on emulation, good bad and ugly!

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Mark Vergeer
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I was asked about my thoughts on emulators. Well firstly I like to use original hardware whenever possible, there's nothing like the real thing BUT with two Vectrexii, a C64, Snes, MSX,, a gamegear and a 7800 dying on me over the years it may actually be the only way to be able to play those old classics in the future. It's either that, develop some serious electrical engineering skills or get a surplus of spare systems.

So from a preservational/historical/archeological standpoint I think emulators are even necessary to preserve what we have as the gaming industry does very little to preserve this part of human culture. Videogames are pretty much treated as consumptional goods / throwaway goods for the here and now to earn a buck or two.

With all these copy-protection-schemes they even make it harder to preserve the gameplay and the experience for future generations.

A lot of people see emulators as somewhat of a synonym to piracy, which it is truly not. But is often mis-used or talked bad about by opportunistic people. Of course people are entitled to dislike emulation but those N64s, Genesis and Playstation systems aren't going to last forever...

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Rob Daviau
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I think

That is a youtuuber named marlinlee. A very nice fellow who is really into classic gaming especially:
Computers include: Radio Shack Color Computer/Color Computer 3/Commodore Vic-20/Texas Instruments TI-99/4A
Atari 800/ Consoles include: Atari 2600/Sega Master System/Sega Genesis/NES/N64/Playstation/Intellivision.
Check him out here: http://www.youtube.com/user/marlinlee

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clok1966
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who is he guy in bottom right

who is he guy in bottom right corner square? Looks a bit like me... and if its one of you... sorry, you look a tiny bit like me! On the up side, im pretty sure the guy in the square is better looking... dang it!

Rob Daviau
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OMG!

Mark! I had to share this, as you know Mark the first response I attempted to submit (it was via webcam so it got published as a response) ended up being a blooper and I replaced it with the second video that I posted here as well. Well, Daniel Bienvenu aka Newcoleco made an animation of that video! So funny, look at things closely, you will notice a funny surprise lol! Just some silly fun.

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Rob Daviau
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My response.

Here is my off the cuff top of my head response in video form:

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clok1966
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Emu's are always going to be

Emu's are always going to be a slippry slope. Im wondering if ANYBODY who has them only plays the games they own? No need to answer that, but its the simple reason they get a bad rap.

Presonally I just do not have the room to have my systems out, I live in an apartment with limited living space. I could easily own a home (err do own one, just not in the part of the country I live in atm), but i have chose to make sure there is a retirement money so Im not limited to watching 4 channels of public TV, heating one room and eating cat food when Im old. With the way our country is going, I may still be doing that even with planning... but err thats not part of this thread..

I use them as they are really the only way I can play the old stuff without spending 3 hours digging one out, hooking it up and then putting it away so its not a mess. I do agree most system are best enjoyed with the original controls, no doubt about it. But Im going with ease of use. most gamepads on older systems are easy to use a new one with. Stuff like the N-64 or Atari Jag are a bit harder with there slighly odd controlers, as is the Intelvisiion or coleco... geezz and 5200/7800 dang.. more stuff thatn I thought with wierd controlers.

I do have a standup arcade cab with a Frank-n-control system, it has 4 joysticks, 1 4way (pac-man games), one flight stick, one spinner (DOT type so I can play Discs of tron) and a trackball. Covers 90% of all aracade games.. Racing is about the one spot im lacking, no stearing wheel. I do have one I can clamp on, but its not the same. The arcade games are one set i think will never play good with a gamepad, the consoles always had gamepads... but playing a game of StreetFighter with a real arcade stick that you can really wrench on is a great feeling..

emu- i love it, but would if space permited play on the old systems.

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