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Emulating Arcade Games

Aug 17, 2007
Emulations is the process of making classic arcade games available for people to enjoy on new systems for which they were not originally intended. This is quite a challenging feat, but is made possible with some effort. Some games from older models of game consoles such as the Apple IIe or the Atari 2600 are emulated to today's personal home computers.

Many games from before 1992 are easy to emulate, and there is reasons why these games are made available today. One reason is to help revive a popular game that has been discontinued from the market. This helps bring revenue in to newer game suppliers, and benefits the public by bringing back arcade games that they will enjoy. Furthermore, emulating games before 1992 is easier and is done because there is quite a bit of information out there about those games. This makes the emulation of them much easier, versus emulation of new arcade games which would require quite a bit of reverse engineering.

The reason why it is harder to have new games emulated than older ones is because newer game systems often lack the horsepower that it takes for a game to run at a playable, faster speed. Furthermore, systems such as the Atari 7800 which was encrypted in a way that made the emulation process quite difficult. Not impossible, but extremely difficult. Therefore, it is better to emulate older game systems rather than newer ones or later models of Atari.

The advantage of emulating games is to avoid the classic game enthusiast from having to reprogram or port the classic games to a new console. Instead, the only thing that person has to do is write them with an upright emulator. This helps the classic arcade game enthusiast acquire exact replicas of many older arcade games much faster.

In order to make sure that you and run a game emulator carefully you should make sure that you read the instructions for the emulation process very carefully. These instructions usually come with a file that you have to download and unzip from a game emulation website. Some examples of game emulators include Raine emulator which can emulate 300 arcade games.

If you go to websites offering emulators you can find all kinds of information regarding emulators. You can find emulators for a variety of computer operating systems such as Window, Linux, or Macintosh. These emulators that you download will help you run simulations of all your favorite arcade games.

Before deciding to emulate any arcade games, keep in mind that this is a somewhat complex process. Those who are experts at this type of thing will have no problem, but those who are not; you should do your homework before attempting to emulate any arcade games to your current computer operating system. For those that do not know, there are two different types of emulators.

The two different types of emulators are the single-type emulators, and the multi-type emulators. The examples of the single-type emulators of arcade games are Atari 2600, NES, and Apple II emulators. The best example of multi-type emulators is called the Multi Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME). The MAME can runt hundreds of games but will not be able to run on the same system. These are some examples of emulators that can make it possible for people today to play the same classic arcade games that earlier generations have played-and help those from an earlier generation enjoy those games.
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Sandra Stammberger is the editor of ArcadeGames Station . Find out all you need to know about arcade games and game emulation. Download Arcade games for free.
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