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Friday, September 4th, 2009

Subject:Hey all. Another fan of the old has arrived. :)
Posted by:phspopular2002.
Time:8:44 am.
My name is Marianne (Mari for short if you prefer) and I'm from someplace in Southern Maryland. Retro gaming is such sweet nostalgia to me.

As much as I enjoy the last generation console systems that are around my home, I enjoy the far older PC stuff too. And I have my two very old Nintendo systems (SNES and N64). It's only a matter of time until I get those games again from WiiWare once I get a Wii later.

It's nice to know that the interactive fiction gaming will never die. By the weekend I'll be trying out Inform 7, in which you can make text adventure games off of it. I found a sweet tutorial and printed it all out. I7 doesn't seem to be oh so complicated or elitist. It seems simple enough that it saves anybody the frustration of having to gain knowledge of the MS-DOS coding/scripting before even starting to write out an IF game.

Out of all the text games I've played and enjoyed that I can remember, there are two. Amnesia, in which is a tricky and somewhat humorous game (you start with little to nothing to wear, and the responses from the hotel personnel are amusing), and Sleuth, in which is like the game Clue, only no gameboard and you get the mansion and characters instead. In Personalized Sleuth, you enter the names, last name optional and not required. Good times I've had on Sleuth indeed. I hope to create something inspired off of either, or at least something entertaining and worthwhile!
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Subject:Old pc game
Posted by:orestes1066.
Time:2:52 pm.
I've been researching a game I used to play on Windows 3.1 but could not find any answers. From what I recall it was point-and-click (I think) style with a purple and black general pattern to the scenes. It was a spooky game where you tried to find clues to some sort of mystery maybe. It was set in a house with a Victorian feel to it. The closest game that may have in fact inspired it was something called Mystery House. I know it was not this game because the screen-shots of that game look more primitive than the game I'm trying to remember. The Colonel's Bequest is another game that seems somewhat like it from my findings except that the game I remember seemed to have more paranormal elements than Colonel. Some details I can think of from the game in question include a scene outside near a shack or something with a creepy farmer/maintenance guy (holding a pitchfork?). There was a dining room and some kind of bedroom that had either a ghost of a woman or dead woman or something laying on a bed.
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Monday, June 30th, 2008

Subject:Game Creators
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:9:01 pm.
Game creators are a great way to unleash your creativity and have some adventures in the process! Today I'm going to talk about three old game creators that are still a whole lot of fun.

1) Adventure Construction Set (Electronic Arts, 1987)

ACS is a remarkable little toy that you can waste hours of time on. It allows you to create mini "adventures" that are more like RPGs than classic adventure games. With ACS you can create maps of worlds and dungeons, create characters and monsters, create and use normal and magical items, create in-game text boxes, and all sorts of other fun little details.

One of the best features of ACS is the map-making capabilities. You can create complex dungeons in which there are stairs, hidden doors, trapdoors, magical portals to other places on the map, place objects (including user-created objects), etc. There are different kinds of terrain to choose from, such as forests, mountains, lakes, rivers, and other standard kinds of terrain. ACS is one of the best tools I've seen for mapping Interactive Fiction games, but sadly this does not seem to be widely recognized by the IF community at large.

Some people have claimed that it can't be used under DOSBox, but this is not true because I discovered a trick to make it work. ACS will ask you to insert a "game disk" in a floppy drive, but the way to get around this is to mount a directory as a floppy in DOSBox, then when ACS asks you to insert one, switch to your main OS and temporarily remove the files from the "floppy's" directory, then restore the files once ACS has created the disk. Overall, ACS is quite dated, though. It has a limited 4-color palette, and you need to greatly reduce the speed of the game to play it because it is not completely turn-based: your time can run out much too quickly to perform an action during gameplay. Still, this is one of the earliest game-creation systems that didn't require any programming knowledge, and it packs a whole lot of fun in a small package.

2) Forgotten Realms Unlimited Adventures, (SSI/Micromagic, 1993)

Unlimited Adventures, or FRUA, really lives up to its name. It is one of the best RPG creation tools ever made, IMHO. Unlimited Adventures uses AD&D mechanics, which was officially licensed to Strategic Simulations Inc (SSI). SSI then created many classic "Gold Box" AD&D RPGs, such as Pool of Radiance and Champions of Krynn. This was a great move in gaming history, since SSI is without a doubt one of the best, if not the best strategy companies in the history of computer gaming. There are other RPG creation systems, most notably Bard's Tale Construction Set, but Unlimited Adventures is not only a quality product, but it is incredibly easy to use, and you can create your own "Gold Box" RPGs with it.

