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