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I just recently started emulating, specifically only older titles that are otherwise unavailable by normal means, such as the NES Dragon Warrior titles. The only exception is Mother 3 and Caravan Heart in English.

 

Honestly, while I'm thankful for Telsa's help, I've felt rather guilty about emulating the very few games I have. I have no plans to record my gameplay or share the files or anything like that, but never the less I feel like this could all come back and bite me in the butt down the line. It doesn't help that my mother just recently said something to me about how people can be arrested because they downloaded music illegally and how their IP address (or whatever it's called) can be tracked and shut down by their internet provider.

 

It could be my nerves just getting the better of me or me overthinking things and worrying, but to sum this all up, should I be worried that something could happen?

 

(I should add that I ask this because honestly I'm not all that familiar with computer mumbo jumbo. I may use a computer almost everyday, but I'm in the dark on numerous things about them.)

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Honestly, I don't think anyone's going to hunt you down over them unless you start to distrubute the games. But with the National Stupid Arseholes tracking pretty much everything nowadays, I don't kno

I just recently started emulating, specifically only older titles that are otherwise unavailable by normal means, such as the NES Dragon Warrior titles. The only exception is Mother 3 and Caravan Hear

I've emulated for more than 18 years and never got in trouble over it. As long as you are sure you are emulating really old games that arent being sold anymore and staying away from modern games they

Honestly, I don't think anyone's going to hunt you down over them unless you start to distrubute the games. But with the National Stupid Arseholes tracking pretty much everything nowadays, I don't know what to say. Though a few "pirated" games is probably the least of their worries. They're probably too worried about all your facebook selfies, or where you last checked in for dinner with your iPhone or facebook/twitter/myspace (does that even exist anymore?) account. Or god forbid actually trying to catch terrorists. Granted, I haven't really been paying much attention to the news lately, so I don't really know what the latest crap going on is.

 

Sorry I'm in a bad mood over SE being idiotic and giving Saigan a strike on youtube.

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I've emulated for more than 18 years and never got in trouble over it.

As long as you are sure you are emulating really old games that arent being sold anymore and staying away from modern games they dont care at all. Which is what I do as you can tell.

Just dont get carried away. : P

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Don't worry Telsa, I don't plan on going overboard. The only games I currently have are DW 2-4 NES, Earthbound Zero for NES, and the two I mentioned above for GBA. Other than maybe Terranigma and MAYBE the English patch for DQIII for the SNES, I don't plan on emulating any other games.

 

Your post does make me feel a bit better though. Never the less, I think I may delete each game I finish (aside from Mother 3). I already have a very extensive library of titles for all the systems I own, and really I only wanted to do this in order to experience a few games.

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I only got in trouble for hosting them here, once I took them off the Den site I was fine, and that was mainly caused by the newer releases that were still for sale in stores.

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Alright. Thanks for the responses to this, I do appreciate it. I had sort of figured I'd be ok, but it was just sort of a "panic attack" after what my mother had told me, so that's why I made this topic. I don't plan on going anywhere past the SNES (excluding GBA) nor do I plan on sharing or promoting anything related to it, but it's good to at least hear from others that they haven't had any problems.

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The only way you could -ever- be blipped by the Copyright Police is if you torrent recent or well-known titles.

 

Example - I got blipped for Diablo 2. (( I have the CD keys, and at the time, it was not out for re-release. A Blizzard rep TOLD ME to download the ISOs. Which I did. )) But at the same time? I torrented dozens if not hundreds of other games and never got blipped.

 

Just be careful man. Don't get SimCity new, and use ROM sites like EmuParadise or CoolROM. (( If those can't be there I will remove them upon mod request. ))

 

 

A -lot- of games are never going to be re-released. Ever. This is why I go so nuts on emulation.

 

 

 

 

Buy it on Ebay if you want. But don't delude yourself you're supporting the publisher buying a 20-year old NES game. 

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The danger depends on the way you get your games. You can download as many recent XB360, Wii, PS3, PC, NDS - or whatever - games as you want - as long as you do it a safe way.

 

Like Ryu said: Don't use torrents, P2P file sharing programs (like emule) or the Usenet. While you download your file, you also supply the already downloaded parts of it to other users - and that's where you get in trouble.

 

Use sites which offer direct downloads or (even safer) make use of one click hosters (Share-Online.biz, netload.in, cloudZer.net, uploaded.to, mediafire.com, etc.). If you do it that way, you only download and don't supply anything, which means no one will be after you.

 

The same goes for movies, tv series, music, cracked programs and everything else.

 

Be careful about sites you don't trust, though. It's better to use Adblocker anyway, but some sites have nastier commercial pop ups than others. A recent example from Germany: On some warez sites a pop up shew up and directly led to "Redtube" (a free porn streaming site) and started a video. You think that's no big deal as you can just shut it down? Well, Redtube itself isn't a danger. Everyone who is into that kind of thing can stream videos there without harm. As a streamer you don't leave any kind of trace, so only the uploaders are risking a penalty. But the big problem in that case is that the pop up wasn't by Redtube! It contained an IP tracker of a law office and led to a copyrighted video. They got your IP, noted that you "watched" a copyrighted video and sent a whole lot of cease-and-desist letters throughout the country!

