Herschie wrote: an SNES flash-cart so that I can play it the way that it's supposed to be played.
crimefighter wrote:I doubt there's any real hatred of emulation - a lotta times playing a game on an emulator is the only way you will get the chance to play it at all considering how rare particular games have gotten. In some cases, a physical machine or cart is one of a kind and thus you won't get to possess one.
There are several things here - emulation, flash and multicarts, nostalgia and 'supposed to be', and those pesky ROMs.
As Kickass Torrents is in the news, you can see the issue of ROMs is still remarkably divisive in the gamer community. Emulation, flashcarts and ROMs all becomes joined in the conversation.
I agree with Crimefighter. Many old systems and games, like old mainframe games or some arcade games, would be lost as playable games. That collective right to preserve our culture in playable format should have consideration, legally and morally. I also appreciate emulation as collaborative nonprofit efforts, carrying on that early computer hobbyist tradition.
"Supposed to be" is tricky. I saw Jaws originally at a drive in theater. Its not practical to try to say Jaws is supposed to be seen only at a drive in theater, or a 1970s indoor theater. Drive ins are mostly gone, and indoor theaters today are much much nicer than in the past, just like tvs are better. My old Atari 2600 is like a drive in theater, and I don't begrudge someone playing Atari 2600 games on different hardware.