emulation on MiSTer The AO486 FPGA-core for MiSTer provides the user with a hardware-simulated Creative Labs Sound Blaster card, which will play music for just about any PC game published between the late 80’s and at least the late 90’s. Despite the card’s massive popularity, the Yamaha OPL2 FM-synthesizer is hardly the most impressive contemporary option for in-game music. That honour goes to a handful of dedicated MIDI-modules, beginning with the MT-32 created by Roland in 1987.
The Monkey Island series of adventure games is one of the great classics from Lucas Arts. It follows the mishaps of protagonist Guybrush Threepwood on his quest for happiness against a heavily romanticized and cartoonish backdrop of 18th-century Caribbean pirates. Every cliche is there: peg legs, parrots, grog, voodoo, corrupt governors and buried treasure and all of it is packed into a series of extremely witty games. I chose to review the second installment because it’s the one that holds the fondest memories for me.
Back in its day, in 1994, Ultima 8 was a much-anticipated continuation of the legendary Ultima series of role playing games by Origin Systems. This game, as well as the whole Ultima series, is slowly fading into obscurity though. Electronic Arts purchased and then skillfully killed Origin, the effects of which are already visible in this specific game. So why should you go through the effort of playing it at all?
The much-beloved brown bread bin turned 38 this year. That’s a respectable age for any home computer, but it also means that many young whippersnappers will have a tough time getting to grips with it. This post explains the bare basics you’ll need to navigate around an emulated C64 and its disk drive. I’m primarily writing this for users of the MiSTer FPGA project, but I can also heartily recommend the Vice emulator for some good old free retro fun.