Hello my name is Sean and I am an emulator user.
Some days it seems like that statement is an admission of guilt in some retro gaming circles, and I am ashamed to admit that I once counted myself amongst the 'purists'. Recently things have changed for me, I have less time, I have less money, I have less patience and, I have more responsibilities. All of those things add up to me ignoring a lot of the games from yesteryear that would have made up the majority of young, wild and free Sean's play time. A friend of mine made some tweets a couple months back about how frustrated he was about not being able to find an NES Classic. His solution was to instead get a custom built RetroPie from the King of Code Travis (of Polypill fame). Time went by and I found myself envious of each of Diego's (my Mini NES-less friend) tweets championing his newfound retro goldmine.
So I did something I often claimed I never would, and I asked Travis to hook me up. My very own RetroPie arrived just 2 days ago and everything has changed for the better.
This little rig is amazing! I asked for complete libraries of the SMS, Genesis, NES, SNES, TG16, Neo-Geo and a few choice Sega CD titles. No problem for the King of Code. Now I am a man with simple desires, one of which being that I expect my toys to work right out of the box. I don't want to fiddle, I don't want to adjust settings, I just want it to work. So in the instructional video Travis sent me it was pointed out that all the button mapping, input lag reducing and optimizing had already been taken care of for me. All the waist bands in Texas couldn't hide the boner I had that day.
So here I am, a former purist who would only play games on original hardware or official virtual consoles. I am using save states and I am loving it. The RetroPie has given me the freedom to enjoy those games that my adult life (and slow thumbs) had made unaccessible to me. It has made retro gaming fun for me again. Will I be entering any tournaments or going for world records? No, I'll just be over here enjoying games I love (and some I haven't played before) in a format that makes me happy.
My name is Sean and I am an emulator user and, more importantly, I am a GAMER.