by Robert Triggs, 1 month ago
I have a confession to make, when I first heard about tablets I was pretty skeptical. I couldn’t ever really see myself ditching my laptop for a smaller, less powerful tablet, but as it turns out I couldn’t have been…
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.