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Emulation, Good or Bad?

As we all know, it feels great to go back and play some of the older classics like Pokémon, Donkey Kong Country, Earthbound the list goes on. But, oh no the battery in the cartridge has died and the game no longer works like it used to.​
Because of this you decide to download an emulator and play for a bit. This poses the question of "is that a bad thing to do?" On the one hand, you just "stole" a game from a company. You got their complete game, without their permission for free. But on the other hand, you just opened a door to the nostalgia filled world of 80's and 90's gaming plus ,even if you had brought the game, none of the money (which in some cases can be up to £300-£400 on ONE GAME) is going to the developer of the game. All the money you just spent has gone to killern00b69 over E-Bay or Amazon.​
Now, I know that there are thing like the 3DS and WiiU eShop where some of the old classics (LoZ: Link's Awakening, Super Mario Bros, Sonic's labyrinth) are available for you to purchase and play again which takes the ludicrous price tags of some of the games but not all the games that you may want are on there.​
This again brings us back to the emulator. Unlike sitting in front of our big old CRTs trying to find what channel our NES was on, it's now just a case of download and play, which takes the part of the fun out of it for me. In my mind, sitting in front of a TV is better that a Computer screen and using the old controllers is a blast as well.​
What are your thoughts about emulators and original consoles?​
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