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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 03:55 PM

Anyone else play emulated console video games on their computer?

I love playing old games I haven't seen in YEARS. I'm currently on a Final Fantasy 6 kick, right now!

There is a very good Japanese-to-English translated ROM of Final Fantasy 5 out there, where I can't remember. The game was never released in the US, but it's awesome.

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Reply Anyone else play emulated console video games on their computer? (Original post)
Odin2005 Apr 2012 OP
Ohio Joe Apr 2012 #1
Occulus Apr 2012 #2
LeftOfSelf-Centered Apr 2012 #3
Leopolds Ghost Apr 2012 #4
Odin2005 Apr 2012 #5
Leopolds Ghost Apr 2012 #6
Posteritatis Apr 2012 #7
Hayabusa Apr 2012 #8
Vehl Apr 2012 #10
Hayabusa Apr 2012 #12
Vehl Apr 2012 #13
Odin2005 Apr 2012 #15
Vehl Apr 2012 #16
Vehl Apr 2012 #9
NuttyFluffers Apr 2012 #11
ZM90 Apr 2012 #14
independentpiney Apr 2012 #17
LeftOfSelf-Centered Apr 2012 #19
independentpiney Apr 2012 #20
keroro gunsou Apr 2012 #18
ZM90 Apr 2012 #21
LeftTurnOnly Jul 2012 #22
Angleae Jul 2012 #23
BklnDem75 Jul 2012 #24
Odin2005 Jul 2012 #25
Aerows Jul 2012 #27
BklnDem75 Jul 2012 #29
BklnDem75 Jul 2012 #28
Aerows Jul 2012 #26
demguy_5692 Jul 2012 #30

Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 05:04 PM

1. I use MAME

Mainly to get my Romance of the Three Kingdoms fix

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Response to Ohio Joe (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 08:15 PM

2. me too

I have MAME, an NES emulator, and Dosbox..... on my phone

Emulation is awesome

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 06:34 AM

3. Not console games, but Commodore 64 games

It's interesting to reexperience the games from my youth.

And I'm absolutely amazed by the music they were able to coax out of that SID chip!

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 09:10 PM

4. I would but my computer's not advanced enough, LOL.

I still have my 386 in storage but I stopped playing games on it because I think it has a virus -- every time I open a game on it, the directory disappears next time I reboot. Of course most of these were games from the 90s pirated from schoolmates via floppy, but they were all classic.

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Response to Leopolds Ghost (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 09:18 PM

5. A 386??? Egads!!!

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 02:14 AM

6. I'm talking about my "old" old computer that is in mothballs, not the old computer I currently use.

But technically, I could get DU to pull up on the 386, I used to have skillz when I was a kid.

I had to edit the autoexec.bat file to get it to run certain things.

But yes, if you want to get most classic adventure / strategy games to play on a PC like Dune 2, Space Quest, etc. you need an x86 or DOS Box

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 05:19 PM

7. I kind of love the idea of playing NES games on my year-old computer.

Several of you now have Megaman 2/3 music stuck in your head.

You're welcome.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 05:49 PM

8. I have a lot

DOSBox for my old computer games, MAME and emulators for NES, SNES, Genesis, Sega CD and Game Boy. I've mainly been playing the original PGA Tour for PC. Pretty fun, but I'm kinda terrible at it.

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Response to Hayabusa (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 12:08 AM

10. oh yah dosbox

I used it a few times to play old PC games..such as panzergeneral.
cool stuff

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Response to Vehl (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 03:05 PM

12. Same here

How is Panzer General, by the way? I'm a big fan of strategy games and WWII tank warfare.

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Response to Hayabusa (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 05:29 PM

13. Panzergeneral is great, for a game that was released in 1992

I first played it in 1999 and really loved it. As a person who loves strategy/wargames it was my first initiation into that genre.

But If you like playing it I would suggest PanzerCorps. It's identical to Panzergeneral (They even have some of the same maps!) but release last year. Check it out. its worth it. I got it when they had it on sale on Steam, for 9$

http://slitherine.com/games/panzer_corps_pc


My current all-time fav is the wargame "Hearts of iron 3:Semper Fi"
Its really awesome!
http://www.paradoxplaza.com/games/hearts-of-iron-iii
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearts_of_Iron_III

Another game you might want to try (Its free) is Steel panthers world at war.
Get the enhanced version(still free) from this site.
http://www.spwaw.com/

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Response to Vehl (Reply #13)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 02:35 PM

15. I love games by Paradox!

I'm addicted to Europa Universalis 3.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #15)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 01:40 PM

16. yep

They make great games.

I also love Creative Assembly, the makers of the Total War Series. Imo the Total war series is really awesome!

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 12:08 AM

9. yep!!

I use PCSX2 to Emulate Playstation games on my PC.

