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ZSnes... sold! NOT! - June 3, '99 by JoseQ
Update: As it turns out, it was nothing more than a joke that spread faster than butter on hot bread. However, the ZSNES Home Page, now with its own domain, has been updated with news. They mention that a release should be near, depending on how much they get to work on it. I will leave what I wrote when I heard the news at first, so that you can laugh a little. Enjoy!
Could it be true? Zophar's Domain has apparently verified that AOL has bought rights to ZSNES. The details of the deal or what AOL plans to do with it remain uncovered but we should know soon enough. However, it seems that zsKnight and _Demo_ are finally getting well paid for a good amount of hard work. I know this will probably spark some debates accusing these talented guys for selling the emulator, but I don't think anyone can blame them. In the prices AOL is buying stuff these days, I would be more than happy to be selling stuff to them.
What can we expect? I truly don't know as other than the AOL floppies and CDs we've all seen, AOL doesn't produce many off the shelf products. It would seem reasonable for them to strike a deal with Nintendo and get some ROMs packaged in for a low price application, much like Sega did with their Genesis games using Steve Snake's KGen engine. Or maybe they incorporate some kind of AOL promotion into the emulator so that people would see AOL flashed in front of them every time they use the emulator.
So far, their buyout of Mirabilis and Netscape has been pretty much transparent. Other than knowing that these giants are owned by a bigger giant, AOL, ICQ and Netscape Communicator haven't changed one bit. It seems to me they're doing these purchases out of gain of intellectual property, and profit, rather than influencing them in many ways. Kind of like buying their insurance ticket while they have money if the AOL kingdom ever ceases to exist as we used to know it.
All in all, I certainly don't see this as a bad thing, but rather as controversial and a rare occurrence in the emulation world. Will we see an AOL branded ZSNES public release? I doubt it. Only time will tell.

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