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iphone and emulators???

06-01-2009, 09:07 AM
#1
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iphone and emulators???

does anyone reckon that apple would accept an emulator with built in app commerce to buy roms say like 0.59 or $0.99 each but the roms approved for resale by the developers would that take out the illegality and make it possible for appstore release if the game was free and you pay for roms

please give me your views
06-01-2009, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by dewy666 View Post
does anyone reckon that apple would accept an emulator with built in app commerce to buy roms say like 0.59 or $0.99 each but the roms approved for resale by the developers would that take out the illegality and make it possible for appstore release if the game was free and you pay for roms

please give me your views
If your not getting the consent of the original manufacturer (sega nintendo ext.) than its still illegal to sell these. Sega not selling their own systems anymore and just games has just ported sonic just using a weak emulator.
This is what you'll see. You'll never see a place to buy roms by just some person. Never. It wont work. You will see big names like sony(psp) and Nintendo getting in on their own version of the app store, but why sell Nintendo games on an iphone when they can get you to buy a dsi?

Its not illegal to have roms of the games if they are backups.

jailbreak your phone simple as that..

06-01-2009, 09:29 AM
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mine is jalbroken
i love the emulators and playing music at the same time its great but with a ds you need and mp3 player or other audio device to do the same

but what if the rom developers get a split of the money would they agree
06-01-2009, 09:37 AM
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does anyone reckon that apple would accept an emulator with built in app commerce to buy roms say like 0.59 or $0.99 each but the roms approved for resale by the developers would that take out the illegality and make it possible for appstore release if the game was free and you pay for roms

please give me your views
its a great idea and id love to see an emulator for some gameboy games, but with apple, i cant see it happening
06-01-2009, 09:38 AM
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If it's official, of course they would.
06-01-2009, 09:42 AM
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but what if the rom developers get a split of the money would they agree
No, because they can easily develop their own and take all the money (except that 30% Apple takes).
06-01-2009, 09:44 AM
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In order for Apple to even consider it, a developer would:

A) Have to have the full consent and any applicable licenses from the manufacturer of the computer/console being emulated, including any BIOS and operating systems used by the system. Barring that, the developer would have to write their own compatible BIOS (and OS if applicable) from scratch so as to avoid copyright infringement.

B) Have to have the full consent and applicable licenses from each of the developers of the software they wish to make available for sale via DLC -- or the developers/IP holders themselves would likely publish ROMs themselves and give the emulator developer a small cut.

If both of these conditions are met then Apple would have no legal reason to reject such it. However, it is exceptionally unlikely that this would ever happen, and even if it were, I wouldn't expect it to be cheap, as there would be licensing fees and royalties involved.

Beyond that, your only recourse for emulators is the jailbreak scene.

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06-01-2009, 03:38 PM
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Jailbreaking seems to be the only viable way to get emulators onto the iPhone. When I first purchased mine, I had the mindset of doing it so I could play things like Zelda/FF on my phone but I have actually found plenty of solid games to keep me occupied without doing so.

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06-01-2009, 06:23 PM
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Can I point out that this is not hypothetical. There are already emulators in the App Store. These are the ones I use:

Frotz is a Z-machine emulator.
i41CX+ emulates the old HP41CX.
Chip-8 Emulator is exactly what it sounds like.
Sonic the Hedgehog is technically an emulator.
06-01-2009, 07:29 PM
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No, of course it's illegal. Unless you have permission from all the companies that created the games, which would be tons of companies want there share... You won't make much because the company wants profit. So does apple, and besides. You could get one free just by jailbreaking. You would probably make about...4 cents? a week or something.

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