Failure, loss, damage, replacement, repair. They're all part of life, part of living. I look at my arthritis and often dream of a cure, but it's here, I have it and it's part of my life. It's my memories, spent years of installing PC equipment, bending down to fit into tight spaces to fit ethernet cabling, or a tower case. Crawling into tight spaces to change cables, or to find breaks.
Sure, your emulation looks great on the Pi, via HDMI to that nice 60" 4K TV. But it's lifeless. It's not how the original pixel artists imagined. You can take a Picasso, digitise it and clean it up, clean all the years of muck and dirt and print out a nice high-definition print. But it's no longer a Picasso, it's a copy that has lost it's heart and soul. You could argue that the new print looks better, but does it ? If it does, then why is it worth 5 bucks ? While the original is worth 5 Million bucks. Now, everyone has that nice high definition copy on their wall. But there will only ever be the one, the original.
I see the real deal as this.
Sure, it's going to break down, guzzles gas like no other, and has no modern comforts. No electric windows, no air con, no power steering, no CD player, no Sat nav. But it's unique. There will never be another made in the future. Driving it, you are driving a beast. Your senses are at their maximum, you feel everything through the steering wheel. The feedback from the car gives car enthusiasts a massive smile.
Emulation is this.
Sure, it looks "Modern". Has all the modern luxuries, is incredibly high tech. Electric windows, power steering, central locking, alarm, digital dashboard. It's environmentally friendly. But it's dull. I have most of these things in my car. Most cars today have many of these features. It's fast, with amazing acceleration. But driving it, will it "Feel" like you're in control of something, or will it feel like you are along for the ride, while the computers do everything. I've drove a battery car, nothing like the I8, but I can say the nice quiet drive soon wears off fast.