While that's all well and good and I do look forward to playing the remake (because I'm a sucker and Square Enix is going to be getting at least part of my soul as payment), the news of the remake made me remember the idle days I spent playing Final Fantasy as a young'un.
"Avast, if only it were but 2002 again, and I would have my old consoles and therefore the ability to play these games again!" I screamed aloud to no one in particular. "But wait, Vin!" retorted a shapeless, ethereal voice from the heavens. "You forget that it is 2015, and technology has served to bring these experiences back to you!"
I thanked the disembodied voice, remembering that emulators are a thing now. For those of you who don't know what an emulator is, it's basically a software that serves as a copy of an old console, so that you can replay old titles in the interface they were once provided in, and they serve as a means of returning us to the simpler days of gaming.
Pictured above is an emulator I like to use. It's a simple Gameboy Advance emulator, and it runs on Android. With it, I can play old GBA games on my phone. They can take up a bit of space, though, so be wary with the files you download.
Emulators work by running ROMs. Roms are read-only memories, meaning that they are files that cannot be changed or deleted. Roms used for video game emulators essentially contain a read-only copy of the game data from the original format. For instance, on my emulator, I'm running Final Fantasy VI Advance.
I love emulators for the nostalgia factor. There are games that I played a lot (or a little) growing up that never got ported to newer console generations. There are games that I've lost due to moves or innattention, and emulating gives me the opportunity to play them again.
The only real issue I have is that as far as I've seen so far, there are no universal emoulating platforms. I understand that every different console has its particular coding issues and things, but I figured with modern technology, we'd be able to see at least one. As it stands right now, if you want to play a GBA game, you need a GBA emulator. If you want to play a Playstation title, that's an entirely different emulator. Not a huge peeve, but still.
Many of these emulators and roms are free downloads, though I do advise caution. Moreover, I suggest purchasing an emulator if you have the chance. It takes hard work for these folks to make these emulators, so they could use the support.
Now that you have the knowledge, go forth and emulate!