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How do you feel about game emulators? Nowadays you can download and play just about anything you want. So is it unfair to the creators of the games? It's not like you can just go to your local Walmart (not that I would shop there) and pick up a Sega Genesis or a Super Nintendo. Instead, you have to hit up eBay, Game Stop, and other locations. So wouldn't that be just as bad as downloading them?

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asked Jan 26 '11 at 20:52

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Dee Taylor

edited Jan 27 '11 at 02:13

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there you go again with your duplicate question labeling, illegal and crime are actually two different words with two different meanings

(Jan 26 '11 at 21:09) zman zman's gravatar image

Its close enough for me. I think it should. But again. I don't like to close other peoples questions.

(Jan 26 '11 at 21:13) Madison Tries Madison%20Tries's gravatar image

"Crime is the breach of rules or laws for which some governing authority..." - Wikipedia

Vulgarity is a crime against this site but it is not illegal.

(Jan 26 '11 at 21:18) zman zman's gravatar image

@zman: you go saying that "crime" and "illegal" are two different things but then you start out your answer with "...sure it's legal..."??? That seems like you think it is the same.... I understand that they are two separate words with two separate definitions but, they both are asking very similar things, can you agree with that??? Just most if not all crimes are illegal so one is a bit more specific. Also, is it against the rules to comment on a question saying there is a duplicate of it?

@Ryan Sweigert: I don't close them unless they are "exact" duplicates. This one is like boarder line.

(Jan 26 '11 at 23:00) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

@TheTechDude I can include what I want in my answer and I chose to include that because it would be useful information to Dee as it is related, I cannot answer for him if it is a crime or not because that depends on multiple factors which have not been identified in his question. I agree the terms are similar but similar does not equate to duplicate. And Finally, I never said it was against the rules to post such a comment, I was merely pointing out to you an instance in which your common labeling of "Duplicate Question" is wrong as you had requested in a comment on another question.

(Jan 26 '11 at 23:36) zman zman's gravatar image
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I'm pretty sure it's legal and moral because the companies that made those old consoles don't sell them anymore so there's no way in which your stealing profits from them but if you use something like NO$GBA then it is technically illegal yet in my opinion moral because your only taking something that someone is giving to you, your not taking money from their pocket and your likely not attempting to take profits from them remotely although that may be the goal of the people who release the files for downloading.

answered Jan 26 '11 at 21:14

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edited Jan 26 '11 at 21:15

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