I was originally going to write that this sounds like private initiative by someone who was grossly underinformed. That said, I got a PM yesterday through emutalk asking if they need to delete the 0x1000(ish) bootstrap from N64 games too. Apparently there's a misconception that the internal N64 headers which are a physical part of ROM and used by the bootstrap to set up PI access and timing are superfluous and have already started deleting them.
What the bloody hell?!
It sounds to me like some uninformed idiot is riding roughshod over the work of others, screwing stuff up willy-nilly.
What the hell is going on in the ROM preservation community?
Surely those with more knowledge/sense should be putting a stop to this? Isn't there, you know, some kind of gate keeper or authority committee which oversees this and prevents incompetence like that taking place?
Does this mean entire archives of N64 ROMs are going to be useless?
To what end are they removing those N64 headers, which based on your description are integral to the data?
What you've described is so abhorrent, frankly I'm having trouble comprehending it. Are any gaming news websites covering this? I feel like I've stumbled into some kind of nefarious conspiracy!
Am I over-reacting? Shouldn't whoever is behind this destruction of data e stopped, and those going along with it be educated on the matter? It feels like something needs to be done about this, right now
. Should we do something? Are we doing something? Are people who know about this doing what needs to be done? I'm just a writer, but am a keen emulation user for article writing. I want the entire sphere of emulation to be protected, preserved and made to be the best and most accessible that it can be.