I don't have that problem. Emulating is very enjoyable to me. Maybe your just a nostalgia filled faggot?
Or you just don't commit to it. Many people hoard tons of roms and don't really take their time to enjoy the games they play. They also tend to abuse save states, I know I did. Some games definitely benefit from save states, but if you put up one before every jump in Mario, your not going to have much fun.
Plugging a cartridge in is also a very satisfying feeling.
>>2772868 It's because you have instant unlimited choices for what you can play. That enormous selection waiting for you can make it more difficult to commit to a single game. This applies to many things not just video games. Restaurants for example will limit the choices in their menu so the customer has an easier time picking something and is less likely to regret or be confused wondering if he made the right choice causing anxiety. A huge library of Roms could also make you play a particular game less so you can hurry and move on to the next game and as a result not get as much enjoyment out of it as you could have.
Getting a video game as a child was always a big deal for me as I know I won't necessarily get another for a long time so I would play the shit out of it. I'm sure playing games on their original platform helps evoke happiness as often we have great vidya memories in our past and want to reexperience that good feeling we've had.
You may have experienced those fond memories many people had of playing multiplayer games with friends in a sleepover or chilling playing games while friends/family watches on the couch.
1) Get the most accurate emulator you can find for each system to get pass the 'authenticity' distraction. If you can't you have to stick with real hardware sadly (not vr but I still use a real PS2 because of rampant 'minor' bugs still present in that space ). 2) Get some kind of gamepad frontend like retroarch to stop emulation being half windows explorer menus - the height of fun.
Can't get the exact kind of fulfillment from real-hardware, but it balences out with the new kinds of fulfillment you can get when emulating - easily screenshoting/recording defining moments, save backups, an organised digital library that will long outlast your failing carts, and general happyness about finally getting out of that ebay trap that dust-collector's and resellers have created.
for me it`s the controller feeling off and the constant fucking around in the setting, also some emulators like visual boy advance and Project 64 have a tendency fuck up your saves or not save at all. Emulators in general can be a fucking hassle for everything past 2D. Dolphin is the only decent one and one of the reason I play wads through it, rather than go for other emulators dedicated to their systems as retarded as that may seem, it`s surprising how accurate most of the games are.
>>2772868 The answers are "higher latency" and "uneven frame timing". These are caused by bad hardware and incorrectly configured emulators. If you get it right (CRT, RetroArch + KMS) it's indistinguishable from the original.
It kinda feels like browsing on Netflix or something and going wow there's fucking nothing to watch when there's actually plenty. I don't know, something about getting a cart off the shelf, plugging it in and flipping the switch and seeing the real thing just feels nice. It really is nostalgia, you've got a nice comfy game with all the lights off, the glow of a crt and a controller wire running across the floor. It just feels nice.
>>2772939 >>2772939 >It's because you have instant unlimited choices for what you can play. >It kinda feels like browsing on Netflix or something and going wow there's fucking nothing to watch when there's actually plenty
Is this a real thing? Some people seriously see a lot of choice and just shut down? One of the greatest things about ROM sets and things like Netflix is having everything right there. I love just flipping through and checking out something never heard of before just to see what it's like.
I have to say that I like emulation, it's really neat but I personally don't like playing that way. It just feels... hollow. It just doesn't cut it for me, if I beat an emulated game it's less of "Woohoo! I beat the game, right on!", and more of "oh, neat. alright then." Victories just seem mediocre. It's like the same feeling when you beat a game with cheats on.
I can certainly see the appeal in it and how others don't get the same feeling of cheapness, and that's cool, but I like the satisfaction of holding a controller and knowing that I'm playing with the original hardware. And sure, it's all subconscious placebo probably, but that's okay. Play video games how ya like.
>>2772868 it's an illusion. it's like showing sd content on two separate screens, claiming one is hd, people will say the hd one is sharper. it's the same with emulation and real hardware. It's all a mind jerk.
