ScummVM Released as Homebrew; webOS Gaming Options Multiply
As we reported in early January, one of the more exciting announcements of the webOS Internals team was the efforts to port the ScummVM virtual machine to the Palm Pre. This week, PreCentral user kayahr posted his port of the ScummVM as homebrew on PreCentral, which meant it is available via the PreCentral feeds in Preware and webOS Quick Install.
Scumm, the “Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion,” was the platform on which LucasArts and others wrote many classic games. ScummVM is a multiplatform, open-source architecture that was created to run the games on modern desktop, console and mobile devices, now including webOS:
Keep in mind that ScummVM is not a game itself, but a way of running existing games; users have to install and run ScummVM, obtain game files separately, then follow the instructions in the ScummVM homebrew description to sideload and play the game files on their Pres. Also, while some ScummVM games are free and downloadable via the ScummVM project Web site, others may be more difficult to obtain and load (especially those on 5.25” floppy disks!) and subject to possible copyright issues. Users may find old games in boxes in their attics, via eBay and other used game sources, or via other, more creative approaches, but they should be sure to check the compatibility list beforehand.
Kudos to kayahr and the webOS Internals team for continuing to expand the functionality and fun of webOS!