I love living in the free world. I’ve always given my work away, I’m not ashamed of it so, I put it out there. I also realize (from the sad personal experience) that’s not how you can make money and survive however, even though I love the challenge and freedom to enjoy emulation, I still put my money down for the legit re-releases. It’s fuzzy ethics but, much better than blowing a stop sign, ignoring speed limits and other such transgressions.
I also find that I am more attracted to building my emulation library and front end more than I am in actually playing the ROMs. It’s almost like the chase being better than the catch and the greater the challenge to make it perfect, the bigger the payoff for me.