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Comment Re:Abandonware grey areas (Score 1, Insightful) 127

If the developers are still employed making new games, the old games being available for free hurts them because it gives people an alternative to buying the new game. It hurts the game vendors the same way.

It also makes it harder for competitors to sell new games. Under things the way they stand now, 'abandonware' should cease to exist, because if the software exists, there is an interested body who will want to buy it, and either distribute it or bury it so they can sell their game to you instead.

And 'abandonware' assumptions destroy the market for those games we can all buy for $5-10 on the 'bare jewel case' rack at stores. This hurts the game itself, because it means there's no 'official' distribution, just people passing around random old copies.

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats." -- Howard Aiken