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How do you emulate anything?

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I love emulators, and all that stuff.  I have emulators of almost everything, but say I wanted to emulate a super nintendo, what do you have to do??????
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To emulate something you need an emulator and a ROM. An emulator would be a program written by someone to read a ROM and react as the console would.  The ROM is a file from a cartrige usually, processed by a console copier and put onto a computer. That is the essence of emulation, anything else?
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by:fraggie8
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Yes I know that, but what is a console copier?  Where would you find it? Would I have to know a programming language, like c, or c++?
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by:xlunax
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A console copier is a piece of hardware kind of like the actual Video Game System.  I dont exactly remeber the name sof all of them, but I remember one for the N64 is called the "Doctor V64" I think.  They usually run for a little more money than the actual game system.  I'll try to find the URL's for you...and no, I dont think any programming is necessary to make ROMS, you only need to program if you want yo make your own emulator.
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by:Zwaxy
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Hi there.  This is my first time on this site.  I'm wondering if it's my last too.  :o)

When you say "I have emulators of almost everything, but say I wanted to emulate a super nintendo, what do you have to do??????" do you mean you want to make your own emulator?  If you just want to play SNES games then I'm sure there are lots of emulators on the net which you could download - use a search engine, or check to see if http://www.davesclassics.com has one.  I've heard rumours that there are some sites with Nintendo ROMs on them too, but I think Nintendo are shutting them down.  Dave removed his ones when he received email from them, I think.

But I got the impression that you wanted to make your own emulator.  For that, yes, you would need to know a programming language.  Like C or C++.  Or assembler.  Or anything.

I think writing an emulator is quite a big task if you don't already know a programming language, but if you're determined and don't have anything to do for the next year or so then give it a go!  If so, reply here and I'll get an email and tell you some links for programming tutorials and text files on emulator writing and stuff.
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