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Originally Posted by ghostrider85 View Post

How about posting the source?

Here it is in the meantime:

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/08/retrode-review-the-best-legal-way-to-enjoy-classic-game-cartridges/
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post #12 of 19
I really wonder how "fair use "backups" of cartridges they already legally own" would hold up in court.
I personally see no problem with it. If I spend $50 on a game 25 years ago, I'm not sure how me downloading a copy of the same game would be illegal.

That device is pretty sweet though .. I always wished there was a easy way to do it myself.
 
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post #13 of 19
Nifty device, too bad my Snes and 64 still work properly. tongue.gif
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post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by ghostrider85 View Post

How about posting the source? And is this really a news?

ya more like, olds biggrin.gif
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post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Rustynails View Post

if you have the game why would you play it on your pc and not on the console ?

One of the best reasons is listed in the article, because you can add texture packs to the games, giving you Zelda in HD without pointy-gons all over.

Fixed the source, FYI.
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if you have the game why would you play it on your pc and not on the console ?

In addition to what others said, you can also upscale resolution and apply post processing to make the games look better than trying to play a SNES on your 55" HDTV.
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Fixed the link, again. :/
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This lets you legally make a ROM file from your cartridge... so you don't have to keep using it. Also using an emulator is tons better then playing these games on their original system.

First, I don't agree with emulators being better then the original consoles. Some maybe, most, no.

Second, if you make a "legal" copy of the rom using the device, there is no difference between that rom and downloaded roms. So if you want the backup of a rom you own, why spend the money?

Honestly, this device is sort of stupid, as pretty much all roms have been dumped already, and no one gets sued, or goes to jail for using backup of roms they download (and don't own the cartridge). If the various companies that made the software cared about making money off the old games, they make new versions of the games that work with modern computers/consoles. Most don't, so we don't see them much.

I find it funny people want to obey the "law" on this stuff, when those companies have been doing what they can to make DRM that won't allow you to play the games in the future. For example, moving part of the game code (single player) onto a server, so once they pull the plug, the game will never be playable again.
    
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post #19 of 19
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if you have the game why would you play it on your pc and not on the console ?

limited space, increased graphics, on the fly game shark cheats, hi res texture packs etc etc.
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