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What exactly are the rules regarding emulation discussion?

#1zeke000000Posted 10/10/2013 3:18:56 PM
Even without talking about piracy

Either I see users comfortably mention emulators(ps2, wii, psp, snes, etc) and how they use them blah blah blah

Or people getting moderated for even talking about it because it's "against the tos"and in some cases mods claiming "it's not legal"

Aren't emulators perfectly legal? And isn't it legal to back up your games and play them on your PC? Because even in past threads when OP's have specified this, their topic still gets deleted.
#2SinisterSlayPosted 10/10/2013 3:22:32 PM(edited)
The rule is, if your post is reported, the mod deletes it.

If it's an actual violation, you lose karma, if it wasn't a violation, then you don't lose karma.


Far as I know, emulation is legal everywhere.

The tricky part is getting the BIOS from a console you own, and the ROM from a game you own.
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#3NicodimusPosted 10/10/2013 3:21:48 PM
I believe it becomes illegal when you distribute copyrighted material. In other words, emulators are legal, but the copyrighted content people access with them isn't, at least until it becomes public domain (which I believe takes 75 years for anything, not 100% sure on that time.)
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#4Kokuei05Posted 10/10/2013 3:28:18 PM
IMO, emulation = piracy.

I've said it before; you just don't buy a game to emulate. You download games to emulate. People say otherwise are lying their ass off.
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#5JudgmenlPosted 10/10/2013 3:31:41 PM
Talk about it off site it's not worth the potential karma loss.
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#6RequiemPosted 10/10/2013 3:35:00 PM
Kokuei05 posted...
IMO, emulation = piracy.

I've said it before; you just don't buy a game to emulate. You download games to emulate. People say otherwise are lying their ass off.


Except, you know, for convenience and better resolutions.
But especially convenience.
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#7JudgmenlPosted 10/10/2013 3:42:27 PM
Kokuei05 posted...
IMO, emulation = piracy.

I've said it before; you just don't buy a game to emulate. You download games to emulate. People say otherwise are lying their ass off.


Oh this. I don't have my PSX/PS2 hooked up anymore, and my DS and PSPs are broken.

(But I don't play video games I'm just proving a point).
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#8arleasPosted 10/10/2013 3:45:44 PM
From: Nicodimus | #003
at least until it becomes public domain (which I believe takes 75 years for anything, not 100% sure on that time.)


If Disney has their say, it'll never happen again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk862BbjWx4
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#9xKynOxPosted 10/10/2013 3:50:01 PM
how can emulation be piracy when i dumped my PS2 bios myself and still own the PS2 and have a original game in my dvd drive?
#10DiviDudePosted 10/10/2013 3:52:38 PM
Kokuei05 posted...
IMO, emulation = piracy.

I've said it before; you just don't buy a game to emulate. You download games to emulate. People say otherwise are lying their ass off.


You can say it all you'd like. It's still wrong.