How to Run a Game Emulator

Wikipedia declares that an emulator in computer sciences replicates (provides the imitating of) the functions of one system using a second system. So the second system performs exactly the same as (and seems to be the original) system. This focus on exact reproduction of external behavior is distinct from other types of computer simulation that could be based on an abstract representation of the system being simulated.

In layman’s words “I play N64 on my PC”

This guide focuses on game emulators (NES/PSone, Gameboy, Gameboy) and the steps to install them, then add roms to their correct folders, then play them.

Step 1: What console do you want to emulate / Getting an emulator

This depends on what game you’re looking for, but they do have many emulators.

Visual Boy Advance will be my model.

Emulators are legal. Any opposition to this fact will be dismissed with a smack.

Step 2 Step 2: Install the Emulator

Depending on the emulator you select to download, there are two options. either unzip the file using an application called winrar which is INCREDIBLY EASY to use. A trial version can be downloaded here.

www.rarlab.com/download.htm Make sure you get the one labeled WinRAR x86 (32 bit) 3.90

Or if your lucky, you will receive the .exe file that will auto-extract (install itself once it is double-clicked).At site http://www.bigleaguedreams.com/pages/dolphin_gamecuberoms_downloadable.html from Our Articles You just need to select the folder to which you want the emulator installed.

Step 3 – How to use Winrar

Visual Boy Advanced will be downloaded if you follow my example. Here are some steps to take.

  • 1. Install Winrar, if you don’t have it already
  • 2. Create a folder on your desktop that you want the emulator to be downloaded to (it can be called anything you’d like, but in this example, ill call it VBA)
  • 3. Double-click on the.rar File
  • 4. Click the first file to open it. (The first file is one that’s below the folder with two dots on it. Don’t click the folder.
  • 5. Locate the last file and hold and press Shift on your keyboard. Click the mouse when you press Shift. This will choose all the files within the achievement.
  • 6. Click the icon that contains an extract in the upper-right corner of the program
  • 7. Decide where you want the file extracted.


Depending on how large the file is extraction time will vary.

Step 4: Getting Roms

There is a funny law pertaining to the roms. To legally possess the rom, you have to have the game. It is not legal to own the rom but not own the game.

Listen to this!

Nobody cares

My computer has thousands to millions of music roms. It’s like downloading music off the internet. No one really cares.

A quick Google search for “roms”) will produce results

If you are found to be downloading Roms, I’m not liable. (Seriously I’m not liable). You won’t get caught unless you contact sony, nintendo or microsoft and present your Roms you downloaded.

Step 5: Organizing Your Roms

There are two methods to do this: the sloppy and the clean.

The lazy method involves dumping all your Roms into one folder. It is easy to locate the folder but it can be difficult to locate the rom, depending on how many you have.

The neat method is to place all the roms that you download in order, by which I mean system. GBA and N64 roms are available in the GBA/roms directory and N64 folders, respectively.

If you’re really skilled at it, you can put the GBA Roms in a folder named “roms” inside the emulator files. Doing so wont effect preformance.

Step 6 Step 6: Loading and Playing the Rom

As with most actions, this requires little thought.

  • 1. Start the emulator. Continue to step 2 if the emulator is not installed (idk what you’re doing).
  • 2. Click on “file” When the file munu opens then select “open”. The same process is used for the majority of emulators.
  • 3. Find the directory where you keep your roms. Select the one that you would like to play.

Step 7: Complete

You have been able to load and play something securely, congratulations!

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