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Re: Probably Shouldn't Namedrop Alternatives

Posted by MacUser2 on .
No alternatives because they don't want you owning older games anymore so they can keep charging a monthly service to play them while drip feeding them one or two games at a time. Also I can't go back to playing Game Boy games in black and white once they've been colorized by fans. It's so much better! But yeah this whole streaming games is basically just renting them out and so are digital versions that you purchased that they can easily take away. You aren't being paranoid.

In reply to: Probably Shouldn't Namedrop Alternatives posted by MrPSOner on .
TL;DR: Lay low and don't namedrop alternative archival sites or sources on this site, or they may get taken down in the future.

The eye of Sauron is on VL right now, and I would expect that legal entities are combing the boards looking for additional domains to include in a mass DMCA takedown, should they go full Hollywood on the emulation scene.

I personally believe that that's the next step since 1) past-gen games are in direct competition with their newest, crappy products, 2) companies always want access control over their IPs, both active and inactive, and 3) videogames and modding/emulation are one of the last bastions of consumer freedom in the digital space, which of course means they must be crushed.

Am I just being paranoid? Maybe, but damn near all industries have had some sort of clamp down or attempt at restricting consumer choice/ownership (just look at the car industry and changes being made there), and I'd rather just play it safe.