With FRUA, you can create your own world and dungeon maps, use your own images for character pictures, customize many features of the game environment, and of course you can design and play games with it. There is still a hardcore community of FRUA users and many game utilities, patches, artwork, and user-created modules can be found at the UA File Archive. FRUA is still being kept alive through a remake project called Dungeon Craft, which allows people to create and play FRUA games for free. But while Dungeon Craft works in Windows and has some significant improvements over SSI's creation kit, there's something really special about the original to me because it is closer to the spirit of the old Gold Box classics.

3) OHR.RPG.CE (Hamster Republic, 2001)

Hamster Republic RPG Creation Engine was never a commercial product, but it is still one of the best RPG creation tools around. While it isn't quite as old as ACS and FRUA, the original DOS version written in QuickBasic has that old skool feel to it. OHR.RPG.CE takes more work and patience than either ACS or FRUA, but the results can be very rewarding. There is also more portability with OHR.RPG.CE, because you can play the user-created games in Windows, DOS, and Linux.

There's also a thriving community built up around this nifty little game creator, and many user-created games can be downloaded for it. While I personally don't enjoy it as much as I do FRUA and ACS, the fact that it is a versatile freeware game creator makes it worth mentioning.

Now go forth and make some games!
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Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Subject:Beneath Apple Manor, COLAP
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:3:18 pm.

Beneath Apple Manor is a fun little Roguelike game that was released for the Apple and the PC in the early 1980s. Don Worth, the creator of the game, has released it into the Public Domain! It can be downloaded from Don Worth's Homepage or from Home of the Underdogs. It works quite well with DOSBox.

However, unlike the picture I've posted here, the text and graphics are a dark gray. In order to get high contrast white on black, I have used a contrast utility for DOS called COLAP, which I have just spent about 25 minutes trying to find a download link for, and I finally gave up. If anyone knows where the link to download COLAP is, feel free to post it in a comment, because it's a highly useful utility for increasing the contrast of DOS applications.
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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Subject:Changing Graphics Programs To Grayscale in DOS
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:6:01 pm.
I found a DOS program called COLAP which will increase the contrast in DOS. It's a very nifty little program. I've also been experimenting with the Hercules emulation in DOSBox, which is totally in black and white. With a TSR called SIMCGA, I could simulate a few CGA programs in black and white, which is also very helpful, because sometimes the colors of a program make it difficult for me to use them. But I can run only a few programs in Hercules mode. What I've been searching for is a program that will change CGA, EGA, or VGA programs into monochrome (or grayscale) when they are in graphics mode. I don't know if this is even possible. I have a program called GMODE which will change the prompt screen into graphics mode, but I can't figure out a way to change a CGA program with 4 colors to grayscale, and I'm not sure it's even possible. I wish I had a monochrome mode on my monitor so that I could switch it between color and grayscale when I needed to. If anyone knows how to view all applications that use graphics mode to grayscale, I'd appreciate it if you let me know how to do it. I've found various applications to change VGA palette, but as far as I can tell they only work in Text Mode, not graphics mode.
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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Subject:old pc game wth a monk+ tower+monsters
Posted by:minmin1988.
Time:11:58 am.
I've been googling like crazy to find this PC game from the 90s I believe.  Even the name is good for me.

This PC game was around the same time of the Keen series when I was playing.  


There are monsters locked up in a tower and you are a monk who is put into the tower to kill all the monsters.  You kill the monster by shooting herbs at them that you pick up along the way or jumping on the monsters.  Herbs are like clovers and red stuff I can't remember and many others. The monk wears sandals and the floor plan is made out of squares.  so you can only walk up down left right not diagonal.  

Some of the monsters: a largish blue spider, a monster that looks like a red umbrella.

You can teleport and you can puch things around.  You can also turn on/off light switches by moving your entire body infront of the light switch and pressing up ro down.

You must drink and eat to keep your health up.

You can also become poisoned and your screen will shake.  time will fix this

You can also become invisible to the monsters for a limited of them if you get the right elixir.

im sorry that is all i can remember.

