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Sat 28th Dec 2013

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iamnotpatrick commented on Hyperkin's RetroN 5 Console Allegedly Infringe...:

A lot of the people commenting are against emulators. They argue that you can just play on original hardware and that doing otherwise is stealing.

I have an original NES and a library of 60+ games. I want to play these games and not have them look terrible. Playing NES on an HDTV makes the games look terrible and play terrible as a result of input lag. The ONLY way to play these old games on an HDTV (LCD, plasma or whatever) is to use an emulator, unless you want to shell out like $400 for a fancy upscaler and then also mod your consoles to output RGB - oh yeah, this won't solve your input lag issue though and will actually add lag. The "newest" CRTs are now 10+ years old and will not last much longer, and most are in poor condition and have noticeable issues with geometry, purity and convergence (look it up). I repeat: emulators are the only way to play these games on an HDTV and have them look right and play correctly.

I only have ROMs of games that I own. I realize that under the law I would have to create the ROMs myself, but come on. Now we're just getting into ridiculous technicalities that are designed purely to benefit the copyright owner by turning the copyright into an endless source of revenue, something that copyrights were NEVER intended to do (again, look it up).

To illustrate the absurdity of copyright laws as applied to old video games, it is actually legal to make a backup copy of your software under a provision of the DMCA, but game copying devices are themselves illegal.



iamnotpatrick commented on Preview: Japanese Gamers Get Their Free Super ...:

i think it's a pretty good version of the game, personally. The extras are fun and provide a reason to play the game again if you already played it on NES. You can hold left or right on the directional pad to look left or right, partially circumventing the smaller screen size. Plus you can unlock the Lost Levels!