VirtualNES.com News Archive - 2013
The only reason Lemmings have a reputation for a penchant for suicide is because a bunch of people working on a documentary for Disney pushed a bunch of them off of a cliff. Even so, Lemmings is probably the most fun game about suicide prevention you'll ever play.
I'd also like to point out this game was donated by a someone who has a PhD in behavioral psychology.
In the last six weeks, a series of unfortunate events occurred that caused a great number of problems across all Emulation Collective websites. The most troubling of them is a series of security flaws in the Java Virtual Machine, which has been completely mishandled by Oracle, eroding a great deal of trust in the security and viability of the platform. As a result, Firefox users now must click on the applet before it executes, and Mac OS X users have twice in the last three weeks simply had their installations of Java disabled by Apple. Oracle has released an update to Java on February 1st which fixes the issues (until someone finds more), and we recommend that all users update their Java installation now, and highlight that Mac OS users must update to continue, as older versions have been disabled.
Emulation Collective websites are secure, and you can continue to use them without harming your computer.
However, due to Oracle's completely mishandling of Java security, Emulation Collective is forging a new path forward for our websites that does not include Java. We feel that the natural lifetime of Java is soon coming to an end. As much as we're focused on preserving the past at Emulation Collective, Java isn't something we're sentimental about.
Our path forward is a new technology being developed at Google called NaCl, or Native Client. Emulation Collective's partner, KryptonWare Solutions, is presently working on a new emulator series that runs in NaCl, which will be available on Emulation Collective sites later this year. At present, NaCl only works in Google Chrome and the open-source Chromium browser, which has all of the performance of Chrome with none of the Google service tie-ins. We anticipate (though cannot guarantee) that NaCl support will be added to other popular browsers later this year.
We will continue to offer Java as one of many options you can use to play games online on Emulation Collective websites, but, it is important to note, that the Java options will no longer be updated. This means that existing bugs such as certain games not working in Java-based emulators, or save codes not working properly, will not be patched.
Now that we've got that description out of the way, here is Emulation Collective's path forward for each site:
VirtualSuperNES.com will be the second website to receive the new NaCl emulator for users on NaCl-compliant browsers. It will retain the i-Console emulator in Java for users of other browsers with the Java plug-in.
ClassicSegaOnline.com will retain the Java-based emulator currently in use until a plan can be decided upon.
Thank you for your patience and continued support of Emulation Collective.