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Meet the developers who are about to lose their PlayStation Vita games forever

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    DeFaced
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    It’s really sad that game preservation isn’t prioritized when things like this happen. ROMs gave way to preservation through emulation, piracy provides preservation through cracks and community...

    It’s really sad that game preservation isn’t prioritized when things like this happen. ROMs gave way to preservation through emulation, piracy provides preservation through cracks and community patches (I don’t condone software piracy). It’s really a horrible way for them to do business.

    If Sony were smart they would release emulation software for the ps3 and vita to run on pc. If they’re not supporting the platforms anymore and removing the ability to purchase games then there is no reason to oppose emulation. The only thing I can think of is the practice of “remastering” games for new consoles, and frankly if nothing is being added to the game then it’s just a scummy practice to force you into purchasing the new console to keep playing the game you already own. I hate how entertainment media is treated like a throwaway commodity for the sake of benefitting shareholder wallets.

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    1. Gatonegro
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      The PS3 in particular is notoriously difficult to emulate, though one could argue that, if hobbyists are doing it, Sony should be able to do it as well if they wanted to. Unless you plan on...

      If Sony were smart they would release emulation software for the ps3 and vita to run on pc.

      The PS3 in particular is notoriously difficult to emulate, though one could argue that, if hobbyists are doing it, Sony should be able to do it as well if they wanted to.

      there is no reason to oppose emulation.

      Unless you plan on rereleasing classic games from the previous generation as "remasters" and get some extra cash from an aging title. Even then, emulation is hardly a threat to official rereleases. It requires a somewhat capable system and some degree of technical skill (at least to deal with BIOS dumps, plugins, video settings, etc.), so odds are the majority of people who would be interested in playing a previous-gen title will go for a convenient current-gen release instead.

      I hate how entertainment media is treated like a throwaway commodity for the sake of benefitting shareholder wallets.

      Yup, I feel the same way. People don't generally think about preservation issues, and businesses in general have no reason to choose preservation over re-releases of their properties for new formats—buying movies on VHS/DVD/Blu-ray is one of the most obvious recent examples. And god help you if you were betting on Betamax or HD-DVD.

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