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After yesterday's news that Nintendo plans to offer a cellphone with a built-in Gameboy Color, you'd have thought go-anywhere gamers would be sated with opportunities to play arcade games on the move. Click to see image at full sizeNot so. We now learn there's a project underway that has developed a console emulator for... er... digital cameras. The motivation is clear: why use your LCD viewfinder for taking holiday snaps when you can take on a host of virtual villains instead? In a way, it's a surprise no one has figured this one out before. Modern digital cameras are remarkably good for gaming since they're inherently designed to be held in two hands with controls in easy reach of the user's fingers. Two emulators are currently available: Mamed (based on the well-established Mame (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) and Messd (derived from Multi Emulator Super System). Both applications run under cameras' Digita OS, which is built into a wide range of cameras and runs either on a PowerPC processor or a MIPS chip. Cameras using Digita include models from Kodak and Minolta, and HP's C500 Photosmart. ® Related Story Nintendo preps cellphone with built-in Gameboy Link The Mamed Web site Know about any other weird and wonderful gaming platforms? Then let us know

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