Are video game emulators illegal?
If they are illegal, what would happen if I played them?
I think the roms are against copyright. To be honest, nothing bad will happen to you if you use them.
No not really
They technically are, but unless you loudly announce to the police that you are playing pirated games on an emulator, nothing will happen.
i dont think so. i have tons of gaming emulators on my ipod and nobody ever said anything
No, the emulator itself is not illegal, it is a piece of freeware software, developed by someone with a certain code they authored on their own.
You mean the ones you can download on your phone? Nope. The ROM games themselves are illegal downloads though, but no one cares enough to prosecute you for it.
A lot of old games are abandonware, and the copyright is largely ignored, and no one really cares. It is illegal, but nothing will probably happen.
Technically speaking, If you owned the game previously then it is entirely legal to download a ROM.