Hi, I'm not just a newcomer in this forum, but also new to Linux as well. I recently tested SparkyLinux 3.4.1 “GameOver” (BTW why “GameOver”? Isn't the gaming now supposed to start/go on or something?) and I think it's a great distro.
However, what surprises me is that some essential emulators aren't included, such as:
- FS-UAE (Commodore Amiga): This is fantastic emulator, with undoubtedly one of the most polished GUI for game emulator ever made. Other features make it even more amazing.
- Kega Fusion (Sega): Kega Fusion is simply the most comprehensive and accurate Sega emulator available, as it emulates Sega Genesis/Megadrive, Master System, 32X, Game Gear and Sega-CD/Mega-CD. Kega Fusion doesn't require installing, but runs directly from the executable. Linux version is slightly older (and with some stripped functions) than Windows version, but it's still the number one choice for many Sega players.
- VICE (Commodore): Another de facto emulator as far as Commodore systems go, excluding Amiga.
- Mednafen (Turbografx-16/PC Engine): Mednafen actually emulates several gaming systems, but it's probably the most accurate Turbografx-16 emulator in existence, and therefore best used for that purpose; other gaming systems are best emulated with other programs. Unfortunately Mednafen is cumbersome and relatively painful to configure and it only runs through command-line. However, Turbografx has few outstanding games in its collection, especially in CD format, which is good justification to support the system's emulation.
- SNES9x (Super Nintendo): ZSNES is great Super Nintendo emulator, but the more recent SNES9x is (apparently) more accurate and definitely visually nicer-looking. ZSNES doesn't get updated anymore and it looks quite archaic as well. Could you consider replacing ZSNES with SNES9x, or at least include it as well?
- NullDC (Dreamcast): Granted, NullDC works in Linux only through Wine (or maybe with VirtualBox as well), but it's still a must-have. As far as I know, this is the only decent way to play Dreamcast games in Linux, unfortunately.
- PPSSPP (Playstation Portable).
- PCSX2 (PlayStation 2).
- Dolphin (Nintendo GameCube and Wii).
- ScummVM (LucasArts adventure games).
- With MAME, including QMC2 front end is worth considering, if possible. MAME with its command-lines is not for everyone, and QMC2 is really good front end for it.
So there you have it. Could you include these emulators?