Should game console emulators be in the Emulator section?

Asked by Ryan Peters on 2010-03-01

As I'm browsing UTCOM, the ubuntu tweak app/source website, I keep adding applications that I can't find because they're "mis-categorized". For example, I added Mupen64Plus, a Nintendo 64 emulator, to the "emulators" section. Problem is, it was already added in the "games" section (called Mupen64 Plus) and I just noticed. Since the program isn't a game, but it "can" be used to play them, it doesn't exactly qualify for the "games" section. It can run homebrew or just be used for testing purposes or archival reasons (like MAME, an arcade machine emulator, is used for). Since it is an emulator, wouldn't programs like this (including DeSmuME, ZSNES, Snes9x, Visual Boy Advance, etc.) be better for the "emulator" section, since they are not truly games? What separates these kinds of emulators from, say, calculator emulators that wouldn't go in the game section?


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Best Ding Zhou (tualatrix) said : #1

Although they're not real game, but they use to play Games. So it will be better put them in the Game section.

The Ubuntu Software Center is also like this.

Ryan Peters (sloshy42) said : #2

Thanks TualatriX, that solved my question.