And the moment you’re uploading, you’re distributing, and thus violating the copyright holder’s rights. But downloading, and especially downloading something you have a paid license to, is not a copyright violation. Copyright gives the copyright holder the legal right to control distribution of the copyrighted work. Downloading is not distribution, so you cannot violate copyright by downloading something. They will arrest the bootlegger selling the copies, but don’t do anything about the people buying the bootleg CDs because they haven’t done anything wrong . Since you paid for and own the right to play the game, where you get the bits which allow you to play the game should be irrelevant in the eyes of the law. Their answer cannot be "buy another license, but oops, sorry, we’re not selling them anymore."
I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not perfect, but it does play a large percentage of PS2 games, with most of those being perfectly playable, provided that you have a fast enough system. My older system can run some games at acceptable speeds, although it struggles to run the more complex games. Sony has nothing to say about the development of an emulator as long as the authors don’t promote it as a way to pirate games, which they don’t. I recall years ago when Techdirt posted an article about triggering reactions in Alzheimer’s patients by playing music from their younger years.
Those consoles almost always have the same few games duplicated over and over, and are filled with nothing but ROMs and ROM rip-offs. As we just mentioned above, there are a lot of emulators available. However, you should be careful to pick up the ones that are compatible with your particular device to get the best gaming experience. Now, we will see the best emulators for the most common platforms. While that’s true in this case, it’s not just sites that offer current games and/or other content that Nintendo goes after.
For instance, the Nintendo GameCube used non-standard 8 cm DVD-like optical media, which for a long time prevented games stored on those discs from being copied. It was not until a security hole was found in Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II that GameCube games could be successfully copied, using the GameCube itself to read the discs. ROMs can be copied from the read-only memory chips found in cartridge-based games and many arcade machines using a dedicated device in a process known as dumping. For most common home video game systems, these devices are widely available, examples being the Doctor V64, or the Retrode. That’s why they’ve only gone after people who’ve downloaded via filesharing apps – those apps also uploaded content to other filesharers.
As copyright companies are so fond of saying, you didn’t buy the game, you bought a license authorizing you to play the game. But the answer comes from what Nintendo did in the last couple years. They tried the idea of making a "Classic" console with the games to see if they would sell. I think they were surprised by the response and now see that there is a great amount of money to be made off titles they originally sold 30/40 years ago. But often, defunct companies’ assets are purchased, so even if the company no longer exists, some other firm may own the right to their game.
Thus, downloading it from a ROM hosting site would be a form of copyright infringement GBA Games. Now to snuff out the other 8 million ways to play copied NES roms and we good. We’ve all see the mall kiosks that are selling knock-off Nintendo platforms that are supposedly filled with hundreds upon hundreds of games.
Videogames relevant to our early days are likely to be a core part of our fading memories when we’re older. Recapturing those experiences will contribute a lot to making sure our brains don’t all go to shit. But of course, thanks to copyright fanatics, we can’t have those nice things. In that same article about music therapy, of course antidirt and out_of_the_blue lost their minds at the suggestion that music should be made more cost-accessible.
They oppose any site carrying their games, even if they’re NES ROMS from 30 years ago. They oppose hacks, remakes, emulation (unless it’s their own), and even videos of their games. Players who can’t be fucked to pay extra costs for a system that runs Sony’s old games will simply do without, assuming they haven’t already been spending most of their time playing newer games anyway.
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