So todays Mailbag got me to thinking. I have a lot of physical discs/cartridges/floppies of old games that I never play but I won't get rid of for nostalgic reasons. I've also become quite attached to my XBLA games in a similar way and with the new console cycle approaching I'm thinking about ways to back them up.
If my 360 breaks after Microsoft drops support for it then those games become immediately inaccessible. In that event I cant play them on any other console because I couldn't do a licence transfer. In the case of some of these games (Super Meat Boy, Braid etc) this isn't such a big deal. They exist on PC and I already own them on that platform. I could play them there. But what of games like Fez and Dust? Is there an emulator for XBLA games? I looked and couldnt find one, but admittedly I didn't look that hard.
Do you think if the scenario arises that we couldn't access those games, the creators would port them over to PC? Do you think Microsoft will allow us to play them on whatever their next console will be? Or will I be relying on the hope that someone writes a bomb ass emulator? I'm sure it'll happen seeing how easy it is to play old games these days even without the original console but still, I'd like to know for sure that they wont just be blinked out of existence y'know?