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Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, The Fate Of Atlantis, Wolfenstein 3D, Sensible Soccer, Sim City 2000, Battle Chess, Doom 1 & 2, The Settlers 2, X-Com & Many More (PC) Free @ My Abandonware

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Lots of games to choose from. Over 4000. Use DOSBox if you need to get them working on modern PC's. http://www.dosbox.com/ Just a few of the games on here are: Indiana Jones & The Last Cru… Read More
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banned2y, 9m agoFound 2 years, 9 months ago
Lots of games to choose from. Over 4000.

Use DOSBox if you need to get them working on modern PC's.

http://www.dosbox.com/

Just a few of the games on here are:

Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade,
Indiana Jones & The Fate Of Atlantis,
Wolfenstein 3D,
The World Of Sensible Soccer 96/97,
Sim City 2000,
Battle Chess,
Doom 1 & 2,
The Settlers 2,
X-Com: Terrors Of The Deep
Beneath A Steel Sky
Duke Nukem 3D
Wing Commander 3 & 4
Baldurs Gate 1 & 2
Dungeon Keeper 1 & 2
Discworld
Flight Of The Amazon Queen
Gabriel Knight: Sins Of The Fathers
I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream
Kings Quest 1-6
Leisure Suit Larry 1-6
Lure Of The Temptress
Icewind Dale 1 & 2
Populous
Police Quest 1-3
Quest For Glory 1-4
Space Quest 1-6
Simon The Sorceror 1 & 2
Planescape Torment
Alone In The Dark 1-3
Myst
Neverwinter Nights
Rollercoaster Tycoon
Earthworm Jim
Dragons Lair 1-4
Double Dragon 1-3
Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk
Dizzy: The Ultimate Cartoon Adventure
Fantasy World Dizzy
Gauntlet 1 & 2
Ghosts & Goblins
James Pond 2
System Shock 2
Jungle Strike
Magicland Dizzy
Micro Machines 2
Mortal Kombat 1-3
Theme Hospital
Out Of This World
Prince Of Persia 1 & 2
Rayman

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This is piracy. You may as well just link to a torrent site and call it a freebie.

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banned#1
http://www.myabandonware.com/media/captures/I/indiana-jones-and-the-last-crusade-the-graphic-adventure/thumbs/indiana-jones-and-the-last-crusade-10.png

http://www.myabandonware.com/media/captures/B/battle-chess/thumbs/chess_004.png

http://www.myabandonware.com/media/captures/I/indiana-jones-and-the-fate-of-atlantis/thumbs/indiana-jones-and-the-fate-of-atlantis_14.png

http://www.myabandonware.com/media/captures/D/doom/thumbs/doom-9.png
1 Like #2
Very cool site. I've used a few abandonware sites before and you had to jump through a few hoops before you could snaffle anything. Bandwidth limits,pre regging, token systems,ad clicks etc. This one is painless, two clicks and Indy Jones was mine. No more rummaging around in the loft looking for dusty game boxes. :)

http://www.myabandonware.com/media/captures/I/indiana-jones-and-the-last-crusade-the-graphic-adventure/indiana-jones-and-the-last-crusade-11.gif

Kudos as usual Jay. Scorchio!
#3
Is this Legit?
banned#4
TheClownkiller2
Is this Legit?


Yeah. They are abandonware.
#5
Ok Thanks
#6
Most of these games are NOT abandonware. Many are still available on websites such as Steam/GOG with support for newer systems on most titles.
banned#7
TheCactusman
Most of these games are NOT abandonware. Many are still available on websites such as Steam/GOG with support for newer systems on most titles.


Which makes them different versions with different code.
1 Like #8
jaystan
TheCactusman
Most of these games are NOT abandonware. Many are still available on websites such as Steam/GOG with support for newer systems on most titles.

Which makes them different versions with different code.

Which means the original is still copyrighted.
EDIT: Also, in the case of games like DOOM, the original files will still be intact and the distribution of these files also still falls under copyright.

Edited By: TheCactusman on Jul 07, 2014 13:30: adding more
banned 1 Like #9
TheCactusman
jaystan
TheCactusman
Most of these games are NOT abandonware. Many are still available on websites such as Steam/GOG with support for newer systems on most titles.


Which makes them different versions with different code.


Which means the original is still copyrighted.


While looking through this i tried Theme Hospital. A game still being sold by GOG.

