That isnt legal to play games.
It is NOT illegal to play these games. May be that the service archive.org provides could be illegal, but playing those games is definitely NOT!
If an old game is still sold and supported
somewhere, it is not abandonware
, and downloading such a game without legally owning a copy of it is
in fact illegal
If an old game is not sold and supported anywhere, it is abandonware, and it is LEGAL to DOWNLOAD and OWN it without buying it.
The difference is whether a software is
sold and supported, or is NOT
sold and supported. http://www.abandonwarering.com/?Page=FAQ#1B
The only thing the 2006 decision did was that it made abandonware legal
These games Wolfenstein 3D and Quake 2 are still sold and supported, and as such are not abandonware
, ergo downloading them from abandonware sites (or in fact from any other sources without buying them
) is in fact illegal
An article about this with references
I would like to buy the original Wolf3D, SoD, and Quake II, but I don't care RtCW, ory any sh*tesda games. These packages insanely are overpriced, I hope there will be some kind of sale later, but I would prefer to buy these old games separately, for a few quids.