Emulation and video game piracy: is it really that bad?

Nepiki Gaming

I’ve been frequently streaming again on Twitch, and one of the games that I’m currently playing is a Gameboy Advance game, or rather a ROM hack of Pokémon Emerald called Pokémon Glazed. I’m playing this ROM hack through an emulator… which basically means I’m pirating software doesn’t it? Emulation and the pirating of (retro) games have been a heavily discussed topic for quite a while and still one that pops up frequently–be it through Nintendo’s many lawsuits against sites such as Emuparadise, or the actual users of emulators themselves. While I very rarely use emulators outside of Twitch, I do have a lot of experience with them from when I was younger with the mindset being ”I can play any game I want for free? Sign me and the rest of the world up!”. Now that I am older and also an avid game collector, I figured this…

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