Well certainly a large part of it is purely subjective and psychological, but I think another part is the difference between a monitor and a TV, and the fact that a lot of people will be sitting in computer chairs instead of a couch.
>>2772868 I can never play games on a computer because I associate the computer with porn. Even if I wanted to emulate vidya I lose interest and look up naked people instead. What's the Freud term for this conditioning again?
Classic gaming on original hardware means acquiring the cart/game, hooking it up to a CRT, etc, and sitting down to play it. Plugging in your Xbox controller to your laptop and playing the game with savestates and a gamefaqs guide open isn't the same.
In short, to enjoy emulated games you have to commit to playing them. Make time for them, and treat them like a real game experience instead of something you pirated for free.
Back when I was a kid emulators had such a bad name it was said they'd rape your mother and kill your dog if you even so much as _looked_ for them. Then once worked up the courage and got the motherfuckers there were all these gotchas on game compatibility....
>>2774810 I still find it shocking that people like this really exist. It seems so strange that someone would literally be paralyzed by too many choices and end up just not playing anything.
All I get is a wide eyed joy of everything there is, and I either boot up an old favorite or give something I've never heard of a try either way it's fun. If you get bored trying out new games you might want to look into another hobby. Could be you're just hanging onto gaming because it's familiar, not because it's a passion.
>>2772868 It's definitely because of the choices. First time I tried emulating I downloaded 30 or so SNES roms and ended up finishing none of them because I was going through to try them all.
It isn't just a problem with emulating either, I bought around 10 PS3 games in bulk last year, and only finished 4 and tried 7, mainly because I bought them all at once. Did the same thing with PS2 to.
My USB gamepad never works right in dosbox, unlike my old Gravis gamepad that was hooked up to my sound card's joystick port (ca. 1994). That one worked perfectly. But even after in-game calibration, the USB thing never works right, it always behaves erratically. It works better in other emulators, but there is some strange input lag in UAE for some reason (that wasn't present on real Amiga). The weird thing is that it works fine on native games, so I know it's not the gamepad or OS fault. The rest of the stuff has some convenience, like being able to easily add memory or hard disk, compared to buying those. But still, I'd rather the original machine because at least I know it will work the same every time, whereas emulators (along with modern OS and libraries) are constantly in a state of flux. And a lot of that just feels like change for the sake of change to me. Sure thete are some improvements, but also new bugs and different ways of doing things that aren't necessarily better. For one thing, I never liked any widescreen resolutions. I was really happy with the old 4:3 screens, but that change really caused a lot of problems with accurate emualtion. Anyway fo rme it was useless change, I still have no use whatsoever for widescreen. Just an example of pointless change and why original hardware makes it easier.
>>2773369 >people seriously see a lot of choice and just shut down Yeah, it's a recognized psychological effect. I can't remember the name, but it's also linked to buyers remorse and such. We live with more choice than we've ever had in buying products, but all we do is worry that we bought the wrong one as a result.
Another thing is that a consolve won't break the immersion. You just switch it on and BAMM you are playing, and just with a simple press of a button, you are free again. It's actually gametime when you play on a console (or at least on an old one). With emulators, you usually have to fuck up some time to set the resolution, the speed etc. Also, if you are a casual, you will always keep selecting save states and so on. You're Skype or Facebook or whatever people use these days may beep and break your gameplay. If you are stuck, you just give up after 2-3 tries and alt-tab to the webs for a sullution. The list goes on. You can and will get distracted if you emulate.
>>2775178 its a psychological thing. i emulate games but only if i cant buy them for a decent price. i have problems staying focused (doctor says its ADD or something) but i also like playing really difficult games. therefore, when i emulate i keep switching games as soon as i die, but when i buy a game cartridge i can stay focused because buying another game takes time, effort and money. when i play games on an emulator i usually turn the wifi off because otherwise ill just tab out and watch youtube, read tvtropes or download other games. that said, when i was into jrpgs id emulate ff and dq on my phone during the morning commute!
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