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Thursday, August 10, 2000
 
Connectix on Piracy
7:51 AM | Charles George | Comment on this story

The fan page VGS heaven has posted an interview with Connectix, makers of the popular PlayStation emulator, Virtual Game Station. The Connectix spokesman assures gamers that Virtual Game Station is not a dead product, and that it will receive bug fixes to make newer PlayStation games compatible with the emulator. The spokesman was also asked if the company was working a Dreamcast emulator, to which he replied:

"C: No, we're not working on Dreamcast emulation. Putting aside the technical difficulties, the Dreamcast market is even smaller than the PlayStation market. And the PlayStation emulation market has not been a wildly successful market for us. Given the number of discussion boards, VGS web sites, etc. on the internet, you might be led to believe that we had sold a lot of copies of VGS. But in reality, the rampant piracy has really made it a mediocre-to-disappointing product from a business standpoint. It really makes us think long and hard about doing any future game emulation projects. Sorry for "venting" - I know you and many of your readers are legitimate VGS users. But it has been frustrating to first get attacked by Sony's lawyers and then have so many users illegally obtain the software. This double whammy makes it pretty difficult for us to recoup our investment."
Piracy has long been an industry-wide problem for many years. With the advent of high-speed Internet connections, the problem will only grow. For more on this interview, head over to VGS Heaven.

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