To emulate or not to emulate – that is the question
With retro gaming becoming big business for the next generation consoles and handhelds, we thought it would be interesting to see what our readers thought of emulation vs real retro gaming on a vintage console. We probably know the outcome of this already, most of our readers are (for want of a better term) a little long in the tooth (like us) and were probably arcade addicts already when the Atari VCS hit the shelves (like us).
For what it’s worth my everyday gaming set up consists of Xbox 360 (for Live action), Sunnyvale VCS (for the woodgrain) and 2 self-modded original Xboxes.
You see, being the old gamer I am, I’m getting too lazy now to keep fetching consoles from my collection and setting them up. That’s where the 2 modded Xboxes come in. Between their upgraded hard drives they contain complete/almost complete ROMsets for nearly every vintage console and computer there is, from VCS to PSX including Arcade emulation. In my opinion there is no better machine to handle retro game emulation, they are dirt cheap, the hardware is stable and they are easy to mod to your liking.
That said, if I weren’t so lazy, I’d still go and fetch the real thing… you can’t really beat it.
(Edit: I now have the new games room all set up and have 22 consoles all plugged in and ready to go. No more emulation for me if I can help it!)
Oh, and please feel free to leave comments to give reasons for your answer.