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Dolphin, the Gamecube and Wii emulator is working on a Vulkan backend

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I love emulators, I think they are a fantastic way to keep old platforms alive. Even with the grey area around roms I think they are really interesting. Dolphin is now working on a Vulkan backend.

See the github work-in-progress pull request for the Vulkan work here.

Dolphin is open source under the GPLv2+ license.

The problem with roms is the confusing legalities behind them, but if the game isn't sold any more, it should be fair game in reality. If you already own the game, then it should also be perfectly legal to have a personal rom of it, but the law changes between each country. What then happens with old games that are then re-sold on Steam like some retro games do? Very confusing.
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wojtek88 27 June 2016 at 1:46 pm UTC
That's the problem I have. I was using emulationstation with my Dualshock 4 and playing Contra, Goal 3 and other classics. Then I've heard about Atari Vault and started to think - is there a way to legally buy roms this days? Is there a way to be perfectly sure that you can play this game from the platform that is dead?
ProfessorKaos64 27 June 2016 at 2:06 pm UTC
wojtek88That's the problem I have. I was using emulationstation with my Dualshock 4 and playing Contra, Goal 3 and other classics. Then I've heard about Atari Vault and started to think - is there a way to legally buy roms this days? Is there a way to be perfectly sure that you can play this game from the platform that is dead?

Not exactly. You must buy the game and dump the ROM yourself. However, some Steam game collections actually diatribe the ROM file to make playing possible.
GustyGhost 27 June 2016 at 3:08 pm UTC
Screw the legality. If Nintendo is too shortsighted to recognize me as a customer then they deserve every potential loss of sale that my ROMs have caused. Console manufacturers often enter into contractual agreements with game developers to only develop a game for their consoles, explicitly disallowing its release for PC, to force consumers to buy their consoles in order to play those games. Their whole purpose is to lock consumers into a closed ecosystem and restrict their freedom. This allows console manufacturers to fix prices artificially for their games and peripherals.
tuubi 27 June 2016 at 3:39 pm UTC
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@AnxiousInfusion: The thing is, console exclusives are legal and piracy is not, so you might want to take another gander at the GOL rules before posting rants like that. Liam has made it clear that discussions on the ethics or any other aspect of piracy are not welcome.
Vaiski 27 June 2016 at 3:58 pm UTC
AnxiousInfusionScrew the legality.

It's very easy to use a Wii with homebrew to make disc images of your legally purchased Wii and Gamecube games. Of course, creating digital copies of physical media for personal use is unfortunately not legal everywhere in the world, but it's not really a lost sale if you keep your physical copies and even bought their hardware.
Mohandevir 27 June 2016 at 4:18 pm UTC
Skylanders and the Portal on Linux... Anybody knows if it works?
I got a kid that would be really happy to play Skylanders Giants again (CD got sratched and is no longer usable).
GustyGhost 27 June 2016 at 4:29 pm UTC
tuubi@AnxiousInfusion: The thing is, console exclusives are legal and piracy is not, so you might want to take another gander at the GOL rules before posting rants like that. Liam has made it clear that discussions on the ethics or any other aspect of piracy are not welcome.

If GOL wants to be censorious of uncomfortable opinions that sends a stronger message about them than it does me. Piracy is only a satellite issue to my main point that platform exclusives have caused this rift in the first place. Whether or not something is legal does not correlate to it being right or wrong. I believe what I'm doing is a just response to industry's abuse of control. I thought Linux were more nuanced in this kind of thing.
tuubi 27 June 2016 at 4:45 pm UTC
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AnxiousInfusionIf GOL wants to be censorious of uncomfortable opinions that sends a stronger message about them than it does me.
No, it doesn't.

AnxiousInfusionPiracy is only a satellite issue to my main point that platform exclusives have caused this rift in the first place. Whether or not something is legal does not correlate to it being right or wrong. I believe what I'm doing is a just response to industry's abuse of control.
That's neither here nor there. This is not the right venue for activism. We can (and in this case must) take our issues elsewhere. Liam has made his stance very clear.
GustyGhost 27 June 2016 at 5:24 pm UTC
Normally I would cede that my posts have nothing to do with with the topic (Vulkan + Dolphin which I am very excited for btw) but the main article discuses the very thing my comments have addressed so I cannot admit that they're unrelated to the topic. Liam invited discussion about piracy with half of the content of this writing. If you don't want people talking about it then don't bring it up in the first place.
liamdawe 27 June 2016 at 5:30 pm UTC
For once, I am inviting discussion on it due to my own confusion on the legalities of roms.

That said, I still wont accept people talking up piracy like it's their right.

Discussing it is one thing, talking it up like it's totally acceptable is another.
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