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Emulators like pcsx2,epsxe etc?
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its a little shady. IF the bios you use isnt yours then its illegal. If you dont have a copy of the game its illegal. Its hard to say though.
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From what I understood, it's only "legal" if you have "made a copy of your game" as a back up. I could have read it wrong.

Here, this might help you out:
http://www.nintendo.com/corp/legal.jsp
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post #4 of 11
as long as you use your own games/ROMS and BIOSes it is
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If you were somehow doing it for PS3/360 games it would certainly be illegal, but most emulators were for old games and systems that were no longer available so nobody really cared that some people used emulators to play them. Now that they are bringing some of them back to the modern consoles through their respective marketplaces there's less of a gray area to exploit. Realistically though most companies care about the piracy of modern games, not ones from 5+ years ago so I'd say you're safe
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If you have legit games to play on them, I don't see why not.
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In b4 the lock!
    
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post #8 of 11
It is a gray area. If you have the console and the game in emulation form, I say your conscience should be good enough.

Companies like the MPAA say ripping CD's is illegal and you cannot have the Beatles on MP3, etc.
post #9 of 11
I saw some pretty good N64 emu's of zelda orinica of time

and some pretty good emu's of SNES Metriod 2, and Zelda:link to the past




but then the game police industrial complex made me sell illegal drugs to the daughter of a "non-cooperative" defiant leader, that had refused the private global central banksters that was to enslave his nation???

what game was that again, REAL LIFE???
Edited by Mit Namso - 2/24/11 at 6:45pm
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Illegal? Yeah, for the most part. But then again, we live in the world where laws favor big corporations, it shouldn't be surprising at all. Yesterday you couldn't copy the game, today you can't install it more than five times, tomorrow copyright will no longer be subject to expiration, giving a copyrighted book to your friend is a criminal offense, games would be sold on a per-feature basis and RIAA/MPAA would merge and become the Ministry of Information. I'm willing to bet they're gonna build it right next to the Ministry of Truth.
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