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When Game Emulation Goes Wrong

on Friday, Jan. 31st

The world of classic British video games is an exotic otherworld to American fans. There are years worth of games, and game systems, that are completely alien to American gamers. Such is the case with the games made for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, an early color computer that helped usher in the 8-Bit era in the United Kingdom.

When UK-based Elite Systems made a Kickstarter run to create bluetooth accessory that would recreate the ZX Spectrum it became a hit. Now there’s a snag, as TorrentFreak reports:

Elite Systems already publishes emulated classic ZX Spectrum games on the App Store, and it will be these games that will work with the forthcoming Bluetooth device. However, games developers who created these games are now coming forward to complain that while they signed deals with Elite several years ago, the company hasn’t paid them a penny.

Two hours to go on the Kickstarter clock and Elite Systems has already cleared its goal. Will the inevitable lawsuits mire the development of the accessory? Will gamers rally in support of the unsupported devs? Why can’t people be fair dealing with each other?

H/T to Jon Poritsky.

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