Telemachus wrote: ↑Mon Jan 16, 2023 12:19 pmChris23235 wrote: ↑Mon Jan 16, 2023 11:48 am
Are there really games out there that exist only in IPF or STX format?
I believe that is the case but the better case is that accurate backups vs bad cracked ones should offer better feedback on
improving things which gives more confidence in the process of bug fixing.
There are a lot of bad dumps out there even non cracked ones.
Fortunately there are communities dedicated to verifying quality dumps and we should really only be using old cracked backups as novelty nostalgia.
As I said, IPF is a preservation format intended to reproduce 1:1 physical copies of discs in the future, nothing that has anything to do with MiSTer.
Nuked cracks should be flagged in collections and they are flagged. On disc based systems there are usually no "bad dumps" as with rom-dumps (and even with rom-dumps the idea is simply to flag the bad dumps e.g. with (b)).
There are countless cases in which copy protection stands in the way of preservation (lenslock, online activation, etc.) I agree that copy protected media should be archived in a way that makes a recreation of the original possible, but by no means this would make cracked media obsolete. On a daily use basis the advantages of having a cracked software outweighs the advantages of having software with working copy protection.
In most cases copy protection is harming the usability of software and archiving it serves no purpose besides preservation.
I am not aware of non working games, because of "non cracked" disc images. Do you have any examples for this?