The latest weeks have probably been among the most turbulent ones in the brief history of Good Old Games: the retrogaming store has caused controversy, released “new” classic titles of the PC gaming past and has preannounced an important novelty for the product type that will soon be available on its virtual shelves. The digital delivery service created by the Polish publisher CD Projekt is in a sense victim of its own success, and of the ample trust granted by its users as an alternative channel for on-line videogame purchases.
After having experienced the largely unexplored territories of unhindered digital distribution thanks to In Rainbows, after having “shot” the entirely digital video clip from House of Cards, Radiohead continue to seek alternative ways to reach fans and innovate the music market by releasing their latest song on the BitTorrent P2P network.
Surely 2009 is the most sensitive year for peer-to-peer and the industry crusade against free on-line contents sharing. In Italy we have the previously discussed issues with the incompetence and obscene servility of our representatives, and moving the attention toward Europe things get even worse if possible. Two in particular are the noticeable questions of these weeks in Europe, the conviction of The Pirate Bay crew and the approval in France of the Sarkozy doctrine also known as three strike law or HADOPI law.
UPDATE: As widely expected, all the sources quoted in the post are now offering the download for the first laserdisc videogame emulated by MAME, though with various shapes and variously practical modes. The guide has been modified and updated according to the new wider availability.
Passed away the emotional fuddle for the news of the emulation of the first lasergame in the MAME history, here it is the question that necessarily follows: where to get the ginormous file in CHD format, of more than 10 Gigabytes, containing the dump of the game laserdisc? What I propose here is a brief yet useful (or at least I hope that) guide to the Internet recesses from which is currently possible to obtain this digital moloch to feed the emulator of emulators with.
If there’s something that is clear to anyone would have just washed his feet in the Internet ocean, it’s that in the so-called information society what is never absent are the debate cues, the (exactly) information sources and the events worth of citing. The possible suggestions, indeed, abound, and the problem isn’t to find them but to make a selection and put together the most interesting ones.
Definitely, I’ve overdone with optimism. The case of the Pirate Bay block, which a public prosecutor of Bergamo has ordered to make inaccessible from the Italian Internet not only hasn’t been resolved yet, but it’s acquiring more and more the outlines of an unheard of shot to the Italian P2P, in which the law is used like a sledge hammer to push down, even at the cost of doing something unlawful, what is unanimously considered as the main source of search for contents available on the BitTorrent network.
Thrills have ran across the Internet of the Belpaese during this weekend, when the news have spread about the block of the access to The Pirate Bay, a point of reference for the downloads on BitTorrent network. But upon writing it seems that the storm has already passed away, and the Bay tracker gives no more signs of indecision. Maybe it is only the beginning of a long battle between the Financial Guard, incited by the multimedia industry, and the Swedish “pirates”?
Yet another case of stating the obvious by the majors: the statistical analyses on downloads of In Rainbows, the last album of the English band Radiohead which so much has been and continue to be talked about demonstrate the very strong trend among the users to download contents from file sharing, independently by the availability of legal alternatives even at zero price.