What does Emu mean in computer and gaming slang?


When you hear the term ‘Emu’, it’s not always about a bird! In the tech world, ‘Emu’ is short for “emulator”. It’s a term often thrown around by software experts and gaming aficionados.

One of the most common uses of the ‘Emu’ is in the gaming sphere. It’s used to play classic games from systems like Nintendo (NES), Sega Genesis, and PlayStation. Here, you’re using an emu on your computer to play a game that you’ve saved as a file.

But that’s not all an ‘Emu’ can emulate. It can also mimic an operating system, like running Windows on a Mac. This is what you call a software Emu.

There are also SDK emus, which let you test a development project on an emulated device. And if you’re into digital forensics or security research, there are emus for that too. Forensic emus copy smartphones to uncover evidence of criminal activities, while security research emus mimic devices to spot security weaknesses.

Example for using ‘Emu’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard of the term ‘Emu’?

Yeah, it’s short for ‘Emulator’.

Exactly! It’s used to refer to software that imitates other devices or systems.

Oh, like those game emus that let you play old-school games on your computer?