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Emulators and why you should have one

Updated on July 17, 2006

Mario Bros

Megaman will bust your ba.....nevermind

Sonic...........the fastest thing ALIVE!!!!

Ahhh the classic EarthWorm Jim

So you want to be old school do ya?

    If you aren't sure what an emulator is i'll fill you in. Emulators are programs you put on your PC that let's you simulate the hardware of a different system on your computer allowing you to use that different sysytem on your PC. For example, there are emulators that allow you to use old Mac stuff on your PC because it tricks the Mac stuff into thinking you have a Mac. Emulators are mainly for gaming though, they allow you to turn your PC into a Nintendo System, a Sega, a Xbox, even an Atari. You actually can turn your PC into all of those. All you have to do is download an emulator and then get a rom which is basically a game file and then load up the rom in the emulator and you got yourself playing Super Mario Bros or Sonic the Hedghog. 

    Emulators also allow you to trick out your gaming and allows you to set different commands or cheats and also allows you to save the game wherever you are unlike the old games where you had to beat it in one sitting or use a password. This is nice because you can be really far in Mario Bros 3 and then you can just save your game and come back in a day or two and left off where you were. Or if you are at a hard part in a game you can save it, then try it and if you die you can just load the game and start again where you saved it. I love emulators because you can have thousands of games for all systems right on your computer and all you have to do is click and load whatever game you want to play. 

    Downloading game Roms is illegal unless you have the copy of the game already. Just an FYI. So i won't be telling you where to download these roms but a safe bet is that if you are downloading music, you can find roms there. But if you aren't sure you can contact me and maybe i'll give you a hint to where to find some.  Emulators are not illegal so don't be afraid to use them, and if you have roms, I highly doubt "the man" will come for your. Here is a link to ROMnation.Net where you can download free emulators. 

    So if you're looking to play some old school games then go ahead and download an Emulator and then look around for a some Roms, I can help you find some, assuming you have a copy of the game you are downloading of course though, wink wink wink nudge nudge yeah right. Anyways, I love emulators, I love being able to play Zelda or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while I check out . If you need some help just go ahead and drop a comment and ill help you out. 



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      Brandonmh 9 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Good solid information, I was curious what an emulator was. Now I will say that I know Thanks...Brandon I will let you know if I have any questions.