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I found this when i typed dragonsphere in google

http://www.abandonia.com/en/games/942/Dragonsphere.html
Post edited May 05, 2011 by Kaliosmasteris
Not as such, as abandonware really isn't a true legal base. It's just something that has been coined up by people.

A game can become free only if its creator releases it for free or certain amount of time expires, thus dumping it in public domain.
No. It is free because Atari said so, nothing more, nothing less. Don't be too surprised if that Abandonia download turned into a GOG redirect shortly.
Well, to be honest i prefer to pay a little sum of money for a game which has got support, dedicated install, no matter its age.I know EVERY one of you here has downloaded, at least once, an "abandonware".Was it so easy to install? Was easy for the most configure dosbox, or even figure it exist?
I think that gog is doing a very good job.
Post edited May 05, 2011 by jetrian
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Kaliosmasteris: I found this when i typed dragonsphere in google

ht[url=http://tp://www.abandonia.com/en/games/942/Dragonsphere.html]tp://www.abandonia.com/en/games/942/Dragonsphere.html[/url]
Your link is busted, you mis-pasted it.
I can tell you right now mate that a large portion of the games on abandonia are not abandon/free ware.
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Avatara: I can tell you right now mate that a large portion of the games on abandonia are not abandon/free ware.
Examples? They are abandonware if you can't buy them anywhere either on the primary or second hand markets and the owner isn't enforcing its copyright on the games.

I haven't been over there recently, but they tend to be pretty careful about taking games down when they are made available for purchase.
legacy of Kain. mortal combat 1-trilogy, police quest 1 quest for glory 1-4.
with that said most of the ones that arn't abandone ware, are not sold anymore. The companies just like to keep up the copyright laws/rights
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Avatara: with that said most of the ones that arn't abandone ware, are not sold anymore. The companies just like to keep up the copyright laws/rights
Ah, that definitely does happen. One of the problems with dealing in old games is that it's never quite clear who owns what and what plans if any they have.
Plenty of GOGs were or are on abandonware sites. Makes no difference.
Well there are the legal reasons,(to download them is akin to getting a sega emulator and playing the roms on your computer) but for the most part the companies do not go out of their way to go after the downloader for the older games. So In the vast majority of times getting games from the abandonware sites are safe.
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hedwards: They are abandonware if you can't buy them anywhere either on the primary or second hand markets and the owner isn't enforcing its copyright on the games.
This is one of those issues where it helps to do a little research beforehand. Basically, if there's still a commercial option, that should be pursued first.

I don't consider personal-sale sites such as eBay to be a "commercial option", by the way. That is strictly between the individuals involved, and the seller can be as unreasonable as they want to be. If the only person selling an old game decides they want to start at $100, your only options are to pay it or avoid them.

A really good example of a truly abandoned game is the old Broderbund RPG "The Dark Heart of Uukrul". Came out in '90 or '91, and isn't available for sale anywhere that I've seen. The publisher's site makes no mention of it whatsoever. So, if it weren't for abandonware sites (and nostalgic people like me), that game would've vanished years ago.

Now, I'm all for GOG getting these older games and reawakening them, even going so far as to configure DOSBox to take care of running them on modern systems. Since the reformat, I've been buying things from them every once in a while. The occasional giveaway is also a nice touch.

Some titles, though, may never get this sort of treatment. I support the abandonware movement, but take the time to look around first and make sure that a title has truly dropped under the radar. Sites like Abandonia and HotU are good about keeping up with this; the rest are, well, fishy.
Actually, I think it is pretty safe to say that the game is free here on GOG at least partly because it was on abandonware sites for so long, same as the other freebies like BASS. The other part of the reason would likely be that the game is not worth either of GOG's available price points. I'm not saying that the game is bad or anything like that, but I can't see anyone being willing to pay $5.99 or more for this game alone.
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LonePaladin: Some titles, though, may never get this sort of treatment. I support the abandonware movement, but take the time to look around first and make sure that a title has truly dropped under the radar. Sites like Abandonia and HotU are good about keeping up with this; the rest are, well, fishy.
Did HotU ever get back online? I remember for a while it was being dropped for reasons related to domain registration.

I tend to feel kind of odd about the whole ebay part of it, because I don't think that it's reasonable to end up spending $80 or more for a game, especially when none of the original developers nor the owner gets a slice of the profits.

But OTOH, if it is on ebay then somebody can buy it. What kind of pisses me off is when sites will list a game for sale but not actually have any copies of it to sell and have to cancel the orders they get.
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cogadh: Actually, I think it is pretty safe to say that the game is free here on GOG at least partly because it was on abandonware sites for so long, same as the other freebies like BASS. The other part of the reason would likely be that the game is not worth either of GOG's available price points. I'm not saying that the game is bad or anything like that, but I can't see anyone being willing to pay $5.99 or more for this game alone.
Most of the other games they've released free were formally released as freeware by the copyright owner, the remainder were temporarily free as a gift to the users. IIRC Tex Murphy has been the only exception so far to the freeware rule.

Any other free games have been of sufficiently low frequency that they hardly count.
Post edited May 06, 2011 by hedwards