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    Site Emuparadise stops video game ROM sharing after 20 years due to Nintendo pressure

    The video game emulation ROM scene had a "Black Friday" moment today, when emuparadise, a long standing rom file sharing site which had offered roms for free download for over 20 years, shut down all of its rom offerings for good:

    The site explained the bad news in a post today, acknowledging the reality that the world of retro gaming has changed irrevocably and a site like EmuParadise simply can’t continue to exist even semi-legally. So they’re removing all ROM downloads.

    For those not familiar with this scene, emulators let you play games from classic consoles that might otherwise be difficult, expensive or even impossible to find in the wild. ROMs, which contain the actual game data (and are often remarkably small — NES games are smaller than the image above), are questionably legal and have existed in a sort of grey area for years. But there’s no question that this software has been invaluable to gamers.

    “I started EmuParadise 18 years ago because I never got to play many of these amazing retro games while growing up in India and I wanted other people to be able to experience them,” wrote the site’s founder, MasJ. “Through the years I’ve worked tirelessly with the rest of the EmuParadise team to ensure that everyone could get their fix of retro gaming. We’ve received thousands of emails from people telling us how happy they’ve been to rediscover and even share their childhood with the next generations in their families.”
    It is to be believed it was Nintendo and other game companies trying to reclaim their IPs, that put legal pressure on these sites that are forcing them to shut down. A lawsuit last week from Nintendo shut down two sites: loveroms.com and loveretro.co, for example. One might assume this even won't be the end of rom sites getting shut down in this recent dust up.

    Video game companies have been so far behind the times on digital offerings, up until recently when streaming become technologically doable and is even now a growing business. Behemoths (like Nintendo) actually benefit significantly from their history being hard to play. That's not a failing on their part, it's by design. They want to force you to pay for Super Mario Bros 3 on the new Nintendo Switch again for $15.99, even though your parents bought it for you for $59.99 in 1990, and you paid $4.99 for it on the Wii Virtual Console back in 2009. Nintendo does not want any NES game to be available and easily playable; keeping those games obscure and difficult to play makes them more money and allows them to (legally and rightfully) reclaim the IP ownership of their brand and go after illegal piracy. Even if Nintendo uses a rom file they got from the internet to sell in their virtual gamestores.

    Others may argue this is a slippery slope of attacking the real preservation of games digitially, as well as creative "rom hacks" done by communities who aren't in it for advertising and fee money (like some sites who offer roms do), just for the love of these games, and the appreciation of the art of the genre.

    What's interesting however is that we all know ROM sites won't go away, a lot like how internet gambling didn't go away when Black Friday or UIGEA happened; or when music sharing kept going after Napster shut down because of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 2005. People will go, and find, most likely riskier sources with torrents and files that could be loaded with malware and adware. No matter what the companies do, they can never stop rom file sharing, but putting pressure on rom sites in general may end up hurting everyone in the end due to stifling innovation (these "digital game stores" you see in console todays are because of emulation), bad PR for the brands themselves, and resulting in a just a shittier experience for the customer overall.

    Word to the wise: download what you can now before it becomes harder to make that Retropie build.
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    , I have def used Emuparadise to play many old nintendo games. That kinda sucks, the internet gets worse and worse by the year

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    I love the internet

    https://hackinformer.com/2018/08/21/...aradise-again/

    This script works only if there’s only ONE download link in that page...but it's better than nothing.

    For things like Dreamcast games, where you have a choice between CDI and GDI formats, it won’t work.
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    coolroms.com seems to still work.

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    There is a local mall with a kiosk where they sell retro Nintendo systems and cartridges. I am sure Nintendo is getting a cut of all they are selling, and I am guessing the growth of this market is why Nintendo is going after people selling their IP without doing it through them.

    We currently have a no console rule at our house, because so have seen so many of my son's friends and cousins get consoles and become completely addicted to them. But I am seriously considering getting an old NES or SNES and some of my favorite games to play with with my son.
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    Quote Originally Posted by verminaard View Post
    There is a local mall with a kiosk where they sell retro Nintendo systems and cartridges. I am sure Nintendo is getting a cut of all they are selling, and I am guessing the growth of this market is why Nintendo is going after people selling their IP without doing it through them.

    We currently have a no console rule at our house, because so have seen so many of my son's friends and cousins get consoles and become completely addicted to them. But I am seriously considering getting an old NES or SNES and some of my favorite games to play with with my son.
    IMO, if you are going to prevent your kid from playing the games he wants to play, the same stuff everyone his age plays, that's one thing, but don't mock him with decades-old systems and games just because it was what you grew up with. The new shit is way way better, and you can still choose the games he plays, how long he plays, etc. You getting him an old nintendo is really just you getting you the nintendo you remember fondly.
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    one way to cut off kids from games today is to just cut off the wifi to the console because all the new games mandatory require net connectivity now because the game companies are protectionist, micro-transaction loving donks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crowe Diddly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by verminaard View Post
    There is a local mall with a kiosk where they sell retro Nintendo systems and cartridges. I am sure Nintendo is getting a cut of all they are selling, and I am guessing the growth of this market is why Nintendo is going after people selling their IP without doing it through them.

    We currently have a no console rule at our house, because so have seen so many of my son's friends and cousins get consoles and become completely addicted to them. But I am seriously considering getting an old NES or SNES and some of my favorite games to play with with my son.
    IMO, if you are going to prevent your kid from playing the games he wants to play, the same stuff everyone his age plays, that's one thing, but don't mock him with decades-old systems and games just because it was what you grew up with. The new shit is way way better, and you can still choose the games he plays, how long he plays, etc. You getting him an old nintendo is really just you getting you the nintendo you remember fondly.
    He is 7. I admit I haven't kept touch with the gaming world zeitgeist the last 15 years or so, but I imagine something like Super Mario World on SNES would stand the test of time, and kids today would enjoy it.

    I could be wrong though.

    All his friends play Minecraft and Fortnite and some of them are really addicted and that is definitely something I am trying to avoid as much as possible.
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