Introduction: How to Run a Game Emulator
According to Wikipedia, an emulator in computer sciences duplicates (provides an emulation of) the functions of one system using a different system, so that the second system behaves like (and appears to be) the first system. This focus on exact reproduction of external behavior is in contrast to some other forms of computer simulation, which can concern an abstract model of the system being simulated.
In Layman's terms "I play N64 on my PC"
This instructable is dedicated to the use of game emulators (PSone, NES, Gameboy, ect); by that i mean how to install them, inserting roms into their correct folders, and playing them.
Step 1: What Console Do You Want to Emulate / Getting an Emulator
This step really depends what you want to play, but whatever it is, go to www.emulator-zone.com/ They have a large selection of emulators, the ones that work the best are rated the highest and are near the top of the list.
I will be using the Gameboy Advance emulator, Visual Boy Advance as an example
Emulators ARE legal. Opposition to this fact will be smacked
Step 2: Installing the Emulator
Depending on which emulator you decide to download, you will have to do one of two things. either unzip the file using a program called winrar, which is INCREDIBLY EASY to use. You can download a trial here The trial lasts indefinetly, so there is no need to buy an actual copy.
www.rarlab.com/download.htm Make sure you get the one labeled WinRAR x86 (32 bit) 3.90
Or if your lucky, You will get a .exe file, which will self extract (install itself once it is double clicked). All you need to do is select the folder where you want the emulator to be installed to.
Step 3: How to Use Winrar
If your following my example and downloaded Visual Boy Advanced, you will have to extract the files from the winrar archive on to your desktop, folder on your desktop, ect. Here are some basic instructions on how to do that.
1. install Winrar if you havent already
2. Create a folder on your desktop for the emulator to be extracted in to (it can be called anything you want, but for this example, ill call it VBA)
3. double click the .rar file.
4. select the first file by clicking it once (the first file is the one below the folder with the two dots next to it, dont click the folder)
5. find the last file, press AND hold shift on your keyboard, and click the mouce while holding shift. This will select all the files in the achive
6. click the extract to icon located at the top of the program
7. choose where you want the file to be extracted to
Depending on the size of the file, extraction will be extremly short, or "take a nap" long
Step 4: Getting Roms
There is a funny law concerning roms. You have to own the game physically to have a rom legally. If you dont have the game, but have the rom, that is illegal.
but listen to this
I have thousands upon thousands of roms in my computer. Its like downloading music on the internet, no one cares anymore
A quick google search for "roms" will bring up results
I am NOT liable for if you get caught downloading roms (seriously, you will never get caught, unless you run to nintendo, sony, or microsoft and show them your downloaded roms)
Step 5: Organizing Your Roms
There are two ways of doing this; the sloppy method, and the neat method
The sloppy method consists of dumping all of your roms into one folder. This makes it easy to find the folder, but harder to find the rom (depending if you have thousands upon thousands).
The neat method is to put all the roms you download in order, by that i mean by system. GBA roms in the GBA roms folder, N64 roms in the N64 roms folder, ect.
If your super neat, you could but the GBA roms in a folder abeled "roms" in the files of the emulator itself. Doing so wont effect preformance.
Step 6: Loading and Playing the Rom
this step, like almost all of the steps before it, requires almost no thought.
1. Start the emulator. If you havent installed the emulator (idk why your at this step), go to step 2
2. Go to "file", then when the file munu expands, go to "open". This step is the same for almost all emulators
3. Go to the file where you store your roms and select the one you want to play
Step 7: Your Done
If you were able to secuessfully load and play something, Congratulations
If you were not able to load a rom, you obviously did something wrong and should look over the past couple of steps. If you still cant figure out what the problem is, leave a comment, and i will *try* to get back to you
as this is my first instructable, constructive critisizim would be appreciated