Old, free games?

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  1. job macrumors 68040

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    Anyone here caught the retro gaming bug?

    I recently rediscovered my love for Marathon when I found out that all three Marathon games were available with a slightly updated engine. Granted, these games are almost 10-12 years old, but they are still very, very fun. And for the price of a 30 second download, they can't be beat.

    Anyone else getting back into old games they forgot about?
     
  2. mattscott306 macrumors 68040

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    Where did you find the marathon games, and are they legal freeware copies?
     
  3. Erasmus macrumors 68030

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    EMR 3.0
    Doukutsu
    n_v1
    Scorched3D
    Battle for Wesnoth

    All free, all legal. As is Marathon. Google is good.
     
  4. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816

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  5. job thread starter macrumors 68040

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    http://source.bungie.org/get/

    Have fun! :)
     
  6. bluebomberman macrumors 6502a

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    There's also Star Control 2, although I have a hard time looking at the graphics these days...dammit, somebody make a remake/true sequel!

    http://sc2.sourceforge.net/
     
  7. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    Also if you like old games try DOSBox, I started using it for some old DOS games that I either downloaded or had sitting around. If you want to download some, I'm not sure if it is technically legal or not so I won't put any links, but google is your friend.
     
  8. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    Well I found..

    Ares
    EV Override...

    They are made by a company called AmbroisaWhttp://www.ambrosiasw.com/games/all.html but most of their old games aren't Intel or Mac OS X compatible so I just play them on my Mac OS 9 "Classic".
     
  9. gco212 macrumors 6502

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    How is this legal? Abandonware doesn't actually exist as far as the law is concerned, and it is totally illegal unless the owners sign a paper releasing it to the public domain (unlikely due to the popularity of the series). They might not enforce the copyright, but it's still totally and completely illegal unless MicroSoft released it.
     
  10. katorga macrumors regular

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    Retro games....

    I'm looking at trying to get Windows 98 running in Parallels for Planescape Torment and Fallout2.

    I can play wizardry 8 under bootcamp if I run it in compatibility mode, but I cannot get it working with Parallels or VMware Fusion.

    On the Mac side I really really wish they still had OS9 emulation on the x86 Macs. My old TiBook's graphics chip is totally dead and I cannot play Masters of Orion any more. The Mac version rocked.
     
  11. cbatt macrumors newbie

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    I'd just like to pimp DOSBox for running old games. Use it with the Dapplegrey frontend for dirt simple execution of old games on OS X.

    It runs Anvil of Dawn flawlessly on my 2.2 ghz SR MBP. (yes, I do own the game).
     
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    This site has been up for quite awhile and would like to think that they've done their homework.
     
  13. gco212 macrumors 6502

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    As I said, whether or not the copyrights are enforced (which they aren't here) it's completely illegal. It doesn't matter if they've been discontinued, they're still illegal. I'm not saying your getting into trouble with it (you're not because the copyright owners aren't enforcing it) but I'm just making sure everyone knows that it is, technically, illegal. Abandonware is a term made up by people to try to make this stuff sound legal, but it's completely made up and is not legal.
     
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    Sheepshaver.
     
  16. charmin macrumors member

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    Play the OS X port?
     
  17. Earendil macrumors 68000

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    I don't know about the rest, but Bungie for sure released Marathon into public domain. They handed out the source code after all :rolleyes:
     
  18. yoman macrumors 6502a

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    Mac Rumors Free Game Guide

    Macrumors has a guide on free games with descriptions and links

    here--->Free game guide

    Please add any others which are not on the list as well.
     
  19. coolmacguy macrumors regular

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    I agree, which is why I still run it. :)

    check out sheepshaver for running os 9 on intel

    [​IMG]
     
  20. solvs macrumors 603

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    Gee, wish I'd thought of that. ;) :p
     
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  22. Chone macrumors 65816

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    Technically you are right, abandonware doesn't exist and it is illegal, however, the guys at the Underdogs have been very careful in removing games that are still being sold, for the rest, some are legal and some aren't but from the moral perspective of things, there is nothing wrong with downloading abandonware.

    If you want to be a mindless robot who will put technical rules over moral and subjective thinking then so be it, THAT is why the US legal system is so ******* ridiculous.

    But I digress it really isn't my problem.

    As far as the topic goes, I love replaying old games, I've been trying to make Command & Conquer 1 MAC work but my G4 doesn't boot OS9 anymore... maybe I'll look into that SheepSaver thing. Adventure games are the best abandonware there is out there :)

    Oh and Marathon owns, if anyone reading this thread hasn't played that yet... do yourself a favor and download it (like right now) from the link posted a few posts above this one.
     
  23. blitzkrieg79 macrumors 6502

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    My favorite website for old (and mostly free) games is www.abandonia.com, most of them require dosbox but it's there on the website so not only do I get to play some good oldies but I also feel like I am back to MS Dos days with all the path typing :D Actually recently I played Maniac Mansion and Populous, it's kind of funny because back in the days it took me few eeks to beat those games and now it's a matter of few minutes/hours lol And you can even find original Warcraft there.
     

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