Quote: If you buy your games on eBay you are probably doing the companies absolutely no good > whatsoever, and that is certainly the case for buying them from that Blockbuster bin, > if you somehow have a Blockbuster that is still in business near you seeing as though > they went tits up.
I do not buy new Xbox 360,or PSP games off ebay. I do buy Xbox 360 games from BB that are a year or two old, but the game companies did not get the rental revenue (which I think they should get a percentage) only the fee for the title.
I buy that same used title thus keeping blockbuster in business. If BB died in the US, it was because of their poor customer service and marketing.
I buy my games from Steam for the PC, and eBay.
I do not buy X game and crack/dump it on the Internet with the view to archiving the game after three years with the hope that someday a emulator will come out when the X console support goes out.
Platforms which are dead like Laseractive definitely should be preserved. You know how old Laseractive is and what it took to get it working in the first place. The LDV(100?) and two devices? Then we have the old disks which need archiving before the rot sets in, so I'm all in agreement for that. Oh and that MSX LD unit too.
I'm not saying that should be the practice for the Mame dumping project. I cannot see why there isn't two or more factions of the dumping project that could be better coordinated. I would lose the will to live if I was tasked to dump the entire Laseractive catalog.
The x86 is still being manufactured, so until we all start using Desktop ARM CPUs, those games should be off limits and stored, even if it means ghosting the drive. 20 years is a safe bet.
My question is, how do these new Mame games end up on the Internet in the first place so quickly? Especially if it is such a rare game. Who leaks it?
All the BB in the UK are fine, I was back home last month and it didn't dawn on me to see if there was any BB around in my neighborhood. I use redbox for DVD rentals or I buy them at Wallymart. I only have one DVD player that is region 1.