Tips and tricks on how to use video game emulators
Using an emulator is akin to stepping into a time machine and traveling to the days of the Pacman, Super Mario, and Tetris video games. In an attempt of making the use of emulators less confusing.
We’ve come up with a guide that should help you to identify a suitable emulator, install the emulator and use it to enjoy those retro games.
1. Know the System Requirements
The first thing you want to do is identify what type of system you intend to emulate. With countless different emulators to choose from, determining the exact system you want to emulate can be quite laborious. What should guide you in choosing the ideal emulator is the type of game you wish to play. It is important to note that there currently exists no stable emulators for the following systems; Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and 3DS.
2. Selection of the Ideal Emulator
Next, you want to choose the ideal emulator to install on your device. Now here is where things can get messy as some emulators can harbor viruses which can infect your device. Which is why your computer should have effective antivirus software to spot any malware stemming from an emulator file. There are several pointers that should direct you to a stable and safe emulator. Luckily, we have gone over the stable emulators here at MyEmulator.
3. Install the Emulator
After coming across a stable emulator, visit their site and check out the requirements your device needs to meet for it to be able to run the emulator. Once you’ve established that your device can operate the emulator, the next step should be visiting the download page on the emulator’s site and proceed to download the emulator file. Any reputable emulator site should have a guide that directs you on how to download the emulator. Remember to install the emulator version that is in line with your device’s specifications, which means choosing the 32-bit option if your device runs a 32-bit system (on Windows-based devices).
4. Download and Install the ROM
Emulators are only part of the process and you’ll also need to install a ROM for the emulator to be operational. ROMS are the equivalent of a game cartilage, which acts as consoles in gaming. ROMs are readily available on the internet. The trick is, only downloading the ROM suitable for your device’s system (Windows ROM for Windows-based devices). Also, remember to check for viruses when installing the ROMs as they are notorious with infecting computers with viruses. After downloading, ensure to have the ROM file is located in the same folder as the emulator. ROMs normally come in RAR and ZIP formats so ensure you have the software to run such formats.
5. Download the Game Files
With the emulator and ROM installed on your device, you can now enjoy your gaming experience. However, some emulators such as RetroArch do not come with game files and so if you’ve installed them, you’ll also need to download game files on your own. Finding these game files is easy as there are numerous sources of the games available on the internet.
The use of emulators has been a controversial and polarizing topic among gamers for years. This is due to the legal ramifications that are attached to the use of emulators and ROMs. For one, the ownership of ROMs is illegal if the owner does not physically own a game. Downloading of ROM images on the internet is also illegal. So while the enforcement of these laws is far from impressive, you should be careful when using your emulators.
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