Category: Video games

Are emulators ethical?

This post isn’t going to be particularly long or controversial. I just wanted to touch up on the subject since it came up after I helped you guys out with emulating for PC. Is it ethical to emulate on a completely different system?

It’s hard to gauge a real answer here. On one hand you are getting an entire gaming system for free. On top of that, all you have to do is download the ROM of the game you want to play and you can play that for free as well. The only downside is you’re not playing on the original system, so control schemes are different. Besides that, the resolutions should be the same and the game mechanics should be exactly the same as well. You can play the entire library of most of Nintendo’s old systems like the GameBoy Advance and even the Nintendo DS. Some argue it’s unethical because you usually have to pay for these things. I mean you are getting value for free. This is the work of developers and publishers that you are getting for no cost.

I don’t agree with the whole “emulating is pirating” idea, however. Whether or not it actually is pirating is up to somebody else, but it doesn’t feel like you are stealing from the developers like real pirating feels like. Here’s why: these games and systems are ancient. The publishers don’t even support the purchase of them anymore. If you were to buy a GameBoy Advance today, it would 99% be second hand. Actually I’d say 100% because they don’t even make new ones anymore, but the only way you’re getting a new one is if the seller claims it was never used. Other than that, Nintendo doesn’t get any more profit from GameBoy Advance purchases because it does not manufacture them anymore. So technically, emulating a GBA system would not have resulted in lost profits for Nintendo. That, by definition, is not stealing.

I just wanted to give insight on the whole emulating scene. Obviously, you’re getting games for free. But it doesn’t result in lost profits for the publisher, developer, or Nintendo. If anything, Nintendo benefits because most people that emulate get to play old games for free and then become interested in whatever new things Nintendo has cooking up.

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Emulating Pokemon on PC

This is what it should look like if you configure the GBA emulator on your PC to have multiple screens.

This is again a common question I come across. I first thought about it when discussing my gaming CPU first, so go read that if you’re in need of a buying guide.

I want to make this as brief as possible so it’s easier for you to just get to where you need. So to actually play Pokemon on your computer, you’re going to need an emulator software. Since Pokemon was on multiple systems (GameBoy Advance, Nintendo DS, etc.) you’ll need to know which system you want to emulate. Let’s pick the GameBoy Advance, for example. You’ll need a GBA emulator. There are tons out there online, but I personally prefer EmuParadise’s emulators. They always work and are relatively lightweight. Here’s the link to the GBA emulators I’ve been using for a few years. is another great one.

Now you have your emulator. Just like on a real GBA,  you’ll need the actual game. On emulators, this is called a ROM. You have to download each game you want to play. Since we want to play a Pokemon game, go ahead and search for a GBA Pokemon ROM. After you figure out how to use the GBA emulator, which should be pretty simple, you can locate the ROM file and play it directly. Each emulator has different  control schemes since you’re using a keyboard now, instead of the actual GameBoy. Figure that out and you should be pristine.

The VisualBoy Advance is one of the more reliable emulators out there for desktops.

Do you play any other card game?

I get this question a lot, simply because I feel like I am an influencer in the online community for card games, specifically the Pokémon card game. I made tons of friends just browsing the many forums out there and being a part of the community into sharing all the information that I have. So believe me when I say that I do know my stuff when it comes to card games. I got asked this question after posting my very first post, which you can find in this link here.


The short answer to this question is that yes, I do play other card games. It can get pretty confusing playing multiple card games in the same time., Simply because there are so many rules to follow and different strategies to engage in. The first card game I like to mention is the Pokémon card game. After this one both off-line and online, since I do love the physical version of the game ever since I was kid, but I do also enjoy playing the game online with other friends that I have not met yet. This one gets a special mention because it is the first card game that I’ve ever enjoyed, plus it’s also part of the Pokémon franchise! What a great bonus that is.

The meat of this article comes from whether or not I play other card games. The other card games I love to play involves Hearthstone, Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, and more recently Gwent. It’s going to be hard to detail all the rules here, and quite frankly that’s unnecessary as you guys can just look them up or see gameplay. But I do want to talk about why it play those games as it relates to the Pokémon card game, which I find the perfect blend of complexity and simplicity. You can literally choose how deep you want to get in terms of skill and strategy.




Hearthstone is one of those games that just boomed with population. Blizzard is a great company that takes pride in quality products for gamers to enjoy. Hearthstone, thankfully, is a free to play game with micro-transactions to help Blizzard out. Basically the game runs on offense and defense. Each monster card has an attack in a defensive attribute, and the game revolves around this concept. I personally love the game because of the elemental types that resemble Pokémon. Some cards do better against other cards well different cards may be weaker to other cards. On top of that, you do have hit points yourself. The goal is to destroy the other teams card and then eventually bring their hit point total zero.




Magic is pretty much the standard when it comes to card games. This is actually the second card game of ever picked up behind Pokémon. It is the standard because it does everything right, from complexity into skill as well as a bunch of card variety. The game has been out for so long that it just seems like standard to want to play this game. I feel like in some ways, and to also make this as brief as possible, Magic is the more complex version of Hearthstone. If you’re wanting a game where your hit points matter, definitely pick up Magic: The Gathering. It is a wonderful game that will take up hours of your time just to get good and understand the game. But when you do, it is so worth it and due to its popularity in the card game community, it would be hard not to find opponents to play.




