Taito Type x2 has been emulated / hacked / bootlegged. What does this mean to us? Not much.
It’s not so much an emulator as a loader. The Type-X2 hardware is already basically an x86 PC running Windows XP embedded. The only special things are obviously the specialized hardware as well as a hardware dongle that must be present for games to be booted. The loader being used here is basically simulating the hardware dongle so that the software can be loaded on any old Windows computer.
I’ve been running it on my Windows box at home (Core 2 Quad 3.0Ghz, nVidia GeForce GTX275) and it runs pretty well. I have to force my video card not to scale the display, though, otherwise the image gets scaled and the quality suffers. It doesn’t seem to recognise any input other than the mouse and keyboard too…
The youtuber below is playing using his SFIV stick. The question that remains in my mind is, so what?
SNK was certainly a victim of piracy. Probably 70% of the so-called fans who loved SNK never paid a penny to play the latest release of a KOF game. I remember the roms being released literally a few days after the games release. Without new hardware, SNK was f*cked before they could even think. When they brought out new hardware, no emulator could touch it, unfortunately, the consumers didn’t want to touch it anyway. Tough break.
Today the PS3 remains more or less unhacked and the 360, while hacked, has banned 1 million players from going online. And that’s what makes the gaming companies breathe a sigh of relief. Without being able to go online, the gamesplayer has got half a game, and that’s not even considering DLC.
Arcades are dying, if not dead. Yes, we have tournaments but the average fighting enthusiast today goes online to get their kicks (literally). Yes, the veterans still go to arcades (and still play old games) but the busy man, the noob and the new school, all stay at home, occasionally going to their friend’s house.
So let’s say all these people get a copy of Blazblue, arcade perfect, running 100% on their pc, armed with proper joysticks. Then what? Well, it’s simple. It’s called limbo, which they’ll realise they’re in, as soon as a patch/upgrade or DLC comes out. You can’t tell me these people won’t want the newest version with all the bells and whistles. These are the same kind of people who ran around collecting the latest roms just to say they owned them.
If you have a tight community that can all play together at one guy’s house without bother from their parents/partners/children/jobs/personal hygiene/game story and extras, then hey, sorted. But how common is this? The only benefit of having a rom is being able to practice before the console version comes out. Well, alright, I think I’ve just given you incentive to go get the rom. However, you know that you will still get the console version so you can challenge people and get all the game extras (remember, there’s no practice mode in this rom), so Arcsys shouldn’t really give a crap.
On the other hand, perhaps you’re happy to play on your own with your five friends, forever, and can’t afford BB. Well, er… good luck to you then. Let’s just hope by the time you actually get a job and can afford to get the full game, Arcsys hasn’t crashed and turned to making pachinko games in order to try and recoup their losses…
In other Blazblue news, a new patch has been released, with country colours and er… minor bug fixes. It’s available in the US, too – not that Europe even has Blazblue yet. This kind of scenario, where the sequel has been released before we even get the first, hasn’t happened since SF2CE. Good grief. It’s arguably more incentive to get the rom… but by the time everyone else gets the console version, wouldn’t you be bored of it?
Btw, KOF XII runs on the Taito X2 System. In terms of sales, this doesn’t matter to SNK as most people interested in the game would have bought it by now. However, in terms of XIII, if SNK release the game without DLC and an incentive to go online (i.e. good netplay), they are quite simply… finished. In the end, emulating the Taito x2 actually means a f*ck of a lot, at least to SNK and is definitely good news for all the poor/unemployed/cheap so-called fans. History will repeat itself.
Grasping at straws, it can be argued that the new school can’t even play anything more complicated than SFIV so who cares about them? Sales are sales, man. SNK also relies on people that listen to hype to buy games. If those people have already tried the game personally, they won’t even listen to reviews, they won’t bother to try it out in the store… word about free games gets around faster than anything else. Sales, what sales? Thanks for the games, SNK, it was nice knowing you.
… did somebody say GGPO?