Centre for Computing History unveils screen-looking solution for GoldenEye 007 multiplayer

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GoldenEye 007

Almost 25 years have passed since its launch and GoldenEye 007 continues to surprise us.

GoldenEye 007 has been a game that hasn’t stopped attracting the attention of gamers since the 1990s. Not only that, but it is one of those retro games that everyone should give a chance. Not only because of its flashy gameplay, but because of how amazing it was for the time that the N64 ran that game.

A solution for screen looking

Now, in 2022, a team from the Centre for Computing History museum in the UK has achieved something incredible. They have made an N64 play GoldenEye 007 on four different TVs and in this way achieve a multiplayer game without screen cheating. That’s something that not even most modern PCs and consoles can do! (Although PCs accomplished this through LAN, they’re only using one console here.)

This has come as a celebration for the upcoming 25th anniversary of GoldenEye 007. The team at the Centre for Computing History held an event with three people who were part of the development team of the game. But this is not the most important thing; what is really important is this feat that the people of the computing museum team achieved.

Four screens for one N64

Something inexplicable, and unimaginable due to the lack of power of consoles of the time, after 25 years was achieved in an exceptional way. In fact, this would have prevented a lot of fights over two decades ago if this was possible back when the game first came out.

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As we can see in the Twitter video shared by the Centre for Computing History, at the beginning of the test there were some problems with image distribution between the four screens. But, once we entered the multiplayer game, we could appreciate how the image of each player’s game was distributed among the four screens.

It’s amazing what can be achieved when you mix current technology with retro. Although, GoldenEye 007 is hard to crack. Many emulators do not run the game properly, but the N64 runs it like silk. So, to see this incredible feat accomplished is something to applaud for fans of the game, as well as fans of video games and technology in general.

If you want to try this setup out for yourself, it is available as part of the 25 Years of GoldenEye Exhibition at the Centre for Computing History museum. The exhibit runs on May 7 and May 8, 2022.

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