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 Pirate games in SNES base
Argument: Generic , Reference: 1963 , Closed by: omonim2007
omonim2007 @ 2018-01-28 04:47:38

Why pirate games are in the database until now?
Can we remove them from the database?

I mean these Pirate titles:

3358 X-Men vs. Street Fighter (World) (Unl) (Pirate)
3019 Tekken 2 (World) (Unl) (Pirate)
2511 Street Fighter EX (World) (Unl) (Pirate)
2418 Soul Blade (World) (Unl) (Pirate)
2014 Pokemon Stadium (World) (Unl) (Pirate)
1963 Picachu (World) (Unl) (Pirate)
C. V. Reynolds @ 2018-01-28 11:04:42

The general line of thought is if the game isn't just copying another game (say, a hack) then it should stay in. But it seems an arbitrary and subjective way to handle it in my opinion. I admit I probably would have removed these a long time ago if some didn't want to keep them here, but I'm good with either route.

I do note that most of these seem like they're just copying from pre-existing fighting games on other systems. No different than including the Super Mario World pirate in the NES dat (which No-Intro doesn't do, actually). Correct me if I'm wrong on any of this.
omonim2007 @ 2018-01-28 19:37:13

Pirate games are a very difficult topic to discuss. If there are already existing games in the SNES database, then other games from the same category should be added to it. I mean at least these list:

- Bug's Life, A
- Digimon Adventure
- Gamars Puzzle
- Pocket Monsters
- Riverse Kids
- Soul Edge Vs Samurai
- Taiwan 16 Mahjong II - Horoscope Girls Edition

My opinion: pirate games should be removed from the main part of the game base. Or you can make an option on the page "exclude pirated games". And when you try to download XML or DAT it'll be nice not include pirated games easy by mouse click, it would be very cool (so they did not interfere with those who do not want to have pirate crafts at home).
anonymous @ 2018-03-18 21:01:25

Why wouldn't you include pirate carts? They're part of the system's history and should definitely be documented and preserved. If it's a cart (or disc, etc.) that can be dumped and verified, it should be included in these dats.