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Blogging live to you and yours! It’s your boy TWOTALL4UFOOL! Now most of you know where I stand on emulation! To make it short and sweet I believe it is ok as long as it is not current generation games! But one thing that makes me mad is when I see ads from some random company saying you need to get this retro console. It usually says something like this: “Get this retro console. 700 pre-installed games. From NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and many more. Only $250!” Maybe they aren’t in those exact words but if you’ve seen them before then you know what I am talking about. Usually they are on Facebook from what I’ve seen. If you see something like this DO NOT BUY IT! These guys are selling you pirated games. I’ll explain further.

It seems like in this day in age nostalgia is at an all time high. Especially 90’s nostalgia. I can go on for hours ranting about the topic. But the fact of the matter is that some people will just go ahead and buy anything online these days. And nostalgia is just one of those things that people will bite on. So it makes me mad that when I see an emulation box, whether it be Raspberry Pi, or someone re-selling a cheap chinese emulation box and people just buy them. Do we not do research anymore people? If you really want a retro console that can play it all there are cheaper ways to do it. I understand that everyone doesn’t have a technical mind but if you look through the world of the internet you can see that if you pay $200+ on retro games you are getting ripped off and what the seller is doing is illegal.

Now if you search the internet you’ll be bound to find some people who are selling games that they clearly don’t have the licenses too. It is usually a Raspberry Pi 3 with the OS Retropie preloaded with a ton of games. They’ll send it to you in a case with some cheap ass controllers. Now it is ok to buy kits when it comes to that. Just make sure that it doesn’t have any sd cards that have games on it. It’s ok if you are just doing it yourself when it is all said and done. If you look on eBay you’ll see kits that you have to put together yourself. But the key is they are just selling you the hardware and no games. But if you come across a website that is selling the hardware and games just know that 10 times out of 10 they don’t have the licensing for any of the games. A recent example would be the rapper Soulja Boy. Although he may have obtained the stuff he was selling legally since it came from China but turning around and selling it in the US or any other country with strict copyright laws is bound for trouble. What was he thinking? I’m sorry if you bought one of his cheap knock offs and haven’t received it yet. But that is an example of people trying to rip you off.

In the end make sure any game that you are buying is licensed. Don’t buy pirated games. If you have to ask yourself are these games licensed chances are they probably aren’t. Especially if you see a Mario or Sonic game on a console brand you ain’t ever heard of chances are it probably isn’t licensed. But you have heard enough from me now time to hear from you! What are your thoughts on people selling pirated games? Let me know in the comments below. Blogging live to you and yours. It’s your boy TWOTALL4UFOOL! Remember that TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE! Thanks for reading folks. Catch you all next time!

3 Comments »

  1. Agreed on not buying pirated games. It infuriates me to walk in to a mall or a big box store and see them selling these pirate boxes that are designed to look like the NES classic. I’m not against emulation and I’m not against downloading ROMs of game you can’t directly purchase. A family member was looking contemplating one over the holidays and I told him they were junk and he’d do better to let me build him one or take on the project himsef (they’re pretty easy and fun to do) because forking over cash for one of these wasn’t supporting anyone except some shady folk.

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