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BlueStacks: Android Emulation

A while back, I wrote about a game I was getting into – RAID: Shadow Legends. This game has kept me pretty entertained since May, but I constantly have so much energy due to how I played the game so slowly. Considering I have so much, but a phone that is a little bit on the older side, I decided I wanted a more reliable way to play the game. Thankfully, that’s what BlueStacks allows me to do – Play RAID (or any other mobile game) on a much more reliable machine, which can handle all of the games that I throw at it. How does BlueStacks stack up to just owning an Android phone? Here are my thoughts on the emulator.

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Game Thinking

Vitae ludum est.

It’s a simple attitude, but one that you might find serves you well. Life is a game, everything can readily be broken down into a simple set of rules, every challenge overcome has its rewards, every minute of every day breaks down into a game-like component if you regard it with the right attitude and it can make life easier to manage. Taking this attitude can also help you be a better games designer… apparently. I can only really speak from the perspective of the perpetual DM and someone who perpetually starts making board games and then abandoning the project, but I’m working on that. (more…)


Emulators – Nostalgia or Nuisance?

Growing up in the 90s, I played a lot of what we now call classic video games. From Sonic the Hedgehog to Mario; Pac-Man to Tetris, I think I’ve played some of the greatest games of the early eras of video games and I’m happy to keep playing modern games. Now comes a time that these older consoles aren’t as easy to get a hold of, but there are ways to go ahead and get games of yesteryear.

Here on Ubuntu, there’s a wealth of emulators available for a variety of different old school consoles. Windows has even more native built emulators and I’m sure Macs have more unique ones to add to this list. With this in mind, I thought I’d pause and pose an open question to all of you.

Kega Fusion on Ubuntu

Kega Fusion start static on Ubuntu – Nostalgic!

What are your thoughts on emulators?

Now, considering I’m a fan of video games, I see them as a potential nuisance for a company. There’s a chance all of their hard work is stolen away by these emulators, which allows people to play whatever game they want on whatever device: But then there’s the gamer inside of me that says that it’s time we embrace the openness of open source and share older games without scrutiny. It’s a seriously grey legal area, so what are your thoughts on emulation?

I personally feel that emulators should be legal if a console is past a certain age, in hopes to provide users access to a console they might not be able to get. For example, SNES certainly isn’t still in production and a lot of video games from the SNES era are considered a “must play”. Same as how a book can end up for free in a library, is it so wrong to presume that video games get the same sort of catalogue available to the public?

Let me know what you feel about the subject in the comments below or on our Facebook or Twitter pages. As a gamer, as a developer, as a reviewer – Whoever you are, what’s your stance on emulation?