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 What's your thought on emulators? 

What do you think of emulators?
I think they're great. 35%  35%  [ 15 ]
I feel indifferent about emulators. 9%  9%  [ 4 ]
I think they're evil. 12%  12%  [ 5 ]
Broccoli! 30%  30%  [ 13 ]
Amphy 14%  14%  [ 6 ]
Total votes : 43

 What's your thought on emulators? 
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Emulator=A thing let's you play console video games on your computer; usually for free :evil:

I believe emulators are pure evil, because they make it so that the people who made the games for consoles don't get the money they deserve for their work. :( If everyone played games on free emulators, the gaming corporations would go out of business! :cry:

Well, anyways, that's just my opinion. :|

Feel free to share your thoughts on emulators. 8)

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I don't like emulator's, as they seems to have worse graphics n' stuff. So yeah, they are teh ebil.

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I like emulators, and I don't see the problem with using them, except for the fact that they rip a 100 million dollar company off. I <s>download them illegally</s> play them all the time, and probably make up 80% of my video game collection.

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Emulators and it Roms are illegal.There just a piece of crap.Why can't people buy the real thing.I used to have a Emulator and roms for it but when I found it was illegal I deleted all files that were emulator and roms.Who uses emulators be ashame of yourself you just ripped off a major company.


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Pokemon Master Ryo wrote:
Emulators and it Roms are illegal.

So are a lot of things that people still do anyway. "OH NOES THIS IS ILEGAL I SOHULD STOP!!11"

Pokemon Master Ryo wrote:
There just a piece of crap.Why can't people buy the real thing.

Unavailability in some areas? Ridiculous pricing? Not having the money to buy a $100 system and a $40 game (under the best conditions) to play a game due to needing to pay for other much more necessary things such as....oh, I don't know, food, water, a house, college expenses, etc.?

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I used to have a Emulator and roms for it but when I found it was illegal I deleted all files that were emulator and roms.

Good for you. You stay secure with the knowledge that you're not going to get arrested for that (which I've never heard of happening anyway).

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Who uses emulators

The webmasters of this site. Ever wonder how they get the sprites from the games? Even if they had the original game, it would be extremely hard to get sprites without an emulator.

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be ashame of yourself you just ripped off a major company.

No, shame on the companies for ripping people off on the pricing. In New Zealand's case, a lot of Game Boy games are around NZ$100, which converts to around US$68. Why would you want to pay $68 for a Game Boy game? I understand emulators and ROMs are illegal, but in cases like that they are justified to use them.

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Most games from N64's generation down, they're not getting a profit from them anyway. People buying NES, etc. games are buying them from other people, not from the company. I play some roms because it's easier to get stuff on the game and sometimes games run smoother on a PC than the actual game (take Ocarina of Time, for example). I like collecting roms of games people messed with too. Meaning people edit the levels, layouts, etc. to give you a new experience or to make the game more challenging.

There's also games that aren't available to us here. Like Mother. That game is a Japan only game, but you can find roms that are translated to full English.

You can see where I'm going with this.

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Flaming_Wuzzle reall hit the nail on this one.

First of all, they ARE NOT illegal IF you have the original game itself. This is reasonable, since your copy may have been damaged or broken. I personally use them for the effects of Gameshark in the game, like seeing what would happen if I put on "LOLZOMFGAI!" on Soul Calibur 2, keeping in mind I have the original copy.

They are not "a piece of crap" as PMR suggests. Just like Flaming_Wuzzle pointed out, the webmasters of this site use them. Pricing and availability also matter.

Lastly, the fact of the matter that "I'm GO1N9 +O G3+ 4rRe5T3D 4ND 5eN+ +0 jA1L pHOR U$1ng ROm5! OH no! MU$+ GE+ @ phLiGH+ 4Nd phLY Aw4Y +0 5ERB14!" is actually false. I've never seen this happen before, but I believe they report it to your IP. Of course, if you're the one distrubuting the ROMs, you WILL be imprisoned.

To sum it up, Broccoli.

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For me the reason for using them is because I can't afford every single game that I like. Take Pokemon, for instance. I'm not shelling out all that cash for GSC, and now, FRLGRSE. The GBA games for Pokemon have 5 titles alone, and would cost a bomb. As such, buying two and playing the rest on an emulator seems more reasonable.

ROMs are also good ways for obtaining screenshots, either for fan art, or for writing guides about the games :wink:

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Hmmm... I see your points, Flaming_Wuzzle and sNOwBaLL. :|

I guess emulators can be used for the common good. I hadn't realized that alot of the coolest pics, sprite, and screenshots from video games are from emulators...


Oh, yeah, I voted Broccoli, by the way. :mrgreen:

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So THAT'S what an emulator is. Always wondered that.

Now that I know, they're pure evil. I feel bad for the companies that got ripped off by this.

Still, if they need pictures, they could use an emulator, but still. They could just email or drop a line to the company and ask. Or use a webcam, then edit out what they don't like.

Okay, the last part only applies to games not available for the PC. Just thought of that :mrgreen:

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Everyone just remember, most of the emulators out there are for N64 down. The companies are NOT losing any profit with NES, SNES, N64, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, Gameboy Color and the generations below it, etc. I've only played one N64 ROM, which I deleted because it didn't work properly. The only emulators I have are for NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis, because my NES and Sega Genesis are busted, and I wanted to play the Final Fantasies for SNES.

Also, alot of people emulate Final Fantasy V, Bahamut Lagoon, Star Ocean, and many other games for SNES because they only came out in Japan.

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I once downloaded an emulator for GBA. Couldn't figure how to use the thing, so I deleted it. Glad I did ^_^

I have my Genesis, and it still works (can't say that for my second controller...), and I have plenty of games I haven't yet beaten for it. I doubt I'd be able to figure how to use them on the PC.