I really do hope some one can help me
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Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Subject:Old Windows Game??
Posted by:littleanomaly.
Time:2:04 pm.

I'm looking for an old Windows game, it came preinstalled on Win98. 

It had colored mice and a few traps and you tried to get them in groups of a certain number and then they're run off and new mice would keep running and you tried not to get backed up. They ran in a clockwise pattern but I CAN'T REMEMBER THE STINKING NAME!!!!!!

I would LOVE to find this game somewhere 
*online? download? emailed? anything?*
and I really really appreciate any help with this!

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Monday, January 7th, 2008

Subject:Earthworm Jim 3D A Walkthrough Question
Posted by:veuzer.
Time:10:33 am.
I've almost finished Earthworm Jim 3D, even not almost, but completely finished. But there's besides some bonus mode which I still can't open. One should collect all the cow udders, (yeah, that's the main aim of the game) beat all the bosses and collect 1000 marbles to open it. In no way I can't complete the last task.

42,18 КБ

So, would you please help me to get all the marbles? For those ones who didn't play this awesome game I've made the description of the incomplete level and downloaded the game archive, so that you could play.

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Game download
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Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:11:09 am.
I found an old DOS screensaver that is truly mesmerizing: TUNNEL.ZIP. It's a neverending rainbow tunnel of psychedelic color, with concentric rings of light that become smaller and smaller until they reach the center of the screen. It's very simple and yet it has a very powerful effect. I haven't seen anything, anywhere, that could put me in a near-hypnotic trance so effectively. Another trippy screensaver is ACIDWARP.ZIP All of the screensavers that I tested work just fine with DOSBox too.

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Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Subject:RightWriter 7.0
Posted by:malunya.
Time:2:27 pm.
Hello everybody

I hardly need a very old program called RightWriter 7.0 (Windows version). It's a stylechecker. I know that they don't sell it any longer but I believe that someone may still have it on floppies.

I could even buy it...

Any help is highly appreciated.
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Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Subject:System 6 Software
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:11:08 am.
I've been browsing around at System 6 Heaven, but unfortunately nearly all of the download links there are dead. It's difficult to find pages out there with old system 6 applications except for games. Do any of you know of good links for applications for old black & white Macs? There's really no point in having System 6 Heaven on the Oldware Links page if all of the links are dead.
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Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Subject:Old Skool Saturday: Atomix
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:12:16 pm.


Atomix is a fun little game that falls in the category of "edutainment", or games which actually have some educational value. The object of the game is to move molecules around the playing area either vertically or horizontally until you can form an atom. The lower left corner of the screen displays the atom which you need to form, along with what the atom actually represents. Naturally the more complex the atoms are, the more complex the puzzles become. The only criticism that I have about Atomix is that there is a time limit which can't be turned off, but fortunately the game can be paused with the space bar. It's an enjoyable game if you have an interest in chemistry, and a great example of old skool fun!

Links: Atomix for Commodore 64, Atomix for PC.
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Friday, September 28th, 2007

Subject:Friday Fun
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:9:40 pm.
Chances are that if you've been using a computer long enough you've seen a Chinese parlor game that looks something like this:

Solitaire Mahjongg

This is Solitaire MahJongg, a 144 tile solitaire game. The first popular Solitaire MahJongg for the PC was Shanghai released by Activision in 1988, and there have been numerous PC versions ever since. I came across a nice page of Freeware and Shareware Solitaire MahJongg, which has versions for PC, Mac, and even a Flash version.

