Finding Warez

Girls went back to school today after 10 days off, so after cleaning the computers up of the trash and otherwise getting them working as they should, I pondered playing a game.
One of – if not the – favourite game of mine is Lemmings. But I haven’t played all the PC versions. That became a task. Getting hold of the games (abandonware ?) is not a problem, but running them under XP is. Hunting around turns up DosBox and then a nice GUI for it called D-Fend, but my mouse is not recognised, and despite trawling forums, I remain game-free. Remembering that Lemmings was also out on the Amiga, I download WinUAE. And then the post title becomes relevant.

You want the latest Adobe product ? The latest game (WoW anyone ?) The latest of almost any digital product then finding them and downloading them is a piece of cake. It’s stupidly easy. Yet here I am trying to find a ROM image for a product that I cannot buy any more, is not even made any more and on nearly all the pages I visit it says “Removed at request of …. ” I find it odd that I can get hold of current warez easily (if I want, and no I have none) yet this old file actualy did take a bit longer to find. Anyway, find it I did and WinUAE works.
What I have yet to figure out though is the settings in the emulator – there are dozens. It works though – Speedball 2 still looks bloody brilliant. Now all I need is my mouse and kb to work correctly and I’ll be happy. Relatively speaking.

3 thoughts on “Finding Warez

  1. Speedball 2 rocked. BTW, the Competition Pro is being re-released as a USB device, which is gret news for all of us that love old games and play emulations.

    As to the “Finding Warez” subject: As a game developer, I hate the term abandonware. People easily apply it to anthing that’s not available in their local store, but technically the game isn’t abandoned until the owner of the rights says so. I’ve seen the term applied to one of our games, which I just saw through a budget-price re-release.

    Then again, I personally see no problems with old Amiga or C64 games, because those systems are simply gone, and the idea that the developers of those games still get any revenue on them even if they were still on sale is laughable. It would be nice if computer games were considered cultural heritage items worth protecting, and copying/hacking/converting them became legal after some time. I will miss Wizball (on the C64) and Another World (which I now play on DosBox) if they should become unplayable one day.

  2. I can see why abandonware came about though, and it really does fall at the door of the software house / copyright owner.

    Look at Lemmings … huge audience is around again, it’s still a classic, and yet it cannot be bought. I do have a legal Lemmings copy, and Lemmings paintball (not that good) but other stuff I have a hard time finding AND then getting to work. Don’t Sony still own Psygnosis ? Why not a classic release at a fiver ?

    I totally agree about the cultural aspect though, and the impact of games such as Elite / Dark Side and many other shouldn’t be overlooked (never did get into Wizball, though I did complete Another World :p)

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