The UK-based Computing History Museum has put together a roughly $8,000 device that lets you play GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64 on four separate screens, putting an end to screen cheating once and for all. This was put together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of GoldenEye on the N64.
4-screen GoldenEye on the original N64 hardware! No screen cheating here! …but how?
Come and experience this at our GoldenEye evening celebrating 25 years of GoldenEye for Nintendo 64: https://t.co/F918hEQ20v pic.twitter.com/05jA82upb8
— Computer history (@computermuseum) May 4, 2022
The rig may be expensive, but the way it works is actually pretty simple, and even uses the original N64 hardware. The original image is simply decomposed and split across four TVs, with player 1 being able to switch to full screen mode to select the mode they wish to play. Each controller controls its respective TV, eliminating screen cheating.
Screen cheating is a term commonly used when playing split-screen multiplayer games, and is intended to call someone if they look at your side of the screen in order to gain an advantage over you.
While many games have had their fair share of screen cheats, none have garnered a reputation quite like GoldenEye. Thanks to the game’s difficult controls, you could almost always count on whoever you were playing against watching your screen to try and kill you. The game even has a playable character named Oddjob, who is notoriously difficult to meet due to his size. While the game is riddled with bugs, it undoubtedly accounts for part of its charm.
Screen cheating became a staple of GoldenEye’s multiplayer, and there was nothing you could do about it. But thanks to the Computing History Museum, GoldenEye Multiplayer can be played in a whole new – and fair – way. If you are in the UK you can buy tickets for one exhibit where you play the game yourself, as well as a playable Xbox 360 version of GoldenEye, which has been discontinued.
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