Everything You Need To Know About Retro Gaming Emulators and ROMs

Everything You Need To Know About Retro Gaming Emulators and ROMs

(John Riggs: RIGG'd Games)

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Collected here is everything you need to know about Retro Gaming Emulators and most specifically, the ones featured in our software: RetroEvolved. If you're looking for help with a particular game system on your console, scroll down to the console list which provides links to official documentation on how to configure specific emulators.


What is an Emulator?

A video game console emulator is a type of emulator that allows a computing device to emulate a video game console's hardware and play its games on the emulating platform. More often than not, emulators carry additional features that surpass the limitations of the original hardware, such as broader controller compatibility, timescale control, greater performance, clearer quality, easier access to memory modifications (like GameShark), one-click cheat codes, and unlocking of gameplay features. Emulators are also a useful tool in the development process of homebrew demos and the creation of new games for older, discontinued, or more rare consoles.

What is a Rom?

The code and data of a game are typically supplied to the emulator by means of a ROM file (Read. Only. Memory. Aka a copy of game cartridge data) or an ISO image (a copy of optical media), which is created by either regular optical drives reading the data, or specialized tools for game cartridges. Most games retain their copyright despite the increasing time-span of the original system and products' discontinuation; this leaves regular consumers and emulation enthusiasts to resort to obtaining games freely across various internet sites rather than legitimately purchasing and ripping the contents (although for optical media, this is becoming popular for legitimate owners). Roms are very easy to find in a quick google search for "(name of game) rom download" but it is not legal for RetroGame.Club to supply you with direct links to roms or provide them with our consoles!

Need help finding a particular game?

Seriously, I know no one wants to hear this, but just Google it. We can't tell you exactly where to go to find roms because that is illegal, but we can tell you common sense searching techniques.

Searching for individual roms: type the name of the game + the words "rom download" into Google (beware of sketchy sites or people trying to get you to fill out surveys or download .exe files, a rom will NEVER be a .exe file!)

Searching for complete console collections: type the name of the console you're looking for + the words "Romset download" into a Google search. (beware of sketchy sites or people trying to get you to fill out surveys or download .exe files, a rom will NEVER be a .exe file!)

And that's about all we can tell you as far as ROMS go. As far as installing the games though, we have very detailed guides on exactly what formats the games have to be in (the  .whatever at the end of the file name, example : Mario Kart 64.zip) and whether or not they have to be extracted (some files cannot be in .zip or .rar and must be "extracted" with a tool like winRAR or 7zip to be played)

How do I Install Emulators?

With our free software package: RetroEvolved, the complex process of installing Emulators is reduced to the press of a button. We have done all the hard work locating the best emulators, fixing issues and tailoring them to your hardware with our setup script.

RetroEvolved works best on Linux, but also works on PC. It was designed with the Raspberry Pi hardware in mind since it is so affordable and accessible but RetroEvolved can be installed on top of virtually any computer if you tinker with it enough. We suggest running it on a Raspberry Pi however. If you don't already have a Raspberry Pi and you would like to support our small business, you can purchase a D.I.Y. console kit complete with a hand-built case and all the parts you need here: https://retrogame.club/collections/do-it-yourself/products/customizer

You can download RetroEvolved for FREE here: https://RetroGame.Club/pages/RetroEvolved


Need help with a particular emulator?

Click the name of the console you would like more information about and you will be directed to the appropriate documentation page.

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