From: Cologne, Germany
"Illegally from other sites" ?
You seem to know more about that site , than the average joe (and first-time visitor like me).
I tried to explain that quite some games can be downloaded legally.
The 2 pages I linked are not illegal, as you can't obtain the game from that site without logging in. So on the page I linked, they can describe whatever they want, and it's their job to research what game is abandonware or not, not mine.
If I'd pay for their services and actually download stuff (which would be dumb, since abandonware can be obtained for free elsewhere), then it would be my duty to ensure that I'm not violating any copyright laws and that I'm not pirating copyrighted material.
I've seen a user request in the official LucasArts forums, in February 2008, for example, where the user asked whether "Day of the tentacle" ("DOTT") had been "released" (means declared to be abandonware) or not. A LA employee replied that it had been released 6 months ago (so in 2007), and that it would be legal do download it, as the original game was more than 15 years old (I guess some internal time frame where LucasArts decides whether a game will be dropped or not).
I don't know whether my example above, ZakMcKracken, had been dropped too. Whatever the case, quite some of the games offered are legal:
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But to be extra sure, I advised fabertong to google (and do some more research), right????
Anyway, I removed the link to ZacMcKracken, as I am not sure anymore whether LA dropped that game or not.
DOTT on a German fansite, preconfigured with SCUMMvm (and most likely with German voice-overs):
The blog-entry is from 2007 (the year DOTT had been dropped by LUCASarts).
There is another link in that blog, where you can download 4 other games .. according to the blog all dropped by LucasArts, well DOTT had been dropped for sure. The fact that some sites look somewhat dubious doesn't necessarily mean that each and every download will be illegal.
EDIT: Games you can download legally at ScummVM's download section:
(Beneath a Steel Sky, Flight of the Amazon Queen, Lure of the Temptress [Westwood], Drascula)
I bought the Amiga version of Beneath a Steel Sky in 1993, and I guess it's still on my Amiga's HD. The developer, Revolution Software, decided to offer it as Freeware under a sperate license ( http://www.classicdosgames.com/licenses/Beneath_a_Steel_Sky_Freeware_License.txt ) in 2003.
The source code was also given to the ScummVM devs, who then ironed out some bugs and adapted it so that it can be played on many platforms (windows, DOS, AmigaOS, MacOS, Linux, etc. etc.). A remastered version is available for the Iphone and Ipod (paid content).
More freeware (former commercial software):
< Message edited by Iain McNeil -- 10/10/2013 11:00:49 AM >
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