Emulator

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BizHawk emulates a number of systems.

An emulator is a computer program that emulates hardware, firmware, or other software.

Personal

I first learned about emulation through telnet emulators, but I really became interested in emulation when I discovered NESticle and the emulation of video games in the late 1990s. Since then, I've been playing with many different emulators and learning more about how they work, and, in turn, how old hardware worked.

Programs

Name Platforms Notes
AppleWin Windows Emulates most of the Apple II family.
Atari800 Linux, Macintosh, Windows Emulates most of the Atari 8-bit family including the 5200.
BizHawk Windows My favorite emulator. Supports a wide variety of platforms with a common interface.
Dolphin Android, Macintosh, Windows Emulates GameCube and Wii.
DOSBox Linux, Macintosh, Windows Emulates a lot of DOS hardware, but hasn't been updated in a long time.
Emulicious Linux, Macintosh, Raspberry Pi OS, Windows A multi-system emulator targeted at programmers.
FCEUX Linux, Macintosh, Windows Lots of great NES-specific tools.
Flash Player Projector Content Debugger Windows Emulates Flash outside of a browser.
M88 Windows Emulates the PC-8800 family.
MAME Linux, Macintosh, Windows Emulates thousands of arcade games. Terrible UI.
Mesen Linux, Windows NES emulator with the best tools.
Mini vMac BSD, Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Windows Mobile Emulates the Macintosh Classic family.
Neko Project II Windows Emulates the PC-9800 family.
NESticle MS-DOS, Windows Long outdated.
PuTTY Linux, Macintosh, Windows Emulates several terminals and protocols.
Stella Linux, Macintosh, Raspberry Pi OS, Windows Highly accurate Atari 2600 emulator, but terrible UI.
Telemate MS-DOS, Windows 3 Emulates several terminals and protocols.
VICE Macintosh, Windows Emulates most of the Commodore family.
VMWare Linux, Windows Technically a virtual machine.

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