How to distribute modified commercial games?

Completely patched (29 votes) 44.6%
Both are fine with me (22 votes) 33.8%
As a separate patch file (like IPS) (14 votes) 21.5%
Totaal aantal stemmen: 65

Reacties (13)

Van Edwin

Paragon (1182)

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26-03-2010, 19:07

I don't see the option of having a text file listing the bytes I can modify in my hex editor!

Van wolf_

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26-03-2010, 19:36

Next poll could be: "My geek factor is:"
- normal
- a bit alarming
- critical

Van RetroTechie

Paragon (1563)

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26-03-2010, 20:50

A patch is the more 'clean' way (and in theory I'd prefer that): legally safe, should be smaller file, just contains what was modified, useless to people that don't have an original. You could even claim copyright on a patch (and sell it if you like), while you can't possibly claim copyright on a patched version of someone else's work.

Patched full version is less elegant, but more practical for MSX uses. File sizes aren't a problem, and the legalities become the same as distribution of the original product. Which personally, I think everyone should decide for themselve(s). For myself, I try to ignore copyright law as much as possible. And yes: I do buy music, DVD's or software from time to time. It's just that copyrights are not a significant factor in the decision.

So: -> "both is fine with me"

Van JohnHassink

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26-03-2010, 21:48

Next poll could be: "My geek factor is:"
- normal
- a bit alarming
- critical

I wouldn't know, really.
How bad is it when you see a beautiful sunset and the first thing which goes through your mind is "Wow, looks just like Ys III!" Big smile

Van wolf_

Ambassador_ (9769)

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26-03-2010, 22:07

oh.. I usually think: "that sunset scene has color 0, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 15"

Van JohnHassink

Ambassador (5415)

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27-03-2010, 00:14

Then I guess we're both hopeless. Smile

Van MäSäXi

Paragon (1884)

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27-03-2010, 16:26

I am happy, when sky has at least one of these COLORs: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 or 15. Smile

I am not geek, just an old MSX owner. Wink

Van Latok

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27-03-2010, 17:43

I can imagine the problem with IPS patches is you have to apply them to a certain version of the game you want to patch. But it's not always clear which file you can patch. And more important, where to find that file.

About the commercial aspect. I've totally given up on that one. Of course there still is commercial interest in old software, just look at all the games you can play on WII or look at EGG. But I'm sure companies are not interested in what a silly internet community consisting of mainly 30+ male nerds are up to. In other words, we are too obscure.

Van konamiman

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29-03-2010, 13:57

a silly internet community consisting of mainly 30+ male nerds
My wife would 100% agree with this definition of the current MSX scene. Especially the "silly" part.

Van Bastiaan

Champion (332)

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30-03-2010, 09:39

maybe this site should also host the (IPS) patches? or is it against its policy?

Van hap

Paragon (2021)

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30-03-2010, 16:06

or is it against its policy?Basically, yes. Legality is darkgray, and we'd want to ask permission from the patch creators first. In the meantime:
1: http://www.romhacking.net/
2: http://ips.tni.nl/

Van SLotman

Paragon (1215)

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06-04-2010, 20:02

All patches should be distributed like this! :BA::BA::BA:

Van PingPong

Prophet (3449)

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10-04-2010, 19:42

What a serious poll......... Tongue