Your Move: Old Games, New TVs


Manage episode 266091569 series 1260617
By KMUW and Samuel McConnell. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
If you played console games in the ‘80s or ‘90s, I’m betting you still have some of your old machines around. Maybe you have a Sega Genesis in a box in your attic, or a Super Nintendo in your childhood bedroom, at your mom’s house. The good news is, they probably still work! The bad news is, you probably don’t have the heavy, boxy TV that you played the games on anymore. Sure, you can plug an old system into your modern flat-panel TV with the cables it came with, but the picture you get is not going to be anything like what you remember. Those old analog TVs used a signal that today we call 480i. That means it displayed 480 lines, but it alternated between showing the even lines and the odd lines each frame. This happened 60 times a second, so fast that the image appeared as one solid picture. However, video game consoles up until around the PlayStation 2 “tricked” TVs into drawing every line, every frame. In this mode, sometimes called 240p, instead of alternating lines every frame,

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