If you're unfamiliar with Solitaire MahJongg it might seem a bit alien and intimidating at first, but the rules are surprisingly simple. The object of the game is to remove all the tiles from the board. Tiles are layered in stacks so that if you look at it from the side it looks a bit like a pyramid. The tiles are removed in pairs according to simple rules from either the left or the right side of the board. Once you've learned the rules it can be quite addictive. Not all of the Solitaire MahJongg listed on the Freeware and Shareware page are that old, but some of them are. Unfortunately the original Shanghai for DOS is protected by the ESA (formerly the IDSA) so it can't be downloaded legally. But there's plenty of freeware alternatives to choose from!
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Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Subject:DOS Database Fun
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:6:36 pm.
I spent the afternoon rebuilding my facts database, which for now is just the Webster's Encyclopedia 2000 in .DBF format. It was rough going because I could not figure out if it was even possible to import large quote and comma separated fields into a .DBF memo field using dBASE IV for DOS (if anyone knows, please tell me!) Fortunately PC-File, the grandaddy of all shareware programs, came to the rescue. PC-File choked a few times importing approximately 43,000 records but it eventually worked after doing a few fixes with PCFIX. After that, I loaded up the database with the old Clipper DBU.EXE utility and checked it manually. Some records were too long and ended up spilling over into their own records so I had to delete them then re-pack the database. DBU is a very nice utility for viewing and maintaining dBASE files. In fact I prefer using it to dBASE for quick tasks. It's really amazing that such small utility can open up and browse a 34 megabyte database, but it does with no problem. Plus you can even view, search, and enter memo fields with it!

Why would I want to import an entire encyclopedia into a dBASE file? Well most encyclopedias that you buy commercially do not allow you to add more entries to them. You get a fixed number of entries, and that's it. But the Webster's World Encyclopedia 2000 stored the main Encyclopedia in a plain text file, with a bit of RTF-like formatting for bold, italic, underline, etc. Once I removed the formatting it was relatively simple to convert the text into quote-and-comma delimited format. Now I have a wiki-like facts file that I can append or insert data into. It makes me happy to have my own personal Knowledge Base that can be used in DOS!
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Monday, September 24th, 2007

Subject:The Secretary Bird
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:7:28 pm.
Today I'd like to review a relatively unknown office package for DOS called "The Secretary Bird" by Wesson International. If you've never heard of this office suite I can't say I blame you because I hadn't heard of it until recently. The Secretary Bird comes with four components: Writer, Filer, Calc, and Manager. The program is very simple and intuitive and it stacks up surprisingly well against other more well known commercial office suites for DOS.

The Writer program is nominally a word processor, but in reality it is little more than a glorified text editor. It's better than the EDIT program that comes with DOS 6.x, but it's not nearly as powerful as, say, Microsoft Word 5.5 for DOS. You get a functional spelling checker, a ruler, Bold and Underline (which does not appear on the screen, but only in printing) and your basic cut & paste editing features. One nice thing about the Writer program is that you can assign simple key substitution macros to F2-F12, so that you can save time with a repetitive task. It can't handle very large text files (but then again neither can EDIT or MS Word 5.5 for DOS). But it's sufficient for keeping track of notes and to-do lists and that sort of thing.

The Calc program is the spreadsheet program, and it's surprisingly versatile. You enter text and numbers almost the same way that you would in Lotus 1-2-3 or MS Excel, except to specify a range you would type A1...A3 rather than A1:A3. I haven't checked to see if there's a way to do absolute referencing, but I did notice that if you insert or delete a row that your formulas will reference cells relatively so you don't have to re-enter them all over again. There's quite a few functions from currency to statistical to geometry and trigonometry functions, so unless you're a professional who needs more sophisticated functions it should be sufficient.

The Filer program is the database portion of the program, and I was most impressed with it. The layout is easy to design, but if you're used to using a list entry (similar to a spreadsheet) you're out of luck because Filer doesn't have one. You can do basic queries on records using the ? and * wildcard conventions, which is a nice bonus. The report function is very basic, and presents your data in a simple table. The nicest thing about the Filer program is that you can design large fields on the fly with the arrow keys. The field size can stretch from the field name to the end of the screen and extended down to the bottom of the screen, so that you can type larger blocks of data.

The Manager portion of The Secretary Bird is the basic file management section. One nice thing about it is that it will display a column for each type of document: word processor, spreadsheet, and database, so that you can quickly find the type of document you need. You can even format a disk, and create directories in the Manager, but I didn't try formatting a disk because I ran it under DOSBox.

One useful feature of The Secretary Bird is that you can jump to DOS and do things at the prompt, then exit back into the program. TSB also gets points for making it easy to change certain default settings like the colors, but loses points for not being able to save the default margin sizes in Writer (I disliked having to change the margin size each time I wanted to type a text document.) There is only ONE conversion option, and that is to convert 1-2-3 spreadsheets back and forth between TSB's Calc program.

