EmulationStation Desktop Edition (ES-DE) 1.2.5 had been released:
ES-DE is an Emulator frontend for Unix/Linux, macOS and Windows. EmulationStation Desktop Edition (ES-DE) is a frontend application for browsing and launching games from your multi-platform game collection.
Nintendo described the sentencing of a hacker earlier this year as a "unique opportunity" to send a message to all gamers about video game piracy. Axios reports:
A newly released transcript of the Feb. 10 sentencing of Gary Bowser provides rare insight, directly from Nintendo, about the company's grievances. Bowser, a Canadian national, pleaded guilty last year to U.S. government cyber-crime charges over his role as a top member of Team Xecuter. The group sold tech that circumvented copyright protections and enabled the Nintendo Switch and other systems to play pirated games. Authorities estimated the piracy cost Nintendo upward of $65 million over nearly a decade, and even compelled the company to spend resources releasing a more secure model of the Switch.
"This is a very significant moment for us," Nintendo lawyer Ajay Singh told the court at the time, as he laid out the company's case against piracy and awaited the sentencing. "It's the purchase of video games that sustains Nintendo and the Nintendo ecosystem, and it is the games that make the people smile," Singh said. "It's for that reason that we do all we can to prevent games on Nintendo systems from being stolen." He noted Nintendo's losses from Team Xecuter's piracy and sounded a note of sympathy for smaller non-Nintendo game makers whose works are also pirated. And he wove in a complaint about cheating, which he said Team Xecuter's hacks enabled. Cheating could scare off honest players and upset families: "Parents should not be forced to explain to their children why people cheat and why sometimes games are not fair, just because one person wants an unfair advantage."
At the hearing, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik noted that TV and movies glorify hackers as "sticking it to the man," suggesting that "big companies are reaping tremendous profits and it's good for the little guy to have this." "What do you think?" Lasnik asked Nintendo's lawyer at one point. "What else can we do to convince people that there's no glory in this hacking/piracy?" "There would be a large benefit to further education of the public," Singh replied. In brief remarks directly to Lasnik, Bowser said longer prison time wouldn't scare off hackers. "There's so much money to be made from piracy that it's insignificant," he said.
- Nintendo wanted hacker's prison sentence to turn heads (Jun 6, 2022) o_O
- Nintendo Switch hacker called Bowser jailed for causing $65m losses to gaming companies
- Judge Gives 40-Month Prison Sentence to Nintendo Switch Hacker Called 'Bowser'
- Team Xecuter Wikipedia Article
Wine version 7.10 for Linux has been released:
Here it is the official announcement:
"Wine (originally an acronym for "Wine Is Not an Emulator") is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, Mac OSX, & BSD.
It is open source software under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License.
GameEx 18.07 is available for download:
"GameEx is a front-end for MAME, GameBase, Daphne, PC Games and all command line based game emulators. Supported Operating Systems are Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3+, Windows Server 2003 SP2+, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012."
Currently the most stable release is still v1.6.0 but after checking out the latest nightly build (tweaks between stable releases) I can safely say things are looking up for the emulator as it has taken the Duckstation route of having a GUI interface.
Check out the nightly builds here at https://pcsx2.net/downloads/
We'll mirror it here once the next stable release is official released but from what the developers have said, at least 98% of the games are playable now. As usual, you need BIOS to play the games but legally that's for y'all to discover on your own.
Atari pulled the plug on the release of Marble Madness II almost exactly 31 years ago after the follow up to their hit game failed to perform well in location tests.
For decades the only way to play this now sought after rarity has been on one of a handful of known surviving units when it was exhibited by a private collector at annual events.
That has all changed after the ROM mysteriously appeared on The Internet Archive and was subsequently emulated by MAME developer David Haywood.
Ars Technica provides background information on this story, and talks with a number of the digital archaeologists involved. They discuss the events that unfolded, speculate as to why the game may have failed, and look at what it means to the community.
Running Retroarch has long been possible on the PS4, but it’s been done through unofficial ports so far. That was until now, as the Retroarch team have added the PS4 ports to their official github today, thanks to the work of frangar, bigboss, and fjtrujy among others.
PS4 support on Retroarch, what’s that? O_o
Just to be crystal clear, we’re talking here about the possibility to run the Retroarch emulator suite on PS4, not the other way around!
Retroarch does not let you play PS4 games on your PC yet (but there are other emulators in progress for that: Spine and Kyty).
Again, it’s something that’s been possible for a while, but not “officially” supported by the Retroarch team until now.
I recently sat down with Bob from RetroRGB.com for an interview podcast for the first time since returning to the community.
Check it out here: https://www.retrorgb.com/interview-with-zophar.html
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