Downloading ROMs for older consoles through the internet is something that most of us have done at least once. While the games on offer at ROM sites are usually over a decade or two old, it’s still considered piracy so these websites are in constant danger. Now, it’s EmuParadise’s turn to say goodbye.
What’s EmuParadise? What happened to it?
Unfortunately, our ‘friends’ at Nintendo are scaring ROM sites away
EmuParadise is a ROM download website that until very recently, hosted downloads for games and BIOSes of older consoles such as the PSP, NES, SNES, Genesis and many others. However, this changed with a recent announcement that shook the website to its core.
Yesterday, EmuParadise, which has been online for 18 years, announced that the website’s going to start following a different path; that is a path without hosting retro ROM and BIOS downloads. This decision came due to the fear of legal action being taken against the website which could potentially lead to disastrous life-changing consequences for those who run the site.
What’ll become of EmuParadise? How will I be affected?
While the website won’t be hosting any game ROMs, it will still be staying online. From now on, the site will only be offering its emulator database, forums, chat and other retro gaming related content which doesn’t involve piracy.
Retro mini-consoles are good and all but their limited selection of games doesn’t prevent ROM piracy that much
Obviously, the shutting down of EmuParadise will sadden many and it’s a moderate blow to the retro game piracy sphere. That being said, other ROM websites still exist and as of right now, a simple Google search still comes up with download links for older console games.
While piracy will still go on, it would perhaps be a better solution to pursue a legal solution to retro ROM distribution. I personally think it’s likely that less people would pirate retro game ROMs if there’s a legal service which offers our favourite retro game ROMs for a reasonable price!
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