I actually like The Secretary Bird enough that I decided to use it for doing my budget spreadsheets and contact database instead of Microsoft Works 1 for DOS. While it doesn't pack a whole lot of power, it's simple and functional, and you don't need a degree in rocket science to figure out how it works. Released in 1988, The Secretary Bird is a nice example of oldware that is still useful. If you want to try it out, then check out the link here: http://www.dossolutions.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/
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Subject:still alive
Posted by:cat_irix.
Time:12:36 am.
Mood: nostalgic.
What is the oldest software you're still using now? (not necessarily on a regular basis - but at least occasionally)

Mine is Alley Cat - a computer game from 1984 (*points at her 'alleycat' user icon* ;), created by Bill Williams. As a mischievous alley cat, you have to sneak into apartments and create havoc, evade obstacles, and compete for the love of your sweetheart. It's amazing how much functionality is packed into such a tiny (by the modern standards) file! The graphics still looks pretty stylish, even that it's 4 colors CGA (remember how one had to be so inventive with the design, switching between 2 palettes - white, cyan and magenta vs red, yellow and green) And the music is so catchy. My favourite screen is the screen with the dancing kittens - the bonus for completing the 2nd and the 3rd levels (I had never succeeded to progress further).

At the beginning of my acquaintance with the IBM PC it used to be my favourite game... now not anymore, but sometimes I just can't resist going back in time (thanks to the DOS emulators) and engaging in some simple, cheerful and relaxing alleycatness!

(AFAIK the game is now freeware and can be downloaded from zillions of places)
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Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Subject:The Good Old Days?
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:11:25 am.
Back in 1981 I fell in love with a computer that most people would laugh at today. It was called the TRS-80, affectionately known as the Trash 80, and while most people preferred the cool brown Apple II because it had better games, I preferred programming in BASIC on the shiny TRS-80. I wasn't exceptionally good, but I wasn't exceptionally bad either. I should have played more games on that Apple because when I went to high school I had no access to a computer for three years, and that didn't change until my college days.

I first started going online in the early 90s, so there's plenty of veterans who have been online longer than I have. I first started chatting and downloading files on two BBS systems called Dynasty and Infinite Space. The WWW was new, and people would wander into the chatrooms asking how to get to the Internet, and they usually meant "How do I get on the World Wide Web?"

Ah, I have such fond memories of those days. The BBS systems used Worldgroup, so we could connect to other BBS systems all over the country using Worldgroup. Those were the days of MUDs or Multiple User Dungeons, which still have a small but loyal following today. I also played great old textmode games called Tradewars, Mutants, Autobots, and others I can no longer remember. If you lived through the same period, you can relive those days with TELNET, and here's a good place to start: http://www.dmine.com/telnet/

It was also a real thrill to download files, freeware and shareware, ANSI and ASCII art, techfiles on how to get applications running, game solutions and walkthroughs, etc. I remember how absolutely stunned I was when I first tried the original Duke Nukem: It beat the hell out of anything I had played on Nintendo! You could find "underground" and "anarchy" files, which gave everything a really colorful cyberpunk flavor. I imagined that I was a cyber cowboy like Cowboy in Neuromancer, but I suppose I was just an average BBS user in those days, a professional dilettante, just like today. Then I discovered the WWW and IRC and after that the BBS days were almost over for me.

But were the good old days really better than today? Surprisingly I would say "Nah, not always." There was a distinct feeling of camaraderie on the BBS, and we would often have get togethers and talk about "geeking" with the users and sysops, and I met several girlfriends that way (grin), but do I really want to go back to the days of 2400 baud modems when I can download a hundred megabytes in less than 5 minutes today? No way! And is DOS really better than Linux? Not by a long shot, IMHO! But I never forgot that first fascination with the command line, I never forgot those old files, and I've spent the past couple of years browsing through Textfiles and old BBS systems searching for files that I remember using on my first PC. I'm no expert by a long shot, but I've accumulated quite a lot of old games, files, resources, and knowledge about those days.

