The Best SNES Emulators To Play Games Online

Even in the age of video game remakes, remasters, and VR, nothing can quite replace the joy that many experience from playing the classics. Retro gaming is alive and well, although the players from the 8-bit days are at least 30 years old now!

Whether you’re an old-head or new-age gamer who started on the PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo Switch, there are some video games from the ‘90s that will simply never fade with time—Super Mario World, Chrono Trigger, and Final Fantasy VI, for example.

With one of the most beloved game libraries of all time, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or SNES) is home to all of these titles. The console was Nintendo’s first dabble into the world of 16-bit, coming late to the party after the TurboGrafx-16 and Sega Genesis. Despite not arriving as timely as these consoles, the SNES quickly made an afterthought out of both.

Luckily, even for those who don’t own a pricey retro console, SNES games can still be enjoyed on PC—even within the browser. In this article, let’s take a look at the best SNES emulators to play games online.

Play Emulator

Play Emulator is a popular online emulation website that features multiple different consoles. Its SNES library is one of its most impressive, and getting started is very easy.

Play Emulator currently features 911 playable SNES games. It’s got all the classics, such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, EarthBound, and Super Metroid, but it also has some obscure titles that players may not find elsewhere, such as Same Game Mario.

Like Same Game Mario, many of the lesser-known titles are Japanese releases. A few more include Super Bikkuriman, Super Famista 5, and Gekisou Sentai Car Rangers.

After clicking on a game, it will begin loading in an SNES emulation frame sized at 640×480. Simply click the Run Game button and the ROM will begin downloading and initializing. Once loaded, it will begin playing as if the cartridge was placed into the console and turned on.

Here’s how Play Emulator’s controller settings are mapped to the keyboard by default:

  • Start: Enter
  • Select: Shift
  • Up: Up
  • Down: Down
  • Left: Left
  • Right: Right
  • Y: S
  • B: Z
  • A: X
  • X: C
  • L: A
  • R: D

Clicking outside of the emulation window will automatically pause gameplay, which is great if playing while doing something else (such as work).

When a game in the SNES emulator, a menu bar will appear at the bottom-left of the emulation frame when hovering the cursor over it. Here’s what these icons represent, from left to right:

  • Full-screen mode
  • Pause game
  • Change controller settings
  • Download state (saved game file)
  • Load state (saved game file)
  • Reset game
  • Enable/disable sound

Play Emulator is a complete solution to playing SNES games online, offering all of the major features most players want.

SNESLive

Unlike Play Emulator, SNESLive is an online emulation website built exclusively around the SNES. This allows for the website to cater specifically to the console and its games, offering a randomizer, a top 50 list, and playable games by genre.

SNESLive offers a smaller game library than Play Emulator, at just under 300, but it has less fluff—the games available, such as NBA Jam, Donkey Kong Country, and Mega Man 7, consist mostly of popular titles and the best SNES games of all time.

Each game’s page offers a full paragraph description of the game, and most also come with a YouTube video that either shows some of the game’s gameplay or offers a walkthrough or tips. Below this area of the screen, there are rows of related games.

The most significant difference between SNESLive and Play Emulator is that SNESLive’s SNES emulator is powered by Adobe Flash. Although nearing the end of Adobe’s official support for Flash, we’ve found that SNESLive’s player is smoother and less jittery than other platforms.

To begin playing a game, go to its page and click on the Play Now button within the emulation frame. From there, the game will begin downloading and immediately turn on.

SNESLive offers the standard menu options: Reset, pause, load/save state, and controller configuration. By default, this is the controller-to-keyboard setup:

  • Start: Enter
  • Select: Shift
  • Up: Up
  • Down: Down
  • Left: Left
  • Right: Right
  • Y: S
  • B: X
  • A: Z
  • X: A
  • L: Q
  • R: E

However, SNESLive supports one option that many other online SNES emulators don’t: Netplay. Netplay is a way to play multiplayer retro games with other players through a lobby-style online system. SNESLive asks for a player name and then, if the game supports it, connects the player to the netplay room list. The only problem is that SNESLive’s netplay community seems borderline nonexistent, as I’ve personally never found an active room.

While SNESLive’s game library falls short compared to Play Emulator, players may find that an SNES emulation platform powered by Flash offers performance benefits that make SNESLive the best choice of the two.

