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Ru’s Daily Blog 26: How To Turn Your Computer Into Any Retro Console!. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Media. Entertainment.

G’Day Gamer Gals & Guys!

Last week, on Ru’s Daily Blog #21 – “Let’s Get Retro-Active!”  … 

I showed you all how you can play all of your favorite retro games from your childhood online for free, with no downloads!

Today I am going to show you how to turn your current computer – whether PC, MAC or other – into a Retro Console!!

In my first retro-gaming blog, I touched briefly on emulators…

In this follow article up we are going deeper into emulators and how you can use them to transform your console.

So what is an emulator and how is it used for games?

A video game console emulator is a type of emulator that allows a computing device to emulate a video game console’s hardware and play its games on the emulating platform (your computer.)

Let’s get into where you can go for the best emulators and how you can use them yourself!

*(Before we begin, it should be noted that while emulation software is legal, downloading the ROM images (a copy of the game in software form) from the internet is not.

Emulators are intended to play the games you already own and you will have to dump the ROM images from the cartridges yourself.)*

1) My Personal Favorite Site that I use is OpenEmu. The reason that is, is because I currently game on Mac and this is one that was specifically created for it. If you have a Mac and a lot of old video games lying around, OpenEmu is most definitely the one to get. With it, you can manage your collection with a beautiful layout, as OpenEmu helps you name the games and allows you to get the box art online automatically!

2) One of the most popular options is RetroArch.  It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, as well as mobile devices. RetroArch is an all-in-one emulator that has the ability to run games from practically every retro console ever made. For home console options, you will be able to run Playstation 1 games and older, and for handheld game consoles, it supports Game Boy Advance games and older.

3) Another option for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux is Dolphin. Dolphin is a Wii and Game Cube emulator and is the only emulator that can emulate a console of the 7th generation (Wii, PS3, and Xbox360!) because the internals are similar to the GameCube. This emulator will also allow you to run your GameCube games on an HD wide screen, even if the game doesn’t support it!

Although there are many more options available online, I gave you 3 of the most trusted sites above.

Research and read reviews until you find the one that is best for you.

Now that you have chosen which site to use…how the heck do you use it?!

Here a few instructions to get you started:

Step 1: Choose and Download an Emulator

Choose one from my list above or research on your own. If you have a PC, there are many options to choose from. And remember Mac users, you can always use OpenEmu.

Step 2: Choose Which Game You are Going to Play! If you plan on extracting your games from their cartridges and would like a future blog post on how it’s done, please let me know in the comments below!

Step 3: Install/Extract Emulator and ROMs/ISOs

If the files are in .zip, .7z format, or .rar you will need to use an extraction utility. If you game on Windows, you can select WinRAR or 7-Zip. If you have a Mac, use The Unarchiver to extract them. (Some emulators may need to be installed first.)

Step 4: Time to Game!

We’re Going Back In Time! Now all you have to do is run your emulator’s executable file, load your ROM, and begin playing!

Please be sure to read the instructions on each individual website for further support. This short list is just a base to get you started!

This short list is just a base to get you started!

If you want instructions on how to do this on your *mobile device* please feel free to request it in the comments below!

I hope you enjoyed another option for retro gaming and that you decide to try it out for yourself!

Retro Games are known to bring a smile on your face, bring back amazing memories, and make your heart race all over again!

..Unless the game you decide to play is “RapJam”…..and that would just piss anyone off! :p

See you tomorrow for “Talk To Me Thursday!” – Where I answer your questions and give you advice!

“I am old enough to enjoy a bit of nostalgia, but wise enough to know that there haven’t been any “good ol’ days” since the garden of Eden.”

~ Ron Brackin


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18 thoughts on “Ru’s Daily Blog #26: How To Turn Your Computer Into Any Retro Console!

  1. L.M. Valdez says:

    Awsome, great post

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  2. Mel says:

    Nice! This seems very easy to do. I’ve been wanting to try this for so long but I never got the time to do it. Can I use Raspberry Pi emulator?

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  3. Killa says:

    I used emulator before and it was really fun playing.

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  4. Dark Vader says:

    Thanks for the tips Ru. Very helpful

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  5. Angelo says:

    Thanks for the info RU. I really wanted to play retro games in my laptop, though I already knew about emulators, I haven’t tried one yet. Now that I know what are those best emulators to use, I can now play retro games that I really wanted.

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  6. Antony says:

    Coolrom and Emuparadise is one of the best site for my classic game needs hehe. Lots of game ISOs and emulator choice there as well.

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  7. Aries says:

    I used to download a bunch of retro game emulators for my old Windows-operated laptop. After a while, for some reason, the OS just won’t load anymore. A friend recommended that I use a Linux OS on it as the hardware is quite old. I thought I won’t be able to play my retro games anymore. Then I discovered WINE! I seem to be able to run the emulators that I already have on it without much fuss.

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  8. Mau says:

    I love the thought of playing retro games! I don’t think I’ll enjoy them as much as I did when I was a kid but it’s great to know that there is a way to play them once again.

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  9. Marta says:

    Thank you Ru! Maybe you should have another daily — DIY Wednesdays! That would really help gamers like me who are non-techies.

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  10. Lulubelle says:

    I love everything Retro and I didn’t know that even in gaming this is possible! Thank you Ru for sharing! Hey have you seen the game designer awards? What do you think about that?

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  11. Tony Chopper says:

    I Have emulators in place for these. Particularly if the retro bug hits. I play metal slug and Galaga.

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  12. Captain Ussop says:

    Maybe it is time to replace my old emulators to accommodate more games. I will keep these options in mind. Keep sharing.

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  13. Stanislaus says:

    I can’t believe it’s this easy. I thought it was a long and difficult process but I was wrong. I think I’ll give it a try later.

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  14. Ruthie says:

    Emuparadise has lots of choices. It’s the only emulator I know LOL! But I’ll give a try on the other ones Ru shared. Thank!

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  15. Olga says:

    Yassss! OpenEmu is the bomb! I have an old Powerbook and I still use it from time to time (love the matte black finish — Apple doesn’t make those kind of beauties anymore!) especially for gaming. It works pretty well and have no plans of parting with it anytime soon.

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  16. Scott Summers says:

    Sweet!!! I am gonna try these out. Time to tap into my inner geek later ha ha.

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  17. Alex Summers says:

    I always use the first emulator I see. Thanks to these I can now try other brands. I hope they have Samurai Showdown.

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  18. Charlena says:

    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with valuable information to work on. You’ve done an impressive job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

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