AGES is a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Mega CD, 32X, Master System and Game Gear emulator for Windows written by Quinntesson with an emphasis on speedy emulation.
- YM2612 LFO, RS, DT, SSGEG, FB, stereo control
- 32X/Genesis layering mode 3
AGES is a learning project. Quinntesson chose to emulate the Genesis, Mega CD, and 32X because it was collectively unemulated and it is simple in some ways and yet, complex in others. The Genesis/Mega CD/32X combo has elements from older "low-level-complex" and modern "high-level-complex" hardware design styles. Having memory mapped IO, multiple processors (with various data bus sizes and speeds) some CISC and others RISC, and several custom chips, the system is quite a challenge.
AGES is for preservation. An emulator is a far more tidy package than an old dusty (and probably non-functioning) video game console with a mess of wires (some of which are probably missing) and a box of cartridges.