Stella (emulator)

Stella (emulator)

Infobox_Software
name = Stella



caption = Macintosh GUI of the Stella emulator
developer = Bradford W. Mott
latest_release_version = 2.6.1
latest_release_date =May 23, 2008
operating_system = Windows
Macintosh
Mac OS X
Linux
eComStation
Windows CE/Mobile
GP2X
genre = Console emulator
license = open-source non-commercial
website = [http://stella.sourceforge.net/ stella.sourceforge.net]

Stella is an emulator for the Atari 2600 game console. It is open source, and runs on most major modern platforms including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Windows CE/Mobile, Sega Dreamcast, and GP2X. Stella was originally written in 1996 by Bradford W. Mott and was originally known as Stella 96. [cite newsgroup|title= Stella 96 - An Atari 2600 Emulator|author=Bradford Wayne Mott|date=1996-05-16|newsgroup=rec.games.video.classic|url=http://groups.google.com/group/rec.games.video.classic/browse_thread/thread/bc77de83406e5acd/b1237baa89d89323?lnk=gst&q=%22Stella+96%22&rnum=1&hl=en#b1237baa89d89323|accessdate=2007-08-04]

Stella is written in the C++ programming language and thus is highly portable. [cite web|url=http://stella.sourceforge.net/|accessdate=2007-08-04|title=Stella - A multi-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator] The emulator supports all Atari 2600 cartridge bank switching schemes and has support for nearly all Atari 2600 titles.

The emulator emulates most Atari 2600 peripheral devices, including standard joysticks, paddle controllers, the Atari Video Touch Pad, the Atari Keyboard Controller, Atari Indy 500 Driving Controllers, and the CBS Booster-Grip controller. Stella does not have support for the CommaVid RAM-cart or the Spectravideo Compumate computer keyboard. Stella does not support cassette-based titles designed to work with the Coleco KidVid cassette player but does have support for titles designed to work with the Starpath Supercharger. [cite web|url=http://stella.sourceforge.net/|accessdate=2007-08-04|title=Stella - A multi-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator (User's Guide - Release 2.3.5)]

JStella, a translation of Stella into Java, allows the Stella emulation engine to run as a Java applet on a web page.

See also

*PC Atari Emulator
*z26

References

External links

* [http://stella.sourceforge.net/ Official website]
* [http://svolli.org/software/dcstella/ Stella - Dreamcast port]
*"Retro Gaming Hacks" by Chris Kohler - Oct. 2005 (1st ed.), p. 144 [http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/retrogaminghks/inx.html] , [http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/retrogaminghks/inx.html#S]
* [http://gauntlet.ucalgary.ca/a/story/3082 Gauntlet Web (University of Calgary publication)] - "Classic video gaming for all ages"
* [http://www.g4tv.com/techtvvault/features/25009/Classic_Arcade_Gaming.html G4] (TV channel) - "Classic Arcade Gaming" by Ed Lee - Nov. 28, 2002
* [http://www.bradfordmott.com/ homepage of Bradford W. Mott] - programmer of the Stella Atari 2600 VCS emulator program


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