This was the third car game I picked up after watching the anime. It is simple in concept but it may be hard to keep track of when playing in the physical sense of the game. Since there are plenty of hit points and calculations you have to do, this may sway some people away from the game. There are lots of mass in the game because one hit from one card may not completely destroy another card. Unlike other games, attacking with a card may result in the opponent having a weaker card total instead of just removing the card from play. Still, card game resembles closely to the anime. It really makes you feel like you’re dueling someone, which a lot of card games fail to capture.

Best Processor for Gaming

The gaming community is a crazy place. You will find a bond between everyone, which seems like a weird phenomenon when you consider that most of the players have never even met each other. However, they are all connected with the help of a processor which allows them to indulge in the world of gaming and give it their all without having to worry about lags and speeds.

While there are various CPUs in the market, not all of them succeed in being the best processor for gaming. This is because, for a processor to ensure the perfect gaming experience, it needs to have features that not all CPUs have. Here are some of the options you can choose from. I wrote this post as a means to help those looking to play games on a budget on their PC. I know a lot of us are Pokemon fans, so emulating the older Nintendo systems is a must. To do so, you’re going to need a pretty decent processor, and that’s what this list is made for. You won’t need a graphics card as bad as you need a processor when it comes to Pokemon game emulation on your desktop. I will have a post up in the near future that discusses some of the best emulators for PC, so stay tuned for that.

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X

It is hard to find a CPU that offers quality and is affordable. This processor serves to be just that. It is equipped with four cores and has a bundled cooling system which aids in the superior performance of the processor. However, since it does not come with integrated graphics, you will have to invest in graphic cards.

Intel Core i5-7500

This processor provides good value for money by ensuring that every penny you spend on it is worth the investment. It is equipped with enhanced memory support and includes a cache of 6 MB. Moreover, it is easy to connect the CPU to your platform with the help of DMI link which makes it a convenient option.

Intel Pentium G4560

This dual-core processor is perfect for those who are on the lookout for budget-friendly options. While the product does not include Turbo Boost technology, it has the power to operate at 3.5 GHz which is enough to satisfy avid gamers. On top of everything, I checked with every price chart for each of the CPUs in this list, and the Pentium G4560 is consistently the cheapest to buy out of them all. Buy this for affordability and value, since it  comes cheap but can still help you run those PC emulators.

Ryzen 5 1600

If you are willing to invest a little bit more in your processor, you will find that the Ryzen 5 1600 provides the performance that you are bound to be satisfied with. It contains six cores and is equipped with 16 MB cache. The multiplier is unlocked to give users the flexibility that many crave.


Make sure you invest in the best processor for gaming that your budget can buy, especially if you are an avid gamer. After all, you don’t want to be faced with a situation where you lose out on excellent games because of the slowness and quality of your CPU. Choose wisely, and you will not regret it. This post on the best processors for gaming has a handy AMD processors list, which you can use to compare the latest chips to game with, from their core count to their price.

Which starter Pokémon do you pick?

This is an age old question. Whenever it comes to Pokémon, people always look at the standard three choices that you get when first picking up the game. You get to choose between Squirtle, Charmander, and Bulbasaur. It’s important when dissecting this question to go over what is the popular choice. Most people go with either Squirtle or Charmander, leaving Bulbasaur out in the dust. I’d like to also clarify that none of these choices are “wrong”, per se, but it is “wrong” if you choose your selection based off of what other people are choosing or what you think is statistically the most powerful Pokémon. Personally, I feel like Pokémon is a game of connecting with these little pocket monsters and grown with them instead of just picking whatever will help you advance in the game.


So that is why would say my choice is Bulbasaur. Now, statistically, he is probably the worst starter to play the game  in, at least compared to Squirtle and Charmander. However, he is not entirely useless since he does have some special attacks that could help the rest of your team out. In fact, he is quite useful when advancing for the game. For example, here is an attack called Sleep Powder that you can learn. The move has a high chance of putting the opponent to sleep, allowing you to continue hurting them whether defense is low. The other two starters simply don’t have this move, as they are more defense and offense based.


I want to also revisit the idea that selecting Pokémon or catching Pokémon based on their statistical advantages or how popular they are among the community is simply a big no-no. You have to want to grow with your Pokémon, regardless of how we can maybe. The obvious metaphor for this is Magikarp turning into a huge Gyrados. I hate to use this as a metaphor, but it is right. Like I said, you do have to grow with your Pokémon, regardless of their statistical output. As you know, Magikarp is an almost completely useless Pokémon. Actually, it is a useless Pokémon with a useless move that can do anything until it actually evolves. However, when it does, it is so good. Gyrados is one of those Pokémon that can change the tide for your whole team, pun intended. So pick a Pokémon that you like, and try to make it good rather than picking a good Pokémon that you don’t like and just rolling with the game. The same thing goes not just with the videogame portion of Pokémon, but with the card game. When filling out your deck, and might be tempting to always want to pick the most powerful Pokémon. However, most of the game is balanced so picking the favorite instead of the best card means you still have a chance to win the game as long as you have the patience to play and out maneuver your opponent.


I’m not really sure where I wanted to go with this post, but I did answer the question and answer is Bulbasaur. He’s just so awesome and adorable, plus I love plant type Pokémon’s. He may not be the strongest of the bunch, but he does turn into an aggressive evolution version of himself in Venosaur. My opinion stands that you have to make with what you have. It may not be the strongest now, but if you are clever in your every move you can make anything work.