Emulation is evolving from retro-nostalgia to enhanced retrogaming, leading to modern ways to enjoy our imperfect memories and bringing back this strange “I’ve been there, but something’s different” feeling.
Someone says modern emulation is missing that ancient connection between the gamer and the original hardware: to me, gameplay is the king but… when it comes to the systems of my youth, retro nostalgia kicks in.
I’m an italian graphic artist and this is my love letter to Commodore devices: a special graphic pack for use with RetroArch and HSM Mega Bezel Reflection Shader.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
TheNamec’s Mega Bezel Commodore Pack is a free graphic addon that focuses on a selection of famous Commodore hardware and includes per-model original backdrops and ready-to-go presets for a wide range systems.
For updates on the project follow me on the Official DevBlog: https://retrogamingpacks.blogspot.com
NOTE: Mega Bezel Commodore Pack will be released as soon as RetroArch 1.10 gets available to the public, as it is based upon new shaders features.
- 4K, horizontal 16:9, 300dpi original vector-based design
- Photorealistic-like shading
- Historically based details taken from actual hardware, advertising and manuals
- Modular experience: choose display, data units and mods
- Comfortable Day&Night experience with separate layers for backdrops, displays and lightning
- Remixed familiar elements (ever dreamt about an integrated Datassette? Huge keys?)
- Perceptive dis-proportion between elements and fan-based branding
- Retro-modding twists
Works fine with zero config
One of the main objectives of Retrogaming Packs is to make the best visual technology in retrogaming accessibile just for everyone: a huge effort was invested in developing modular preconfigurations, called ‘Shader Presets’ in Libretro jargon, to expose the full potential with near to nothing user-side setup.
Many systems and models
Current project roadmap plans the release of packs for Commodore VIC20/VC20, Commodore C64 and Commodore Amiga systems with well-known model variants and some original designs.
Commodore VIC20, VC20
Golden Label, MarkII, Mark3, VIC-1001
Silver Label, Breadbin, Drean, ALDI, G Series
A500, A500 Plus, A600, A600 HD, A1200, Amiga CD32, A1200 Synthwave
You can choose your preferred display from an array of fully modelled classic monitors including Commodore 1702, Commodore 1084, Commodore 1084S-D1, Commodore 1084S-D2 CDTV Black Edition and a bezel&frame fallback preset.
Because in reality Commodore displays were widely cross-platform compatible, you are free to combine classic displays with all systems: I myself originally used a C1084 monitor on my Amiga 500, while lots of people used it as an high-end monitor for C64!
Modular displays and levels of zoom
Thanks to the modular design you can indipendently zoom the screen while backdrops stays in place: system presets are preconfigured to use the zoomed-in view , a fine-tuned sweet spot between gaming area and system graphic backdrop, while display presets are preconfigured for a fullbody view against an elegant, dark wall background.
Fallback view maximizes gameplay area by completely hiding display borders and just showing a real-time generated bezel&frame from HSM Mega Bezel Reflection Shader, available with both per-system graphics and dark wall backdrops.
You can dinamically customize the level of display zoom at any time via a single parameter, textures layers logic will automatically take care of resizing for the best experience and easiness of use.
Day&Night lightning mode
Let your retrogames shine! Day lightning mode makes you enjoy a full lit backdrop showing all accurately rebuilt graphics details.
Do you want to turn off the lights? Night lightning mode is easier on your eyes as it simulates a soft, warm lit room full with led lightning from your retrogaming systems.
System presets come with day and night variants for each display out-of-the-box so you can instantly choose the best solution with zero configuration.
You can try creating your personal ‘evening’ and ‘twilight’ custom lightning presets with a single percentage parameter. It’s just that easy!
Data devices… with a twist
To further enhance retrogaming experience, Commodore Pack includes carefully vector-drawn data devices from the past and some special “mods”.
- Datassette: 1530 C2N, 1530-B C2N, DC120
- Floppy/Disk drives: A1010
- Mods: Datassette Bulb Lightning, Floppy Emulator
THANKS GO TO…
- My father Rocco, for introducing me in Commodore computers gaming at the age of four
- My girlfriend Sabrina for supporting me in doing something funny, just for fun sake
- HyperSpaceMadness for his impressive shader and support
- Duimon for the inspiration and for setting excellent design quality standards