Currently I have, Epsxe, Pcsx2, PJ64, Znes, Dolphin, DeSmuME, whatever the NES one is called, does dosbox count? That makes for 8. But I've tried out and screwed around with a lot more.
Does forcing Windows to boot into Japanese so I can play a few non-English games a count as emulation? Because my answer is seven, then.
I also do that.
Emulation is fun :D
I have 3 emulators
- PSX: Could use my PS3 but QUICKSAVES
- Visual Boy Advance: For when i play Pokemon, could use my gba but X4 speed changes the game completely
- Dolphin: Just messing around one day with it and its pretty neat
wait 2 more, a GBA and SNES one on my old PSP
I have 15 emulators on my Mac partition, and then PCSX2 and Project64 on my Windows partition (the Mac versions of those are super unstable).
- Boxer (MS-DOS)
- DeSmuME (Nintendo DS)
- Dolphin (GameCube, Wii)
- fMSX (MSX, MSX2)
- Kega Fusion (Genesis, Sega CD, Game Gear, Master System)
- KiGB (Game Boy/Color)
- MagicEngine (TurboGrafx-16)
- Mac Boy Advance (GBA)
- MAME OS X (arcade, Neo Geo)
- Neopocott (Neo Geo Pocket)
- Nestopia (NES, FDS)
- Oswan (WonderSwan)
- PCSX (PlayStation)
- Snes9x (SNES)
- ViBE (Virtual Boy)
I have 12, some barely work, others are great.
- Chankast (Dreamcast)
- Visual Boy Advance (GBA)
- Dolphin (Wii/GC)
- Fusion (Genesis)
- Jnes (NES)
- Project64 (N64)
- DeSmuME (DS)
- ePCSX (PS1)
- PCSX2 (PS2)
- JPCSP (PSP)
- Satourne (Saturn)
- ZSNES (SNES)
A lot of these I have never used or just messed around with briefly, I just downloaded them all a while back because why the hell not? I do use Dolphin and PCSX2 quite often simply because it's a lot easier than digging those systems out of closet to play the games I've been going back to recently, and they look a hell of lot better running in HD than shitty composite cables in 480i would.
None. I use to be into the whole Roms and emulators thing but eh... I don't care anymore. Also most ROMS sites are super sketchy and I like my computer as virus and spyware free as possible.
CoolRom is a perfectly safe website and it's my primary source for good ROM files.
I thought talking about this sort of thing was frowned upon here, and against the rules for that matter.
It's been discussed pretty openly (and even encouraged) in other threads. I think where you start to get into trouble is linking to emulators/roms or talking about how to obtain them.
I could be totally wrong, though.
I have a GBA Emulator on my computer and psp because my copies of Fire Emblem kept breaking and I was sick of buying new ones, and cause I wanted to try out fan translations of FE6 and Mother 3. Then there's an Snes emulator, mostly for obscure jrpg's that never got released on VC, or for games that never made it out of Japan. I also have an N64 emulator, though this one is almost exclusively for Goemon because that game is hella expensive online, and between my 64 and my wii I basically own all of the other good ones for that platform. I also have an NDS emulator for Shin Monshou no Nazo. I should really look up the progress of that translation...
Just ZSNES and whatever the hell the PS1 emulator is because I wanted to go back to play Symphony of the Night.
I want to get Dolphin working but I've had a fucking miserable time getting bluetooth dongles to ever fucking work. Either they didn't work at all, or didn't want to work with the Wii stuff even though it was running the right "stack" or whatever. Oh well, I gave up on it all and sold my Wii stuff so I don't really care any more.
I'm not on the PC with the emulators on it, but off the top of my head I have: Atari, MAME (how many does that count as?), NES, SMS, SNES, Genesis, GameBoy (&GBA), N64, SegaCD, PSX, Dreamcast, PS2, SCUMMvm, Dosbox (with Win 3.11), Apple ][, C64, ZX Spectrum & Amiga. I also have a few on my linux machines and some handheld emulators, so it's hard to count.
Does having games on Virtual Console on the WII count?
None. I used to do it a lot, but after I started working I just find that I prefer to track down the actual games. More rewarding that way. It's like my record collecting, that brought back the fun in discovering old music.
Mostly with emulation I found it just devalued the games and I was more willing to move on to another title than to give one an honest shot.
The only emulation I still do is I annually boot up MAME and play the first 4 Metal Slug games in one sitting, and mess with Dolphin because it's a really fun tool to benchmark my computer and mess with OC settings.
Has Saturn emulation gotten any better, or should I just finally break down and pay some asshole big-bucks for Panzer Dragoon Saga?
It's become very stable. You may want to check it out again. PDS runs nearly flawlessly. You don't have to pay some dude in Ohio $200 anymore.
I think it's about 10, WinUAE (with legally licensed A500 and A1200 Kickstart ROMs) for my Amiga games, an ABC80/800 emulator I've barely used, DosBox for my old DOS games and FastTracker 2, WinVICE for C64 stuff, PCSX for my import PS1 games which I haven't bothered modding my PS2 to play, Microsoft Virtual PC for emulating Windows XP (bundled with Windows 7 Pro) and Windows 95, MAME, ScummVM, ZSNES, FCEU (NES), and somewhere I have some Game Boy emulator I used to play Daikatana on, until I tracked down a cartridge. On some partition I have an Atari XE and MSX emulator as well, and on my Ubuntu box I've got Wine, which does surprisingly well at running most Win95/98 games.
Since roms are illegal (even if you own the game, stop rationalizing), I'm not interested in having any emulators on my PC.
It's not as black and white as you try to make it seem - it's not legal for you to download a ROM of a game (unless it's been released for free or to the public domain, like the GBC ROM for Daikatana for example, which is distributed by John Romero himself on his website) even if you own the game on a tape, but it's totally legal for you to dump the tape to your computer and then play it in an emulator. Aside from that, there are some sites that legally sell ROM/disk images of old games. There's a small but legal market for MAME ROMs, there's a large chunk of legally available Amiga disk images, using officially licensed system data and stuff like that, Cloanto's Amiga Forever is an example of that, and the same is true for some Commodore 64 and various Atari home computer games. And well, then there's DosBox, which is probably the most widely (legally) used emulator, as a bunch of titles on GOG, DotEmu, Steam and other similar stores are sold as disk images for DosBox.
It's also important to understand the technical details about some of the systems emulated - Sony's PlayStation is hard to legally emulate, since it requires a dump of the PS1's BIOS in order to run, so technically you're breaking the law if you download someone elses PlayStation BIOS to play PS1 games which you may otherwise legally own (most PS1 emulators allow you to put your regular PS1 CD's in your drive and play), but older systems such as the NES and Game Boy are very simple machines, built pretty much with off the shelf parts which you could track down at Radioshack or similar stores back in the day, they don't need a BIOS dump in order to run, but it's sufficient to emulate the generic parts. There are a few unlicensed, homebrew or public domain NES titles available that you'd totally legally be able to run in such an emulator, but you're still not allowed to download and play any of the commercially published games for the system - since they do contain proprietary, copyrighted data. Even if you own the carts, unless you do like Jeff and buy an USB NES cartridge slot which you can dump your own ROMs with.
The Amiga emulator scene is similar to that of the PlayStation, you need a Kickstart ROM in order to use the emulators, but thankfully you can legally purchase them from Cloanto and many other sites.