 

Of course that's fraud in a big way and you never ever should pay or sign anything to a law office like that. But they cleverly decided to lead to a porn video instead of some Hollywood movie. Imagine how many husbands were in panic and just paid the fee to avoid any further letter? Most people that received such a letter never even visited the site (except for that pop up they didn't block) and still paid - just to avoid trouble.

 

To make a long story short: Be careful about pop ups! Sometimes they are more dangerous than downloading a copyrighted file. ;)

 

EDIT: Oh, if you want to be on the really safe side: Use a VPN! (This will decrease your download speed, though.)

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^^^^I feel like I've learned something myself from bjaxx' post.

 

Forgive my ignorace--but what is a p2p program? I googled it but I can't make heads or tails of the jargon. If I know, I can avoid.

 

I'm a streamer myself. However, I have downloaded some NDS and GBA titles from Coolrom and Emuparadise, that was a while ago, I don't know if those count as p2p? I don't emulate anymore as I've played all the unobtainables i wanted to play.

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Don't worry! :) Those are direct download sites.

 

You remember Napster, Kazaa, Bearshare, Morpheus and the like? Those tools were P2P programs. Currently emule is still an often used platform, but I don't recommend it due to the reasons I already mentioned.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peer-to-peer_file_sharing

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The only place I've gotten my roms from is CoolRom (aside from the Earthbound Zero rom I got, but no pop ups or anything of that sort appeared when I downloaded it). Honestly, I just don't want to try and mess with this stuff. I think once I finish Mother 3 I'm just going to delete it and the emulator I'm using for it off my computer. I've already done that for the NES games.

 

Don't take that as I sign I don't appreciate your responses and feedback, because believe me, I do. I've just been so nervous about all this all of a sudden, and honestly I would just feel safer not having anything related to it on my computer.

 

Again, thanks for your responses and feedback.

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If all else fails if you question a download, upload it to https://www.virustotal.com/ this website will take your file and run it against 45 different virus scanners and tell you if any of them detect a virus or are suspicious of the file.

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Really, with NES to GBA, you can download from sites like CoolROM with no problems or legal repercussions. Don't just delete your emulator. Try other games! There's tons for the SNES that have never made it here that have been translated, like Treasure of the Rudras, Live a Live, Dual Orb 2, and so on.

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I'll keep that in mind then, Ryu.

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Please do.

 

Always remember that emulation is what keeps the memory of some games alive. Sure, you can go on Ebay and spend $20+ on a title that hasn't been re-released like Illusion of Gaia or Paladin's Quest, and you can buy a repro of a game (( Piracy~ )), but it's much easier to grab a patched ROM of Tales of Phantasia and play it on SNES9x.

 

 

(( I know it was put on the GBA, but I consider that a non-entity. ))

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And the team who translated DQM3 also translated Oriental Blue on GBA a few months ago. 

It's an incredibly fun game that was also never translated.

 

Was Oriental Blue on GBC or GBA?  I just read a couple reviews on it and it sounds really fun!

 

that team is also working on dqm 1+2 psx among other things

 

THAT is a game I'd love to play!  Especially since I see little to no hope for the 3DS versions coming over.

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What is Oriental Blue? A JRPG? A SRPG?

If it's a JRPG send me a patched copy. I'll look at it.

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Never played oriental blue, but their website says it's a GBA game. (Who plays GBC games besides Mario, DQ, and Pokemon? I've not seen any other good GBC games. There were lots of good GB games and GBA games though.)

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Zelda, Lufia 3, For the Bell the Frog Tolls, more Zelda, Sword of Hopes, the FFLs, FFA, GB Tetris, Wario series, and there's more, just can't spout it off.

 

 

well Lufia 3.

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Never played oriental blue, but their website says it's a GBA game. (Who plays GBC games besides Mario, DQ, and Pokemon? I've not seen any other good GBC games. There were lots of good GB games and GBA games though.)

 

The review I read of Oriental Blue called it a GBC game. I figured that was a typo since it said it had originally been planned as a SNES-CD game.

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Send me a patched ROM of Oriental Blue.

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Oriental Blue is a pure JRPG with a pretty old timey feel (you have limited inventory, and have to select 

The main interest is that it's pretty non-directional. Things happens in a certain order, but you're pretty free to explore the world as you wish (You have access to around 1/3 or 1/4 of the map at the start. )

 

Some characters also have uses outside of their fighting ability, which I find pretty great. (That's the reason why Ren is so invaluable, because she's one of the few able to translate ancient text)

It has two mutually exclusive characters too.

 

The ROM can be found on emuparadise (will remove the link if it's not authorized), and the Patch is found here (It have links to the patch).

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