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In Defence Of ROMs, A Solution To Dying Games And Broken Copyright Laws

In Defence Of ROMs, A Solution To Dying Games And Broken Copyright Laws

Various game emulation sites are pulling down their software libraries, or ceasing to exist entirely, following a lawsuit filed by Nintendo against one of the largest of their kind. This is hardly tantamount to the erasure of all unauthorised copies of older video games from the internet, but it’s still gotten a lot of folks talking about the conundrum of ROMs – that is, the need to balance copyright protection with the preservation of history.

Pokémon Games Should Be Messier And More Annoying

Pokémon Games Should Be Messier And More Annoying

When I was younger, I liked to overtrain my Pokémon until they stopped listening to my every command. You could do this in older games and risk the consequences. I found it thrilling to know that, at any moment, maybe in a crucial battle, my Pokémon might not do as I say. Now that I’m the proud owner of four pets, I understand why I loved something that was meant to be a punishment and I’ve developed a new sense of how I wish Pokémon in these games would behave.

Wario Isn’t Evil, He’s Honest

Wario Isn’t Evil, He’s Honest

Mario was back for another adventure. But this time, it was personal. Hiroji Kiyotake, the director of 1992’s Game Boy hit Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins, wanted to pursue the idea that this time Mario wouldn’t be fighting to help or save someone else. Hence: Wario, Mario’s greed-and-crime-focused rival.