I found

Theme Hospital (1997)
Developed by Bullfrog Productions (http://www.abandonia.com/en/company/Bullfrog+Productions%2C+Ltd.) (Esa Member => 10 years of protection)
Published by Electronic Arts (http://www.abandonia.com/en/company/Electronic+Arts%2C+Inc.) (ESA Member => 15 years of protection)

Protected until 2013.

http://www.abandonia.com/vbullet/archive/index.php/t-436.html

So not sure at all now as the FAQ on the site says this:

WHAT IS AN ABANDONWARE?

An abandonware is a game that is no longer sold by its company, in physical store or online. Abandonware has never been a clear category in software, sometimes the software editor or publisher simply closed or have been bought. Many games get out of abandonware status now with GoG.com or Steam, although they do not always have support to make them running on recent computers. For more informations on abandonware, you may visit wikipedia.

IS IT FREE?

We allow you download old games for free, but we do not take any responsibility for downloads considered illegal in your country.

DO I HAVE TO REGISTER?

No, you can download at full speed when not registered. If you register, we may give you updates by mail.

http://www.myabandonware.com/faq/

Looks like it was Abandonware for a while then when put on GOG it came out of that status. Looks like the site left the abandonware software on the site after it came out of that status. No idea about legality in those cases.




Edited By: jaystan on Jul 07, 2014 13:46: edit
1 Like #10
Heat from me bud, nice find. Think I might grab a few of these :)

For those of you looking for a chance at some newer games, don't forget to check out the weekly competition:)
#11
Again, questionable legality on some of these. But there's certainly a lot of decent games / retro childhood memories :)
#12
jaystan
TheCactusman
jaystan
TheCactusman
Most of these games are NOT abandonware. Many are still available on websites such as Steam/GOG with support for newer systems on most titles.

Which makes them different versions with different code.

Which means the original is still copyrighted.


Looks like it was Abandonware for a while then when put on GOG it came out of that status. Looks like the site left the abandonware software on the site after it came out of that status. No idea about legality in those cases.

In the case of games that are still being sold, it's illegal to download them from abandonware websites. They're still under copyright. In the case of games which aren't being sold, they're still under copyright unless the owner of the copyright has released them into the public domain/made them freeware.

That said, nobody is going to come after you about downloading them as the copyright owners either don't care/don't exist any more. But downloading games which are still available for purchase is a different matter.
banned#13
TheCactusman
jaystan
TheCactusman
jaystan
TheCactusman
Most of these games are NOT abandonware. Many are still available on websites such as Steam/GOG with support for newer systems on most titles.

Which makes them different versions with different code.

Which means the original is still copyrighted.


Looks like it was Abandonware for a while then when put on GOG it came out of that status. Looks like the site left the abandonware software on the site after it came out of that status. No idea about legality in those cases.

In the case of games that are still being sold, it's illegal to download them from abandonware websites. They're still under copyright. In the case of games which aren't being sold, they're still under copyright unless the owner of the copyright has released them into the public domain/made them freeware.

That said, nobody is going to come after you about downloading them as the copyright owners either don't care/don't exist any more. But downloading games which are still available for purchase is a different matter.

Looks like EA who you would have thought would be the ones to do something haven't bothered as they are on every abandonware site. Copyright on anything has no infinite time. Even if some are around their copyright could have lapsed and ran out. Although looks like some still do. Not completely sure.

Edited By: jaystan on Jul 07, 2014 16:02: edit
2 Likes #14
jaystan
TheCactusman
jaystan
TheCactusman
jaystan
TheCactusman
Most of these games are NOT abandonware. Many are still available on websites such as Steam/GOG with support for newer systems on most titles.


Which makes them different versions with different code.


Which means the original is still copyrighted.



Looks like it was Abandonware for a while then when put on GOG it came out of that status. Looks like the site left the abandonware software on the site after it came out of that status. No idea about legality in those cases.


In the case of games that are still being sold, it's illegal to download them from abandonware websites. They're still under copyright. In the case of games which aren't being sold, they're still under copyright unless the owner of the copyright has released them into the public domain/made them freeware.

That said, nobody is going to come after you about downloading them as the copyright owners either don't care/don't exist any more. But downloading games which are still available for purchase is a different matter.


Looks like EA who you would have thought would be the ones to do something haven't bothered as they are on every abandonware site. Copyright on anything has no infinite time. Even if some are around their copyright could have lapsed and ran out. Although looks like some still do. Not completely sure.

