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* [[https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games The Internet Archive]] now has a large database of old DOS games.

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* [[https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games The Internet Archive]] now has a large database of old DOS games. Many older PC games not available through digital distribution platforms such as Steam or GOG.com can also be found.


Compare KeepCirculatingTheTapes, when films, videos and music are involved. See also DigitalPiracyIsOkay, though if the creator disapproves it may overlap with DigitalPiracyIsEvil (but [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment let's not start]] with ''that'' whole [[FlameWar debate]]).

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Compare KeepCirculatingTheTapes, when films, videos and music are involved. See also DigitalPiracyIsOkay, though if the creator disapproves it may overlap with DigitalPiracyIsEvil (but [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment let's not start]] with ''that'' whole [[FlameWar debate]]).
DigitalPiracyIsEvil.


Over time, things get old. It happens to everything - DOS was taken out by its shiny new big sister, Windows, and Windows NT was taken out by Windows 2000, and from there NT's upgrade of XP and so on.

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Over time, things get old. It happens to everything - everything; DOS was taken out by its shiny new big sister, Windows, and Windows NT was taken out by Windows 2000, and from there NT's upgrade of XP and so on.



* [[https://www.macintoshrepository.org/ The Macintosh Repository]] is another site for old Macintosh applications. Also, both this site and the Macintosh Garden are also useful for UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows users looking for certain games they may have trouble finding on other sites, since a number of "Classic" Mac OS titles happen to be Win/Mac hybrids, meaning that they used the same disc/ISO for both OSes.

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* [[https://www.macintoshrepository.org/ The Macintosh Repository]] is another site for old Macintosh applications. Also, both this site and the Macintosh Garden are also useful for UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows users looking for certain games they may have trouble finding on other sites, since a number of "Classic" Mac OS titles happen to be Win/Mac hybrids, meaning that they used the same disc/ISO for both OSes.[=OSes=].


* [[http://collectionchamber.blogspot.com/ The Collection Chamber]] is a blog that features a relatively small number of abandonware titles (as it's managed by just an Englishman). However, the blog makes up for the small selection by putting the programs in specially-compiled and easy-to-use executables. All the end user has to do is download a program put into a special installer[[labelnote:*]]although sometimes they may have to be downloaded in multiple parts[[/labelnote]] and run said installer to install them on their PC. The installed program is run through a virtual machine specifically-prepared and automated for the program, so end users can just start the program and the virtual machine will do the rest to get them running.

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* [[http://collectionchamber.[[https://collectionchamber.blogspot.com/ The Collection Chamber]] is a blog that features a relatively small number of abandonware titles (as it's managed by just an Englishman). However, the blog makes up for the small selection by putting the programs in specially-compiled and easy-to-use executables. All the end user has to do is download a program put into a special installer[[labelnote:*]]although sometimes they may have to be downloaded in multiple parts[[/labelnote]] and run said installer to install them on their PC. The installed program is run through a virtual machine specifically-prepared and automated for the program, so end users can just start the program and the virtual machine will do the rest to get them running.



* UsefulNotes/{{Macintosh}} users can find applications in [[http://www.macintoshgarden.org/ the Macintosh Garden]], once directly part of HOTUD but now just link to each other. In both HOTUD and Macintosh Garden, SturgeonsLaw takes effect, and how!

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* UsefulNotes/{{Macintosh}} users can find applications in [[http://www.macintoshgarden.[[https://macintoshgarden.org/ the Macintosh Garden]], once directly part of HOTUD but now just link to each other. In both HOTUD and Macintosh Garden, SturgeonsLaw takes effect, and how!how!
* [[https://www.macintoshrepository.org/ The Macintosh Repository]] is another site for old Macintosh applications. Also, both this site and the Macintosh Garden are also useful for UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows users looking for certain games they may have trouble finding on other sites, since a number of "Classic" Mac OS titles happen to be Win/Mac hybrids, meaning that they used the same disc/ISO for both OSes.

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* [[https://winworldpc.com/home WinWorld]] has a very wide selection of old software of all stripes.


* Emulators exist for old consoles like the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, which allow users to play old favorite games (such as ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' on their smartphones and tablets.

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* Emulators exist for old consoles like the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, which allow users to play old favorite games (such as ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'') on their smartphones and tablets.


* [[http://www.oldgamesfinder.com/ Old Games Finder]] is a search engine for old and abandonware games.

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* [[http://www.oldgamesfinder.com/ Old Games Finder]] is a search engine for old and abandonware games.games.
* Emulators exist for old consoles like the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, which allow users to play old favorite games (such as ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' on their smartphones and tablets.


UsefulNotes/{{Emulation}} is a related topic, with related problems. The current owners of the UsefulNotes/Amiga brand, for example, have been keen to stress that the "Kickstart ROM" needed to boot an Amiga (or an Amiga ''emulator'') is ''not'' abandonware, thank you very much. Amstrad have said that the ZX Spectrum ROM, on the other hand, ''is'' perfectly acceptable for emulation purposes; and even if it wasn't, plenty of people have hacked their own version together after some crazy nutbags managed to document the function of ''each and every last one'' of the 16384 bytes that forms it, and patched it to deal with the (remarkably few) bugs.

