4Noah accessible gaming utilities are aimed at reducing the number of controls needed to play PC games.
About 4Noah VCS
The 4Noah VCS utility by William
Pilgrim is designed to make a range of emulated Atari VCS console
games playable using the SPACE BAR alone. These games were never
designed to be played in this way so you will need a little patience
whilst initially getting set up. You can find an excellent Atari
emulator for PCs over at the the ATE
Arcade alongside a list of good games and where to find them.
This utility can also be used with any PC game that has keyboard
controls that can be reconfigured and that can be played in windowed
By setting a single accessibility
switch to act as the SPACE BAR previously inaccessible games
can be made accessible to some disabled gamers. The video clip below
shows clearly how the 4Noah VCS utility works in practice.
The video clip above demonstrates Space Invaders being used with
4Noah VCS. Tapping the SPACE BAR toggles between LEFT, STOP, RIGHT,
STOP. Holding the button fires. Atari Bowling works in a similar
way but toggles between UP and DOWN.
Getting Started with 4Noah VCS
1. Download the Atari VCS emulator: Stella.
2. Download some games
to play on the emulator. Save them into the ROMS folder.
3. Run then configure Stella via the TAB key.
4. Click on "Config Files". You need to tell Stella where
your games are...
5. Click on "ROM Path" then point to where your "ROMS"
folder is. Click OK.
6. Click on "Input Settings" then set the game controls
"P0 Joystick Up" - click on "Map" then press
"Erase" then "Map" then press "W"
"P0 Joystick Down" - click on "Map" then press
"Erase" then "Map" then press "S"
"P0 Joystick Left" - click on "Map" then press
"Erase" then "Map" then press "A"
"P0 Joystick Right" - click on "Map" then press
"Erase" then "Map" then press "D"
"P0 Joystick Fire" - click on "Map" then press
"Erase" then "Map" then press "Z"
"Fry Cartridge" - press "Erase"
"Enter ROM launcher" - "Map" then "Erase" then
"Map" then "backspace"
7. Download the 4Noah
VCS utility then unzip
8. If you are using an accessibility switch, ensure it is set to
trigger the SPACE BAR.
9. To make a quick test to see if all is working correctly, open
up a Notepad window (Word would be fine too). Start 4Noah VCS by
double clicking on its icon. As demonstrated in the video above,
click on a vertical or horizontal arrow to select the respective
mode then press PLAY (top right small green arrow). You should quickly
be able to enter text characters by pressing the SPACE BAR. Close
this window down then press ESCAPE to quit.
10. Start the Stella emulator. Find a game you wish to play, then
start it. Start up the 4Noah VCS utility. Select if you want the
UP/DOWN mode or LEFT/RIGHT mode and also decide if you want manual
or auto-firing as explained in the video above. PLAY!
11. To pause or restart 4Noah VCS press ESCAPE. Press ESCAPE again to quit.
12. Use F1 to select an Atari game variation. Use F2 to start a game.
13. Use TAB to bring up the configuration screen.
14. Press BACKSPACE to try a new game.
Good Games for One Switch Play
LEFT and RIGHT
Using 4Noah VCS LEFT and RIGHT mode the following games work well using
the SPACE BAR alone:
UP and DOWN
Using 4Noah VCS UP and DOWN mode the following games work well using the
SPACE BAR alone:
N.B. You should play games in windowed mode as the 4Noah VCS utility
can not presently be minimised. If you do not you may get a nasty
Game too fast? You may find it very useful to be able to slow your game down. Using an extra utility
such as CPUKiller may help you here. MAME
itself has a facility to slow some games down further without affecting the performance of your PC.
4Noah is the creation of William Pilgrim
from 2007 to date assisted and hosted by OneSwitch.org.uk.