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Console Games added to GOG.com (using emulators, like with DOS games)

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Technically, DOS is just another OS that needs to be emulated to make it run. Well, Surely GOG could team up with Znes producers, PsxE, VBA, ect and try and get some console games on GOG. Set them up in such a way that it comes with an inbuilt emulator that runs when you click .exe like has been done with DOSbox, afterall, it is just an emulator. Only downside would be, you could only really add old games, but hey. Surely companies like square enix would love to make money from the huge scene of people who emulate their old content like final fantasy VI.

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I don't think that this is impossible, but I think some might disagree with this. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think one of the reasons why console games using emulators may not be a good idea is because of the different quality that the game might show compared to the game itself when being played by a console. Sometimes, the game's quality would drop to 480p from 720p. But yeah, I don't know much about this kind of stuff.

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Yes, I think GOG should have all Good Old Games. I've used Fusion364 emulator to play my old Sega MegaDrive (Genesis) and MegaCD games. It works perfectly, no issues.

May. 12, 2015
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Before we ask GOG to do this can we have them do something on a similar note but in keeping with PC games? I would like to suggest everyone here first ask GOG to make as many PC98(the big Japanese PC platform back in the day) available here and compatible with Windows PC. I would love the original version of Xanadu by Nihon Falcom and many other related games to be available on here.

May. 3, 2015
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I am aware of the many difficulties and challenges, and I still think this is a good idea. For a few old console games at least. <br /> For I have never (what some commenters have called lazy) bothered to collect my old (abandonware) games, install the emu, fiddle with various settings, tread through crashes and trial & error in hopes of playing an old video game. Now if GOG offered a bug-free version to play on my computer today I would purchase it. <br /> <br /> So yeah I could trouble myself with the time consuming hassles of playing Sega or super Nintendo emu on my PC and each year I still have not done it.

Apr. 29, 2015
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GOG has gotten some emulated Amiga games and stuff, so this isn't impossible, there would probably a lot of redtape and technical difficulties to deal with though.

Jan. 19, 2015
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wow is gog seriously filled with this many idiotic people?

Dec. 30, 2014
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I don't know if this will everbepossible, but if so, it will be HUGE. :)

Dec. 28, 2014
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@cataclism Yes, they can be used to play games, but this doesn't mean they were created with the intent of allowing people to play games, and this is very relevant. In this context, the emulators themselves are legal, while providing Rom images is not. Because of this, the emulators must be available for free and may not be distributed with ROM images. <br /> <br /> And in the case of PSN, you're talking about emulation of a system owned by it's creator on another system by the same creator. The problem here is not only acquiring the rights to the games, but also the rights to the emulated platforms. <br /> <br /> And one last thing, most games people suggest here (especially the ones you suggested) are readily available on many platforms, making this pointless.

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@MagmaDragoon. Emulators can totally be used to play games, what the objectives of MAME's team are is completely irrelevant. That why THEY wanted to do and their vision does not have to be and shouldn't be imposed on anyone else. Your entire post is preposterous. <br /> The concept of selling older games on digital channels which use emulation to run said games in newer systems is hardly alien anyway. Many older games sold through PSN for example use emulation. The PS3 (all models) can play PS1 games through emulation. <br /> Regarding GOG themselves, a good place to start could be Chrono Trigger and the SNES Final Fantasies. Square Enix already has a deal with GOG to sell Eidos games (SE owns Eidos) and SE has already released most FF games on Steam, though those are mostly reworked versions with some unpleasant changes. GOG could make a deal to sell the original SNES versions.

Nov. 25, 2014
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Totally no. What people either forget or don't realize is that emulators weren't made for people to play games (free or otherwise). Their main objective is documentation and preservation. <br /> <br /> Here is an excerpt from MAME's documentation: <br /> <br /> "MAME is strictly a non-profit project. Its main purpose is to be a reference to the inner workings of the emulated arcade machines. This is done both for educational purposes and for preservation purposes, in order to prevent many historical games from disappearing forever once the hardware they run on stops working. Of course, in order to preserve the games and demonstrate that the emulated behavior matches the original, you must also be able to actually play the games. This is considered a nice side effect, and is not MAME's primary focus."

