I used to be big into retro collecting last year and the year before,then i discovered steam and all of my cartridges are slowly rotting on the shelf.
I like the article. It's about retro-gaming too, so I should have an opinion on this.Some NES games have batteries inside for saving high-scores. Unless if it's cheap, like a dollar, just pick one up and pray that the batteries ain't leaking shit into it. Same goes for the certain game consoles which contains backup-batteries.Back then in my place 8-bitters are not in the generic authentic NES catridges sold because they are too expensive. I can write an entire page about them, but I don't feel like doing it. I had never seen a grey NES game catridge like that before - I've seen coloured, smaller, and with 99999999-in-one types.Not even the PlayStation 1 is spared though - many years back when my mother's friend's bought a PS for her kid, she got a box full of pirated games inside. Piracy became that rampant even before Y2K hits the other computers.
Fuck,there were cartridge copiers back in the atari 2600 days
Quote from: SlimDurst on June 29, 2012, 11:22:25 AMFuck,there were cartridge copiers back in the atari 2600 daysAnd people started pirating music from the radio, as soon as there was cheap reusable media. I would record the local rock station, all night usually, during the 90's. It was just a lot easier, than buying the music. I know I wsn't the only one to do that either.
Quote from: StephenArdrey on June 29, 2012, 07:56:42 PMQuote from: SlimDurst on June 29, 2012, 11:22:25 AMFuck,there were cartridge copiers back in the atari 2600 daysAnd people started pirating music from the radio, as soon as there was cheap reusable media. I would record the local rock station, all night usually, during the 90's. It was just a lot easier, than buying the music. I know I wsn't the only one to do that either.EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable ROM) machines are all over the place back then. They can rip out that chip from the cartridge and duplicate it to another new one.Worst of all with mass production they are using Mask ROM for these. The newer pirated NES games are using chip-on-board, which have all the RAMs and the ROMs consolidated under the black epoxy blob.Technical stuff aside, those machines are available and they don't cost that much even back then.
I don't know, what the figures for video game piracy were furing the 80's and 90's. I know that the SEGA systems, were incredibly hard to pirate up until the Dreamcast. Actually, some SEGA games, namely the game Flashback, would error out and say they were pirated even though they were retail versions. I know that a lot of people would share computer software as well. I never officially bought a copy of Doom 2, cause when you rented it for PC and installed it, it would play without the CD. People always made floppies of games and passed them around. It was an easy and cheap way to get your gaming fix. This was before the internet and I think it's about the same now.
I think so to. I've been know to download shit that I own,just because it's easier/faster than converting to new formats myself.
Most knew what you meant, you 'own' the licence to use it, which is perfectly reasonable of course. I dunno why people keep coming out making a point that you don't own the game, of course you don't, that would then give you right to profit from it yourself for your 40 bucks investment and use all their assets within it for whatever you want. I have always accepted and known without reading an EULA that me paying for a game means I'm paying for the right to use it for life, or DRM allowing sell that licence to someone else to use (although that's fast becoming redundant).