For some reason the overlying sentiment on this board whether examined, discussed or otherwise is crying THIEF!!!
This is wrong!
Sometimes the laws are just not applicable to some circumstances! Not to say, yeah go get all the atari and nintendo roms you want, its ok…no, thats not true, because they are still publically available! You can still go to stores that deal in old games and get them. Hell you can still get the systems to run them.
Now, what about the old classic computer games we all loved that are no longer available at all…there is no way you could ever purchase them legally if you wanted…but basically because of the way of todays copyright system (thanx to disney ) you are going to have to wait 95 years before you can legally obtain these games without paying the nameless and faceless entity that owns said copyright!!!
Well, lets see, some of the original games date back to about 1978, soooooo, that means those old old games that were really fiun and could really inspire new game developers will not be available to be played again until 2073!!! Is that right???
I’m sorry, but that is not how progress works!!
There are games that came out in the mid-90’s that were amazing, fun, creative and original that were stashed away by their fallen developers to dwindle into obscurity. I for one don’t think that is right! Why should art be put out of the reach of the public because noone is making a buck off of it anymore???
Read the Scratchware Manifesto
Written by game developers that want to make good games without the developemental moguls that have taken over the industry.
I’m sorry, believe it or not, the game industry is becoming as much a behemoth as the music industry! People are losing their rights to enjoy the past, not because it is taking money out of someones pocket, but merely because its NOT putting money in the pocket of someone who’s hands arent even out!!
Not all laws that apply truly apply properly in all instances…isnt this something we have learned thru the years??