(For project status and links to existing simulators, go to the bottom of this page)
In the Spring of 2007, while digging through a pile of odds and ends that had collected in my basement, I found a big cardboard box containing my old Microvision video game system and nine game cartridges. For those who never had the pleasure of playing with a Microvision, it was the first hand-held video game system that could use interchangeable cartridges to play multiple games. It came out in the late 1970s, long before Nintendo made the idea profitable with the Gameboy. See Wikipedia's Microvision page for more info and a couple photos.
I did extensive Google searching, to see if anyone had already written a Microvision emulator. All I could find was a German web page where you can download a program called AMiViSi that simulates one Microvision cartridge, Phaser Strike. The page is in German - English speakers can try their luck with Google's Translation of the page, but it's not that hard to figure out in its original language.
I had hesitated on writing a simulator for the Vegas Slots cartridge, mostly because I have no idea how the original game calculated the odds of the slot machine paying off. Finally, in the summer of 2008, I decided to just wing it and make my own version that at least looks like the original, if it doesn't play exactly like it.
Maybe someday I'll get back to this project and try to write some of those unfinished games, but for now just enjoy the four that are here.
Here's the current status of the Project: