|An old screenshot of Banjo Kazooie|
|A favorite NES game!|
There have been many concerns over piracy for generations of newer mediums for music, movies, pictures, and games. VHS piracy used to be a huge concern... then, eventually, EVERYONE taped their favorite shows and movies without batting an eye, and Hollywood didn't miss a penny! Most of those who recorded a movie or show eventually purchased a higher-quality copy (with no commercials)! Hey Nintendo! Listen! The emulation community is the largest reason that retro games are still a viable market!
Interestingly, even with pirates hocking illegal ROMs everywhere, the NES classic sold out... which brings me to my point: Nintendo SHOULD open an online store where people can purchase legal ROMs! Emulators aren't illegal, and there are plenty of people out there that will gladly pay Nintendo (again) for a safe, legal copy of their favorite games! It would be even cooler if those games could be fed into the NES classic to be added to the 30 games it came with! Or, like with music players, customers can opt to use their own emulators to play ROMs in order to add saves, online multiplayer, and HD upscaling with no cost to Nintendo and no need to remake a classic game AGAIN!
Currently, Nintendo has had to remake many of their older titles in order to bring them to younger generations using newer consoles. (Let's face it, younger generations are NOT going to pay collector prices for older tech and older games.) However, many of them would drop $2 or $5 to add a classic game to their Nintendo library on their Switch, DS, or PC. I definitely would! Just food for thought, Nintendo, Sega, and others.
What about piracy? That's a tricky issue for me. Part of me would like to say that it can provide a means of preserving games that will NEVER be re-released, and I would be okay with that. However, I see no need for piracy if there is a legal way to get ROMs that you are free to use as you would any other media you own. That's my wish for the future! I want to have the freedom to consume my music, pictures, movies, ebooks, and videogames using whatever software and hardware that I choose: no artificial boundaries and limitations! GOG.com has already figured this out with the games they sell, and my business will likewise go to other video, music, and ebook stores that also give me such freedom!
So, to summarize: I'm a fan of emulation, as most emulators are superior ways to enjoy classic games; I'm NOT a fan of Nintendo attacking sites instead of providing a better service; I long for the day when piracy is only necessary to preserve media that would otherwise be lost to the sands of time; I'm perfectly happy to buy legal, safe media that I can consume as I see fit.
What do you think? Do you think everything should be free? If so, how would any game development be paid for? If you are okay with buying games, are you also okay with being limited to specific hardware? Let me know.