Only if it's a current investment. How the hell does me playing SMB on rom rather than on my SNES hurt Nintendo?It hurts the developers.
Agreed, I think we're all against current-videogame piracy.Also, if people pirate their CURRENT software, they lose money.
Hell no I don't have the right to charge for it. That's why I was surprised when I saw that PA was going to be sold (I know the reasons behind it and I understand). As for me playing betas, lets say Sonic 2: tell me one company who are adversely economically affected, and I'll concede the point. Sega lose even less than if I was playing the "real thing".BETA/PROMO software. The rights to this belong to the developer. I don't care if the game was never released. I don't care if the developer no longer exists/merged with another... YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO "RELEASE" IT. NOONE should make money from that game except the developer.
Nothing I do hurts developers. Nothing I download is money out of their pocket. I'm an avid gamer and I buy recent games. But if I want to mess around with an obscure Japanese Nes game from 86 by a company who went bankrupt 15 years ago, I don't see why I shouldn't. Like I said, nobody gets hurt.in the end, all the pirates do is whinge about how a game wasn't released, or a company dissolves, or about the price of games. YOU are the ones causing that. NOBODY has the right to download ROMs because they are "dead" systems, or "old" games.
I do, frequently. I have a large retro collection and I love the 2D generation. Why should that mean I feel guilty about having beta roms of ancient games?If you like it, get the original! There's nothing like playing it AS IT WAS INTENDED.
Fine, label me how you like. I know where the law stands and I'm on the wrong side of it. So are most of the people on this forum. I maintain the moral high ground, though, as I'm not taking money from anyone, and I support the hands that feed me my passion.Sure, there's the uber-bad pirate, who makes money selling them. Still, if you download or copy games, don't think you're not a pirate because YOU ARE.