I think the minimum copyright term is life of author(producer?)+50 years so most are still copyright. That said, who gives a **** ;)
5 Likes #15
This is piracy. You may as well just link to a torrent site and call it a freebie.
#16
Good find but some of these games are still being sold like Gabriel knight sins of the father on http://www.gog.com. So if you don't like the idea of abandonware then http://www.gog.com/game/gabriel_knight_sins_of_the_fathers for example.
#17
BrianFarnet
This is piracy. You may as well just link to a torrent site and call it a freebie.

This is DDL. No uploading therefore technically legal like watching a film on youtube (as in you can't be charged with distribution).
1 Like #18
Cannon Fodder 1 and 2!
#19
Space Quest 6 - Probably the funniest game I have ever played!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxz2PSYlkzM
1 Like #20
I would recommend gog games if you don't want to mess around with dos box and such like. Some games need a lot of tweaking to get them to run from windows.
2 Likes #21
Shengis
BrianFarnet
This is piracy. You may as well just link to a torrent site and call it a freebie.
This is DDL. No uploading therefore technically legal like watching a film on youtube (as in you can't be charged with distribution).

So buying a dodgy copy of a film from a car boot sale is OK too as it's "not uploading"? Don't be so ridiculous. Watching films hosted on Youtube is illegal too, BTW. This is piracy, nothing more, nothing less. These games ceased being "abandonware" the moment that rights issues were resolved and the games were made available for sale via sites like GOG.com.
4 Likes #22
This is piracy, I've reported, I encourage others too as well. Piracy is not a deal.
banned 1 Like #23
Rhythm
Shengis
BrianFarnet
This is piracy. You may as well just link to a torrent site and call it a freebie.

This is DDL. No uploading therefore technically legal like watching a film on youtube (as in you can't be charged with distribution).


So buying a dodgy copy of a film from a car boot sale is OK too as it's "not uploading"? Don't be so ridiculous. Watching films hosted on Youtube is illegal too, BTW. This is piracy, nothing more, nothing less. These games ceased being "abandonware" the moment that rights issues were resolved and the games were made available for sale via sites like GOG.com.


No it isn't. Don't be silly. Watching streamed content available on the internet is not illegal. Putting the content on a site for people to view it is. Earning money off doing so is.
2 Likes #25
jaystan
Rhythm
Shengis
BrianFarnet
This is piracy. You may as well just link to a torrent site and call it a freebie.

This is DDL. No uploading therefore technically legal like watching a film on youtube (as in you can't be charged with distribution).


So buying a dodgy copy of a film from a car boot sale is OK too as it's "not uploading"? Don't be so ridiculous. Watching films hosted on Youtube is illegal too, BTW. This is piracy, nothing more, nothing less. These games ceased being "abandonware" the moment that rights issues were resolved and the games were made available for sale via sites like GOG.com.


No it isn't. Don't be silly. Watching streamed content available on the internet is not illegal. Putting the content on a site for people to view it is. Earning money off doing so is.

So many tards on here innit ;) Maybe I should email them a game then have them charged for piracy. They downloaded the email after all and ignorance is no defence in law..... X)
banned#26
Shengis
jaystan
Rhythm
Shengis
BrianFarnet
This is piracy. You may as well just link to a torrent site and call it a freebie.
This is DDL. No uploading therefore technically legal like watching a film on youtube (as in you can't be charged with distribution).

So buying a dodgy copy of a film from a car boot sale is OK too as it's "not uploading"? Don't be so ridiculous. Watching films hosted on Youtube is illegal too, BTW. This is piracy, nothing more, nothing less. These games ceased being "abandonware" the moment that rights issues were resolved and the games were made available for sale via sites like GOG.com.

No it isn't. Don't be silly. Watching streamed content available on the internet is not illegal. Putting the content on a site for people to view it is. Earning money off doing so is.
So many tards on here innit ;) Maybe I should email them a game then have them charged for piracy. They downloaded the email after all and ignorance is no defence in law..... X)

To be honest I genuinely thought they were all abandonware when I posted. If there are any games people feel they should not download they could just download any of the others. There are lots to choose from and some genuine abandonware on there. What they are asking is the equivalent of not having any youtube freebie on here because somebody uploaded a movie at some time :D

Edited By: jaystan on Jul 07, 2014 21:21
3 Likes #27
Robinsad
This is piracy, I've reported, I encourage others too as well. Piracy is not a deal.

next you will be telling us we are funding terrorism...
2 Likes #28
Robinsad
This is piracy, I've reported, I encourage others too as well. Piracy is not a deal.


It is. It's a big deal but this is hardly it.
#29
jaystan
Shengis
jaystan
Rhythm
Shengis
BrianFarnet
This is piracy. You may as well just link to a torrent site and call it a freebie.
This is DDL. No uploading therefore technically legal like watching a film on youtube (as in you can't be charged with distribution).

