Well, here we go. Google pulled big brother on the PSX4Droid Playstation emulator, removing it from the Android Market. I’m not sure how I feel about this one. From what I hear, game emulators aren’t illegal. Game roms are considered the illegal part. Reports speculate the app’s remove could be because of the soon launch of the Xperia Play. I’m not sure if that is the case. Google won’t get anything for Xperia Play sales (that I know of anyway).
Google commented saying:
“We remove apps from Android Market that violate our policies.”
What about all the other emulator apps such as SNESoid, Gameboid, GBCoid,…and all the apps to get roms? Are they too going to be removed in the near future?
All this brings me to question the legalness of all of this. Like I said earlier, I don’t believe game emulators are illegal. Should game companies such as Nintendo sell game roms in mobile app stores so companies like Google don’t need to feel like they have to protect themselves from gray area legal issues? Would you be willing to buy an old game roms in the Android market for lets say $0.99? Or maybe a bundle of game roms for $5?