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ZSnes... sold! NOT! - June 03,1999 by JoseQ
Update: As it turns out, it was nothing more than a jokethat 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 benear, depending on how much they get to work on it. I will leave what I wrote when I heardthe news at first, so that you can laugh a little. Enjoy!
Could it be true? Zophar's Domainhas apparently verified that AOL has bought rights to ZSNES. The details of thedeal or what AOL plans to do with it remain uncovered but we should know soonenough. However, it seems that zsKnight and _Demo_ are finally getting well paid fora good amount of hard work. I know this will probably spark some debates accusingthese talented guys for selling the emulator, but I don't think anyone can blamethem. In the prices AOL is buying stuff these days, I would be more than happyto be selling stuff to them.
What can we expect? I truly don't know as other than the AOL floppies andCDs we've all seen, AOL doesn't produce many off the shelf products. It wouldseem reasonable for them to strike a deal with Nintendo and get some ROMspackaged in for a low price application, much like Sega did with their Genesisgames using Steve Snake's KGen engine. Or maybe they incorporate some kindof AOL promotion into the emulator so that people would see AOL flashed in frontof them every time they use the emulator.
So far, their buyout of Mirabilis and Netscape has been pretty much transparent. Otherthan knowing that these giants are owned by a bigger giant, AOL, ICQ and NetscapeCommunicator haven't changed one bit. It seems to me they're doing these purchasesout of gain of intellectual property, and profit, rather than influencing them in manyways. Kind of like buying their insurance ticket while they have money if the AOLkingdom 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 controversialand a rare occurrence in the emulation world. Will we see an AOL branded ZSNESpublic release? I doubt it. Only time will tell.

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