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mrat93
Apr 7, 2007, 05:29 PM
Anybody know a good N64 Emulator for Mac?
Am I better off installing XP or Vista in a new Mac to get it to work?



speakerwizard
Apr 7, 2007, 05:50 PM
sixtyforce always worked for me

Chone
Apr 7, 2007, 06:35 PM
SixtyForce is the only one worth downloading and the only one that is a Universal Binary and plays commercial games decently.

In any case, if you have an intel mac, Project64 and the right plugins are almost as good as a real N64.

zane
Apr 7, 2007, 09:56 PM
Im new to the whole emulator thing how would I go about playing an N64 game on my mac? Oh and I have intel.

twistedlegato
Apr 7, 2007, 10:39 PM
Im new to the whole emulator thing how would I go about playing an N64 game on my mac? Oh and I have intel.

Unfortionatly emualtion is usually illegal. The way of getting games for your Emu. is also illegal.
And on MR we cannot discuse illegal topics on risk on getting banned. If you want to continue your Emulation questions i would sugest find another froum that is dedicated to Emu's.


:)

slooksterPSV
Apr 7, 2007, 10:43 PM
Now are emulators illegal for playing homebrew games? -- Just a question I have to ask.

Not meaning to get banned, just a simple question.

millar876
Apr 8, 2007, 12:53 AM
i believe that the emulatou app itself is not illegat it is the ROM images that may be and i also believe that they are only illegal if you don't own the origional cart' or disk. Homebres shouldnt be ittegal as its generally not copyrighted. Usually it all depends on the copyright and other laws in the country you live in.

this info was gathered from a website i can no longer remember, i fount it a few years ago when i was away from home but had my iBook and wanted to play my SNES games w/o tv os SNES. The site looked reputable and had rom images that apeared to be under licence. however the only dubious part i saw was the info it gave where it said "it is illegal to download and use a ROM immage for more than 24hrs if you do not own the origional game."

however back to the point, as mentioned the legal issues surrounding emulators and rom files are sticky and im sure that there may be other places where the info can be found, or you could always get a lawyer to check it out for you if you have a few grand going spare.

ninewhereman
Apr 8, 2007, 01:39 AM
I remember the exact site that you are talking about. Crazy cause reading this I thought of reading that years back, and you pretty much said verbatim what I remember the site saying.

TheGimp
Apr 8, 2007, 08:10 AM
Discussing it on MR may still get you banned. No benefit of doubt with respect to possible physical rom ownership. Just be aware of that.

The latest version of Nforce (0.9) took forever for Geritt to release since the last version. It finally plays most games well except for sound in a few cases. I tried out LOZ:Oot briefly before purchasing it for the Wii Virtual Console. No way to enjoy that kind of game with the keyboard or d-pad, and besides, it looks so much better through component on a sony xbr tv than on a powerbook lcd screen.

Hope this helps your 'research'

speakerwizard
Apr 8, 2007, 10:27 AM
also, try out gamepad companion, allows you to use pc usb gamepads and configure them to your needs.

applekid
Apr 8, 2007, 11:31 AM
This thread will not get locked.

Emulation itself is not illegal.

Emulators are not illegal.

ROMs that you have not copied yourself through your own methods are illegal.

Some will argue that an exemption in the DMCA makes it legal to download ROMs and abandoware. They are correct to an extent, but companies that still exist, like Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, etc. often do ports and rehashes of their games, so that's a no-no. And with the Virtual Console on the Wii, you will see more "dead" games revived.

If you want to discuss more about emulation, join us at http://www.emuscene.com/ . Join the forums and we can talk. Just don't bring up any silly questions like "which N64 emulator is the best?" or "where can I find ROMs?" Oh, and please keep PSX emulators questions to a minimum. Seen too many of those lately. :mad: (That's what we get for getting on Digg...) You kids today don't appreciate retro-gaming enough :p

psychofreak
Apr 8, 2007, 12:19 PM
I have sixtyforce with Super Mario 64 up and running, great...I have an Xbox 360 controller plugged in...I have a driver for the controller, and 'Controller' shows in the sixtyforce Configure controllers -> Game Controllers menu...can someone please help me figure out how to use the 360 controller?

EDIT: OK...I'm officially an idiot...I have it working, by unchecking the keyboard box...duh!

GFLPraxis
Apr 8, 2007, 12:24 PM
it is the ROM images that may be and i also believe that they are only illegal if you don't own the origional cart' or disk.
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"it is illegal to download and use a ROM immage for more than 24hrs if you do not own the origional game."


Emulators are perfectly legal.
Downloading roms of commercial games is not legal. Period. It is legal to back up your own copy of a game, but it is illegal to transfer that copy to someone else. So in the U.S., it is technically illegal, even if you own the game.

In Canada, however, IIRC, the only one breaking the law is the one sending the rom, not the one downloading. I think. So you're fine in Canada.

Myself, I back up my own GBA roms. Legal emulation FTW.

xJulianx
Apr 8, 2007, 12:25 PM
Sixtyforce is as good as it gets for Mac, unfortunately it's not all that fantastic as far as I'm concerned. Works perfectly with a couple of games though.

