You either build an 8bit computer from 74xx series TTL chips, or you create the machine of your dreams as an emulator. The emulator thingy is exactly what Joseph White and his fellows at Lexaloffle did. The result is named Pico-8 and it is a stunner.
A virtual game console that runs on Windows, Linux, MacOS, on Netbooks and even a Raspberry PI. The console comes with a 128x128 16color display, 256 8x8 sprites, cartridge size of 32kByte, 4 channel sound and is programmable in Lua. Yes. Lua. 🤭
To top that, the tiny thing comes with an integrated editor for code, sound, music sprites and maps. And the best is the cartridge system: PNG files!
There are more than 1000 cartridges/games available and you can run all of them in the JS based version here.
Sounds incredible? Believe it or not, there is a Pico-8 version of friggin' Doom. It is called POOM. 🧨
Ladies and Gents, we officially love you. Can life be any better?