I was playing some old nes games on my computer using an emulator and i was wonder if that makes me an asshole
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No it makes you a white knight. (Just Kidding)
As far as I'm concerned, if the game is out of production and it's took expensive/hard to find then by all means. I also came to the conclusion that emulators and roms are going to be an important part in keeping the history of video games. Well at least the first 50 or so years until you won't be able to back them up for historical records. Kind of like what Jeff's been doing with his collection. Those cartridges and CD's are going to stop working/ get demolished in a flood at some point, so we need to get them on the internet to preserve them.
NES games? Fuck no, they aren't making money off of sales of the NES cartridges, and most of them can't be attained without spending more money than they are worth or going well out of your way to get them. And even then sometimes it's just not possible.
Now, if you're talking about PS2 games, that might be a bit different if you don't own the actual games/at least have owned a PS2 in the past. But NES is real damn old, and as far as I'm concerned that shit should be public domain.
@Kidavenger: Really dude?
You're kind of a dick, because they are available via means like Virtual Console. But that would require buying a Wii and also spending money. I guess it's easier to just google "NES emulator". Also, this is Generation Y we're talking about here, so we're all entitled to everything that ever existed ever for free.
Yes, you are a terrible terrible dick. An awful person and you'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes.
@KevinK: Using emulators has nothing to do with being entitled, being entitled means that you feel you deserve everything and have a right to do it, get it etc. Using emulators is just common sense. I use them because they are free and because if I had to pay to play snes games I wouldn't play them. I don't use them because I feel I'm entitled to do so.
Depends how much you're doing it. Most old games are available digitally by some means these days, so if you're pirating a load of old games, instead of giving money to the owners.. that's pretty dickish. No different from pirating a brand new game, really.
I'd only say there's an exception when the games are completely unavailable digitally or if the port is exceptionally bad.