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Help Mac Emulation by voting Basilisk port to Libretro!

I don't know if you all have heard of Libretro, but let me tell you - it's awesome.

It's an open source library that works with a whole bunch of emulators. This might sound like MESS or MAME, but the critical difference is that rather than emulate at the machine level like MESS, the goal of LibRetro is to get the best possible playing experience - sometimes with machine emulation, and other times with virtualization. This means Basilisk II is already getting ported over.

As you can see, however, it gets very few commits, and still is not working.

But think about how awesome it will be when it gets finished: this library makes RetroArch work. Retroarch is a multiple machine emulator that runs (and runs great, might I add) on Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Android, PS3, Rapberry Pi, and Xbox - to name only a few.

This means we could make 68K macs that are as small as a wallet for 20 dollars! We can FINALLY get Basilisk to load CDs again without using an unsupported version of Windows! We can get (relatively) hassle free Netplay for Marathon and Avara sessions! We'll be back to the glory days of really playing these games on whatever systems we please, instead of forcing our parents to keep our old Performa's stashed in a closet somewhere back home.

Finally, here's why I think we should get excited: We can decide what they work on next!

RetroArch devs are letting the users decide which emulator cores get added to the emulator next.

Basilisk running on everything, people. NOW GO OUT AND VOTE FOR 68k MAC EMULATION!!!

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Since I posted this, we've moved from 0% to 8%, but we've got more ground to cover to beat Commodore 64, which is holding almost half the votes! Please keep them coming, everybody! Thanks in advance.

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Pardon my scepticism, but why reinvent the wheel?
I have never trusted "I can do it all" emulators, for even the most ancient of platforms have far too many differing HW & SW demands to be squeezable into one single emulator and still maintain a high degree of compatibillity.
B-II works well enough, so why not invest the energy into improving it - rather than trying to replace what isn't broken?