While there are dozens of online SNES emulator sites scattered across the web, many of them are the same, or a very similar, reskin of Play Emulator’s platform. Of them, Play Emulator has the most games, while SNESLive offers netplay and an alternative, sometimes smoother SNES emulator.

Do you have a favorite online SNES emulator that isn’t Play Emulator or SNESLive? If so, please leave us a comment below and let us know the benefits of it, as well as your favorite SNES games!

OTT Explains: What Is GOG Galaxy?

GOG, once known as Good Old Games, has been a game distribution platform since 2012. Comparable to sites like Fanatical and Green Man Gaming, GOG sells PC games through an online storefront.

However, unlike many of its competitors, GOG deals in completely DRM-free games and has its own standalone distribution platform, similar to how Steam works.

GOG Galaxy, GOG’s distribution platform, recently entered its second software iteration, which brought a very interesting change—it now allows the integration of games from competing platforms.

GOG Galaxy 2.0 has been a bold shift towards creating the most complete digital game library for gamers, so let’s take a look at what is GOG Galaxy and how it works in this article.

What Is GOG Galaxy?

For users familiar with Steam, understanding the concept of GOG Galaxy should be simple. In 2014, CD Projekt Red announced that GOG would be releasing a standalone client on Windows, Mac, and Linux. 

Much like Steam, the client would have three main purposes: to sell games, to allow users to organize and download their purchased games, and to allow GOG users to interact.

One of GOG’s core selling points is that they’re a DRM-free storefront. As such, the Galaxy client is completely optional. All games sold by GOG can be downloaded as individual software, without installing the client, which is not something that competitors such as Steam can say.

In 2017, GOG announced the Galaxy client’s support for cloud saves. Cloud saves are another feature first offered by Steam, and this would be Galaxy’s first major non-QoL feature. At the launch of cloud saves, 29 games were supported, allowing users to access save files across any other device.

GOG Galaxy 2.0

June 2019 marked the start of the closed beta for GOG Galaxy 2.0, a completely revamped version of GOG’s client.

The main objective of this new client was to serve gamers as a one-stop game library, allowing them to catalog and launch games from Steam, Origin, Uplay, the Epic Games Store, as well as support for console integration with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox Live network.

How to Connect GOG Galaxy 2.0 To Other Platforms

Upon downloading, installing, and launching GOG Galaxy 2.0, the application starts in a tutorial mode that helps explain the features of GOG’s new client. At the top of the main window, users should see an Add games & friends button, which will allow them to do just that.

Clicking this button will allow the user to either connect other platforms to GOG or add games manually. For users with accounts on other platforms, such as Steam, we highly recommend that users connect those to GOG—it’s safe, fast, and free.

To do so, click the Connect platforms option, which will bring up a settings window.

On this window, all of the aforementioned platforms will be listed. To connect one, simply click the Connect button beside the corresponding option.

Each connection will require that the user log in with their respective credentials. This is completely safe and none of the information is passed directly to GOG’s servers.

Once complete, the connected platform will appear on the client’s left-most menu, under the Games heading, labeled as whatever platform the user has linked—in this example, Xbox.

Linking either a PlayStation or Xbox account to GOG will obviously not allow those games to be played via PC, but it does allow players to see their achievements and other stats within the Galaxy client.

Linking any of the PC platforms, such as Steam or the Epic Games Store, will allow users to launch games from within Galaxy.

Not only that, but connecting Steam, Origin, Uplay, or the Epic Games Store will allow the user to download and directly install to those platforms from within Galaxy’s interface. This means that users can effectively replace all other library platforms, because GOG has full support to manage them from within its own client.

After clicking on any game, either an Install or Play (if installed) button will appear across the top of the screen. The button to the right of it allows users to manage their installation, check for updates, get support, and more.

Galaxy also has robust organization options, allowing users to tag games or even rate them from between one and six stars. For users with massive collections, this can be an extremely useful way of sorting and sub-categorizing games. There is also a search field that allows users to search through their entire collection.

Why You Should Use GOG Galaxy 2.0

With Galaxy 2.0, GOG has introduced a very unique resource for gamers to completely consolidate and replace their handful of PC game library platforms in favor of just one. While native clients such as Steam do have their benefits, like the Inventories and Groups systems, for gamers who are only interested in organizing and playing their games, GOG Galaxy 2.0 is definitely a great all-in-one solution.

