When Is It Okay To Emulate And When Is It Not? (Day 1002 - 8 22 12)07:17

When Is It Okay To Emulate And When Is It Not? (Day 1002 - 8 22 12)

When Is It Okay To Emulate And When Is It Not? (Day 1002 - 8/22/12)
Date: August 22nd, 2012
Running Time: 7:17

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The other day, Stephen spoke on the subject of emulation with regards to emulating games that are incredibly rare or games that will not support the developers if purchased. Today, Stephen talks about games that can be purchased. He poses a few questions to the audience, using Donkey Kong Country (SNES) as an example.

  1. When is it okay to emulate, and when is it not?
  2. Do you have to buy a Wii and a Virtual Console copy of Donkey Kong Country?
  3. Can you emulate if you buy a used SNES cartridge of the game, even though you may or may not have the console?
  4. If you do buy the SNES cartidge but don't intend to play the game on the SNES, why buy the game at all?
  5. Why buy virtual console? Is it for convenience, or to support the developer?
  6. What if you purchased your copy of Donkey Kong Country new, back in the day?
  7. If you purchase a game new, sell it to a major retailer (ex. GameStop), and get some of your money back, is it then okay to pirate it?

Stephen notes that all games that are purchased used do not support the developer of the game. While Stephen tries to support developers when he can, he doesn't have any concrete answers for anything. He asks the audience for their thoughts on the subject.

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