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So I built myself a 'Retropie' which is basically a raspberry pi 3 with loads of emulators and roms. I'm not into piracy, i.e. downloading movies, kodi and so on, so it does kinda feel a bit... 'di… Read More
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10m, 3w agoPosted 10 months, 3 weeks ago
So I built myself a 'Retropie' which is basically a raspberry pi 3 with loads of emulators and roms.

I'm not into piracy, i.e. downloading movies, kodi and so on, so it does kinda feel a bit... 'dirty' downloading roms and having all these games for free lol

What's everyone's opinion? I'm thinking I might bin it off and get a NES mini :(
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10m, 3w agoPosted 10 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
What ever rocks your boat!
#2
Enjoy!
#3
If it's not illegal, then that's fine. Hope that helps your consciousness!
Regards
#4
But what about all the amazing games on other legacy consoles and those which can't be played on that particular "console"??

Is there a marketplace where you can legitimately purchase all games from legacy consoles?

To play certain games you have to pirate. A NES Mini just doesn't cut it.

Edited By: RossD89 on Aug 25, 2016 23:13: .
#5
pimmzy
If it's not illegal, then that's fine. Hope that helps your consciousness!
Regards
But, strictly speaking at least, it *is* illegal. ;)

If there's a legitimate way to buy the game on current platforms - for example, via the Wii (U) Virtual Console or PlayStation Classics, my view is that you should use that route. Where this isn't the case, personally I'd be fairly relaxed about emulation as an accessible alternative.
#6
I'm curious is your Retropie portable?
Also, I emulate things all the time, only things I own of course :p
I think the law is flawed as you should be able to download and play games if you own the cartridges.
#7
Yes it's tiny.
#8
Anyone know if the eshop on the wii is still open?
#9
To help balance morals make a donation to a charity.!
#10
I'm not into piracy, i.e. downloading movies, kodi and so on, so it does kinda feel a bit... 'dirty' downloading roms and having all these games for free lol
Using an emulator is perfectly legal but you downloading roms is illegal (your violating copyright laws).
You mention Kodi? Using Kodi to watch films and TV episodes is perfectly legal because all your doing is streaming. It's illegal to download, upload or to copy, streaming is perfectly fine.
Get your facts right.



Edited By: GregoryHouse on Aug 26, 2016 01:55: c
#11
I very happily emulate and try things out frequently, most of the time you muck around with a game for 10 minutes and switch it out, or you just use cheats to bash through it.

Sega do won't Nintendon't - they have a released emulator and access to purchase ROMs and a growing steam workshop mod scene - so you can mod things and cheat your way through Golden Axe/Streets of Rage and save scumm to your heart's content.

If you like any specific games, maybe buy them instead of feeling guilty, but I don't see why you should feel guilty.
#12
I have no issues with it. I've used emulators for years. While I started because there are tonnes of games that weren't available in this country, I've since moved over to play all of my older games via emulator. On top of availability, you have the ability to save anywhere, which is great when you have limited time. It also allows for some cool entertainment, like completing four Mario games with exactly the same button presses in under nine minutes.:D
#13
GregoryHouse
I'm not into piracy, i.e. downloading movies, kodi and so on, so it does kinda feel a bit... 'dirty' downloading roms and having all these games for free lol
Using an emulator is perfectly legal but you downloading roms is illegal (your violating copyright laws).
You mention Kodi? Using Kodi to watch films and TV episodes is perfectly legal because all your doing is streaming. It's illegal to download, upload or to copy, streaming is perfectly fine.
Get your facts right.
I think perfectly fine is a massive exaggeration. It's very much a grey area at the moment.

Unless I am mistaken, when you stream you technically download a small portion of said data into the RAM for smoother playback etc. (i.e. less buffering)*.

*okay updated... storing temporary data isn't illegal.

It's an odd one, whilst it isn't illegal it would appear it still just doesn't feel 'right'. Turns out an EU law states that, could well change if / when we leave the EU.


Edited By: ipswich78 on Aug 26, 2016 10:33
#14
Rid1
I think the law is flawed as you should be able to download and play games if you own the cartridges.

Then the correct thing to do is to try and get it changed. You can't just ignore laws because you don't want to obey them.
#15
after X amount of years i think they become public domain so you can get some roms guilt free.
#16
If it makes you happy and positive, just do it.
#17
ipswich78
GregoryHouse
I'm not into piracy, i.e. downloading movies, kodi and so on, so it does kinda feel a bit... 'dirty' downloading roms and having all these games for free lol
Using an emulator is perfectly legal but you downloading roms is illegal (your violating copyright laws).
You mention Kodi? Using Kodi to watch films and TV episodes is perfectly legal because all your doing is streaming. It's illegal to download, upload or to copy, streaming is perfectly fine.
Get your facts right.
I think perfectly fine is a massive exaggeration. It's very much a grey area at the moment.
Unless I am mistaken, when you stream you technically download a small portion of said data into the RAM for smoother playback etc. (i.e. less buffering)*.
*okay updated... storing temporary data isn't illegal.
It's an odd one, whilst it isn't illegal it would appear it still just doesn't feel 'right'. Turns out an EU law states that, could well change if / when we leave the EU.
I've been using rom's for years. To play DS/3DS rom's you need an adaptor which are illegal (Amazon and ebay won't sell them). Amazon allow the sell of android TV boxes loaded with kodi that allow you to watch the latest films, TV series, sports etc. You can also buy amazon fire sticks loaded with kodi on ebay. Both companies know the law, there is no grey area.

Edited By: GregoryHouse on Aug 26, 2016 13:10: c
#18
EndlessWaves
Rid1
I think the law is flawed as you should be able to download and play games if you own the cartridges.
Then the correct thing to do is to try and get it changed. You can't just ignore laws because you don't want to obey them.
The technique works well in real life :) How many people has recorded radio or tv recordings and kept them. People using water butts to water their garden during a drought. Recording Singing happy birthday and not pay royalities to Time Warner ( but I think you're ok now ). Ripping audio CDs for personal use. Observing the speed limit on a motorway and then add another 10mph to it.

The list of laws we break daily without caring is huge :)
#19
Emulation is illegal by themerit that it's mostly built on the reversed engineering of crackers. I see nothing wrong with it though as it has saved many games from digital oblivion and has opened a very profitable market for retro gaming. It has also allow many systems to be saved due to age related problems.
#20
They sell retropi on eBay as well ?
#21
I love these "I'm doing something that I know is illegal but I want to confess to people to make myself feel less guilty about my actions" posts. Mate, do whatever makes you happy. As long as it's not terrible it's fine. I'm sure everybody has downloaded something or emulated a game in their life at some point. Emulators themselves are illegal, it's the Stealing of games that is. But then people would argue the grey area if they've paid for it in the past. Just do it and don't tell anyone lol
#22
I think you are really hurting the games industry by playing a ROM of a 20 year old game think about those developers going hungry tonight without your purchase (sarcasm)

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