If you have any questions or comments about GOG Galaxy 2.0 or how it can be used, drop us a comment below.

3 Discord Games For Gaming & Anime Fans

Discord’s popularity has boomed over the past several years during its transition from being marketed as a messenger for gamers to a more general communication platform. Discord servers are perfect for websites, internet personalities, and more—they’re one of the easiest ways to build an internet community for a brand, service, or hobby.

With this popularity has come a surge in the development of third-party applications, such as Discord bots. These bots have become more and more creative as Discord grows older, and some have evolved into full-fledged, text/image-based games that people can play entirely through Discord.

For those interested in gaming and anime, there’s good news—many of the most unique Discord game bots cater to these niches. In this article, let’s go over three of the most interesting Discord games for gaming and anime fans that can be played through a bot.

Karuta

Launched in February 2020, Karuta is a new bot that’s quickly gaining popularity. It offers a fun way to collect over 70,000 individual anime characters as cards through Discord.

When added to a server, Karuta works by letting individual players run a command (k!drop) on a timed interval, which rolls a set of cards in a public channel for the player and others to choose from. Beneath these cards will be a set of reactions, numbered up to three, which players can tap or click on. 

Whoever is first to react gets the card corresponding to the reaction number, which will then put the player’s claiming ability on a brief cooldown.

Cards will also automatically drop as players in the server chat actively. In large servers, the designated Karuta channel is often very busy due to both the active and passive drop methods.

Karuta is a Discord game with a global economy, meaning cards obtained in one server persist across all others. Cards drop with one of five qualities—damaged, poor, good, excellent, or mint—which visually affects them. There are also print numbers, adding an extra layer of rarity and vanity. Players can spend gold to upgrade cards up to mint condition, which unlocks further progression and cosmetic options, such as dyeing.

Karuta also has a very active trade economy and multiple different currency types to keep things interesting. The bot also takes a very strong stance against cheating, not allowing players to use multiple accounts or bots, and bans players who commit these offenses. Those players’ cards are then sent to a special global auction system where they are distributed back into the economy.

For anime fans and collectors or completionists, Karuta is an incredibly addictive bot.

Pokécord

Pokécord has been around for years and has established itself as one of the truest ways to experience the world of Pokémon through Discord.

To play Pokécord, just add the bot to a server and allow it to monitor channels where users actively chat. As this happens, Pokécord will automatically spawn Pokémon for members of the server to catch. To catch a Pokémon, players need to type the p!catch command followed by the Pokémon’s name.

Pokécord is a blend of casual trivia and a typing speed contest. The most knowledgeable Pokémon fans who can type the fastest will find themselves with the largest collection of Pokémon.

When caught, each Pokémon rolls a level and IVs, or Individual Values, which help determine its overall power level and value (for trading). This makes the bot’s economy much deeper than just catching the Pokémon a player may want—catching one with perfect IVs is the ultimate goal. Each Pokémon’s level passively increases as players chat in Discord servers that feature the bot.

While “catching ‘em all” is the main draw to Pokécord, there is a robust battling system that takes advantage of IVs. While other bots, such as Myuu, may do better of a job than Pokécord at simulating a true Pokémon battle experience, the sheer size of Pokécord—currently over a million Discord game servers—keeps it on top. Pokémon fans will love this bot.

Mudae

Mudae puts an interesting spin on the collection-style game of other bots in this article. Mudae is a Discord bot featuring characters from anime and video games that allows individual servers to run their own local “economy.” Karuta and Pokécord are both global, meaning players’ progress transfers with them across servers, but Mudae puts server owners in control of how the game works.

In Mudae, players are able to roll collectible characters based on several parameters—$hg will roll male characters from video games, $wa will roll female characters from anime, etc. Mudae’s gimmick is collecting “husbandos” and “waifus”, both popular terms in anime culture to describe beloved male and female characters, respectively.

In Mudae, clicking the heart reaction beneath unclaimed rolls will allow players to “marry” these characters, putting them in sole possession of it. Since the game is localized, this means that each character can only be claimed by one person at a time.

Mudae also features a deep currency system, kakera, which allows players to level up badges that augment the way they experience the game. For example, players can use their kakera to forge a Bronze badge that will give them an additional wishlist slot, which will ping them when a character they wish for has been rolled.

