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Another ROM site is facing legal action from Nintendo, which is suing over "brazen and mass scale infringement" of its intellectual property (IP) rights. Filed by Nintendo of America, the lawsuit alleges the ROM site served up hundreds of thousands of illegal copies of Switch games, and half a billion 3DS games. "Defendants reproduce, distribute, monetize, and offer for download thousands of unauthorized copeis of Nintendo's video games. This includes games for nearly every video game system Nintendo has ever produced including hundreds of games for its recently released Nintendo Switch," the lawsuit states. The site is ROMUniverse, and according to the lawsuit, it offers a premium membership... Read more...
Last July, Nintendo went nuclear over ROM sites that were giving people access to pirated versions of classic Nintendo games. The first two sites that Nintendo took legal action against were LoveROMS.com and LoveRetro.com; both owned by the same people. The legal action against the two websites resulted in smaller ROM sites shutting down, out of fear they would be next on Nintendo's hit list. The legal action against LoveROMS.com and LoveRetro.com is now over as Nintendo, and the site owners Jacob Mathias and his wife have decided to settle the case. It seems that Mathias and his wife knew there was no fighting the Nintendo legal machine and entered into a negotiation to stave off a lengthy... Read more...
If you are holding a drink in your hand, pour one out for EmuParadise, a massively popular retro gaming website and previously one of the biggest resources for game ROMs. Why do we say "previously?" Unfortunately, "EmuParaside is changing," the company states on its website, and it is changing by removing all ROM links to avoid potential legal action. "It's not worth it for us to risk potentially disastrous consequences. I cannot in good conscience risk the futures of our team members who have contributed to the site through the years. We run EmuParadise for the love of retro games and for you to be able to revisit those good times. Unfortunately, it's not possible right now to do so in a way... Read more...
Nintendo is not a fan of third-party emulators and ROMs, to put it lightly. There is an entire FAQ section on its website that explains Nintendo's stance on emulators and ROMs, but lest the point has not been made, the company is suing two of the more popular console ROM sites for hosting pirated games. One of them has shut down. The two sites include LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co. According to TorrentFreak, both sites are believed to be operated by the same person, Jacob Mathias and his Arizona company Mathias Designs LLC. Arizona is where Nintendo filed the lawsuits, alleging copyright infringement for hosting a "staggering number" of pirated games. "The LoveROMs and LoveRETRO websites are... Read more...
The SNES Classic Edition game console launched to much fanfare and so far the system has proved so popular that many people still can't find one. Reviews for the SNES Classic have been very positive with lots of praise for its retro gaming prowess. The console came from Nintendo with 21 games preinstalled, but some hackers have found a way to add even more games to the system. As of now the process is rather long requiring about 20 steps according to a video outlining the hack using a tool called HakChi2. You will also need some other software to load your own games to the SNES Classic Edition including Python 3.60, Notepad++, and the sfc2sfrom.py script. All of those required software programs... Read more...
In mid-March, we first brought you news that Microsoft and Xiaomi were looking to get Mi 4 smartphone owners the opportunity to leave Android behind and test out the Windows 10 operating system for smartphones (now known as Windows 10 Mobile). “This partnership will allow Xiaomi and Microsoft to get direct user feedback and continue to improve the experience for China,” said Microsoft at the time. “Microsoft is thrilled to see Xiaomi embracing Windows 10 and offering this great value to their customers. We’re excited to see the feedback we receive from this audience.” It looks a though Microsoft and Xiaomi are moving on to the next phase in their relationship, as Xiaomi is now calling for beta... Read more...
Smartphone startup OnePlus is gearing up to reveal its Android ROM, but the date for the unveiling is a matter of debate. The phone maker teased the ROM and announced its name – OxygenOS – and said “Stay tuned; more information is coming February 12th,” in its blog post. Some have taken that to mean that the download will be available on the 12th, but OnePlus now appears to plan only to provide more details (not a download) at the upcoming event. The new ROM comes after a parting with Cyanogen and some difficulties with India. OnePlus selected the name “OxygenOS” from fan suggestions, because “As an element, Oxygen is the epitome of simplicity, yet it’s also extraordinarily powerful.” Unfortunately,... Read more...