I'm a PC gamer...and do not own any consoles. However I love the final fantasy series. (except for the ff13 which kinda sucked..but hopefully they will make good on their promises and rectify that mistake and return to the original style in the next version)

However When the Final Fantasy series went a Playstation exclusive in early 2000s (the last FF game for pc was FF8), I had to rely on emulators to play the subsequent ones on my PC.

Imho PCSX2 is the best Playstation/Playstation 2 emulator out there, with full quad-core and Video card support for emulation.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 08:32 AM

11. used to. quite heavily, too. but that was 20+ years ago.

in the past 5+ i've lost most interest in such things. still love my old video games, but i don't go out of my way for emulation anymore. probably due to going through so many PC crashes and updates and losing all my previous progress in games had something to do with it. now i'm on OS X and there's not as many emulators i like -- and i'm not all that interested in boot camp dual booting just for some old games.

i'd have to get a game dedicated PC and run it as my MAME arcade box. but i have other expenditures in the way before that.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 02:19 PM

14. I use emulators to play video game prototypes leaked and preserved from the beta community

Three of my favorite prototypes I've played are the unreleased prototype of Glover 2, the Legend of Zelda (NES) prototype, and the alpha Sonic the Hedgehog 2 prototype. Yes I am a beta geek :p.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 09:07 AM

17. It doesn't need an emulator but I've been playing Ports of Call sometimes lately

I first saw it on a friends amiga in the '80s and was pretty impressed. Other than that I pickup an occasional oldie from GOG preloaded in dosbox.Most are new to me anyway because I was too busy with work and family to get much gaming time in in the '80s and 90's.

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Response to independentpiney (Reply #17)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:53 PM

19. Wow, I remember Ports of Call

I played it on my Amiga as a kid. I never got all that far (I think the save system didn't really work for me), but I remember hauling back and forth between San Francisco and Dar-Es-Salaam a lot. Seemed like I couldn't find all too many other profitable routes. And I remember groaning every time I would run into a tugboat strike and have to dock the ship manually.

You're playing a PC version of Ports of Call, right? I'll have to see if I can find one.

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Response to LeftOfSelf-Centered (Reply #19)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 12:00 PM

20. The original developer is still independently developing the game, here's the game website:

http://www.portsofcall.de/index.html

The PoC classic for pc looks and plays similar to what I remembered on the Amiga, I think that's 4 euro.That's all I was looking for when I did a web search, but I thought it was cool that it's still alive when I found the website so I ended up buying the lifetime license and getting all the bells and whistles. I found it a little over a year ago and there was just a recent update. Pretty amazing for a game that started on the Amiga in the 1980's imo.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:39 PM

18. actually...

ff5 WAS released stateside... as part of a 2 game set with FF6 for the playstation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Fantasy_5#Re-releases

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Sun Apr 22, 2012, 09:09 PM

21. I'm glad I'm not the only one here who thinks emulators and ROMs aren't a bad thing.

Emulators allow us to play leaked long forgotten prototypes plus the whole "Copyright" terms has gotten way out of hand anyway (what it's like 120 years now?). Also if I end up really liking a ROM I am playing I will end up buying a actual physical copy of the game if possible to support the developers of the game.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 04:22 PM

22. Project 64

I use Project 64 to play games like Goldeneye and Kirby and whatnot. Quick question, what compressors do you use? I use 7zip but my friends seem to think I should switch to winRAR.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 05:56 PM

23. Consoles no. I do however have an Amiga emulator on my machine.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 07:32 AM

24. Mame and Znes. Pure nostalgia

My father wanted me to clear out his cluttered laptop and discovered he had MAME with 7 gigs worth of roms. Was more than happy to port 3000+ games using my old ipod as a flash drive. Every game I've ever played since I was a kid including Moon Patrol, Time Pilot and Mr. Do. I prefer the Znes emulator because it comes with Pro Action Replay. I love Final Fantasy 6 and Chrono Trigger to death, but I prefer to skip the grind of games I already beat by maxing gold and exp after the first battle.

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Response to BklnDem75 (Reply #24)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 12:48 PM

25. WOOOT, another FF6 and Chrono Trigger fan!

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #25)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 08:42 PM

27. I've never played Chrono Trigger

Was it like FF1?

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Response to Aerows (Reply #27)

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 01:51 AM

29. Same makers of the Final Fantasy series, but different setting

Get it if you haven't experienced it. Same goes for Xenogears that came for the first playstation. If you have a ps3, they have it for download.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #25)

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 01:48 AM

28. I still remember opening FF6

Was locked in my room for a week. Pure masterpiece.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 08:41 PM

26. I don't think it's legal

But a long while ago I played FF2 (because I was a complete FF1 junkie) on the PC NSX Emu. It was nearly completely translated from Japanese, because it was literally FF2, the one release for Nintendo (the first one) and not released in the US.

It was awesome when they released FF Origins for PSX and US folks could legitimately play both 1 and 2

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Sun Jul 22, 2012, 07:14 PM

30. no

 

I've tried to, but have had issues...

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