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Chilling effect —
Move highlights the lack of legal access options for much of gaming’s history.
In the wake of Nintendo’s recent lawsuits against other ROM distribution sites, major ROM repository EmuParadise has announced it will preemptively cease providing downloadable versions of copyrighted classic games.
While EmuParadise doesn’t seem to have been hit with any lawsuits yet, site founder MasJ writes in an announcement post that “it’s not worth it for us to risk potentially disastrous consequences. I cannot in good conscience risk the futures of our team members who have contributed to the site through the years. We run EmuParadise for the love of retro games and for you to be able to revisit those good times. Unfortunately, it’s not possible right now to do so in a way that makes everyone happy and keeps us out of trouble.”
EmuParadise will continue to operate as a repository for legal downloads of classic console emulators, as well as a database of information on thousands of classic games. “But you won’t be able to get your games from here for now,” as MasJ writes.
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Since founding EmuParadise in 2000, MasJ says EmuParadise has faced threatening letters, server shutdowns, and numerous DMCA takedown requests for individual games. 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.”
Those kinds of emails highlight just how hard it can be to get legal access to vast swaths of video game history in a convenient, downloadable form. Efforts like Nintendo’s now-de