Emulating Retro Platforms

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handsomegenius
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Emulating Retro Platforms

Post by handsomegenius »

Hi,

Just curious if anyone here is emulating old computing platforms on Mint to play games.

I realise that DOS gaming is popular.. as are classic consoles.. but what about the Amiga, Archimedes, Atari home computers.. or even the Apple II or the Spectrum or even more obscure?

What emulators are you using, how well does it work?

Also, what games do you like? Which ones have really stood the test of time?
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Hi

For retrogaming I advise you retroarch

https://www.retroarch.com/

It's completely free and ut Can emulate lots and lots of consoles
Windows? No, thanks.

Aggiungete [RISOLTO] prima del titolo del problema se quest'ultimo è stato risolto. Grazie!
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I installed RetroPie on my LM machine and it works pretty well. Don't be fooled into thinking that it's only for Raspberry Pi's. It uses RetroArch for the actual emulators and EmulationStation to provide a nice front-end launcher.
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I've got Retropie running on a Raspberry Pi.. it's great for old console games.

I wasn't exactly looking for advice about what to do though... I was more wanting to open up a conversation to see where other Mint users have gone with this.. it's especially interesting if it's a bit odd :)
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I like using the standalone emulators. I'd say RetroArch and the like would just add more bloat.

Snes9x, FCEUX, Kega Fusion, ePSXe, PCSX2, VisualBoyAdvance, and MAME are what I use for emulation.

Mednafen is perfect for anyone who wants a non-graphical emulator that spans MULTIPLE consoles, from PC-FX to PlayStation. If you must need a GUI to go along with it, Mednaffe should be useful.

But, if you have a gaming rig, all Super Nintendo, Nintendo, and Game Boy Advance (that includes Game Boy and Game Boy Color) emulation is miles superior, thus closer to the actual systems, when you use Higan.
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Higan, and MAME here....(Not really a gamer, but occasionally like the old "simple" games.)

Plays all the games I want such as; Defender, pac man, moon cresta, galaxian, R-Type, galaga, on MAME,
and the Mario's, Contra, and more on Higan.

EDIT, to add april'20

Mupen64+ F1_World_Grand_Prix. Pretty good racing game for it's day.

Note 1, I don't have all the packages installed, so most N64 games don't work properly, or some not at all. Haven't been inclined to "fix" it.

Note 2, space invaders, no longer works in MAME version 0.195 (the one for Mint 19)
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murray wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:46 pm
I installed RetroPie on my LM machine and it works pretty well. Don't be fooled into thinking that it's only for Raspberry Pi's. It uses RetroArch for the actual emulators and EmulationStation to provide a nice front-end launcher.
Sorry to thread crash but thanks for the recommendation. I'd been looking for ages for a way to play 8/16bit console games using a GUI (I'm lazy!) and this works perfectly on my aging laptop (apart from some screen-tearing when scrolling, but that's just my laptop; higan struggled to run anything at full speed). I don't know why I didn't think of this as I also have a pi with retropie on it :roll:

Whilst installing it also gave me an idea about compiling which i'd never done before (at least, using the command line to run a script? I think that's what it was).
Anyway, I'm happy so thank you.
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guythp wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:04 am
Anyway, I'm happy so thank you.
You're welcome!
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As an old computer user (you can read that whichever way you like, and it'd be right), I prefer emulating home computers over consoles, but it tends to need more complex setting up than console emulators.

I have a variety of systems I could retro game on, from 'regular' PCs down to Raspberry Pi's and thin clients, and now an Android TV box. The latter has EmuELEC installed to an SD card, which boots in favour of Android when inserted in the TV box. EmuELEC seems to be based on Emulation Station or Retro Arch - I don't really know about what goes on behind the scenes - ported over to run on a few Amlogic ARM-based boxes.

Anyway, EmuELEC has odd problems with Amiga emulation, whereas a Retropi image on the R-Pi does not. Something somewhere is making the Amiga's game screens appear off-centre, too far down and to the left, hiding those areas of the game. It also won't run ADF files, but WHD files load and play fine.

I imagine there's some obscure menu setting or config file need altering, but I don't know.

As a PS, I can run Commodore 64 games fine on EmuELEC, but T64 files have to be zipped or they don't work. Odd. I'd like to know how to also run VIC-20 and Commodore Plus 4 / C16 games, but since all 3 machines have the same names for their 'BIOS' files, I can't put them in the usual BIOS folder. Again, I assume there's a setting somewhere that would fix that, but...

EmuELEC doesn't have a forum, just something on Discord, which I find disorganised and confusing to use.
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I like Mesen for NES games (but it requires Mono Framework). https://mesen.ca/
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Post by Talale »

Is there any possible way to find an emulator that will work for Linux and will support different kinds of retro console games like Nintendo, Atari, Playstation, and something similar. I try installing RetroArch like universal emulator but didn't work, try the same thing with Dolphin did not work again. Any suggestion just writes the name and I will find the emulator on the Gamulator website.
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BG04PF wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:10 am
Hi

For retrogaming I advise you retroarch

https://www.retroarch.com/

It's completely free and ut Can emulate lots and lots of consoles
I'm skeptical of "free" software like this, I look around their site and (unless I missed something) it doesn't
say who they are, or where they're from, and usually "free" software comes with spam, advertisements, and/or backdoors,
viruses, etc....
Sure this is legit ?
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Retroarch is definitely legit.
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