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Official Microsoft Twitter account wants users to know that SNES emulators work on Surface

Microsoft has an official Twitter account that promotes Surface. They've been tweeting all sorts of stuff out, including this.


What the hell does any of this have to do with Nintendo? One of the videos showcases how SNES emulators work on the platform. You could make the argument that emulators are just fine, but the game shown off is Super Mario Kart. Pretty sure Nintendo's not okay with that. Check out the video below at 6:52 to see what we mean.


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03 Oct 2013 02:49

ugh, why microsoft?.
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03 Oct 2013 02:51

I will never get why some ppl think it ok to do that, I hate to think about how much Big N lose every year from ppl thinking this is ok to do
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03 Oct 2013 03:05

And this is why people want Nintendo to go mobile. Nothing but idiots that actually want to play Nintendo games but don't want to cough up the money for it.
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03 Oct 2013 03:46

Honestly, they probably just saw the title of the video and decided to tweet about it. I kinda doubt they watched the full video and then decided to post it, they probably had more "important" things to do with their time (for better or for worse).
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03 Oct 2013 03:47

Looks like the guy has edited that portion of the video out now - so there's no problem now (other than Microsoft not watching the video to it's completion and seeing that contentious portion in the first place before they retweeted it)
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03 Oct 2013 03:48

although not surprising, given that Surface is a Windows 8 tablet, and Windows has been thriving with emulators.

but really showing off that your device can emulate SNES games, that's a new low. perhaps thinking Ouya did the same (release an emulator), perhaps they can do the same.
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03 Oct 2013 05:30

@jsty3105

No. He didn't edit it out. You just watched the wrong part. It's on part 1. You can't just edit Youtube videos lol. You have to remove them which would make the links invalid. =P
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Anonymous
03 Oct 2013 06:00

The word epic is a good word. A fun word. It describes something very grand. Now, thanks to guys like this, I can never use it in a sentence without feeling like a super nerd. Very un-epic.
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03 Oct 2013 08:42

Well it doesn't matter if Nintendo doesn't like it, emulators aren't illegal. In the same way Microsoft has to deal with WINE, Nintendo must deal with emulators. Re-intepreting software you own is fine, legally and ideologically.
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03 Oct 2013 09:21

Haha, I feel for this person. I worked for 5 months as a social media person posting things on Twitter/Facebook for my college IT department, and believe me, I couldn't be bothered to look at what I was posting either. If it looked vaguely relevant I'd go "eeh, what the heck."
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03 Oct 2013 09:27

@Dusk
actually, you CAN easily edit videos. Youtube has a built-in video editor now.

Anyway, am I the only one here that feels this is getting out of hand?... Emulators work on mostly EVERYTHING now. :/ and @The_King_Up_North is probably correct, the Microsoft employee probably didn't even notice that they talked about emulators in the first place.
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03 Oct 2013 09:31

JJJJJJJJJ wrote:Well it doesn't matter if Nintendo doesn't like it, emulators aren't illegal. In the same way Microsoft has to deal with WINE, Nintendo must deal with emulators. Re-intepreting software you own is fine, legally and ideologically.

The emulators are legal, sure. But the Roms aren't.
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03 Oct 2013 09:36

Eh the videos the guy made have been going semi viral about how good they make windows 8 look. (I've had windows 8 for about a year now and he showed some stuff I didn't know how to do).

Still going with the emulator bit was a bit misguided even if its probably a use a lot of people use their smart devices for.
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03 Oct 2013 10:24

The guy probably didn't watch the hole thing before posting it.
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03 Oct 2013 10:41

MS was hoping no one would say anything. They're trying everything to make the Surface succeed.
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03 Oct 2013 12:31

I like how everybody on the video is just ok with this rather than seeing it as something wrong.
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03 Oct 2013 13:27

Well, Nintendo's position is crystal clear - pulled this from their website. Sounds like someone is going to get in trouble, particularly if the video gets more widespread. Nintendo will want to stamp down on it quite hard or quite fast given it's implications:

http://www.nintendo.com/corp/legal.jsp#roms
Can I Download a Nintendo ROM from the Internet if I Already Own the Authentic Game?

There is a good deal of misinformation on the Internet regarding the backup/archival copy exception. It is not a "second copy" rule and is often mistakenly cited for the proposition that if you have one lawful copy of a copyrighted work, you are entitled to have a second copy of the copyrighted work even if that second copy is an infringing copy. The backup/archival copy exception is a very narrow limitation relating to a copy being made by the rightful owner of an authentic game to ensure he or she has one in the event of damage or destruction of the authentic. Therefore, whether you have an authentic game or not, or whether you have possession of a Nintendo ROM for a limited amount of time, i.e. 24 hours, it is illegal to download and play a Nintendo ROM from the Internet.
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03 Oct 2013 13:40

cobaltorange wrote:MS was hoping no one would say anything. They're trying everything to make the Surface succeed.

Looks like MS has deleted their tweet now.
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03 Oct 2013 14:09

@NightsOwl

ROMs aren't illegal either. Now, distrubuting a ROM over the internet would be copyright infringement, but making your own backup? That's fine.
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03 Oct 2013 14:10

That's what I meant. If you use your own made ROM and keep it to yourself, it's fine. But 99% of everyone ever. Don't do that.
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03 Oct 2013 14:21

yikes! I wonder if Nintendo is going to contact Microsoft or something but I kind of wish that RMC didn't post this because now others will be curious to try this out.

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