Authored by: Simon Dor

The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415533324
eBook ISBN: 9780203114261
Adobe ISBN: 9781136290510


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An emulator is an application that tries to mimic another system in order to run applications the way they were run on their original system. It is usually used by gamers interested in playing older games on newer systems: older console or arcade games on PC, DOS games in a recent version of Windows, etc. It can also be a way to play contemporary games incompatible with a specific system. In the 1990s, many video games were incompatible with Apple computers. Virtual PC, an emulator mimicking a PC on an Apple computer, was therefore an interesting option. Emulators are also used by consoles for backward compatibility: for example, the PlayStation 3 console uses an emulator to load original PlayStation games.

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