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I had a bit of an idea that involves taking all of the old games that don't get produced, distributed, sold, or even get noticed or care by the developer or publisher, and placing it on a community made and community run service. Sort of like Steam but without taking games off the storefront that are just old or don't get noticed, as well as not needing to really pay for them. The companies aren't making money off these old games anyway. Think of it like this. A company has all of their games that they have released. Think of those games as the materials used to make a pair of pants. Over time the company gets a new pair and they don't come with that material (the game that they got money off of). They don't care about it because A: its not making them money cause they aren't releasing it anymore, and B: They have new things that are making them money. This service could have games refitted for newer systems, updating the games to have new features like keyboard and mouse or controller settings. Let me know what you think and feel free to put ideas onto the current stuff. I feel like it's a good idea.  

If a virtual tree falls in the woods... Does it make a sound?

 

 

Only if your sound card drivers are up to date.

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soo.... every pirate website in existence, or every abbandonware website in existence?

 

doesn't this already exist? i mostly can't really visualize it, so i don't know what it looks like in your mind, sorry

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Sounds a lot like gog in it's early days.

now there's another site I recently heard about here that does that but I don't want to post it here so i don't get banned again :(

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22 minutes ago, kerdios said:

Sounds a lot like gog in it's early days.

now there's another site I recently heard about here that does that but I don't want to post it here so i don't get banned again :(

 

Would you be referring to ThePirateBay?

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I don't really mean it to be abandonware sites or pirate sites. Something more like a game service but isn't dangerous in the sense that you could get malware, but instead a game that works, and doesn't require 500 steps to get the game working. IE patch it with this patch and download these drivers. Plus pirating something like an old Atari game I feel wouldn't really be considered by anyone as pirating. Its like a person pirating a beta-max or laserdisc. Something sorta like how Half Life 2 beta build community works or things like the internet archive. My idea is to have it be more fleshed out.

If a virtual tree falls in the woods... Does it make a sound?

 

 

Only if your sound card drivers are up to date.

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On 12/26/2019 at 8:46 PM, TheGmodNugget said:

pirating something like an old Atari game I feel wouldn't really be considered by anyone as pirating. Its like a person pirating a beta-max or laserdisc.

Since the old Atari has been split and bought by either Hasbro or Warner Bros, there is a very real threat of legal intervention over those old games. (more so from Hasbro)

 

The fact is, there aren't really any services out there that will give you free copyrighted stuff with no effort on the part of the user, especially if the companies that originally held the copyright still exist. All it takes is a small filing fee on the part of the ex-copyright holder (yes, even if the software is legally abandonware, which is no longer able to be copywritten) to bankrupt the majority of the people that would want to do it in the first place. (this has been done quite a lot for various things in the past 20 years)

On 12/27/2019 at 3:46 AM, kerdios said:

is pming game sharing sites allowed?

Don't see why it wouldn't be... It's not like it's illegal...

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13 hours ago, BTGBullseye said:

Don't see why it wouldn't be... It's not like it's illegal...

Turns out I don't know how to pm in this forum...

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like i wouldn't mind if valve or gog went ahead and if they setup a "do whatever you want" type storefront for games, but as long as money actually exists, that'll never happen, i think we would need to have a major change in society, as far as copyright law goes

 

with how trigger happy nintendo is sometimes, i have very low hopes, and even then, the waybackmachine is in a fairly gray area, but i've seen entire ROM collections actually uploaded on it, usually they go by "redump"

 

i'm annoyed when any storefront delists perfectly fine games for bullshit reasons, i really fucking hate this lack of permanence, i don't understand why anyone sane of mind would ever want to go 100% digital

 

you have to be downright stupid to not want to have, some sort of guarantee in my mind, so i'm on board to have something like this, but with our current dumbass laws, and because of general corporate greediness, this is going to be difficult to accomplish

 

if copyright law was far more lenient, then sure, but when any company can just sue you, whenever they want to, it's not a project anyone can really get involved to

 

i've honestly started to wonder if copyright is quite honestly dead, it's really getting to the point, where there's so much stuff that's being created, to the point where, the lines between attribution and inspiration start to blur for me

 

can you immagine if greek mythology, was copyrighted? how bullshit would that be

 

honestly i stopped caring, i think it's pretty natural to build on top of the work of others, and on top of the previous knowledge of your ancestors, and i don't see why it shouldn't apply today also

 

to me copyright law goes against basic human knowledge, we couldn't had gotten better at anything, if we just ignored, what everyone else previously accomplished, just because someone else made it

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6 hours ago, kerdios said:

Turns out I don't know how to pm in this forum...

Hover the cursor over the username, wait for the popup, click "message".

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