i cant see this mentioned anywhere else, despite a thorough search of the forum, feel free mr./mrs. mods to move this thread if required, but i thought i'd let you all know that v0.2 of the ZX Spectrum emulator PsPectrum has just been released, and i've decided to give some bonus background info.
You can now download it from here and there should be no worries about downloading the "bios roms" this time, as ZX Spectrum roms are the *only* roms legally allowed to be shared - if you dont believe this, do some research on World of Spectrum where you can read the following statement:
This of course does not include games "roms" - In the case of the Spectrum these are snapshots or Spectrum "Tape" files (TZX or TAPs) - although World of Spectrum have gone to very good lengths to find permission for a lot of games to be freely distributed. Notable "denied" games include some movie tie-in games, some arcade conversions and those games by Ultimate - Play the Game (now known as "Rare Ltd")Amstrad, the current owners of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, allow free distribution of the ZX Spectrum ROMs.
(See the message from Amstrad as posted in comp.sys.sinclair for the details)
Therefore, emulation of the machine is not illegal (as opposed to nearly all other computers that are emulated these days).
Most games are now distributed legally in TAP or TZX format which are unsupported by PsPectrum, which currently only supports the .SNA or .Z80 snapshot formats. To convert a game downloaded in TAP or TZX format for use in PsPectrum i suggest you load the file into a PC spectrum Emulator (such as Spin or EmuZwin) and re-save the game, once loaded, as a snapshot in .SNA or .Z80 format. Those games which are "multi-load" - i.e ones which access the tape *during* the playing of a game (to load levels etc) are currently not supported by PsPectrum.
This is an excellent emulator, which now has some great additions since it's 0.1 release which came a long time ago last year, and the author HexDump decided to buy a new 1.5 psp merely to continue his work on this project because of popular demand, since the mad fool had sold his soul/previous PSP and was slowly moving towards the dark-side/GP2X.
Thankful common-sense won through, and the result was this new version of the emulator for you to all enjoy.
Some New Additions in v0.2
- Full or enlarged screen-sizes though graphics stretching.
Custom Keyboard assignment - to allow you to map any keyboard combo to the d-pad and Square button controls.
Multiple-button assignment, to allow keys to be maped to more PSP buttons such as X, Triangle etc.
Screen snapshot function - to snapshot a screen of a game which is displayed in the game-loading browser.
INdividual game-configuration save fucntion - to allow you to save the screenmode / key assignments which you have set upfor playing a particular game. This comes in very handy for those games which have 4+ unique keys to assign.
Some other stuff i've forgotten for now
Download v0.2 of PsPectrum here!!