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UsefulNotes/{{Emulation}} is a related topic, with related problems. The current owners of the UsefulNotes/Amiga UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} brand, for example, have been keen to stress that the "Kickstart ROM" needed to boot an Amiga (or an Amiga ''emulator'') is ''not'' abandonware, thank you very much. Amstrad have said that the ZX Spectrum ROM, on the other hand, ''is'' perfectly acceptable for emulation purposes; and even if it wasn't, plenty of people have hacked their own version together after some crazy nutbags managed to document the function of ''each and every last one'' of the 16384 bytes that forms it, and patched it to deal with the (remarkably few) bugs.


UsefulNotes/{{Emulation}} is a related topic, with related problems. The current owners of the Amiga brand, for example, have been keen to stress that the "Kickstart ROM" needed to boot an Amiga (or an Amiga ''emulator'') is ''not'' abandonware, thank you very much. Amstrad have said that the ZX Spectrum ROM, on the other hand, ''is'' perfectly acceptable for emulation purposes; and even if it wasn't, plenty of people have hacked their own version together after some crazy nutbags managed to document the function of ''each and every last one'' of the 16384 bytes that forms it, and patched it to deal with the (remarkably few) bugs.

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UsefulNotes/{{Emulation}} is a related topic, with related problems. The current owners of the Amiga UsefulNotes/Amiga brand, for example, have been keen to stress that the "Kickstart ROM" needed to boot an Amiga (or an Amiga ''emulator'') is ''not'' abandonware, thank you very much. Amstrad have said that the ZX Spectrum ROM, on the other hand, ''is'' perfectly acceptable for emulation purposes; and even if it wasn't, plenty of people have hacked their own version together after some crazy nutbags managed to document the function of ''each and every last one'' of the 16384 bytes that forms it, and patched it to deal with the (remarkably few) bugs.


Compare KeepCirculatingTheTapes, when films, videos and music are involved. See also DigitalPiracyIsOkay, though if the creator disapproves it may overlap with DigitalPiracyIsEvil (but [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment let's not start]] with ''that'' whole [[FlameWar debate]]).

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Compare KeepCirculatingTheTapes, when films, videos and music are involved. See also DigitalPiracyIsOkay, though if the creator disapproves it may overlap with DigitalPiracyIsEvil (but [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment let's not start]] with ''that'' whole [[FlameWar debate]]).


!! [++Notable Abandonware Sites++]:

* Home of the Underdogs was, for quite a long time, and now is again, an Abandonware 'museum', where users could find archived copies of many Abandonware and Freeware games. As the name implies, the [[http://homeoftheunderdogs.net/ website]] (mostly) focuses on underappreciated, rare, commercially unsuccessful or just plain ''bad'' games, including the ones still being sold (no downloads in this case, but a link to Steam or GOG).

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!! [++Notable Abandonware Sites++]:

* Home of the Underdogs was, for quite a long time, and now is again, an Abandonware 'museum', where users could find archived copies of many Abandonware and Freeware games. As the name implies, the [[http://homeoftheunderdogs.net/ website]] (mostly) focuses on underappreciated, rare, commercially unsuccessful or just plain ''bad'' games, including the ones still being sold (no downloads in this case, but a link to Steam or GOG).
!!Notable abandonware sites:



* [[http://collectionchamber.blogspot.com/ The Collection Chamber]] is a blog that features a relatively small number of abandonware titles (as it's managed by just an Englishman). However, the blog makes up for the small selection by putting the programs in specially-compiled and easy-to-use executables. All the end user has to do is download a program put into a special installer[[labelnote:*]]although sometimes they may have to be downloaded in multiple parts[[/labelnote]] and run said installer to install them on their PC. The installed program is run through a virtual machine specifically-prepared and automated for the program, so end users can just start the program and the virtual machine will do the rest to get them running.
* [[http://gamesnostalgia.com/en/ Games Nostalgia]] offers free download of abandonware games, all of them tested and configured for PC and Mac.
* Home of the Underdogs was, for quite a long time, and now is again, an Abandonware 'museum', where users could find archived copies of many Abandonware and Freeware games. As the name implies, the [[http://homeoftheunderdogs.net/ website]] (mostly) focuses on underappreciated, rare, commercially unsuccessful or just plain ''bad'' games, including the ones still being sold (no downloads in this case, but a link to Steam or GOG).
* [[https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games The Internet Archive]] now has a large database of old DOS games.



* [[https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games The Internet Archive]] now has a large database of old DOS games.
* [[http://gamesnostalgia.com/en/ Games Nostalgia]] offers free download of abandoware games, all of them tested and configured for PC and Mac



* [[http://www.oldgamesfinder.com/ Old Games Finder]] is a search engine for old and abandonware games

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* [[http://www.oldgamesfinder.com/ Old Games Finder]] is a search engine for old and abandonware gamesgames.


