Last Updated on: 26th December 2023, 12:06 pm

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Category: Emulators
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GNU GPL
Interface: GUI
First release: 1996

Supermodel – the Sega Model 3 arcade platform emulator. It uses OpenGL 2.1 and SDL, and can run on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. In order to use it, you must legally possess ROM images of Model 3 games. Learning to operate Supermodel will come with a steep learning curve for most people.

Model 3 first made its debut in 1996 with Virtual Fighter 3 and Scud Race, and for the subsequent two years boasted the most powerful 3D hardware of any gaming platform. Developed by Real3D, then a Lockheed Martin company, and with a heritage rooted in advanced flight simulator technology, Model 3 featured capabilities that would not appear on PCs for several years. Using an on-board scene graph and geometry processor, it could store, transform, light, and rasterize tens of thousands of polygons per frame at a fluid 60 frames per second.

Supermodel does not include a proper user interface. It is operated entirely from the command line. Run ‘supermodel’ without any command line arguments for an explanation of supported options.

Supermodel uses MAME-compatible ROM sets. It loads from ZIP archives based on file checksums and automatically detects games; therefore, file names are not important. Only on ZIP file can be specified on the command line.

Supermodel is distributed as free software under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

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