Why I Love Video Game Emulation! - Rerez Talks

in gaming •  last year


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The following was originally recorded in April 2013, long before Rare Replay and the Nintendo Classic series were even a blip on the radar. It’s funny to see how far things can come in a few years.

Emulation isn't a bad word. Now, I know a lot of you guys think that emulation is this big, bad thing that is ruining the video game industry. But the fact is, well it's not. I actually think emulation is keeping the video game industry alive.

Think about it this way. A long time ago when I was a kid I watched Citizen Kane on TV. Now Citizen Kane was released in 1941 on celluloid. That's film! And you know what's funny about television? It's not film! It's an analog signal. Over the years it turned digital but when I was a kid it was still analog. Now let me explain this because it's really important. Over the years I've been able to purchase Citizen Kane on VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, picture book, a lot of formats. Blu-Ray is probably the best way to do it today. But what's so funny about that is that's technically emulation! It's taking the celluloid film and modifying it so you can watch it on a television.


Now video games are digital. They've been digital since forever. And it should have been super easy for us to take really old video games like Snatcher on the Sega CD and you know, play it on modern systems. And mostly with the work of programmers working independently at home, it's not very hard to download an emulator and play classic and impossible to find games. But you would be hard-pressed to find many worthwhile, official emulation packages or software being promoted or even sold by the companies behind some of those classic games. It just makes sense for every major publisher to release their old and hard to find games in a modern and hopefully DRM free emulated method.


But Konami? Well they don't do that. And I really would prefer that they did! Because companies like Konami and Nintendo, sometimes they trickle out a couple of games that are really old from the days of yore. And they release them onto modern systems so that we can play them. Sega? Really good at this. Sega's pretty much released every single video game they ever made onto new systems like the GameCube and the Wii and the PlayStation 3 and now on the PC! And the reason why they are doing that is 'cause well...they're shit broke!


The Sega CD was such a good system — I really miss it! I mean yeah, it had a lot of problems but Snatcher was such a fantastic game and having the only version of Snatcher in English be released on the Sega CD? Well, it kind of sucks because the Sega CD is old and the laser diode stops working over time so finding a console in the wild that still works today is really difficult. How much does that suck? If you had an original copy of Snatcher – aside from having spent a lot of money on a video game – you probably wouldn't be able to play it. And that sucks. And I really think that companies should be working a lot harder to make their old systems work for emulation. Because guys...you’re really not making enough money on your old shit anymore.

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I also thought that simulation is bad for video gaming industry. Thanks for the info

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i am latif devotee of retro and outside the box diversions and you are right in saying that copying keeps things alive.

Most amusements old fashioned diversions have moved to versatile, prime illustration is the SNK recreations. On the off chance that it was not for imitating I would not play comix zone once more.

We likewise have distinctive desires from imitated recreations in comparasion to new amusements.

It could go from difficulty,gameplay, gaming material science and explansions ..

Additionally copying keeps the sentimentality alive. Which is the reason regardless I play The legend of dragoon a PS1 title that we are currently ready to play on later Playstations.

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Another quality post



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I love emulation so much that I love to have an arcade cabinet-pc combo full of arcade emulated games when I recovered. If the Steem ever rises as the Steemit fanboys here have promised.



I am a huge fan of retro and indie games and you are correct in saying that emulation keeps things alive.

Most games old school games have moved to mobile, prime example is the SNK games. If it was not for emulation I would not be playing comix zone again.

We also have different expectations from emulated games in comparasion to new games.

It could range from difficulty,gameplay, gaming physics and explansions ..

Also emulation keeps the nostalgia alive. Which is why I still play The legend of dragoon a PS1 title that we are now able to play on later Playstations.

Great post man! Love you YT videos too :D

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Serious most of these days what i do is go online look for a good sega or nes game to play via my emulator i so much miss my childhood back then not much graphic like today it would d be great if emulators could support 2 players on mobile phone probably via bluetooth connection or wifi imagine playing Ultimate Motal Kombat via a 2 player mode on mobile phone rather than on pc then you can play with friends anywhere and anytime and the aspect of sega continuous remaking of a particular game is kinda frustrating e.g Sonic different names but same gameplay

I have every nes snes game on my WII and is very cheap and easy.

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Very good article, I love emulators :)

I agree with you. Emulators are awesome and I wish more developers saw the value in reformatting old games.

A quick search of your favorite search engine can yield a number of good resources for getting the best emulators for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS. Keeps retro gaming alive and well.

Why they are not working for a remake of snatcher. Its good game and hope they will.


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Thank you for this post, I was actually thinking of making a post about emulation as I use emulator on my vita, just thought it's not allowed because people might think I'm promoting piracy but you Sir clarified it with your post. Thank you.