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The Atari 2600 emulator in Minecraft helps to set a world record – one frame per second



Last year we talked about Dragster and how a 35 year old world record was debunked and the record holder was locked for lifelong highscore contests. Well, someone – using an Atari 2600 emulator in darn Minecraft of all things – technically built the legitimate world record. Technically, of course, the best world record.

Even funnier is this emulator with one image per second. This means that YouTuber took SethBling's lightning fast time of 5.57 for about 15 minutes.

The fact that the game is so slow, of course, is a great help as it allows SethBling to get off the line perfectly, to hit his layer perfectly and capture the fastest playable time in the game. And he points out that his run complies with the rules for Dragster posted on speedrun.com. These indicate that in-game time (not real-time) is critical and allows emulation runs ̵

1; which SethBling notes are usually played slower than on native hardware. (Probably not one effing eff ps though.)

For the record, the time of 5.57 out of 16 players is held on speedrun.com, six of which are not in emulation. SethBling is not in the leaderboard, so it sounds like he has not submitted this achievement for review.

The rest of the video shows how the emulator works with a variety of other Atari 2600 games. They are well playable, with the easy qualification that they are all slower than the molasses in January. However, if you're interested in seeing the Minecraft 2600 emulator, SethBling has made the world available here.


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