Saturday, July 22, 2023

The Dolphin Steam Debacle

A little late to the party, but when has that stopped me before?

Countless times, actually... but I digress.

So the Dolphin people who run and operate the Dolphin emulator program of Gamecube and Wii hardware stuff made an announcement some time ago that they were going to release their fancy emulator onto STEAM... and naturally, this got to Nintendo, who immediately told Steam runners Valve to get that shit off their service. The Dolphin people tried to counter, but Valve told them that if they want to put their emulator onto Steam, they'll need permission from Nintendo to do so. Since Nintendo and emulation are a match made in heaven... the Dolphin people decided to abandon their efforts in getting steamed... maybe they can try the Epic Store or something. Have better luck there.

What did they expect... really?

I know that they have the RetroArch emulator on there and I'm shocked that it's still there... there's a lot of things online that I'm shocked are still a thing considering Nintendo's notoriety for protecting its IP. But trying to get the Gamecube/Wii emulator onto Steam and not expect Nintendo to go ape shit is rather foolish. I'm sure some people are sad by this development and I wish the Dolphin folks all the best in the future, but this is one instance where there was only one outcome and it shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone.

Anyway, I got a thing coming up... hopefully, it all works out.

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