So buying a dodgy copy of a film from a car boot sale is OK too as it's "not uploading"? Don't be so ridiculous. Watching films hosted on Youtube is illegal too, BTW. This is piracy, nothing more, nothing less. These games ceased being "abandonware" the moment that rights issues were resolved and the games were made available for sale via sites like GOG.com.

No it isn't. Don't be silly. Watching streamed content available on the internet is not illegal. Putting the content on a site for people to view it is. Earning money off doing so is.
So many tards on here innit ;) Maybe I should email them a game then have them charged for piracy. They downloaded the email after all and ignorance is no defence in law..... X)

To be honest I genuinely thought they were all abandonware when I posted. If there are any games people feel they should not download they could just download any of the others. There are lots to choose from and some genuine abandonware on there. What they are asking is the equivalent of not having any youtube freebie on here because somebody uploaded a movie at some time :D
Nice post. My other favourite site - which hasn't been updated in yonks - was home of the underdogs. Love the ability ot play old classics again but GoG has spoiled me. I no longer desire to tinker around with Dosbox, which doesn't always work.
#30
Shady and spurious. Do you honestly, sincerely believe that Ubisoft have "abandoned" the original Rayman? I would check with Ubisoft on that one. You may just be in for a surprise...and a writ. There is no such thing as "abandonware" unless you're some 17 year old who coded his own game and uploaded it on a personal site. The weak argument that "oh the copyright lapsed in this year" is an irrelevance. Just because it hasn't been upheld, does not mean they want people p***ing their software all over the internet and not getting their rightful profit back - however small this may be.
#31
Elevation
Shady and spurious. Do you honestly, sincerely believe that Ubisoft have "abandoned" the original Rayman? I would check with Ubisoft on that one. You may just be in for a surprise...and a writ. There is no such thing as "abandonware" unless you're some 17 year old who coded his own game and uploaded it on a personal site. The weak argument that "oh the copyright lapsed in this year" is an irrelevance. Just because it hasn't been upheld, does not mean they want people p***ing their software all over the internet and not getting their rightful profit back - however small this may be.

So tell me, if they no longer produce a game : How will they get their 'rightful profit'?
This is the same BS argument against selling 2nd hand console games and it just doesn't hold up to even the most basic scrutiny. Whether its piracy or not, the fact (<see what I did there?) is they wouldn't be profiting from it anyway.

I think the most interesting thing about the website is that it was started in 2008 and it's based in FRANCE. I think that just about says it all considering the frenchist governments stance on piracy......
1 Like #32
Shengis
Elevation
Shady and spurious. Do you honestly, sincerely believe that Ubisoft have "abandoned" the original Rayman? I would check with Ubisoft on that one. You may just be in for a surprise...and a writ. There is no such thing as "abandonware" unless you're some 17 year old who coded his own game and uploaded it on a personal site. The weak argument that "oh the copyright lapsed in this year" is an irrelevance. Just because it hasn't been upheld, does not mean they want people p***ing their software all over the internet and not getting their rightful profit back - however small this may be.
So tell me, if they no longer produce a game : How will they get their 'rightful profit'?

Erm, they do: http://www.gog.com/game/rayman_forever

"Abandonware" has always been a bit of a grey area. Not entirely "legal" but then who's going to pull you up for it if the rights holders aren't producing legal avenues for purchase. But the GOG came along and fixed that problem. Abandonware still exists, but a *large* portion of what's hosted at MyAbandonware simply doesn't fall into that category.

Edited By: Rhythm on Jul 08, 2014 06:35
1 Like #33
Regardless of the chance of prosecution from defunct software companies, abandonware under UK copyright law is not legit:

Software

Software, that is computer programs, and games for games consoles are protected on the same basis as literary works. Conversion of a program into or between computer languages and codes corresponds to adapting a work. Storing any work in a computer amounts to copying the work. In addition, running a computer program or displaying work on a video display unit (VDU) will usually involve copying and thus require the consent of the copyright owner.

http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/copy/c-applies/c-literary.htm

You might get away with it, but it doesn't make it legal.
#34
Shengis
Elevation
Shady and spurious. Do you honestly, sincerely believe that Ubisoft have "abandoned" the original Rayman? I would check with Ubisoft on that one. You may just be in for a surprise...and a writ. There is no such thing as "abandonware" unless you're some 17 year old who coded his own game and uploaded it on a personal site. The weak argument that "oh the copyright lapsed in this year" is an irrelevance. Just because it hasn't been upheld, does not mean they want people p***ing their software all over the internet and not getting their rightful profit back - however small this may be.
So tell me, if they no longer produce a game : How will they get their 'rightful profit'?
This is the same BS argument against selling 2nd hand console games and it just doesn't hold up to even the most basic scrutiny. Whether its piracy or not, the fact (<see what I did there?) is they wouldn't be profiting from it anyway.

