As the blog post also points out, the loss of such websites calls into question whether or not enough is being done to preserve certain aspects of video game history. The founder of Emuparadise, a long-running website that offered a near-comprehensive library of ROMs and ISOs for the games of yesteryear, announced this week that they have made a decision to stop distributing those classic titles.
In a post titled "EmuParadise is Changing", the founder of EmuParadise announced that the website will not host retro games anymore, to not to "risk potentially disastrous consequences" from continuing the hosting.
I started EmuParadise 18 years ago because I never got to play many of these fantastic retro games while growing up in India and I wanted other people to be able to experience them.
Android users who regularly use emulators may soon find it much harder to find retro games to play on the go.
"We run EmuParadise for the love of retro games and for you to be able to revisit those good times", said MasJ.
However, it wasn't worth it for them to "risk potentially disastrous consequences", as well as the futures of the team behind the site.
EmuParadise has been the go-to destination for retro game ROM files since its beginning in 2000, as well as the home of a thriving retro gaming community and a database for emulators. Through it all, he says he was encouraged by "thousands of emails from people telling us how happy they've been to rediscover and even share their childhood with the next generations in their families". They state that while "we've always complied with takedown requests", it's not possible to provide ROMs "in a way that makes everyone happy and keeps us out of trouble". There are countless stories like these. Do you think we'll start to see more of the big ROM sites begin to shut down or remove their libraries? .
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.
How you feel about Emuparadise's decision likely depends on where you fall on the emulation debate.
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