Nov. 20, 2014
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+1 / This we need! I can understand that Nintendo games (NES & SNES) can be hard to get or perhaps even impossible to get because they have their own system (WII & WIIU) for which they are releasing their older games already - and I don't think they want any competition. <br /> <br /> But Sega games are already being released for Steam and Amazon etc. You should totally get your hands on a good piece of emulator and start selling Sega games packs or even individual games on GOG!

Nov. 10, 2014
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IMO the best PS1 emulator would be "pSX emulator" (whose official site I can't seem to find now, though), not ePSXe, because it doesn't alter the graphics in any way.

Oct. 25, 2014
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PC ports of console games? Yes. <br /> Running by emulation? No.

Aug. 24, 2014
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just no. <br /> <br /> gog should stay a pc games platform, or it will be overrun with the back catalogue of the console (and other old computer systems) games and will extinguish any indie development. <br />

Aug. 22, 2014
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Why not give it a try with a single game like Pokémon Red or Link's Awakening? That's not a risk for anyone really, especially considering that GOG can stop selling it at ANY point, and that those are as easy to download as typing their names already. When 10'000 copies are sold after a week, the rightholders will see that there's a lot of profit to be made with those.

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Getting old games on a new console is a bonus but very few people will buy a console which costs several $100 just so they can buy old games at an inflated price. PCs are fairly ubiquitous, everyone already owns one, so why wouldn't Nintendo etc want to expand into such a market? <br /> <br /> I think some manufacturers, (Nintendo in particular) would object to the default PC game pad (the keyboard) because it is pretty rubbish for platform games and degrades the quality of the experience. <br /> Because free roms are available, legal roms have to be kept cheap or no one will buy them. ($20 for Mario World, be serious!) This means they will have to undercut the prices they are charging on their consoles which could alienate the core market. <br /> <br /> On the upside, many console game developers don't have much experience with the PC market so teaming up with gog would reduce cost and risk and maybe, gog coud recomend a licenced game pad for use with the console games to get Nintendo et al onside.

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@nhydock I, too, would gladly buy a lot of older games from here (not those I already own, because thank God my collection is still mostly intact... I'm sorry about what happened to you. :( ), mainly those from consoles I never owned or games I missed back in the day. <br /> <br /> But yes, I think that the publishers are the main obstacle here. Why would Sony and/or Nintendo let go of their older exclusives, given that they run their own digital market? I mean, they COULD do it, and they would certainly make money out of it, but I doubt they'd let someone else make any profit out of it. Especially Sony, maybe Nintendo COULD let go of some very old stuff, games they themselves don't sell anymore, but I wouldn't bet too much on it. <br /> <br /> It'd be awesome indeed. There's so many games from the older generations that I missed...

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@MordredMS One advantage of GoG is the extent that they go for preserving older products. Even though people can easily just go on google and download roms and emulators for free (which they can do the same for any game here on GoG really), getting things like quality PDF scans of game manuals and strategy guides is really precious and awesome to have. <br /> <br /> My console game collection a few years ago got damaged by a flood, and a lot of my game manuals and covers have been ruined because of it. I'd totally repurchase a lot of those games on GoG if it meant having all that material back again. Plus, like with the advantage of PSN/Virtual Console/Xbox Live where you can download some older games digitally, in a lot of cases there's plenty of rarer games that you could get for only a few dollars because of it just being roms. <br /> <br /> Still, the problem with having console games comes down to more than just the game development studio. For older consoles, like NES and SNES, the console development company had direct say and control over what games could be published on their system. Trying to wrestle rights to have roms on GoG from them would be impossible when they run their own virtual console market. <br /> <br /> Only consoles I could see being supported by GoG would be Atari, Intellivision, NeoGeo, some MAME compatible games, and some Sega games possibly up to Dreamcast. Nintendo is out, and so would be Sony exclusives.

