Why do you love/hate emulation?
Please leave in the comments your thoughts on emulators.
So recently, I saw a video where a guy was talking about R4 Cards, basically a tool that allows one to play emulators on a DS. And I promptly commented, "emulators suck." soon after, a guy replied with "please explain why emulators suck." And it kind of got me thinking.
Why do I really hate emulators? I guess the idea of not playing on an original console and not using a controller (however you can buy usb controllers for emulators.) kind of bothers me. However, thats just because I'm a collector of retro games. So I had to think deeply, why do I truly hate emulation?
Well, emulation has some pros, I mean, Some games are so rare, that it's nearly impossible to get them. Ever hear of someone buying a copy of Earthbound or NWC 1990 recently?
Another pro would be the idea of being able to store an entire library of a systems games in one compact area, but again, there can be a con to that to, not actually owning the cartridge, which may only concern collectors.
Another reason to use emulators is that, and I'm sorry to say it but, Eventually, at some point, a retro system WILL stop working because of old age. However, with emulators, that won't be a problem.(Unless the harddrive fries)
However, emulators have become a way to show kids retro games in the wrong way. If you want your child to learn and play retro games, buy an NES, and let them play Super Mario Bros. the way it was supposed to be played. There is a certain "feeling" when you're at home, sitting in front of your TV and playing the game. Not sitting in an office chair looking at a computer monitor. But hey, thats the way I would want it.
Save states just flat out annoy me, just because they basically make a game easier, but they're optional.
Also even though this is kind of a dumb reason, but if you don't own the game, downloading ROMs is illegal. However, Nobody really cares if some 13 year old kid is downloading 20 year old NES games.
I put that reason in because, when I buy a game, I feel as if I'm giving the original creator a little bit of respect for playing the game. Even though they get no money from it at all when you buy a game used at say, GameXChange, I still feel that I am showing that I care about the original developer.
Here were some g1's thoughts on it, which were actually more for emulation than against it.
So what have I learned today? That I should be more open to the idea of digital retro games.
This age of everything becoming digital and physical media dying is comming fast, and we all should accept it.
So go out and download ZSnes or Project 64 if you like, just remember that It will never be like playing the real thing.
But what are your thoughts? Leave them in the comments below, I'd love to read them.
I play emulators, but only with games I've had prior contact with. Like games my friends and I previously owned, but the cartridge fried/vaporized. But I usually get them on Virtual Console/Live Arcade
I've been using emulators lately because, well, some of the games I've been playing I don't own (kind of) and it's easier for me to play them on my computer because I'm on it far more often than my GBC.
You say buy and NES or whatever console and you write in the mind set of old games but I could just buy a legal digital copy off a current system and cut out a lot of hassle. I get what your trying to say with the "feeling" but it's not the system that makes the games. It's the games that make the systems. If it pure emulation, current systems do it now just to play older games. There is a bit of a difference between originality, legality, and practicality.
I use emulators because I can't bring my entire collection with me all the time, it is nice to have digital copies of all my games so I can play them whereever. I use the R4 card to play my games on my DS during long flights and drives, it really is very convenient, and its a little too expensive to rebuy 2500+ games from virtual console and XBL and PSN, plus they don't have them all.
I think you should be able to use an emulated copy provided that you own the original game. Especially if you want to capture game footage of a game that you legally own, but don't have the hundreds of dollars to spend on certain hardware equipment. Now that may or may not actually be legal, but that's just what I would like it to be.
I use emulators sometimes. Of course, I'm a retro collector, but when I leave home for a vacation, I like to put a couple of my games in my PC. It's less annoying than taking my consoles with me.
Yeah, translations are one of the greatest upsides to ROMs.
I never really had a problem with emulation. Sure, sometimes it is illegal, but most places I lived there is almost no way to get retro games except the occasional flea market escapade. Also, most developers aren't getting money from it anyway. Now, if there were a 3D Games near me, or a store with retro games I could feasibly get to (the nearest one is about an hour away, and I try to go as much as possible), but I don't, so emulators are a nice alternative sometimes.
There are some NES Super Mario Bros ROM Hacks that are so disturbing, but funny.
i try my very best to have the games I love on a console. For many reasons. Consoles are just a power switch away; emulators only run whenever you have a PC. And believe it or not, consoles spend less energy than your average PC (at least retro consoles).
Does it stop me from using emulators? No, they are cool to try out some games that you never played before or relieve the old days. But if I have Super Metroid and Mega Man X on the VC, it's because I just can't turn on the PC *just* to play them.
I only used emulators for the Mother series.
yeah, I played a hacked parody of Chrono Trigger, and I nearly died laughing.
I know I am probably gonna get shit on for saying this, and bashed, but what the hell.
I use emulators, and at first when I used them, it was to play games that I never bought when I was a kid, yes its not the same as playing on a legit console, I know that, but I don't mind it.
Plus when it comes to reviewing games, I use emulators because it is easier to record. I don't have a capture card or anything like that at this time.
Now I normally don't use a keyboard to play, I use my playstation 3 controller, which is easier, trust me.
Plus ROM Hacks are fun as hell, especially some of the Super Mario World games.
In my view Emulators have one and only one purpose.... The ability to patch games with a Translation patch. That sole reason is why I have an emulator to play the first 6 Fire Emblems, SMT I& II (and soon IF....) Mother 3... there are many others. Though I try to have the physical japanese copies of the games in the first place, then get the patches and ROMs., but yeah that is the only reason In my view. Thank God for dedicated fans, even if it takes them years to get the translations done (lol still waiting for Soul Hackers...)