I think the most interesting thing about the website is that it was started in 2008 and it's based in FRANCE. I think that just about says it all considering the frenchist governments stance on piracy......

You're comparing flogging your unwanted and probably completed game down a car boot sale to one person to uploading someone else's IP to thousands upon thousands online? o_O Interesting......
banned 1 Like #35
jshoughton
Regardless of the chance of prosecution from defunct software companies, abandonware under UK copyright law is not legit:

Software

Software, that is computer programs, and games for games consoles are protected on the same basis as literary works. Conversion of a program into or between computer languages and codes corresponds to adapting a work. Storing any work in a computer amounts to copying the work. In addition, running a computer program or displaying work on a video display unit (VDU) will usually involve copying and thus require the consent of the copyright owner.

http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/copy/c-applies/c-literary.htm

You might get away with it, but it doesn't make it legal.


The same thing could have been said about recording a radio station onto a cassette or cd, or recording a tv show on vhs. Neither of those was technically legal either.
1 Like #36
OP you're a legend. Cheers!!! Discworld again at last!!!
2 Likes #37
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3yn31rqMA1qbw3a4o7_r1_250.gif
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3yn31rqMA1qbw3a4o8_r1_250.gif

Fedz iz gunna be all over anyone that has downloaded one of these! They have your IP address, next time the door goes I wouldn't answer!
#38
Elevation
Shengis
[quote=Elevation] Shady and spurious. Do you honestly, sincerely believe that Ubisoft have "abandoned" the original Rayman? I would check with Ubisoft on that one. You may just be in for a surprise...and a writ. There is no such thing as "abandonware" unless you're some 17 year old who coded his own game and uploaded it on a personal site. The weak argument that "oh the copyright lapsed in this year" is an irrelevance. Just because it hasn't been upheld, does not mean they want people p***ing their software all over the internet and not getting their rightful profit back - however small this may be.

So tell me, if they no longer produce a game : How will they get their 'rightful profit'?
This is the same BS argument against selling 2nd hand console games and it just doesn't hold up to even the most basic scrutiny. Whether its piracy or not, the fact (

You're comparing flogging your unwanted and probably completed game down a car boot sale to one person to uploading someone else's IP to thousands upon thousands online? o_O Interesting......

Never heard of Amazon, Ebay, Play.com etc then? How about Game? Hardly flogging 1 copy at a boot fair is it?
#39
Most decent abandonware sites would pull a game the second it was made available to buy, isn't it the whole point? To make these games available again, it is piracy. That being said I think back in the 90's any DOS game must have been pirated 1000 times, I don't think I saw more than 4 legal games in the whole decade
#40
Shengis
Elevation
Shengis
[quote=Elevation] Shady and spurious. Do you honestly, sincerely believe that Ubisoft have "abandoned" the original Rayman? I would check with Ubisoft on that one. You may just be in for a surprise...and a writ. There is no such thing as "abandonware" unless you're some 17 year old who coded his own game and uploaded it on a personal site. The weak argument that "oh the copyright lapsed in this year" is an irrelevance. Just because it hasn't been upheld, does not mean they want people p***ing their software all over the internet and not getting their rightful profit back - however small this may be.
So tell me, if they no longer produce a game : How will they get their 'rightful profit'?
This is the same BS argument against selling 2nd hand console games and it just doesn't hold up to even the most basic scrutiny. Whether its piracy or not, the fact (

You're comparing flogging your unwanted and probably completed game down a car boot sale to one person to uploading someone else's IP to thousands upon thousands online? o_O Interesting......
Never heard of Amazon, Ebay, Play.com etc then? How about Game? Hardly flogging 1 copy at a boot fair is it?

No, what are those? (_;) Back to rational argument though - those sites and my example = ONE GAME going to ONE PERSON. Not dozens of games sitting there to be leeched by thousands. No comparison. If it's sold on after that - that is again to one person at a time - which often generates more sales - as opposed to an illegal site like this breaching copyright. If this is such a deal how about we all start posting torrent files. Beats £3.99 for a blu-ray eh? (_;)

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