Jul. 26, 2014
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The idea is great, but I fear it won't happen easily. <br /> <br /> First of all, why would retro-gamers who download ROMs and emulators for free want to BUY them? If not for the laziness of not having to rape Google for them, I guess. It would be a risk move for GOG and for publishers alike. <br /> <br /> Secondly, if publishers care so little about their back catalogue that they create consoles with no retrocompatibility and let their older games die a slow and miserable death, I'm afraid they wouldn't move much of a finger to bring it back to the marked. <br /> <br /> Thirdly, as it has been pointed out already, not all emulators work well with all games. Should GOG let people use whatever emu they like? Or maybe include one with the purchase? Or maybe merely recommend one? <br /> <br /> It can be done, it would be awesome if it were done, but unfortunately it isn't simple.

Jul. 24, 2014
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And I really love how this wish is #10 of the top voted ever. You can tell people want this :)

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Well, I have the equipment to dump my old games myself, and I tend to buy those games that I missed in my childhood just to dump them and play them in an emulator. I'm a console enthusiast when it comes to older games, and I would definitely love such games on GOG. While I wouldn't need most of the games that I like from this era because I've already dumped them myself, I would seriously consider buying them again just for the extras. A good, official cover image is worth a lot to me and complements a collection. Same goes for a PDF game manual. And if we can get the soundtracks, that'd be even better!

Jul. 20, 2014
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Yes. oxydated, you should get an Origin account instead.

Jul. 20, 2014
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Sure I'd be happy to pay for ROMs. It's really an untapped market. Either you have to use a Wii or GC disk in your drive, or you have to download ROMs illegally. <br /> <br /> Is this the start of iTunes for old console games?

Jul. 16, 2014
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I'm in two minds about this, one one hand there are lots of emulators out there and you'd need to have a choice of which to use (A lot of games run we;ll in one but not another) on the other hand... If GOG could get an in house team to create their own emulator for said games that worked flawlessly this could be a winning idea. <br /> <br /> The only problem then I think would be that there are so many publishers of console games that no longer exist and the big guys most probably won't be interested.

Jul. 2, 2014
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I am for the idea, though I would prefer to download the ROM (finally a legal way!) and receive a message like "This game requires a &lt;&lt;insert_console&gt;&gt; emulator in order to run". So not to have too many ROMs with the same emulator built in. And in the GOG way, to have the manual, and wallpapers and covers if available. <br /> <br /> Let's hope for the various game producers to agree to sell those ROMs at a fair price (no more than $0.99 a game would be fair), so that they could see a revenue out of them and let us play emulators without feeling dirty.

Jun. 22, 2014
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Great idea! But I agree with ssokolow, if this happens, please use a format that runs in any emulator for the system. I don't believe that Sony or Nintendo would do that, though. Maybe Sega, since they have been already porting some of their classics to PC.

May. 22, 2014
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Blizzard just recently re-released Rock n Roll Racing on <a href="http://Battle.net" class="light_un" target="_blank">Battle.net</a> as a ZSNES executable, so using emulators is perfectly legal.

May. 15, 2014
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This would be so cool if they could get it to work. Off the top of my head I can think of 8 games that I would buy right away.

May. 12, 2014
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To be honest, if they were to ever do this, I'd like it to be on a separate home page entirely as GoG is known mostly for their PC games, and Emulators are still very clunky to use. Unless GoG could program a smooth, well-rounded Emulator and got permission from other gaming companies to put their products on an Emulator part of the website, then I wouldn't find this a very good idea. But this is GoG we're talking about, a little faith in their capabilities couldn't hurt.

Apr. 10, 2014
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As long as they were suitably cheap, I'd buy ROM+Emulator bundles from GOG. <br /> <br /> (But please not in some proprietary format like the SEGA Classics collections. Converting those to something a native Linux emulator can play is annoying.) <br /> <br /> It's like DOS games in DOSBox. Sure, I could probably easily find torrents of them, but I take pleasure in legally owning my games. <br /> <br /> (Yes, I have ROMs of games like Super Mario World... but I've got old SNES cartridges buried somewhere in the garage.) <br /> <br /> ...now Amiga games, on the other hand, are something I'd REALLY pay for. In my youth, I missed the opportunity to learn first-hand which ones were "Good Old Games" and I seem to have an unsatisfied craving for isometric RPGs.