If you want to see a real slice of computer history, particularly the BBS days, I encourage you to browse textfiles.com. There's a wealth of text files (and freeware, shareware, and game files) to download. It brings back many memories, and it does a good job of preserving the atmosphere of early online culture. Check it out!
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Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Posted by:kinky_carter.
Time:8:31 pm.
Okay I'm trying to find an old PC game, I don't know what it's called I remember playing it at The Boys & Girls Club when I was younger. You're a space ship, it's only going forward and you have obsticles and you can just go faster left or right, but you can't back up you can stop but that's about it. It's got a lot of different levels and it gets more and more difficult as the levels go on. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

Also, another game, you're this little white guy and you go up these levels, you can dig holes and the bad guys fall into them, the objective is to get to the exit, this also has alot of levels and gets more and more difficult as it goes on. Anyone know this one also?
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Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:3:19 pm.
This list is far from complete. I'd like to add more links to it as the community grows. I'd also like to try to restrict links to sites which are responsible about the legal status of downloads. This is the place to comment if you have a link to a good site for oldware. Remember, this is not the place to post download links to software which is still being sold.


Old Versions
http://www.oldware.org (PC)
http://www.oldversion.com (PC)

Old Freeware and Shareware:
http://short.stop.home.att.net/freesoft/index.htm (PC)
http://www.opus.co.tt/dave/ (PC)
http://garbo.uwasa.fi/pc/ (PC)
http://garbo.uwasa.fi/windows/ (PC)
http://www.eunet.bg/simtel.net/ (PC)
http://www.applefritter.com/software/bcs/index.html (Mac)
http://files.chatnfiles.com/carousel/Mactosh/ (Mac)
http://hyperarchive.lcs.mit.edu/HyperArchive/Archive/disk/ (Mac)
http://hp200lx.net/super.html (HP200LX & PC)
http://www.sac.sk/ (PC)
http://www.classicdosgames.com/ (PC)
http://www.dosgames.com/ (PC)
http://files.chatnfiles.com/ (PC)

http://www.the-underdogs.info/ (Multiple)
http://www.goodolddays.net (Multiple)
http://www.abandonia.com (PC)
http://www.alex-soft.net/ (PC)
http://www.xtcabandonware.com/ (PC)
http://www.juegoviejo.com/pc/a.html (PC, Spanish)
http://abandonware.universal.av7.net/abandonware.html (PC)
http://www.virtualapple.org/ (Apple)
http://mac.the-underdogs.info/ (Mac)
http://www.euronet.nl/users/mvdk/system_6_heaven.html (Mac)
http://home.earthlink.net/~gamba2/system6.html (Mac)
http://gamebase64.com/ (C-64)
ftp://ftp.apple.asimov.net/pub/apple_II/images/ (Apple)

Interactive Fiction:
http://www.ifarchive.org/indexes/if-archive.html (Multiple)
http://wurb.com/if/ (Multiple)

Text Mode:
http://ascii.classicgaming.gamespy.com/ (PC)
http://www.textmodegames.com/ (PC)

http://www.zophar.net/ (Multiple)
http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/ (DOSBox)
http://bochs.sourceforge.net/ (Bochs)
http://www.tomcharlesworth.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ (Applewin)
http://basilisk.cebix.net/ (Basilisk II)

Computer History & Downloads:
http://www.bootdisk.com/ (Bootdisks)
http://oldfiles.org.uk/ (Oldfiles)
http://www.textfiles.com/ (Textfiles)
http://fusionanomaly.net/ (Fusion Anomaly)

Special Game Collections:
http://www.gambitchess.com/pub/progr.htm (Chess Museum)


http://www.asciimation.co.nz/ (Star Wars ASCIImation)
http://www.ascii-art.de/ascii/ (ASCII Art Dictionary)
http://www.chris.com/ASCII/ (ASCII Art Collection)

DISCLAIMER: The mods of this community are not legal experts, nor do we pretend to be. As far as we know, the links provided to these sites are to legal downloads which do not infringe upon copyrights held by software or game publishers. If we are mistaken, we will remove any such links after due notice from the copyright holders. Please contact slyfoot and cat_irix if there are any issues with the links.
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Subject:Why Oldware?
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:11:28 am.
If you're like me, you cringe when you read things like "Who uses DOS any more?" or "NOBODY uses that old dinosaur app now!" At such times I've taken to repeating this motto like a mantra: Just because it's old doesn't mean it's useless.

Upgrades aren't always upgrades. Many software companies release new software with Big Business in mind, and provide many new options in hyped-up commercial releases that the average computer hobbyist never really needs to use. In some cases the release is so ridiculously huge that the term bloatware springs to mind. If you've ever compared a newer version to an older version of an application and thought Wow, the old version is smaller, faster, it still works, and it does everything I really need! then you'll feel right at home in this community. Just because it's old doesn't mean it's useless.

