I recently happened across an article on my flipboard from Cultofmac.com in which a clever loophole in the iOS software allowed users to install emulators of old console game systems on their iPhones, without the need to jailbreak the phone. Sweet! NOT anymore if Apple has anything to do with it. According to the article by Killian Bell, posted on the 7th, the company is patching the hole, there goes the fun, “Apple has finally taken action against the “date trick” many users have long been taking advantage of, and it’s going to make playing your favorite SNES and Game Boy games much harder.For many years, the only way to install emulators and other apps that didn’t conform to Apple’s guidelines was by jailbreaking your iOS device and using third-party app stores like Cydia. But for many, this was more trouble than it was worth for the sake of a few old games.”
Even the game giant, Nintendo, demanded that the emulator GBA4iOS be taken down, as was reported back in May.
I will admit I have enjoyed playing games via an emulator on my MacBook Pro, who doesn’t love a trip down memory lane, playing Super Mario World?! I haven’t tried to install the said emulator on my phone. Although I can see where Apple and Nintendo both would want to squash the inevitable copyright and legal issues associated with an emulator for the iPhone; however, it might be an idea for Nintendo to repackage classic games that take advantage of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Of course the likelihood of them doing that is slim to none. Nintendo may make money in the short term if they offered classic games for iOS; however, the company has never been one to look at making a fast buck – just look at the sales of their Wii system alone.
According to the comments on downloading the emulator, it doesn’t work in the 8.1 beta
Cult of Mac even posted an article on October 2nd that Angry Birds developer, Rovio plans to lay off 16% of its workforce, proving that some fads (in relation to new media, gaming etc) are not sustainable. I think we can all agree, Angry Birds did get very boring after a while. Sorry, Rovi.