Mudae brings together both anime and gaming characters and is especially great in smaller servers due to its finite spawning system.

The Discord games listed above would be a great addition to any server filled with fans of video games or anime, and all three are regularly updated to keep things fresh. Do you have any questions or comments about any of these bots? If so, feel free to leave a comment below.

5 Sites to Alphabetize and Sort Text Lists Online

Lists help all of us keep track of things and better manage our lives. There are shopping lists, to-do lists, brainstorming lists, and much more. With how connected people are to their devices, we’ll often find ourselves making these lists on our smartphones or PCs.

However, when lists get so large that they become difficult to manage, it can be a major productivity killer. Pruning and cleaning up lists is important, but also organizing them as they grow. Alphabetizing and otherwise sorting lists is a small investment of time that can save much more time in the future.

In this article, let’s go over five sites that will allow readers to alphabetize and sort lists of text online.

The Alphabetizer

The Alphabetizer is our pick for the best overall solution to alphabetize and organize lists online. The website is easy to navigate, it offers plenty of options, and it can be used in two different flavors: the renewed version or the old version, which some users may prefer.

The Alphabetizer supports the following sorting and filtering options:

  • Alphabetize.
  • Alphabetize by last name.
  • Alphabetize titles.
  • Make lowercase.
  • Capitalize titles.
  • Remove duplicates.
  • Reverse list.
  • Strip HTML.
  • Randomize.

It also supports more complex operations, like numbering each line by number or Roman numeral, adding separators, adding any character(s) to the beginning or the end of each line, removing words, and more.

Using The Alphabetizer, it’s possible to alphabetize lists locally, without saving the data, or users can save lists to a URL to share with others.

WordCounte

As the name states, WordCounter wasn’t originally built as a site to sort and alphabetize lists, but it does offer a great alphabetizer tool.

The ability to ignore definite or indefinite articles is one feature that makes WordCounter’s alphabetizer stand out over other sites. The site also allows users to process lists based on different delimiters, such as newlines, commas, spaces, or any custom character.

Other than that, WordCounter supports the following sorting and filters options:

  • Alphabetize.
  • Alphabetize categorized list.
  • Alphabetize by last name.
  • Remove duplicates.
  • Reverse.
  • Randomize.
  • Remove HTML.
  • Add numbers/letters.
  • Add custom text.
  • Change list type.
  • Ignore first/second/third/fourth word.

If any of these options sound confusing, WordCounter does a great job of explaining each and every one of them at the bottom of the linked page.

EduBirdie

EduBirdie is a writing platform with a little-known alphabetizer tool that’s actually quite powerful. It’s clean, concise, and has a majority of the features from other sites on this list, with a few unique ones of its own.

EduBirdie’s alphabetizer allows users to choose their type of sorting, either A–Z, Z–A, or by last name, as well as the input and output formatting: blank space, newline, comma, semicolon, or any custom delimiter.

EduBirdie also features a set of removal options, allowing users to remove duplicates, punctuation, brackets, HTML, or articles from lists.

SortMyList

SortMyList is a breath of fresh air compared to other sites on this list. The site is very retro in appearance, with a UI that resembles something like a desktop application back in the days of Windows XP.

The use of Comic Sans MS is also an interesting touch—but don’t judge a book by its cover: SortMyList is a very powerful alphabetizing and sorting online tool.

SortMyList offers advanced alphabetizing options, allowing users to sort A–Z with special recognition of names, addresses, titles, emails, HREFs, and more. Uniquely, SortMyList can also sort by day of the week and month if such text is detected.

Lastly, sorting by length—this is something that practically every other online sorting tool has left out, but SortMyList supports it.

As far as other features go, there are menu options for changing letter casing—where users can transform lists to lower case, uppercase, random case, title case, or capitalize first letters—and cleaning up lists, such as removing all line breaks, trimming spaces, removing whitespace, removing non-alphanumeric characters, removing duplicates, and more.

Despite its quirky design, SortMyList is definitely versatile and useful when it comes to sorting, filtering, and alphabetizing lists.

Gillmeiser Software

Gillmeister Software’s online sorting tool is short and sweet. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles of other sites on this list, but it gets the job done if all users need is a quick and easy way to sort lists.

