@herb_fargus - Yeah all the wankers are coming out of the woodwork for the holidays trying to make a dollar. I think a guy would spend all of his free time trying to stop them with any type of impact. They are just a dime a dozen everywhere now infringing on the RetroPie name, logo and even boot-up screens. One vendor mentions they would need to upgrade from 4.3 to 4.4 to correct the issue so they must follow the project closely.
Hopefully that speaks to the success of RetroPie but also I was talking with a guy that claimed RetroPie was getting in the way of understanding/configuring Retroarch. I thought that's the point. RA might receive a 9 or 10 for flexibility and power but maybe 4 or 5 for ease and usability. It takes time to learn RA effectively. RetroPie simplifies all that configuration, unifies non-Libretro cores and standalone ports alike under one user interface with many of the configuration options in a GUI or menu.
The success of the Nintendo mini's and the recent Atari VCS kickstarter attests to people willing to pay big dollars for a simplified user experience an that's one of the places where I think RetroPie delivers.
You don't see all these fly-by-night Amazon market place vendors singing the praises of RA or Libretro. They advertise these cards with RetroPie at the front and 11,000 ROMs plug-n-play ready with room to add your own games in the descriptions. I'm a bit surprised Nintendo didn't focus more of it's energy toward these type of folks openly selling their games on the Amazon marketplace. They are definitely not in for the spirit or love of gaming as most are here.
I did clean up the post and remove the links above so as to not aid and abet their greed.
@BuZz thanks. I know it's impossible, and would be crazy, to update all links in old posts ;-)
Just wanted to make sure that such an important link would be accessible thru this thread as people are still replying.
most of the sellers are selling with the image as the main selling point
RetroPie! Kodi! Fully loaded! Each order is also guaranteed to contain a 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card if you order right now!
Edit: The "Fully Loaded" thing gets me every time. One of my friends was saying that he bought a Kodi device on eBay. I made mention that any of the machines require a bit of upkeep to remain fully operational over time and he quickly responded with, "No, I bought mine fully loaded". Funny stuff.
Please don't sell a legal arcade machine then just give your customers ROMs because you're a great helpful guy. That's still copyright infringement, is harmful for RetroPie to be associated with, and the setup script explicitly asks you not to do this.