Sonic looks around before firing up Toe Jam and Earl on a browser.
Those of you who read my review of Burning Force may have noticed a small inclusion after the score: a link to play the game in your browser via EmuParadise.
“But wait!” you cry. “ROMs are evil, abominable creatures, crafted in Satan’s very own laboratory!”
Eh, I don’t know. I think ROMs are the only way many of these games will survive into the future, but in fairness, they are technically illegal. Which means if you want to play Burning Force or most of the Genesis, Master System, SG-1000, Game Gear, Saturn, Sega CD, and Dreamcast libraries, you’ll have to find an original system, original games, pay out the nose for them, and hope they work longer than a year or two. But hey, it’s legal! Even though you will pay a re-seller for these games and not the original developer/publisher, because the majority of these titles were released once and never again. Still, legal. That’s a load off.
But what to make of playing old games in your browser? This tactic is becoming more and more widespread, and I haven’t heard an official “don’t touch” ruling on them yet. Unless I’m mistaken? Feel free to correct in the comments.
“But Officer Sonic! I had no idea!”
As of February 2017, EmuParadise provides the option to play Genesis, Game Gear, and Master System games in your browser. So going forward on Sega Does, unless a Sega game is available for sale on an online service, I will be placing links to EmuParadise so that you too may try out some Genesis/Master System/Game Gear games for free. I will not be linking to any downloadable ROMs.
Over time, I’ll also move backwards and place links inside the older reviews. I’d love to find a site that features browser-ready SG-1000 games, but no such luck yet.
The original goal of Sega Does was to have folks join me in this quest. That as I play and review the games, readers would play alongside and leave their opinions in the comments. Since I would never encourage anyone to download ROMs, however, this intention died early on. Being able to play in your browser is a perfect, and more convenient, substitute. No looking for emulators or ROMs, just fire up the game and go.
I hope folks out there find this feature useful! Let me know what you think in the comments.