Well what about the IP for other products, like gambling machines? PacMan has several products that still being created with its image.
- I dont even know what you mean. Just because mame emulates MS Pacman, does not change sales of new Pacman sequals or Gambling games themed with Ms Pacman.
How many games were sold for consoles with old arcade games?
What would their sales be like if there was no MAME?
I would think that there would be less sales before Mame, and that these collections are a by product of the emulator experience.
- Some companies have had mild success selling old ports. However, the biggest problem with them, is that they are usually lacking in some area.
- Marble Madness for example, does not have Dual Trackball support on any Console. In fact, most of the Ports of MM were re-programmed. Meaning, they were Not the original masterpieces. Changed graphics, inferior sounds, inferior controls, inferior mathematical formulas and even changed difficulties. There have been complete butchery of classics.
Ever play Tempest and Arkanoid with their Spinner controls? Its blasphemous to play port versions with joysticks. It controls like BUTT.. and is completely worthless.
Should people decide not to save the originals because some A-hole company exec decides he wants to feed people some inferior version? While at the same time, all the original PCBs are failing, the company having NO rom backups, no programming printouts, not even the Artwork for the games... Its basically Doomed to be destroyed from history, because of Ignorance and legality that defends that ignorance.