Everyone loves a good vintage gaming console ROM, and the Internet Archive is introducing five classic console emulators from way, way back as part of its Historical Software collection. The “Console Living Room” list is comprised of the Atari 2600, Atari 7800 ProSystem, ColecoVision, Magnavox Odyssey 2, and the Astrocade. The Internet Archive uses JSMESS, and everything runs in your web browser. Here’s the kicker: These emulations don’t just have a few games to choose from. There are hundreds and hundreds of titles. For example, hit up the Atari 2600 page and scroll...and scroll. Frogger on the Atari 2600 Where the Internet Archive is a bit different from run-of-the-mill... Read more...
Google's open source Android operating system has grown up and matured right before our very eyes in the past several years, and the same can be said for Steve Kondik, otherwise known by his online handle Cyanogen, developer of the immensely popular CyanogenMod line of ROMs. He posted his first ROM on the XDA Developers forum back in May 2009. It was for the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) and it was an instant hit. It didn't take long for CyanogenMod to gain a following among Android users anxious to access new features and rid themselves of carrier bloat. That's become Cyanogen's passion over the last few years, and he's now ready to take the next step by turning his hobby into a real company. CyanogenMod... Read more...
What is one to do when one’s three-year-old daughter sadly realizes that she can’t play her favorite video game as a female character? Why, hack the game’s ROM, redraw the palettes, and convert Mario into a little girl character named Pauline, of course. At least, that’s what you’d do if you were as cool as YouTuber Mike Mika. “My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together. Her favorite is Donkey Kong,” said Mike in a comment under the video embedded below. “Two days ago, she asked me if she could play as the girl and save Mario. She's played as Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do... Read more...
Here's a treat for you Android modders heading into the weekend. Work on CyanogenMod 9 is now finished and ready to download as a stable release for the majority of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) supported devices. Going forward, Cyanogen will turn his attention away from ICS (Android 4.0.x) and focus on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x). "Many have wondered why we bothered to finish CM 9 when we are already active in CM 10 development. To that, our answer is: we don’t like to leave things incomplete," Cyanogen explained in a blog post. "There is no profit gained from what we do, so the satisfaction of completing a goal is our only reward. This release also serves as a release suitable for the masses,... Read more...
If you've ever hacked or considered hacking your Android device, you're probably familiar with CyanogenMod. Although there are plenty of custom Android ROMs out there, CyanogenMod is one of the most well-known.  In fact, CyanogenMod just passed 1 million active users. CyanogenMod was created by Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik. Given the success of CyanogenMod, it should be no surprise that the project is continuing to evolve and grow into new areas. Koushik Dutta, one of the CyanogenMod team members, would like to see an App Store for root apps and apps that are "getting shut down for no good reason." The idea seems pretty handy from a user perspective, and as Dutta points out, could... Read more...
We've seen that companies who actively listen and respond positively to their customers always end up winning. It's the companies that ignore the obvious feedback that end up having to worry. HTC is one of those companies who have gone out of their way in order to address some of the loudest concerns of their users. Most recently, that has involved the bootloader. Basically, a bootloader unlock will allow users to install any other ROMs and themes on their Android phone without screwing with anything else. Loads of companies forbid this, largely because they don't have time to deal with potential tech support calls that arise due to mods gone wrong. But HTC's giving users the power. Starting... Read more...
BFG Offers FREE Upgrade to PCI Express from AGP cardsFor a limited time graphics card maker BFG Tech is offering registered BFG AGP Video card holders an upgrade to the equivalent BFG PCI Express version. If AGP card holders want to shell out an additional $50 they can upgrade to a higher level card as specified by BFG.BFG, states on their website that as PCI Express is the standard for video cards going forward, AGP is no longer going to be supported. They are encouraging users with AGP slot motherboards to upgrade their computer mainboard to one with PCI Express slots and take advantage of this offer to make the transition easier.The upgrade options and paths as specified by BFG:         ... Read more...
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