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4. Playing Classic Console Games > Sega Genesis/MegaDrive

Sega Genesis/MegaDrive

Many readers of this book probably remember the sheer exhilaration that we all felt when we saw Sonic the Hedgehog for the first time. The raw speed that the Sega Genesis console displayed was courtesy of nothing more than a 7.1 MHz Motorola 68000 processor—of the same sort you might have seen if you cracked open your early Apple Macintosh or Commodore Amiga (if you were lucky enough to own one of those beauties). As such, emulating a Genesis at full speed should not be too much to ask of a modern PC. Let’s install Gens, the best Genesis emulator available (which conveniently runs on Unix, the best OS available), and see what it can do.

Gentoo.

Gentoo users need to become root and then run the command emerge gens.


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