*Important* Sonic HD "engine" idea

Discussion in 'Sonic 2 HD (Archive)' started by Skeledroid, Feb 12, 2010.

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  1. Skeledroid


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    I'm not sure how many people are aware of this project, but... there's this nifty Sega Master System emulator called <a href="http://hisms.orgfree.com/" target="_blank">HiSMS</a>. Basically, instead of using the graphics contained in the ROM, you teach the emulator to use external images to load to display the game. Here's an example of Alex Kidd in Miracle World (seen on the <a href="http://hisms.orgfree.com/tutorial/index.html" target="_blank">tutorial page</a> for HiSMS)...

    Before conversion (with a scaling filter)...

    <img src="http://hisms.orgfree.com/tutorial/image09.png" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    After conversion (with external images being loaded)...

    <img src="http://hisms.orgfree.com/tutorial/image15.png" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    Now, if someone converted an existing Sega Genesis emulator to do the same idea -- you guys wouldn't have to worry about completely recreating Sonic from the ground up. In fact, you could <b>easily</b> redo the entire Sonic series with just artists.

    P.S. For those thinking "what about high definition music?", you can do the same idea but with triggering external sounds instead.

    Just thought I'd share this idea with you guys. :)
  2. steveswede


    Member Member
    Ask my hand
    Fighting against the Unitary State of Europe
    I think it's been mentioned that this has already been looked into. And the reason why it's not being used is because it also suffers with the faults that the Megadrive struggled with. Like the slowdowns in 2 player mode and the bit when Sonic is running so fast that he goes off the screen.
  3. Mad Echidna

    Mad Echidna

    Gone Oldbie
    HOLY SHIT. I have never seen the before but I was just musing about how such a thing would work for sonic 2 like half an hour ago. What the hell.
  4. Vincent


    Sonic 2HD - Project Leader & Chara Member
    Sonic 2 HD
    Yes, as written up on <a href="http://forums.sonicretro.org/index.php?showtopic=10478" target="_blank">S2HD Project Summary</a> we use a custom engine. ;)
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