Google Removes Video Game Emulators from Android Market

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google-removes-video-game-emulators-from-android-marketAndroid gaming takes a downturn as Google pulls several popular video game emulators from the Android Market.

In an interview with Engadget, game developer Yong Zhang, popularly known as Yongzh, confirmed the unwarned removal of his Android developer account and shared his plans to move all the applications to third-party app store SlideME.

Yongzh claimed, however, that he is not “optimistic about his prospects” for the game emulators, which include Gameboid, Gensoid, N64oid, Nesoid and Snesoid.

The Android Market, under Google’s watchful eye, pulls out emulators occasionally.

In April, Google pulled PlayStation emulator, PSX4droid from the Market, which probably caught unwanted attention when Sony Ericsson promoted the Xperia Play, its own Android-based PlayStation phone.

Apparently, the emulators are legal, but using game ROMs usually is not.

Google’s immediate action to remove disputed software should not receive blame, but possibly provide enough reason for a tad more upfront management of its marketplace.

In any case, these apps were available for sale and several Android users spent a dollar or two purchasing them before the ban.


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