How to Run a Game Emulator

Wikipedia declares that an emulator used in computer sciences replicates (provides an imitation of) the functions from one system with a second system. The second system functions similarly to (and appears to be the same as the first) system. The emphasis on replicating external behaviour is different from other forms, which may be based on an abstract model.

The words of Layman: “I play N64 using my PC”

This guideline focuses on the use and installation of emulators (NES, Gameboy, PSone, NES) as well as how to insert roms into the correct folders and play them.

Step 1: Choose a console to emulate/ Find an emulator

This is a matter of what you want to play however, whatever you want to play, go to They have a huge variety of emulators. The ones that function the best are rated the highest and are near the top of the list.

Visual Boy Advance, the Gameboy Advance emulator, will be used by me for an illustration.

Emulators are legal. The opposition to this is likely to be dealt with

Step 2 – Installing the Emulator

Based on which emulator you decide to download, there are two options. It is possible to use winrar to extract the file. This is extremely user-friendly. A trial copy can be downloaded here. Make sure you get the one labeled WinRAR x86 (32 bit) 3.90

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If you are lucky enough, the.exe file will be generated. It will extract itself (install itself) after you double click. Choose the directory you would like the emulator to install to.

Step 3. How do you use Winrar

You’ll need to extract the files in the winrar archive on your desktop. Here are some basic guidelines on how to do this.

  • 1. Install Winrar in case you don’t have it already
  • 2. Create a directory on your desktop to allow the emulator to be extracted in to (it could be named whatever you’d like, but in this instance, I’ll name it VBA)
  • 3. Double-click on the.rar File
  • 4. Choose the first file you want to select by clicking on it once. The first file is located below the folder, and it has the two dots following it. Do not click the folder.
  • 5. Find the last file. Press and hold Shift on the keyboard and then press the mouse. This will highlight all files within the achieve
  • 6. Click the extract icon at top of program
  • 7. choose where you want the extracted file to

Depending upon the size of your document, extraction can be extremely short or extremely long.

Step 4 – Obtaining Roms

The law governing Roms is hilarious. In order to legally have an official rom, the game has to be owned by the owner physically. You can’t have the game but only the Rom.

But beware,

Nobody cares

My computer contains thousands to millions of Roms. It’s like downloading music from the internet. Nobody really cares.

A quick Google search of “roms” and you will find results

If you’re caught downloading roms, I am not responsible. (Seriously, you won’t be caught unless and until you visit the Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft websites and show your downloaded Roms.

Step 5: Organizing Your Roms

It can be done in two methods: the messy or the neat.

The lazy method involves dropping all of your roms into one folder. This makes it easy for you to locate the folder, but can make it difficult to find your Roms (depending on the number of them you have).

This is the most efficient way to organize all the roms you have downloaded. GBA Roms are can be found in the GBA roms folder, N64 roms within the N64 roms folder and so on.

If your really good then you could place the GBA Roms in the folder titled “roms” within the emulator files. Doing so wont effect preformance.

Step 6: Loading and Playing the Rom

this step, like almost every step before it, requires almost no thinking.

  • 1. Start the emulator. Step 2 if not yet installed the emulator (idk why you are in this stage).
  • 2. Then, click “file” and then you can expand the file munu through pressing “open”. This step works for nearly all emulators.
  • 3. Browse to the directory in which your roms are stored and choose the one that you’d like to play.

Step 7: Done

If you’ve managed to successfully load and play something, congratulations!