Emulator  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Emulator  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Nostalgia. Wistfulness. Member-Berries. Emulators. https://www.gameskinny.com/qbcwe/nostalgia-wistfulness-member-berriesemulators https://www.gameskinny.com/qbcwe/nostalgia-wistfulness-member-berriesemulators Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:39:39 -0400 BaDoogie

It was 1992. Bill Clinton was still smoking moist cigars and the country was on the rise after the end of The Gulf War. One evening, my 6 year old mind was shattered by my older male babysitter. 

He asked me: "Do you want to see something cool"?

It was at that point he sat me down in a chair next to him as he played Wolfenstein 3D. Before I knew what was happening, I was watching in shock/horror/joy as animated Nazis and their guard dogs were getting blown away. I also got to be the unnamed protagonist and do my share of pixelated killing. I vaguely remember having nightmares of red squares of blood that wouldn't wash off my hands.

That night I was forever changed -- I learned I was a gamer. 

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Video games have changed drastically in the last 24 years for the better. Stories are richer. Graphics are hyper-realistic and game physics are accelerating the quality of the the gaming experience. But while all of this is great for the industry, there is still part of me that wants that "moment of awe" again when I play a game for the first time. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened in a while.

For me, I prefer to go backwards and play retro games with a set of adult eyes. That's where emulators have helped supplement my gaming needs the last few years. 

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Emulators are programs that allow a personal computer or video game console to emulate another video game console. I use a few programs on my PC to play old Sega, NES and Arcade games. This has lead to many enjoyable hours reliving my childhood and finally beating games that had me rage quitting as a pre-teen before I knew how to curse (ex. Earthworm Jim). 

Call me old fashioned, but there is just something special about playing Super Mario Kart for SNES or Mortal Kombat for SEGA with your friends while drinking cold beer that makes it more enjoyable... maybe it's the buzz. 


So how can you get in on the emulator action?

If you want to break out your old issues of Nintendo Power and play some classics, you can get yourself an emulator at Zophar's Domain. For games, I go to Cool Rom and get specific titles. But there are other sites where games can be found. 

Word of Warning: Due to the popularity of emulators, many have been impersonated by malware. Most of these malicious emulators are for video game consoles like the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, etc. Generally such emulators make nearly impossible claims such as being able to run Xbox One and Xbox 360 games on one program. Just stay smart and you shouldn't have any issues.

Wii U emulator able to run Super Mario Maker and Mario Kart 8 https://www.gameskinny.com/ocam1/wii-u-emulator-able-to-run-super-mario-maker-and-mario-kart-8 https://www.gameskinny.com/ocam1/wii-u-emulator-able-to-run-super-mario-maker-and-mario-kart-8 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:05:37 -0500 Eric Adams

Cemu, a Wii U emulator, has been causing some stir amongst gamers following the project. While a controversial project, the Cemu has garnered attention from gamers worldwide. The performance of the emulator is not up to optimal level, but its ability to run some games at all is rather impressive.

Improvements made to the Cemu have allowed users to run Super Mario Maker and Mario Kart 8. While a number of games still remain unplayable in the latest build, it is still a step forward to be able to run the current games at all. Let us clarify, however, that Cemu is still a long way off from being usable, and will not be able to replicate the Wii U anytime soon.

While the ability to play Super Mario Maker and Mario Kart 8 is still impressive, Cemu still has quite a long way to go. Still, the progress it seems to be making is exciting. It looks like the battle to bring the Wii U experience onto a PC will continue.

First "functional" Wii U emulator now available https://www.gameskinny.com/ejh6z/first-functional-wii-u-emulator-now-available https://www.gameskinny.com/ejh6z/first-functional-wii-u-emulator-now-available Thu, 15 Oct 2015 03:15:41 -0400 Zanne Nilsson

A new Wii U emulator, dubbed "Cemu," hit the Internet earlier this week. Cemu is purported to be the "first working Wii U emulator," though at present it apparently doesn't have audio, can't support a controller, and while it can boot up AAA games to the menu, it can't really run those games yet.

Nevertheless, Cemu itself does run, making it one of the first big steps forward in efforts to emulate the Nintendo console. The Cemu developers' current plan is to release updates "at least every two weeks" to fix the current issues with the emulator.

At present, Cemu can run RPX/RPL files and encrypted Wii U images (WUD), but can't yet support the external files needed to play extracted games. No optimizations have been applied yet, so the emulator will run with slow framerates and lengthy load times. It requires OpenGL 3.3 and Windows x64.

There's no telling how long this will last, given the anti-emulator stance taken on Nintendo's corporate information page:

The introduction of emulators created to play illegally copied Nintendo software represents the greatest threat to date to the intellectual property rights of video game developers. As is the case with any business or industry, when its products become available for free, the revenue stream supporting that industry is threatened. Such emulators have the potential to significantly damage a worldwide entertainment software industry which generates over $15 billion annually, and tens of thousands of jobs.

Nintendo has a reputation for being really strict about IP rights, so we'll likely see them go after Cemu in the future. 

So what are your thoughts about Cemu, or emulators in general? Let us know in the comments!

Commodore returns! ...With a smartphone? https://www.gameskinny.com/b2elm/commodore-returns-with-a-smartphone https://www.gameskinny.com/b2elm/commodore-returns-with-a-smartphone Wed, 15 Jul 2015 05:44:17 -0400 Phillip W

As the world-record holder for best-selling single personal computer model of all time, the Commodore 64 was synonymous with gaming back in the mid-1980's. And now Commodore is set to return with the new Commodore PET smartphone, which will launch in Italy, Germany, France, and Poland later this week.

The phone will ship with a custom version of Android 5.0 and will cost roughly $300 for a 16GB version or $365 for a 32GB version.

The phone has decent overall specs, including a 5-inch 1920×1080 pixel resolution Gorilla Glass 3 display, a 13 megapixel camera, and a 1.7 Ghz Mediatek 64 bit processor. But the major selling point of the PET is that it will play both Commodore 64 and Amiga games, like Archon, with its custom emulator software.

While the Phone will launch only launch in a few parts of mainland Europe this week, there are plans to release the phone in North America and the UK later this year.