Paradoxically, the rise of the internet has seen the creation of a new breed of abandonware. Games which require access to online authentication or which store game-critical data on company servers are entirely reliant on the developer keeping them running. In the event that the company takes the servers down or is shuttered, it is entirely possible for a game to become unplayable. In cases where the servers hold part of the data required to run, this can render a game permanently dead.

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Paradoxically, the rise of the internet has seen the creation of a new breed of abandonware. Games which require access to online authentication or which store game-critical data on company servers are entirely reliant on the developer keeping them running. In the event that the company takes the servers down or is shuttered, it is entirely possible for a game to become unplayable. In cases where the servers hold part of the data required to run, this can render a game permanently dead.
dead. For examples of this particular phenomena, see DefunctOnlineVideoGames.


Compare KeepCirculatingTheTapes, when films, videos and music are involved. See also DigitalPiracyIsOkay, though if the creator disapproves it may overlap with DigitalPiracyIsEvil.

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Compare KeepCirculatingTheTapes, when films, videos and music are involved. See also DigitalPiracyIsOkay, though if the creator disapproves it may overlap with DigitalPiracyIsEvil.
DigitalPiracyIsEvil (but [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment let's not start]] with ''that'' whole [[FlameWar debate]]).


Compare KeepCirculatingTheTapes, when films, videos and music are involved.

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Compare KeepCirculatingTheTapes, when films, videos and music are involved.
involved. See also DigitalPiracyIsOkay, though if the creator disapproves it may overlap with DigitalPiracyIsEvil.


Prior to the internet, the only way to find abandonware was to [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes to make and share physical copies]]. Now, websites such as [[http://www.abandonia.com Abandonia]] exist to allow people to play once again games that they used to have for their old 386 but can no longer be purchased in retail or directly from the publisher. Many abandonware websites maintain a semblance of good faith by refusing to allow download of any game still being offered for sale and will voluntarily remove titles if contacted by a publisher. For example, 3D Realms offers all their old DOS titles (most notably ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTriad'') for sale from their [[http://www.3drealms.com website]], and as such they're very difficult to find on abandonware sites.

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Prior to the internet, the only way to find abandonware was to [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes to make and share physical copies]]. Now, websites such as [[http://www.abandonia.com Abandonia]] exist to allow people to play once again games that they used to have for their old 386 but can no longer be purchased in retail or directly from the publisher. Many abandonware websites maintain a semblance of good faith by refusing to allow download of any game still being offered for sale and will voluntarily remove titles if contacted by a publisher. For example, 3D Realms still offers all their old DOS titles (most notably ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTriad'') for sale from their [[http://www.3drealms.com website]], and as such they're very difficult to find on abandonware sites.



Since about 2005, publishers have taken interest in the desire for old games and have begun actively meeting customer demands. The rise of digital distribution has seen publishers put their entire back catalogue on services like UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}, and there are even online stores such as Website/GOGDotCom who even go as far to develop their own upgrades to them so they'll work on modern computers.

Paradoxically the rise of the internet has seen the creation of a new breed of abandonware. Games which require access to online authentication or which store game critical data on company servers are entirely reliant on the developer keeping them running. In the event that the company takes the servers down or is shuttered it is entirely possible for a game to become unplayable. In cases where the servers hold part of the data required to run, this can render a game permanently dead.

UsefulNotes/{{Emulation}} is a related topic, with related problems. The current owners of the Amiga brand, for example, have been keen to stress that the "Kickstart ROM" needed to boot an Amiga (or an Amiga ''emulator'') is ''not'' abandonware, thank you very much. (Amstrad have said that the ZX Spectrum ROM, on the other hand, ''is'' perfectly acceptable for emulation purposes; and even if it wasn't, plenty of people have hacked their own version together after some crazy nutbags managed to document the function of ''each and every last one'' of the 16384 bytes that forms it, and patched it to deal with the (remarkably few) bugs.)

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Since about 2005, publishers have taken interest in the desire for old games and have begun actively meeting customer demands. The rise of digital distribution has seen publishers put their entire back catalogue on services like UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}, UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} and there are even online stores such as Website/GOGDotCom who Website/GOGDotCom, and on several occasions either the original developers or their new seller even go as far to develop their own upgrades to them so they'll work on modern computers.

Paradoxically Paradoxically, the rise of the internet has seen the creation of a new breed of abandonware. Games which require access to online authentication or which store game critical game-critical data on company servers are entirely reliant on the developer keeping them running. In the event that the company takes the servers down or is shuttered shuttered, it is entirely possible for a game to become unplayable. In cases where the servers hold part of the data required to run, this can render a game permanently dead.

UsefulNotes/{{Emulation}} is a related topic, with related problems. The current owners of the Amiga brand, for example, have been keen to stress that the "Kickstart ROM" needed to boot an Amiga (or an Amiga ''emulator'') is ''not'' abandonware, thank you very much. (Amstrad Amstrad have said that the ZX Spectrum ROM, on the other hand, ''is'' perfectly acceptable for emulation purposes; and even if it wasn't, plenty of people have hacked their own version together after some crazy nutbags managed to document the function of ''each and every last one'' of the 16384 bytes that forms it, and patched it to deal with the (remarkably few) bugs.)
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