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|I don't like to speak about this issue, but it is very important as it is sweeping the globe. Not just video games are affected
by this, but movies, music and TV shows. It is piracy. What is piracy, and what does it have to do with you? Read these
very important questions to find out. For further information, please visit Nintendo's site on this matter as well. The link
is in the top right corner of this site.
|What is piracy?
Piracy is the unauthorized use of copyrighted materials in any way. Piracy is a crime, and doesn't affect those who
distribute it, but those who take part in it. It is basically stealing products for personal profit. They know that people will
use their illegal distribution technique to get things for free. It causes jobs to be lost and millions of dollars wasted.
Ultimately, the ones who take part in piracy lose the most, but its effects are dramatic even to those who stay legal.
|What are emulators?
Emulators are devices that play illegally downloaded video games. These devices feature functionality so that players can
play video games on their computer with a keyboard. Emulators are programmed to play games from certain systems.
Although emulators seem harmless, they are illegal and the federal fines for using, downloading, linking or distributing
these are very high.
|What if I already own a certain game legally? Can I still download a back-up copy on my computer for use?
First off, the answer is no, you cannot download games legally even if you own a real copy of the game. Secondly, if you
already own the game, why would you want to play it on a computer screen, when you can just play the legal copy that you
already own? If you are caught, this is absolutely no excuse-they'll just give you the same reason we did; you can just play
the real copy that you own.
|Piracy can actually lead to more game sales if a game played gets the consumer to buy the real one eventually, right?
This is not true because they may just download the new game and then say they'll buy the next one. There is something
called 'renting'. It costs $5-10, but you can try out games for a week without being forced to buy it if you might not like it
for keeps and it is obviously legal. People say that emulators lead to future sales, but since old franchises are owned by
their respective owners, they don't want people playing their games on a site knowing that they could otherwise have
made a profit by selling it legally. That's like somebody who saw your artwork, which you stopped selling, and they now
distribute over the internet and eventually somebody says they'll buy your new piece, but they don't because they know
that they can go to that same site and finr your new piece as well! It is stealing and illegal.
|What about games that are no longer sold directly by the manufacturer-aren't those games legal to download?
In the course of business, companies eventually have to discontinue producing certain games. If games aren't being sold
anymore, like factory sealed NES and SNES games, it's because Nintendo doesn't wish to distribute them anymore. It is
still illegal for people to distribute these games because Nintendo owns the copyrights to them and it isn't rightfully theirs.
Nintendo does bring back old classic games to newer consoles so fans won't miss out. Because Sony and Microsoft haven't
been in the video game business for that long, they can't do that.
|How can I legally get copies of old games, accessories and systems that are no longer sold at retailers?
Stores such as GameStop sell used games for dirt cheap prices. Online websites such as eBay have users who also
distribute used and new games that are sold through regular people who sell from home. Even garage sales have used
games! Although you may never be able to own brand new copies of games, you don't have to miss out on the fun! For just
a little bit of money, you can go out and purchase old used games legally and help to get rid of piracy.
|How do I know if I am doing something illegal when it comes to piracy?
One question: Are you taking part in piracy in any way? If you aren't, then you're fine. Some people are scared because
they think that places like GameStop are illegal because they sell old games. They have a license to buy and sell used
video games, and they are the ones that help stop piracy. For people who think you have to spend a lot to get quality used
games, you're wrong. Nintendo even refurbishes some copies to make sure they are still playable. Because they aren't
new, they are not covered by warranty, but you can take good care of them to preserve them.
Legal is the much better way to go. When it comes to Game Boy games, you can link up with other players with legal
copies. With Nintendo 64, you can use Rumble Paks, and Transfer Paks unlike emulators. Even despite all of these
positive reasons, the real reason is that its legal. It definitely feels better to be legal because...well you can get in serious
trouble with the FBI. You can get a copy of Super Mario Bros. for 59 cents nowadays-a game that will last a lifetime; less
money than a bag of chips that will last for about five minutes. Wow!
You can enjoy everything for what the product was made for legally.
|Why should I care if I use ROMs or emulators? If I get games for free, then I don't care if it's illegal!
You should care. Video game business is very tough when it comes to bringing in a profit. If people continue to use
emulators, then people would lose jobs because companies couldn't invest in a game if they believed it would lead to a
downfall in sales due to piracy. Piracy is actually the reason people feel like there aren't so many high-quality games. If
you are taking part in piracy, you need to stop. It hurts everyone; everyone loses. For a couple of dollars you can legally
buy games and feel much better about playing them, because you know that your money went to a good cause. The cause
is future products for you to enjoy.
Nintendo wants you to enjoy all of its products legally. With several price drops, Nintendo will be happy with their profits
and you'll be more than happy with the quality game you bought. Considering that you have to play games with a
keyboard and no authentic joystick, you'll be glad you chose the legal way. Emulators are also a way for viruses to get into
your computer and steal you personal information including credit card fraud. Many emulator sites contain offensive
advertisements since they know that nobody else will advertise for them. Is it really worth all the grief you'll have to go
through for the cost of one game?
|How can I stop piracy?
Not one person can stop piracy, but together we can. The way you can start is to tell everyone you know not to use
emulators, including yourself. The alternative is to buy the games or trade with your friends. If you are part of piracy, you
need to know that it is illegal. Don't feel helpless, though, you won't get into trouble if you delete all software. You don't
have to tell other people to stop using emulators if you aren't comfortable, but it starts with you. If you stop, more will,
and soon we will live a better gaming life. Hey, nothing beats those games on a rainy day with a couple of friends. If you
start to think that piracy is a better alternative, just ask yourself how much fun it was the first time you turned on that
NES. Ask yourself how much fun it was when you discovered that other star you just couldn't find in Super Mario 64, or
that Golden Skulltula in Ocarina of Time. Lowering yourself to the level of using emulators doesn't give you that feeling
at all. Trust me, you will feel better owning the legal copy of a game.
The reason we posted this is because so many people are asking for emulator sites, and we need to get the word out that it
is dangerous and could end video game business and even all entertainment business! If you don't feel comfortable
confronting Nintendo about any piracy questions or concerns, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Notice that it
is 'privacy', not 'piracy', but it is okay to send it here for 'piracy' issues.