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YOU WILL NOT GET ARRESTED FOR USING THEM, ONLY DISTIBUTING THEM. I mean seriously, you think the cops got time to find every person who has ever downloaded an emulator? Cuz' They don't. However they will try and find you occasionally if you upload stuff ILLEGALY. If you have that disclaimer about how it is illegal to download the game unless you own it, then they usually can't do much, plus they don't care unless you're as popular as Limewire and stuff like that.

Also as for using them, it can be difficult to use the N64 ones and Dreamcast ones, unless you have a controller for them, so they don't get downloaded as much.

Do you realize how hard it is to find the old games for sale in a store. I don't buy stuff off the net, so it is usually the only way I can't get some of those rare sega genesis games(Favorite console).

Lastly, Broccoli

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I use an emulator for GBA to play pokemon games,and I'm not ashamed of it.I cannot get my hands on a GBA and all the pokemon games I want because of the simple fact that in my country pokemon games don't sell good and just aren't available to find anywhere.And even if they were,the prices for GBA games here are outrageous (can't remember but they still are).

To shorten up my opinnion,I just agree with what FW wrote in his entire post.

The police probably have better things to do regarding the internet (such as child pornography) than going on a pointless spree of aresting every emulator user in the world (which is quite rediculous imo).

Thank God I have VisualBoyAdvance to play GBA games.

Emulators aren't evil.Sure,there probably are some people that abuse emulators to the fullest extent (whatever that might be) but I just like the fact that I can play a couple of games without buying the whole gaming system and everything.

Oh and btw,I voted for the "I think they're great" option,if anyone cares.


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OK, sorry to Necromance but I want o comment for anyone reading this old thread.

Emulators are ILLEGAL, they're a copy of a copyright game. That is in direct breach of the copyright laws. There are no excuses for using one. Even if you are not found out, your data for using them can easily be tracked and you could get fined/arrested. I'm deeply sorry to anyone who can't afford game but that doesn't make it any better.

Thank you.

Just replying to an old comment becasue I think it's disgusting it should die out to the opinion of 'it's OK to break the law!'


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HEY, i have about 500 roms and about 5 emulaters on a couple discs, all nes/snes/GB/GBC games... they are the shizzbomb! and since they don't swell them anymore, why would the company care, they don't make a profit on them nowadays anyways. (all except ninty soon, who will have the virtual console, and then when that comes out, it mighth be illegal)


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Oh yes, I agree, but it's still copying a copyrighted material. Anyway, 20 or so years is not a heck of a long time, theyre're books and movies older than that you'd get done for copying. The fact is that they are illegal end of story. Whatever the morals/situation you are breaking a law by using them. It's not my/anyone's fault if you cannot get a snes any other way it is still

ILLEGALyes, it is, shoo

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[color=#A37AEE]Oh no! Major comapnies aren't getting


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I didn't say you're going to get arrested, I said it's illegal. Whether or not police will actually claim money from you is besides the point, I just don't see the point in risking it. END OF STORY, your comment added nothing to dicusiion, you were just backing up previous people's views and making fun of mine without reason.

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G1313 wrote:
Now that I know, they're pure evil. I feel bad for the companies that got ripped off by this.

Do you think these companies feel bad by ripping money off us? No chance.

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Even if you are not found out, your data for using them can easily be tracked and you could get fined/arrested.

Yes, I am going to carry my desktop around for the pure purpose of playing Pokemon on my emulator.

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Oh no! Major comapnies aren't getting

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Emulators...or more appropriately ROMs...are fantastic.

Wouldn't be a Super Robot Wars Fan without 'em.

And emulators are actually legal, by-the-by. ROMs aren't.

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I believe emulators are pure evil, because they make it so that the people who made the games for consoles don't get the money they deserve for their work.


...because we all know that every Video Game has come out in every locale/territory across the globe.

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I don't like emulator's, as they seems to have worse graphics n' stuff. So yeah, they are teh ebil.


GR4FX WHORE!!!

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Who uses emulators be ashame of yourself you just ripped off a major company.


...what, you mean the employees might have to struggle to pay for their 2nd mansions? :P

Oh and Legality ≠ Morality.

'Nuff Said.

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Not having the money to buy a $100 system and a $40 game (under the best conditions) to play a game due to needing to pay for other much more necessary things such as....oh, I don't know, food, water, a house, college expenses, etc.?


You just equated moderate pricing for luxury items with survival necessities.

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Like Mother. That game is a Japan only game, but you can find roms that are translated to full English.


Actually, that's an unreleased Nintendo-translated BETA. It's official and everything, which brings up my next point...

You can play unreleased Games with emulators. How is that not awesome?

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First of all, they ARE NOT illegal IF you have the original game itself.


Yes, they are, unless you actually uploaded the ROM to your computer...yourself.

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They could just email or drop a line to the company and ask. Or use a webcam, then edit out what they don't like.


I'm not even going to bother mocking you for the first sentence, it's so ignorantly na

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I've only gottne the urge to download one for the pure sake of Fire Emblem 4. Which was for the SNES, Which is nearly inpossible to obtain. I agree only with using them for very old games. If someone was running around with a Halo 2, Emerald, SSBM, I don't like it. Being so lazy not to even buy it..having to take the easy way out. I disapprove of ROMS for recent games, But I have no proplems with really old games.

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Calculon wrote:


Sneaky_Sneasel wrote:
I don't like emulator's, as they seems to have worse graphics n' stuff. So yeah, they are teh ebil.


GR4FX WHORE!!!


I said this over 5 months ago :/

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I didn't realise that this Topic had been necromanced.

Still, I stand by my statement until you find a way of disproving it. :P

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Emulators are illegal

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the graphics are mostly rubbish

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