The only sorting options offered are alphabetical and “natural,” which evaluates the value of the contained numbers in each line. Lists data must be sorted by newlines, and users can sort ascending or descending, respecting or ignoring case sensitivity.

Sometimes less can be more, and for users who are simply looking for a fast and simple way to sort a list in the most basic ways, this tool from Gillmeister Software works great.

Taking the few seconds it requires to sort a list using one of the tools above can save users from a long road of annoyance and wasted time in the future. Leave us a comment below if you have any questions or comments about any of the sites featured in this article.

How to Change Your PSN Name With or Without a Generator

In April 2019, Sony finally did something it was promising it would do for years – allow players to change their usernames on its PlayStation Network online service.

PlayStation Network was founded in 2006 and had a major impact on Sony’s two big consoles around that time: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable. PlayStation Network now includes an online marketplace, a subscription service for gaming and social features, movie streaming, and much more.

All those embarrassing names we came up with as children no longer have to follow us around forever. Here is how to change your PSN name, and we will also explore a few interesting PlayStation Network username generators for those of you who are a little less creative.

How to Change Your PSN Name

You can change your PlayStation Network username once for free and after that for either $9.99 if you’re not a member of PlayStation Plus, or $4.99 if you are. 

After you change your PSN name, your old name can optionally display beside your name on PS4 and the web for 30 days, which is only visible to your friends.

It’s important to know that changing your username on PlayStation Network isn’t a perfect process. While all games that have been developed after this feature are fully compatible with ID changes, you’ll find problems in many older games. On PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, games and apps don’t support this feature at all.

A list of PlayStation 4 games that have been tested for compatibility with this feature, and some of the most common problems you may experience due to changing your name, can be found on the official PlayStation website.

If you do experience game-breaking problems, you’re able to revert to any of your previous names by contacting PlayStation’s support team.

How To Change Your PSN Name On PlayStation 4

If you want to change your PlayStation Network username using a PlayStation 4 console, navigate to Settings > Account Management > Account Information > Profile > Online ID.

Here, you can type in a new ID. On the next screen, you can choose if you want to display your old PlayStation Network username beside your new one, which lasts for 30 days.

Confirming your selection will either prompt you to pay the required amount, if this is not your first time changing your ID, or you’ll be informed that your first name change is free. 

Once completed, you’ll be signed out of PlayStation Network and be asked to sign back in with your new username.

How To Change Your PSN Name On PC

To change your PlayStation Network username on the web, you’ll need to access the PlayStation Network Account Management section of the Sony website.

Here, click on the PSN Profile menu option on the left. On this page, the topmost field will be Online ID. Click the Edit button to the right of it and you can change your information after accepting two confirmation windows that provide information about the risks of changing your ID.

The next window will allow you to type in your new online ID and check for its availability (using the Check Availability button). Once you’ve settled on one you like and available, you’ll be able to confirm it.

You can also see that Sony offers a few name suggestions in the screenshot above, but they aren’t the greatest. 

Let’s look at some PlayStation Network username generators to help you pick your brand new identity.

How To Use a PlayStation Network Username Generator

PSN name generators have been around for decades as a way for people to quickly come up with a username when they’re either in a jam or have no time to spare.

Most username generators cater specifically to a certain niche or theme, like fantasy or Lord of the Rings. 

However, there are a few username generators we’ve found that are advertised specifically for PlayStation Network. Of them, we’ve chosen two that we find to be the most useful.

SpinXO

SpinXO is the best all-around PSN name generator. It gives you the option to set a seed name, interests, important words, favorite numbers or letters, and more, which it will use to create a list of 30 names for you to choose from. If you don’t like those, you can spin even more.

One of the nicest features of this site is the ability to click on any of these names to instantly see if it’s available on PSN (or multiple other sites).

CoolGenerator.com

CoolGenerator.com is not as robust as SpinXO, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. CoolGenerator.com’s PSN name generator asks for a name or thing you like, and length, and from those, it’ll generate a list of usernames. You can even leave these fields empty to roll a purely random list of usernames.

As you can see from the list of names above, it falls within the character and length requirements for changing your PSN username, which is why a name generator designed specifically for PSN is much better than something more all-purpose. CoolGenerator.com does the trick if you feel SpinXO requires too much user input.

If you know any other noteworthy PlayStation Network username generators, please share them with us in the comments section below.