Aliens vs. Predator Emulation
For those who may still not know it, there are programs on the internet (for various operating systems) that allow for the playing of the original version of Aliens vs. Predator. This process of "translating" computer instructions is called "emulation". Currently, there are emulator programs for various systems (Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Atari, Coleco, Gameboy, Genesis, and even Arcade machines).
Thanks to the miraculous work of Final Burn, Final Burn Alpha, Nebula, WinKawaks, and MAME, Aliens vs. Predator ARCADE has been added to that long list of classic games currently under emulation. This website largely focuses on the ARCADE version of AVP. Other versions exist of AVP, including for the SNES and PC systems, but they are not the same game, only carrying the title AVP. Only the ARCADE version is a Final-Fight style sidescroller game.. If anyone knows of other versions, please do not hesitate to email me so that I may include the other system on this page.
I am only offering information here on this website toward finding the tools for emulating the ARCADE AVP. If you are interested in one of the other versions (for other systems), please visit Yahoo, Google, Altavista, or any other search engine and search for " Aliens Vs. Predator emulation". This might yield information and files for the emulation of other AVP ports (if any exist).
*A note on emulation
The emulator programs and the process of emulation are not illegal. However, the ROM files (the files containing the original game code) are still the property of Capcom, until that company decides to release their content to the public domain. The law governing ROMS is much like the law governing audio CDs. You can make copies of the CD into CDRs if you own the original CD. Likewise, you may make computer "dumps" (or copies) of the original game chips if you own the AVP Arcade PCB (hardware mainboard).
That said, you may find a "avp.zip" file in various ROM-storing database websites on the internet. It is technically illegal to download this file onto your computer if you don't own the AVP PCB, but many people do it all the time.
To protect myself from legal action, I cannot offer the AVP roms on this site. However, I can point to sites who do have them. Don't worry...they're easy to find.
Files needed for AVP Emulation
1. You need an emulator program. There are 4 major programs that emulate AVP. Final Burn Alpha, WinKawaks, Nebula, and MAME. Others may arise as time goes. I use both Final Burn Alpha and WinKawaks. My experience has been that Final Burn Alpha is MUCH FASTER (for slower system) but a little more buggy. Winkawaks is more stable, but slower. The MAME version is slower than both of these and should only be used with a fast system or unless you own a MAC or use Linux or other UNIX systems, in which case only the MAME version will be available to you.
2. You need the AVP arcade roms (game code). I'd suggest using the common search engines of the internet (Yahoo, Altavista, Google, etc) to find the AVP arcade roms.
3. Since I own an AMD 1.33ghz PC computer, I can only offer technical information on PCs. I would recommend a 450Mhz computer to run Final Burn Alpha and AVP properly. Other systems may need more or less computer power. I'd reccommend a 600mhz and up for WinKawaks and a 1GHz computer and up for MAME.
4. Read the technical documents of your preferred emulator program, configure the program to your liking, and THAT'S IT. ENJOY AVP AGAIN!
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