Mar. 15, 2014
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Emulators on gog would only be feasible for old computers, not consoles. You only have to google to realize that there are literally thousands of games available for emulators on the web already, with some even being sold on dvd with rom collections (despite a questionable state of legality around such acts). It would be a waste of gog's time. Anyone that currently uses emulators would unfortunately have no inclination to purchase on a game by game basis for any emulator if they already know where to obtain them. <br /> <br /> Many of the most successful games developers from past console titles are still around in some form, and would likely rather release such a service on their very own, eg through a virtual store for the latest consoles using their bundled emulator, than through any third party company for the pc. Releasing via console also makes it easier to impose limitations on usage. <br /> <br /> Gog is drm free and not many console companies agree with that, even in 2014, and releasing games in such a form on a PC, where it can be very easy to share or copy games, raises a major problem. They just prefer not do it.

Mar. 13, 2014
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I doubt this will ever happen. Nintendo would only let this happen with an emulator of their systems over their dead bodies (ironically considering the Virtual Console), and most emulator packages out there (SEGA classics that aren't a Taxman port, for example) run on pretty outdated emulation software. And to top it off, you can forget DRM-Free because of console devs. <br /> <br /> The only way I would like to see this working out would be maybe MAME (because it's well, MAME) because having arcade ports would be pretty neat.

Mar. 7, 2014
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$6 for chrono trigger...psh! Try at least $15 bud

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ATARI and Activision do sell Bundled Atari 2600 games for the pc bundled with an Emulator.

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While I am all for this, I doubt it's possible with anything from Nintendo or Sony. They will want to use those old titles as exclusive reasons to buy their hardware. Stuff from other consoles, however (like the SEGA ones, the TurboGrafx, and the Neo-Geo) could possibly happen.

Mar. 4, 2014
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Nothing illegal about the principle of using emulators. Any relevant licensing issue would obviously be dealt with first before offering games that use emulators. <br /> <br /> Still it'd be better to emulate other computers than consoles. They could offer AAA games: Atari/Amiga/Amstrad!

Mar. 2, 2014
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It would be illegal and the site might get shut down. Bad. Idea.

Feb. 25, 2014
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To add to my comment below, each emulated game sold would mean several companies taking a cut, increasing the cost. Why would anyone add GOG into the equation when they can do this themselves and make more money? Those that couldn't handle the distribution themselves could be open but they may prefer to go the DRM route.

Jan. 23, 2014
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It seems most agree that agreement would need to be reached with both the hardware rights holder as well as the game owner. This is going to be the case regardless of whether there are BIOS ROMs or and OS required to run the games on the emulator. <br /> <br /> Looking at Sega, who've been released quite a few emulated games: they've only released games they own the licence for themselves. They would need to strike a deal with third parties to distribute their Megadrive games, for example. But they haven't. <br /> <br /> Looking at another real-life example, Nintendo have released emulated version of games on the Wii, but only where all rights holders involved (e.g. Sega, NEC and the software rights holders) have agreed. <br /> <br /> Being realistic, Nintendo, Sega and Sony are never going to agree to letting GOG distribute their games DRM-free when they could do it themselves. It's more likely to become a reality where the hardware manufacturer is defunct or no longer involved in the industry, but then NEC may well prefer if they stick to closed systems or those that use DRM. Perhaps the Amiga rights holders could be convinced as they already sell an emulation-friendly package. The same may be true of other very old computers and consoles, but not for the ones most here seem to care about!

Jan. 23, 2014
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This feature is definitely needed unless GOG intends to strike deals with both the hardware and software rights holders of console games. Can't see this happening any time soon.

Jan. 23, 2014
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Trouble with legally emulating console games is that the original hardware manufacturer (Nintendo, Sega, whoever) would probably have to be involved, especially when BIOS ROMs that they hold the copyright for would be required. That means that Sega would probably want to publish any games that were released on their systems themselves... or do whatever they could to block the game's release. The game's rights holder could release a port of that game for any other system, of course... but all gog does is re-release games... meaning they must already exist.