Chone
Apr 9, 2007, 01:39 AM
Emulators are perfectly legal.
Downloading roms of commercial games is not legal. Period. It is legal to back up your own copy of a game, but it is illegal to transfer that copy to someone else. So in the U.S., it is technically illegal, even if you own the game.

In Canada, however, IIRC, the only one breaking the law is the one sending the rom, not the one downloading. I think. So you're fine in Canada.

Myself, I back up my own GBA roms. Legal emulation FTW.

Lets get real, if you own the game and download it you might be doing something illegal technically but you are still not doing anything morally wrong or damaging to anyone. It is not like the RIAA will come knocking on your door for downloading a ROM :confused: (of a game you already owned anyways).

By moral terms, downloading old SNES games for example is correct as well simply because you are not damaging anything and you would have not bought the game anyway (its not even sold for example) but it would still be illegal.

It is all a matter of reaching a balance of moral and legality, I do not condone piracy but also I don't come down on someone for downloading a rom of an old game (that isn't even sold anymore) they loved playing when they were kids.

In some countries software piracy is completely legal and to be honest it does more good than bad to both corporations and the people, people who would have NEVER bought the software in the first place (people that don't like spending much money on luxuries) and now the companies benefit from it simply because they create publicity for it by word of mouth (on forums for example) and in the case of Operating Systems, support them and might eventually end up buying software for it (for example I've seen people who pirate Vista but buy Office 2007, they would have bought neither had they not be able to pirate Vista).

But I repeat, I do not condone piracy, I feel bad when editors like the winsecrets editor post stuff that help people pirate software (like that piece on the vista rearm trick and no I'm not posting a link) and then try to look all good saying they do not condone piracy and lament how it will hurt Microsoft when they posting that article probably helped a few hundred people pirate Vista.

As for anti-piracy measures, they only make life harder for the legitimate customers, pirates don't care (who would) if they have to go around a few security measures to play a game they didn't even pay for, in fact, its kind of fun for some. This is why I appreciate games like CoH don't requiring a CD while playing when the CD doesn't even have any stream data the game can use. It stops as much pirates as games with complicate security measures (that is to say it doesn't stop anyone) and gives legitimate users a breath of fresh air.

I'll just end saying piracy is NOT the same as stealing, it is however illegal, I do not condone it but I certainly think people should in some cases balance moral over legality. Legal systems are stupid and honestly, the US one is even more stupid.

rodramos
Aug 3, 2007, 03:06 PM
SixtyForce is the only one worth downloading and the only one that is a Universal Binary and plays commercial games decently.

In any case, if you have an intel mac, Project64 and the right plugins are almost as good as a real N64.



hello chone!
can you give me the links to these plugins you said in the topic? I have a mac and sixtyforce didn't run in it.
tank you!
bye

aidanpendragon
Aug 3, 2007, 03:26 PM
Oh, and please keep PSX emulators questions to a minimum. Seen too many of those lately. :mad: (That's what we get for getting on Digg...) You kids today don't appreciate retro-gaming enough :p

Speak of the devil - I've long wondered why there are no decent PSX emus on Mac. I have a ton of PSX games that it would be nice to be able to "take upstairs" & play on the computer, not worry if my PC-only DexDrive can be used to back up my saves, etc. And since Connectix's VGS is long-buried, there seems to be no alternative...

I know even one question is over "a minimum," but a short answer on why we don't see PSX on Mac would be great - thanks!

applekid
Aug 3, 2007, 04:41 PM
Speak of the devil - I've long wondered why there are no decent PSX emus on Mac. I have a ton of PSX games that it would be nice to be able to "take upstairs" & play on the computer, not worry if my PC-only DexDrive can be used to back up my saves, etc. And since Connectix's VGS is long-buried, there seems to be no alternative...

I know even one question is over "a minimum," but a short answer on why we don't see PSX on Mac would be great - thanks!

PCSX is available on the Mac.

We don't see many emulators on the Mac is because some emulators are written to a certain extent using Windows-exclusive API's or Intel assembly. Any N64/PSX emulator or better relies predominately on DirectX. Intel assembly has been overcome since there are Intel Macs now and one major Intel-based emulator ported to the Mac is ZSNES. That and there aren't many Mac developers will to take on emulation projects these days.

aidanpendragon
Aug 3, 2007, 06:07 PM
PCSX is available on the Mac.

We don't see many emulators on the Mac is because some emulators are written to a certain extent using Windows-exclusive API's or Intel assembly. Any N64/PSX emulator or better relies predominately on DirectX. Intel assembly has been overcome since there are Intel Macs now and one major Intel-based emulator ported to the Mac is ZSNES. That and there aren't many Mac developers will to take on emulation projects these days.

Thanks. I'd just found the link from your prior comment to Emuscene and seen it there for the first time. Also just found (holy!) that emulation.net is back in existence. A good day...

Pucas
Feb 1, 2008, 06:42 AM
Sixtyforce does not save the files?

EDIT: U have to register i see. :)

switch2795
Aug 24, 2009, 09:32 AM
Here you go people, tested working serial for 0.9.2...

HackWarester

60FORCE-9L70-H2CA-0EMD-03E7-17 Q0


SixtyForce>About SixtyForce>Registration

here u go