The fact that video game platforms come and go so quickly is both a blessing and curse. It means that the medium has evolved rapidly in its short lifetime, but that there are old classics that many of us can no longer play due to an inability to keep every single console ever released. Even PC gamers cannot keep playing the classics due to new operating systems.
We have covered emulation quite extensively here on MakeUseOf, to the point it has its own tag liberally filled with articles. Emulation isn’t just about video games, obviously – it’s the act of emulating one platform on another, whether it be an operating system or whatever else – but video games are the mainstay. And the subject of this week’s ‘We Ask You‘ column.
This Week’s Question…
Do You Use Video Game Emulators?
Justin recently wrote an article detailing four great emulators you can run on your Wii. The Wii is one of those consoles you’ll either love or hate, but even the haters may start to love the Nintendo console when they begin using it to play old NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and Game Boy Advance games. Unless they’re Sony or Microsoft fanboys of course.
Video game emulators aren’t entirely legal and you should only use them to play games you have legally purchased. Bearing that in mind we want to know all about your personal experiences with video game emulation and emulators. Have you ever used emulators? If so which ones? Have you exclusively used your PC to use emulators or have you experimented with other consoles such as the Wii?
Are there any websites you have found particularly interesting or useful on the subject of game emulation and emulators? Sony upset many by removing the ability to play PS2 games on the PS3 after the original 60Gb model – Do you think the big console manufacturers should be offering better emulators for older games?
Whatever your thoughts on any or all of these questions please let us know in the comments section below.
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what ‘You Told Us’. One reader will even win Comment Of The Week, which will be included in the follow-up post! What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
‘We Ask You‘ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to start a conversation. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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