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18-year-old retro gaming ROM site EmuParadise effectively closes its doors

By Polycount ยท 13 replies
Aug 8, 2018
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  1. If you've been alive for more than a couple of decades, you've probably played a few "retro" games in your lifetime.

    Whether they were titles from the original Atari 2600, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or any other console, older games hold a special place in the hearts of many.

    Unfortunately, getting your hands on these consoles -- and their games -- can be an expensive and challenging process. Most old console and game makers either don't exist anymore or don't sell their classic devices and titles.

    That's where websites like EmuParadise came in. Though the site has always teetered on the edge of legality, retro gamers on a budget have been downloading and playing classic titles from the website for roughly 18 years.

    However, in an announcement published today, EmuParadise's administration told the public that it is effectively closing its doors by removing all retro ROMs from the website.

    The site will continue to live on by doing "cool stuff around retro games," but it's not clear what that means - perhaps it will turn into a general retro gaming discussion platform, a marketplace, or something else entirely.

    Naturally, EmuParadise didn't make this decision lightly - it seems their hands were forced. The announcement says the "situation with regards to emulation sites has been changing recently," and administrators don't want to put the site's contributors at risk by continuing to host potentially-illegal content.

    EmuParadise certainly isn't wrong about the shifting nature of the ROM landscape. Companies like Nintendo are using their legal authority to target ROM sites now more than ever, undoubtedly due to the launch of the company's recent Classic-series game consoles.

    Time will tell if EmuParadise will eventually be able to host ROMs on its platforms again, but the future isn't looking too bright.

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  2. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,807   +407

    ****ing Nintendo
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,715   +2,514

    There's no legitimate legal basis for suing anyone for hosting abandonware. Yes, I realize that the trademarks and copyrights are continually renewed but when content is no longer available on any currently supported platform, and its been that way for more than seven years, that's abandonware.
  4. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 531   +260

    To the pirate bay!
  5. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 523   +320

    I hate companies that greedily and aggressively go after people preserving what are no longer available or sold. Emuparadise has always been good with the community.

    I hope Emuparadise will re-host under a new site and name later.
  6. J spot

    J spot TS Maniac Posts: 221   +141

    And I just used Emuparadise around three days ago. I needed to test out a Linux NES emulator on a Zotac Pico, and I needed a test rom. It ended up being Double Dragon II: The Revenge.
  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,999   +3,483

    Unfortunately abandonware isn't legally recognized yet. All Nintendo is doing is making it hard to play games they don't even officially sell anymore and haven't for years.

    Technically speaking, unless the laws changes, these games are protected for 70 years after the death of the author regardless of the current status of the IP. Modern copyright is a joke, in that it pretty much allows companies to keep IP perpetually. It used to be that copyright expired after 20 years and then the IP would become public domain. Very reasonable. 70 years after death though? That's clearly not designed to make the original author money, it's designed to make companies money.
  8. merikafyeah

    merikafyeah TS Addict Posts: 164   +116

  9. RevD14

    RevD14 TS Booster Posts: 92   +96

    When EmuParadise took down Nintendo titles a few years ago I knew I had to back up every game from every old system that I would ever want to play since it would get harder to find them. Glad I did.
    astralcyborg likes this.
  10. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,550   +1,767

    Classic shortsighted nintendo, seeing the popularity of emulation and ROMs, shuts down ROM sites rather then port their games to app stores allowing people to buy them.
    ZackL04 likes this.
  11. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 531   +260

    Exactly, I would gladly buy them all again. I have a switch collecting dust in anticipation of this same idea...
  12. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,833   +678

    I didn't like those games then
  13. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 322   +220

    To archive.org
  14. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Guru Posts: 403   +466

    Nintendo can't even claim roms are affecting sales of their classic consoles. They don't produce enough of them for that to even be a factor. What a lame power move.
    TheBigT42 and Theinsanegamer like this.

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