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reverse engineering[edit]

I was wondering if anyone could dig up a reference to a law that protects from reverse engineering, as I never heard of one. Also, it is not just hobby projects, there are quite a few commercial emulators like bleem! (the company was subsequently sued by Sony and was closed but the court ruled it to be legal!). -- Darklock 00:09, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

NPOV Removal[edit]

I'm sorry, but I just don't think this sounds neutral. It seems unusually one-sided to me.

How does it seem bias then? [[1]]

I was the Anon who put the NPOV notice up. I hadn't realized at the time I was anon. I was recently looking through my contribs, and noticed that Console Emulator wasn't listed.

Anyway, the bias has clearly been removed, and I think the NPOV should be removed.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

--T2X 16:08, Dec 4, 2004 (UTC)

I think there should be something on this about the legal statis of emulators themselves as oppsoed to the old ESA VS abandonware VS pirate arguement

External Links[edit]

I don't think wikipedia should link to emulaters that's just asking for legal trouble. Deathawk 21:09, 27 November 2005 (UTC)

Emulators are not illegal, provided that they do not contain copyrighted BIOS files. Alcy 10:02, 6 February 2006 (UTC)

I think the link to Nintendo's FAQ should be removed or a notice of it's bias noted, my biggest problem with it is it's response to the qeustion about a copying device being illegal, and the answer being wrong (such a device is legal, but using it for illegal means is illegal).

Notice added. Supersheep 15:37, 14 August 2006 (UTC)

History Intro Removal[edit]

Just removed the first paragraph from the History section, which was completely off base. The 80's Atari 2600 compatibility expansion systems were *not* emulation. In these systems (Colecovision's, the Atari 5200's 2, and Intellivision's3), it was a complete 2600 in a smaller footprint that attached to the unit and simply used it for displaying the television signal. There was no emulation. --Marty Goldberg 15:28, 10 October 2006 (UTC)


Is it really necessary to refer to people who write emulators and hack ROMs as amateurs? -- 14:00, 26 April 2007

Yes, its not being done in a derogatory manner. They're not officially produced commercial products by professionals employed at the company, i.e. doing it as a job. The bulk are by hobbyists and others doing it in their free time and out of the enjoyment/satisfaction of it. --Marty Goldberg 20:27, 26 April 2007 (UTC)
I, for one, do find it somewhat derogatory. What about those who DO have professional programming careers and yet programs in their spare time as a hobby without profit? Should they now be suddenly downgraded to being just a mere amateur because one person on the internet do not find worth in their endeavors? The author of Cxbx, for example, has had employment at both Microsoft and DivX Networks Cxbx About page and you may also peruse his resume, also located at that site for further background. I don't personally know this man, or any emulator author for that matter, but I do have respect for what they do. Please refrain from exhibiting such bias in the future, thank you. (talk) 00:51, 14 May 2010 (UTC)

(Section 6 was wiped, it was just asking for trouble. Raekuul, bringer of Tropes (He does it without notability) 13:31, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

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changed wording[edit]

"which comes packaged with their new seventh generation console" removed 'new' because it seems like an odd wording choice for this article. Wiilanadapter (talk) 08:34, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

copy edit[edit]

This article was flagged for a copy edit since June 2008. I have made edits and done my best not to change the article but only correct grammar, spelling, cohesion, tense issues and run-on sentences. Deathtok (talk) 18:18, 30 December 2008 (UTC)

Really Nintendo is the key? Really?????[edit]

Oh come on. It is like this article knows absolutely nothing about the emulation history it supposedly states to be all knowing about. Did they even read Sam Pettus's Emulation FAQ?

Spectrum emulation has been out-duelling Nintendo hardware as far as hobby emulation goes for over two decades now as far as console emulation goes. Have you seen the stats? They even had their first homebrew commercial emulator years before Marat or that SMYNES guy with his hilarious pay-system.

So, really? Nintendo emulation was the popular key? Have you actually had to research this stuff?

--EMU-LMAO (talk) 03:07, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

I agree entirely. It's a matter of public record [2] that Spectrum emulators were being given away on the front of nationally-distributed magazines by August 1995 (and, from my personal experience, probably a year or two earlier than that, though I've no source to prove it). To suggest that people were "shocked" by the release of a half-decent NES emulator several years later is so lopsided as to be laughable. Someone needs to overhaul this entry. — (talk) 17:34, 16 September 2011 (UTC)


I would like to somehow have this information added to the site: Mostly modified emulators are used to create Tool-Assisted Speedruns. Those support slow-motion (up to frame advance), save states, scripts and demo recording. Such emulators also enable more efficient practicing for non-assisted speedruns.

I would like to have this paragraph added or a confirmation that it is OK to add this. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:56, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

"List of Emulators" section insinuates bias[edit]

The list of emulators listed on this page insinuates an inappropriate bias, and should probably simply link to the main page listing the various emulators available. Stevenweaver (talk) 04:50, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Virtual Console (...) games (...) are free from emulation accuracy issues that plague unofficial emulators[edit]

That's not true. To my knowledge there's no "official" emulator for C64. The C64 emulation of Wii Virtual Console is based on an unofficiual emulator (Frodo), which offers different versions of different accuracy and resource consumption (the more precise, the more resource hungry). It (the Wii Virtual COnsole version) is known to have a number of issues with officially available games. Source (in German): — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:18, 1 June 2014 (UTC)

Rare cases[edit]

I think the word 'rare' in the opening sentence of the article should perhaps be removed.

"A video game console emulator is a type of emulator that allows a personal computer or (in some RARE cases, other video game consoles) to emulate a video game console's hardware and behavior and play games for that platform."

AFAIK there are plenty of emulators that run on game consoles now. To name a few (very) popular systems: NDS (homebrew emus), Wii + Wii U (Virtual Console), PS3 (PS1), PSP (many systems). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Uncle Alf (talkcontribs) 20:24, 8 September 2014 (UTC)