How to Run a Game Emulator

Wikipedia declares that an emulator in computer sciences replicates (provides an imitation of) the functions of one system by using a different system. This means that the second system performs exactly similarly to (and seems to be the same as the first) system. This focus on reproducing the external behavior of the system is different from other types of computer simulations, which could be focused on an abstract model.

Layman’s definition of “I play N64” is “I make use of my PC to play N64.”

This tutorial focuses on the use and installation of emulators (NES, Gameboy, PSone, NES) as well as the method of putting roms into the correct folders and play them.

Step 1 – Which console do you want to emulate / Getting a emulator

The method you choose will depend on what you want to play regardless of what you’re looking for it is, you should visit They have a large variety of emulators. The ones that perform the best are rated highest and are near the top of the list.

Visual Boy Advance, the Gameboy Advance emulator, will be used by me for an illustration.

Emulators can be legal. The opposition to this is likely to be dealt with

Step 2 Installing the Emulator

Based on the emulator you download, you’ll need to do one of these two things. One is to extract the file using link website It is extremely easy to use. Get the trial version here. It’s completely free and runs for 30 days. Make sure you get the one labeled WinRAR x86 (32 bit) 3.90

Or, if it’s lucky, you’ll get a.exe. It will auto-extract and install itself after it’s double-clicked. All you have to do is choose the folder where you want the emulator to be installed to.

Step 3. How to use Winrar

Visual Boy Advanced will be downloaded if you follow my example. Here are some tips to assist you in this process.

  • 1. Install Winrar (if it isn’t already)
  • 2. For the emulator to be extracted from an appropriate folder, create it on your desktop. It can be named anything you like, but this is what I’ll use.
  • 3. double click the .rar file.
  • 4. Choose the first file you want to select by clicking it one time. The first file is located below the folder, and it has the two dots following it. Don’t click the folder.
  • 5. Find the file that you want to delete and press AND hold Shift on the keyboard. Click the mouse while pressing Shift. This will pick all the files that are in the reach.
  • 6. Click on the Extract to Icon at the Top of the program.
  • 7. Select the location to which you’d like the file extracted

Depending on how large the file is, the time to extract it will vary based on the size of the file.

Step 4: Obtaining Roms

There’s a funny law which applies to the roms. Legally, you must have the game to get a Rom. You can’t have the game but the rom.

Listen to this!

Nobody cares

There are millions and millions of roms on my computer. It’s similar to downloading songs from the internet.

A quick Google search for “roms” will yield results

If you’re caught downloading any roms, I am NOT responsible.

Step 5: Organizing Your Roms

There are two ways of doing this; the sloppy method, or the elegant method

The sloppy method consists of placing all your roms in one folder. This makes it easier to find the folder, however it is it’s more difficult to locate the actual rom depending on how many are.

A neat trick is to purchase all downloaded roms, and by that I mean system. GBA-roms will be located within the GBA/roms directory, N64-roms will be found in N64/roms.

If you’re truly talented, you could save the GBA emulator roms into the folder titled “roms”. Doing so wont effect preformance.

Step 6 Loading and Playing the Rom

Like most steps, it requires very minimal thought.

  • 1. Begin the emulator. Install the emulator.
  • 2. Then, select “file” and “open” when the file munu has expanded. The same process is used for all emulators.
  • 3. Browse to the directory in which you save your roms and choose the one you want to play.

Step 7: Your Done

Congratulations if it was possible to safely load and play anything!