Is emulation piracy? –
Ah, this is an on-and-off debate in a lot of threads these days, with hackers promising not tho enable backup managers, but allowing emulators to run rampant on the systems.
My take on the question? Yes and No.
The problem with emulation isn't the ROMs - it's the market for newly manufactured ROMs. Take NES for example... while there are, believe it or not, still a small number of developers actually selling new cartridges for the NES (a very small niche market, indeed), most of the software for the NES could be considered "abandonware". Leaving alone for a minute, the idea of updated versions enjoyed in the Wii's "Virtual Console" for example, these games are only found in flea markets and used game shops. The revenue stream for the copyright holders dies a LONG time ago.
Even considering that some old games get updates, they aren't the same game, not really. You are buying an updated version, with new graphics and sound. Nintendo isn't going to give you credit on the VC version of a game, just because you wave around your original cartridge! At the same time, your emulated version is not the same as the updated version, so you aren't "stealing" the new updated game at all, in any way you define the concept.
On the other hand, emulating the DS or the Wii (or even the PS2 for that matter) DOES involve games that are still in play on the market. At this point, the games you are playing are no different than a backup of a PS3 game you do not own (I'm setting aside any moral judgment here for the sake of this argument).
So, yes and no. Some emulation is, indeed, piracy.
That said, I wonder how those hackers that enable homebrew but wish to be "pure" and not support backup managers sleep through the night, with their support of piracy through emulators like Dolphin and DeSmuME.
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