How to Run an Emulator Game

Wikipedia says that an emulator in computer science replicates (provides an imitation of) functions of a system with another system in order that the new system functions and appears like the first system. The focus is on replicating the external behavior is distinct from some forms of computer simulatorsthat might be focused on the abstract concept of.

In Layman’s terms “I play N64 on my computer”

This tutorial focuses on usage of emulators (PSone NES, Gameboy ect). It provides instructions on how to install them and then insert emulators into the appropriate folders. Then, it will explain how to play them.

Step 1: What Console Do You Want to emulate / getting an Emulator

It’s dependent on the type of game you are looking for, but they do have numerous emulators.

I will use the Gameboy Advance emulator, Visual Boy Advance as an example

Emulators may be legal. The only way to challenge this is ridiculed

Step 2: Installing the Emulator

Depending upon which emulator you select, you’ll have to perform one of the following. It is possible to extract the file using an application called Winrar. This is extremely easy to use. A trial copy can be downloaded here.

www.rarlab.com/download.htm 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 automatically extract (install itself) when double-clicked. Select the folder you wish the emulator to install in.

Step 3: How Winrar is Utilized

Following my example You’ll have to extract files from Visual Boy Advanced. Here are some simple instructions on how to do it.

  • 1. install Winrar If you don’t have it installed it yet
  • 2. For the emulator to be extracted into the desired folder, you must create one on your desktop. You can call it whatever you want, but this is what I’ll use.
  • 3. Double-click on the.rar File
  • 4. Click the first file to open it. (The first file is the one below the folder and has two dots beside it. Don’t click on the folder.
  • 5. Find the file you want to delete, then hold and press shift while typing. This will open all files within the folder.
  • 6. Click the extract icon in the upper-right corner of the program.
  • 7. Choose the location from which the file is to be extracted


Depending on the size of the file the extraction time could be brief or you could even have an extended nap.

Step 4: Getting Roms

The law regarding the roms is humorous. To legally own a rom, you must possess the game. It is illegal to have the rom and not have the game.

But listen to this

Nobody cares

My computer is loaded with thousands and thousands of music roms. It’s like downloading songs on the internet.

A quick google search for “roms” will yield results

If you are caught downloading roms, I am not liable. (Seriously I’m not liable). You won’t be caught unless you go to sony, nintendo or microsoft and show your downloaded Roms.

Step 5: Organizing Your Roms

There are two choices: The neat method and the sloppy way.

This is the lazy way that involves the dumping of all your roms into a single folder. This will make it easier to locate the folder, but it is more difficult to locate the actual rom based on how many there are.

It is recommended to arrange the roms you’ve downloaded in order. GBA roms can be found in the GBA roms folder, N64 roms within the N64 roms folder, ect.

If your really good, you could put the GBA Roms in a folder named “roms” within the emulator’s file system. Doing so wont effect preformance.

Step 6: Loading and playing Rom

Like most procedures, this one requires minimal thought.

  • 1. Start the emulator. You can proceed with step 2 if the emulator is not installed (idk what you are doing).
  • 2. First, open “file”, then “open” when the file munu is expanded. This method works with nearly all emulators.
  • 3. Find the directory where you have your roms. Choose the game you would like to play.

Step 7: Done

You were able to load and play something securely, congratulations!