Nintendo, The Industry, And The Attack On Emulators (The Jimquisition)

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Nintendo is clamping down on emulation, causing sites like EmuParadise to cease doing business. The game industry hates emulation almost as much as contemporary piracy, so this is good news for executives.

It’s just a shame that, in a world without emulators, the industry doesn’t care at all about archival, or offering a service that could begin to compete with what ROMs were doing.

Christopher Allen
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Christopher Allen

Saying “emulators are illegal” isn’t strictly true. Emulators are perfectly legal when used to emulate public-domain works, and they operate without any legal jeopardy if the IP holders legally sanction it. The real problem that Nintendo faces with its decisions is massively diminishing returns. The amount of time and energy they spend fighting these legal battles gets less and less worth it, the lower the level they go. Big targets like large-scale ROM repositories are easier to hit, but reaching every level lower than that gets harder and eventually becomes impossible. It seems Nintendo isn’t just doing this for money.… Read more »

slarlath
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slarlath

I haven’t seen the interview mentioned but as others have pointed out, the issue is not in medication specifically but rather with a cultural belief that medication is both the only answer and the only step needed in recovery. As someone who has been medicated in the past and currently works with people with many different mental health issues I can confidently say that proper treatment is holistic in it’s approach, using or at least considering the use of medication, meditation, diet, exercise, counseling, therapy, social interaction and much more. Proper mental health includes a range of emotion including but… Read more »

alextulu
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alextulu

Medication is not the only way to manage depression. You can do therapy instead.

The problem is that therapy doesn’t make money for drug companies.

Natalie
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Natalie

Although I absolutely agree about the prescription medications, there is another side to the coin, I once had a therapist who basically wasn’t gonna help in any way unless I started on medication. I’m just not comfortable with the idea of them.

On the subject of nintendo, it really is amazing how many exclusives they have that they in no way make available to people.

La Chica Incognita
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La Chica Incognita

Personally the end all be all argument for emulation is this: Do programmers and people who actually worked to bring these games to life get royalties off of their work? No…no they don’t. So why should I be giving money to Nintendo (or any other company in the case of “abandonware” PC games, where often one company is hording the rights to an old classic IP they have nothing to actually do with and have no intention of reviving) just because they are the current owner of a dead game for a dead system? Nobody who deserves to get money… Read more »

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

Back when I was really big into emulators (and poor, so….), one game I played to death was Seiken Densetsu 3, the Japanese only sequel to Secret of Mana, with a fan translation patch. It was a game I couldn’t play any other way. Flash forward to 2018, they’re doing a SoM Collection for the Switch, but only for Japan. So all this time, and they still don’t want my money for this amazing classic.

Chris
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That We Happy Few interview honestly made up my mind about buying the game. I’d been on the fence about it for a while, but reading that ignorant, dangerous bullshit spewing from the mouth of the lead developer made it clear it wasn’t a product I could in good conscience support. Fuck that attitude, and fuck him for perpetuating it.

R.M.Renfield
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R.M.Renfield

Excellent episode. I like to go back through old Genesis and SNES games on the emulator with friends on drunk evenings just to see what some obscure titles are like, often just to laugh at them. Would I ever buy these often bad games? No, so the financial situation remains the same but if they were taken away that would simply mean a few people would be having less fun in the world.

It’s a shame really Nintendo have done this as it shows they’re another scumbag company no better than EA, just they have different ways of being scummy.

beanboy
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beanboy

I think you took the statements by Alex Epstein maybe a little too personally. My family would be a good example of this kind of prescription culture. Where you have deep psychological issues that never really get addressed. The unwritten rule to ignore problems and act like everything is fine and sometimes that can even become an explicit rule. The attitude isn’t that they need the drugs to help the attitude is that the medication is the entire solution to the problem. Either the pill they’re on or the next one after this one doesn’t solve all their problems. The… Read more »