Playable Quotes for Game Boy: create and share interactive slices of games #GameBoy @jf

Joël Franusic discusses the herculean task of taking a slice of a game on the Game Boy:

Imagine there’s a specific moment in a Game Boy game that you want to share with a friend. You could share a screenshot or a video, but that’s not the same as letting your friend grab the controls and try it for themselves. Many Game Boy emulators have a notion of a save state file, but in order for your friend to use one of these, they need to have access to the original game. It would be overkill (and likely illegal) to post the entire original game just so that your friend can play for a few seconds. What if you could share a playable quote from the game in the way that you can share readable quotes by just copy-pasting the specific text you want?

With Playable Quotes for Game Boy, you can create and share tiny interactive slices of existing games. Simply load your game into the Playable Quotes emulator, play towards the part of the game you want to demonstrate, click the “Record New Quote” button, continue playing, then eventually click the “Stop recording” button to complete the demo. Once that is done, you’d get a file that contains just enough of the game to recreate all the moments in the game between when you clicked the “Record demo” button and the moment when you hit the “Stop recording” button. Others can now watch your quote as if it were a video, or decide to grab the controls at any moment and explore the impact of their own choices.

Learn more in the blog post here.


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