….by which I don’t mean I’m seeking input from a solicitor. It means I’m soliciting recommendations for software while hoping to avoid straying into the realm of solicitation. That is, advice which is legal. You know, this sounded far more clever in my head. Let’s start over.
OK, so here’s the deal: I’ve recently acquired an R4 card for DS. “Gasp!” you gasp. “Parish… a pirate!?” Well, no. As a coda to all this talk on pricing and value, I can’t stress enough that I believe, quite strongly, that anything worth having is worth acquiring legitimately. That’s not to say I never download ROMs of old, out-of-print games for emulation purposes, but I’ve always drawn a strict ethical line about that sort of thing. If I can acquire a game (or anything else, such as music and literature) legitimately, be it from a store or a digital content service, I will always do so. And if something seems too expensive for the amount of entertainment I expect to derive from it, I either rent it, borrow it, or just go without. Most likely the latter, actually. I have a huge backlog of games and books and even some videos I haven’t had time to enjoy yet. I don’t subscribe to the “it exists and therefore I am entitled to it, whether I pay for it or not” school of thought, and frankly there’s no sense in my hoarding illicit materials when I have plenty of paid-for goods I still need to plow through.
No, the reason I picked up this R4 is because it bugs me that there’s a healthy DS homebrew scene out there, and despite being such an avid fan of the system I don’t have access to all of those amateur projects. But, now that I actually have means to participate, I have no idea where to look or what to seek out. This is where you folks come in. I would like some suggestions on what kind of homebrew DS apps to hunt for, and I wouldn’t complain about getting some pointers for where to find them. Again, I’m not looking for pirate DS ROMs — I’m hunting for freeware and homebrew creations. Also, I own a bunch of import DS games that seem likely never to make their way to the U.S. officially, so I wouldn’t mind partaking of their fan translation projects.
So please, help a brother out, yo.