Hell, if you want to go that far, why buy a game when it's new if you can just pirate and emulate it? I mean, there were decent GBA and DS emulators throughout their lifespans. Did you endorse the mass piracy there, too?
Some of use like to do the right thing because it's right. But even if we were to forgo the moral high ground (because god knows I have a lot of emulators on my PC at home), (1) convenience, (2) features, and (3) accuracy are great reasons.
TL;DR -- Sometimes paid solutions are worthwhile.
- I bought Katamari Damacy off of PSN for $1. Taking into consideration the inconvenience of either having to play in my office or to use my home theater PC in the living room and explain to my non-technical wife the way that emulators work, I figured that the $1 for an emulated copy was worth the convenience. I also own a PS2 and could track down a used copy, but I'd be paying about $6 for that.
- Related to Katamari Damacy again, sure, I could buy a PS2 copy and play it that way, but then I'd be missing out on going through my HDMI connection and wouldn't have choices of upscaled screen resolutions for my modern tv.
- Finally, we have accuracy. "BUT WAIT!!!" you say, wanting to tell me how god-awful emulation is for purists. That's mostly true, and it's not like the big companies always get it right. However, I find that the Virtual Console games and PSN Classics are practically bug free and perfect. Have you ever tried to play Pokemon Snap on an emulator? Welcome to hell. It happens to be my favorite N64 game, so it was worth it.
Seems you have not understood the very same words you just quoted. When did I endorse any kind of piracy?
Why spend money on emulation? Be it legal (as in Virtual Console, or PSN PSOne & PS2 emulated games) or not. Specially since the price is unfair and exorbitant either way.
One should either use it's proper console hardware or go all the way and emulate for free, at least as long as you use your own dumps and don't hunt for ROMs on the internet.
Please better read what you quote so you don't make such wild accusations the next time. Though anyone can make a mistake, anyway.
And regarding to emulation accuracy.
It is true that some of the recent generations console emulators are not very accurate, specially when talking about the PS2, but most of the rest are very
accurate or accurate enough
to not see the difference on a "blind comparison":
FCEUMM or Nestopia (for the NES),
Genesis Plus GX (MasterSystem, Megadrive, and add-ons),
BSNES (the mighty Super Famicom),
Mednafen PSX (for the PSOne),
Mupen64plus (Nintendo 64, though it is still WIP, but promising),
Gambatte (for the GameBoy/Color),
VBAM (still not perfect, but accurate enough GBA emulator),
PPSSPP (very accurate PSP emulator),
Yabause (a promising WIP Sega Saturn emulator), and...
Dolphin (not very accurate, but it is enough for most GameCube and Wii games).
PCSX2 for the PS2 is still not very good for many games, though.
How about a few possible answers to that question.
1. Purchasers of the RetroN5 own legal and legitimate physical cartridges and want a way to play them on their TV with original lag free controllers.
2. Purchasers own original hardware and cartridges but want to keep their consoles in working and in good condition so they buy this. <-- My buddy falls in to this group
3. Purchasers own a newer HDTV that does not allow the use of an analog video signal thus rendering all consoles older than the PS2 useless. <-- I fall in to this group
4. Purchasers want to cut down on the amount of wires connected to a TV by only having one console for multiple systems. <-- My co-worker falls in to this group
5. Buying a RetroN5 is cheaper than building a "small emulation machine" capable of producing high quality audio/video, using lag free original controllers instead of those USB adapters that are junk, and running games full speed with no issues. Plus a RetroN5 takes up less space vs a computer and using original controllers will always be superior vs USB adaptors/controllers.
I think it is pretty clear WHY people buy this, where the issue gets heated up (as seen in this thread already) is this GPL license thing. I find it ironic that the majority of the people who are having an issue with the RetroN5 because of a "license" violation are a part of and or contribute to a community that downloads ROMs--which last time I heard was illegal. Two "wrongs" don't make a right I understand, but the hypocrisy does exist nonetheless.
I'm not trying to be an ass here, what I am doing is playing devil's advocate here and give an opinion from someone who owns the machine in question and the reasoning behind it.
Those are some valid points, yet still can be solved in other ways. Like:
1. Dump your own games and play them on accurate emulators on a simple USB computer.
Intel has just released a powerful enough one for most ancient simple consoles emulation.
The only thing you would probably miss is using the original controllers, though most of the time these were very clunky and uncomfortable anyway (MasterSystem, NES, N64, PlayStation AnyNumber...).
2. Well, this is a strange one. Why would one want to keep them functioning if you are not using them at all?
3. That's strange too, since my recently built and bought HDTVs (like the latest Panasonic Plasma, or LG LED) still support all those old connections.
4. Fair enough. I would like that too.
5. Well, all I said on point 1 is still relevant here.http://www.amazon.com/MeegoGo-Baytail-Windows-Multimedia-Bluetooth/dp/B00S9F83L6/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1429712193&sr=1-2&keywords=intel+usb+stick
I still haven't tried it, so I might end up being wrong. It may not be powerful enough to play PS2+ games, but in theory
it should be possible to play NES, Genesis, SNES or PSOne games with it.
You won't be able to use real cartridges with a self-built setup. That's the big selling point.
As I said, you just need to dump them yourself.
Which takes us to this:
All I am really interested in is backing up my battery saves and get them on a computer before the battery fails. I primarily want to back up NES, SNES, Game Boy and Nintendo 64. I've looked at multiple options, if anyone has a suggestion that avoids a controversial choice, I am glad to look into it.
You might have a good start with this:https://www.google.es/search?q=cartridge+dumper&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=Ta83VZzaKofX7Ab_m4CADw
You shall choose the option that best suits your needs as I can't do that.
PS: Of course, you can still do whatever pleases you, dudes. Even if it means having to waste money.
I myself usually play on either the original hardware or through my own retroarch setup, either locally or by streaming.