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OpenEmu is an open source project to bring game emulation to OS X as a first class citizen, leveraging modern OS X technologies such as Cocoa, Core Animation and Quartz, and 3rd party libraries like Sparkle for auto-updating. OpenEmu is based on a modular architecture, allowing for game emulators as plugins, this means OpenEmu can support a host of different emulation engines and back-ends while retaining a familiar OS X native front-end.

Our sister site,, talked to the OpenEmu team for a feature article on how they hope to bring emulation to the masses.


  • Use audio or MIDI input to drive game characters and input
  • Use the same input signals to control multiple ROMs at once from the same joystick/gamepad
  • Add 3D effects or image processing to the game image for interactive 8bit visuals
  • VJ with your favorite games, in realtime, with effect responding to game input
  • iTunes-like ROM organizer
  • External controller support right out of the box

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