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Free Software Magazine: Games in Captivity: Liberation, Emulation, and Abandonware

Oct 06, 2005, 02:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Barton)

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"For those of us who grew up in the 80s, playing games in arcades or on our computers and game consoles was a major part of our childhoods, and we often have the nostalgic desire to replay those beloved titles. Others not only want to play, but have dedicated their scholarly attention to the study and preservation of videogame history. Sometimes companies who own the copyright to these games are able to repackage them and make them available on the shelf; there are countless 'Games in a Stick' mini-consoles and plenty of 'Arcade Classic' compilations for the PC and modern consoles. Unfortunately, only the most popular and well-known classic games from the biggest companies are available. Sure you can play Ms. Pac-Man, but what if you're looking for Paul Norman's Forbidden Forest or Bill Hogue's Miner 2049er? While many such games are impossible to find at stores, emulation enthusiasts have made them available for download from the web..."

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