Jan. 23, 2014
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@Jeditobe Actually, I'd prefer SteamOS compatibility(See here: <a href="http://www.gog.com/wishlist/site/steamos_version_of_games" class="light_un" target="_blank">http://www.gog.com/wishlist/site/steamos_version_of_games</a> ). <br /> That would clear up the Linux problem quite nicely, too, since SteamOS isn't a massive category like Linux is(For those of you who don't know, there isn't just one version of Linux, there's well over a hundred(Possibly more than a thousand), around a hundred of which are still actively updated and almost none of these many, many versions(Or distributions, rather) of Linux are the same). <br /> <br /> Now, back on the topic of emulators: <br /> So, let's say GoG wanted to emulate a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis game. The first step would be getting Sega's permission to use an emulator. This would be very hard to do, but not impossible. Then, they'd have to just go through the regular steps of getting a game on GoG. <br /> <br /> The key thing here is that Sega are a bit weird, so I don't know if they'd allow GoG to do this.

Dec. 16, 2013
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<a href="http://www.gog.com/wishlist/site/add_reactos_as_third_supported_platform_and_free_and_open_source_option" class="light_un" target="_blank">http://www.gog.com/wishlist/site/add_reactos_as_third_supported_platform_and_free_and_open_source_option</a> <br /> <br /> Look here please, this one will help to run Console Games using emulators.

Dec. 16, 2013
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Oh and on the console companies blocking it, why should they? We are talking about games that run on consoles which are two generations older than the current ones (PS2 vs PS4). And since the console companies are also license holders for many of those games, they would profit twice (license for "official" emulator use, licenses for games)...

Dec. 10, 2013
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Technically Possible: There are great working emulators for NES, SNES, N64, Wii, PS1, PS2, PSP, SEGA etc. <br /> <br /> Legally Possible: Sure, GOG needs to have contracts with the emulator developers, the console company and game license holders. But most emulators are free and open source, they need a contract with the license holders anyway, so the only real additional hurdle is the console company. <br /> <br /> GOG=PC Only?: The emulators run on the PC - you get console games, but you will play them on the PC -&gt; more "PC" games

Dec. 10, 2013
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Wow that's a lot of spam there. <br /> <br />

Nov. 20, 2013
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I agree with Infin8ty that it would probably be better to start with older systems like the Intellivision, made by companies that no longer have a stake in the console market. Sega might also be a good starting point- while some of their newer titles use DRM, Gamersgate has a few of their Genesis and Dreamcast titles listed as DRM-free, so they might be more open-minded on the issue. <br /> <br /> The problem with true ports is the time and effort needed to rebuild each individual game you want to bring over. However, I CAN imagine game companies building a sort of half-and-half setup- merge the ROM and emulator into a single executable. That way, like a true port, you can only run it on the system it's sold for, but like any other emulator, once you've got it imitating the old hardware well, you could theoretically bring over most if not all that hardware's library with little trouble.

Oct. 8, 2013
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I like the idea, but I think emulation might be a problem. <br /> <br /> 1. Emulation is typically considered "illegal", and tends to have a bad rapport. <br /> 2. The few "legal" emulators, tend to be really terrible, so making them work would be a chore. The other option would be to make a new "legal" emulator, but then... really what I say next would make more sense. <br /> 3. Really, it can be confusing when the game is working for the old system, but you're using an entirely different one, especially in control scheme. <br /> <br /> This leads me to say that true "ports" should be considered rather than emulations. Also, from a legal standpoint, many games may be impossible, but much will be from apprehension. The first step to make this possible is to start small and very old. Even using systems developed by companies that are no longer in the video game industry (such as Mattel's Intellivision) would probably lead to better outcomes. If GOG can establish a rapport of being able to successfully port the "good old games" from the console days to PC, more companies would probably be willing to allow the distribution of their IP. This can take a lot of work, though and as said below, will probably only be viable after a major company expansion; however, some of the much older systems may still have a chance, and I believe that as long as it is NOT an EMULATION, but rather a PORT, then negotiations could be more successful (as well as sales, if done well).

Oct. 5, 2013
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