Do you have a fond attachment to an old 386 laptop that still works, but slowly? Have you ever wondered how to get every ounce of productivity out of it? If so, then you'll feel right at home in this community. Do you have an old black and white Macintosh with 4 megs of memory, and you're wondering where to ask questions about it because people ridicule you when you admit to wanting to use it? You're in the right place.

Software, unlike hardware, doesn't really get old. As long as the bits and bytes don't become corrupt, they can be transferred to newer machines with newer environments, and still put to good use. And it should come as no surprise that an old game that would fit on a floppy with plenty of room to spare can be more addictive and entertaining than the latest mega-hyped first person shooter that will barely fit on a CD-ROM. This is the place to talk about those old games--the classic games that many people know about, along with the obscure games that you found on a BBS archive of freeware and shareware.

This community is not about promoting "warez." And as for "abandonware", the mods of this community will take a neutral position on the ethics of downloading abandonware. As for the legality, thus far there appears to be no legal definition of the term, but abandonware is generally considered to be software which is 1) older than a certain number of years and 2) no longer distributed for sale by the copyright holders. All too often sites are disingenuously labeled "abandonware" as a cover for distributing "warez", or copies of commercial software which are still being sold by the copyright holders. That is where the line is usually drawn between abandonware and warez, and that is where we shall draw it.

How old is old? A year for a game or application can be loosely compared to 5 years in human life. It isn't a hard-and-fast rule, of course, because how can you really quantify such things? But, in general, a program which is 10 years old is like a 50 year old man--getting along in years, but still useful!--and a 15 year old program is like a senior citizen at the ripe old age of 75 years old. But as I've said before, software doesn't really become old as long as the bits and bytes aren't corrupt, and you can potentially get a lot of productivity out of a 15 year old program just as you can from a 75 year old man. The analogy isn't perfect because a 75 year old man can mature intellectually whereas an old program stays the same, but the fundamental point I'm trying to reinforce is that old isn't necessarily useless.

So why oldware? If it's useful, then why not?
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Friday, September 21st, 2007

Subject:First Mod Post!
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:7:08 pm.
Hello oldsters and retrogeeks!

I'm very happy that I started this community. I'm in love with oldware, and I'm sure there's plenty of folks out there just like me. This community will be dedicated to the philosophy that newer doesn't always mean better. I think it has a chance to fly because, let's face it, all hardware and software becomes old, but that doesn't mean it isn't still useful! And if you're like me you aren't just nostalgic about the old games, you play them on a regular basis. I'd like to see posts about old software, tech help with old hardware and operating systems, questions about how to get old software running under emulators, game reviews, software reviews, posts related to old computers, and posts about your favorite old games. I want this place to be a safe haven for those who want to talk about oldware, so let's keep everything friendly and legal here, okay?

First item of business: I'd like suggestions to add to the interest list of the community. Keep in mind that I'd prefer not to list the names of specific old games or software; it's better to keep it more generic so that folks who are looking for a community like this are more likely to find what they are looking for. Old operating systems are okay though!

I'm also pleased to say that cat_irix will be joining me as co-mod of the comm. She's very smart and very nice, but I'll bet she has sharp claws so don't mess around with her! :P

I plan to make use of the tagging system and the Memories section for this community, so that people will be able to browse and find old entries. If anyone has other suggestions, please share!
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Subject:Welcome To Oldware!
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:2:43 pm.

The oldware community was created for the discussion of old hardware, software, operating systems, and games. It is not a "warez" community!!

Thanks to the proliferation of emulators, everything old is new again. Sooner or later all software becomes old, but that doesn't necessarily mean it is no longer useful! Old hardware and operating systems are still being used, and old applications are making a comeback. There is also a thriving culture of retrogamers who are discovering (or re-discovering) the thrill of old games which have been "abandoned" by their publishers, but not by their fans. Many people prefer the old to the new, and stubbornly refuse to give in to the notion that newer always means better. Sometimes old software is simply more efficient, less complicated, and a joy to use.

If you're only looking for a place to ask where to obtain illegal copies of commercial software, then go somewhere else. If you're a fan of old hardware, software, operating systems, or games, then this is the community for you.
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