Emulators To Be Banned From Android?

June 1, 2011

Gaming on Android is pretty limited when you think about it. Most native Android games aren’t exactly designed for the serious gamer – this is mostly because Android is a mobile platform and not a gaming platform. However, most Android devices have pretty impressive specs and can probably run a whole lot of old games.

Which is the premise behind emulators. Emulators are programs designed to mimic old gaming console environments. This means you can play any number of old games as long as you have the appropriate ROM for it. This gave Android gamers access to an incredibly large library of games. The most popular of these emulators are the -oid series, comprising of Nesoid, Snesoid, Gensoid, N64oid, Ataroid, Gearoid and Gameboid, each emulating their particular console, all of which were developed by yongzh.

Emulators have always been a bit on the less than legal side, though tolerated mainly because of their stay on the gray area of the market. As a case in point, the above-mentioned emulators were actually part of the Android Market and could be bought for installation on your device. Well, it seems the laws finally caught up with them since they all recently got pulled out.

That doesn’t seem to be the end of it, too. Reports have come in about yongzh’s developer privileges being revoked, along with another emulator developer’s. Following closely on the heels of last month’s Sega emulator removal, this might herald bad news for Android gamers, as emulators seem to be on the way out – or at least making them hard to get.

Source: Androidpolice

Comments

  • Jakub Vokaty

    that’s suck really hardcore would be the only reason to root my Galaxy s2 !!

  • Ryan Hopf

    Lets get facts straight here. Yongzh’s emulators were pulled not because of some legality issues with emulators in general – there is nothing at all illegal about emulators themselves, it’s the piracy of game ROMs that is is – but Yongzh’s emulators ripped code directly from other open-source emulators, then made his emulators available for a price, without credit or payment to the developers of the original code, therefore violating open-source agreements.

    So there’s no need to worry about “emulators [seeming] to be on the way out” – it’s actually good news because there are now better emulators becoming available for free that actually abide by open-source licensing.

    Please don’t twist the facts for the sake of sensationalism – the story of a developer blatantly ripping off other developers is catching enough, you don’t need to BS android users for added effect.