> > So
> > if the libretro/retroarch folks had been willing to relicense to MIT, then
> > would be fine from SEGA's point of view. I mean of course it would. At that point,
> > libretro would just be giving them everything once that they could use forever
> > without giving anything back. SEGA didn't even want to give them some kind of
> > "powered by retroarch" splash screen or visible credit when you run the games.
> This is the same reason the "New Retro Arcade Neon" frontend is controversial: it's
> commercial closed source that runs retroarch cores. Except that they do give libretro
> visible credit, just not the original authors of the retroarch cores (e.g. MAMEdev,
> Mednafen, byuu, Eke-Eke, etc, etc).
and as I've said a thousand times, it's just one of the many horrible problems with this plugin mentality.
yet people are buying it like crack, and promoting that approach the same way.
I actually think we've hit a low point in emulation lately - massive funds being raised on paetron for current gen emulators when money is badly needed elsewhere and then everybody else only wanting to use this kind of lib based junk that hacks up existing emulators and dumbs down every experience to the bare minimum. Beyond that everybody is still trying to run things on phones or lowest cost devices like the Pi when they're about the least suitable platforms you can find for emulation.
The recent commercial offerings are mostly awful too, not only this Sega offering, but physical products like the Nintendo Classic selling like crazy when the actual product is a piece of junk, there are chinese Famiclones that are better in every way. Furthermore the Snes version is apparently selling out on preorders despite that and with no real guarantee it's going to be any better; it's almost like nobody cares about the years of research people have put into understanding these things properly.
How anybody can be anything other than disillusioned with how things are right now is beyond me, but the reality of the situation seems to be that the majority think things are better than ever.