Posts Tagged ‘the p-word oh god the p-word’

Pirate Bay Goes Legal: What Now For PC Games?

By Alec Meer on June 30th, 2009.

In case you’ve not caught the news, download site The Pirate Bay – a name that’s become almost synonymous with bittorrent and illegal filesharing – has been bought out for a princely sum, and its new owners have announced their intention to go legal. A little laughable, given this is a site with ‘pirate’ in its name, and also likely to be the end of TPB’s world-straddling popularity. No doubt it’ll hang around for a while, as the similarly born-again Napster does, but it seems highly unlikely the bulk of its existing audience will continue to visit if they can’t get stuff for free. The question for us chaps is whether the potential effective closure of the internet’s leading filesharing hub will have any effect on what’s so often accused of being PC gaming’s smoking gun. In other words: are we about to witness a sharp decline in PC game piracy?
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Underdogs, Ho

By Alec Meer on March 12th, 2009.

Legally grey abandonware site Home of The Underdogs disappeared off to whatever under it is dogs come from a little while back, after the site’s hosts ran out of money. While we could all argue about the rights and wrongs of hosting out-of-print games without the blessing of their creators/owners until the undercows come home, it’s hard to deny it was a temptingly useful way to play the PC games of yesteryear. Even when did you already own dusty floppy copies of ‘em.

With it gone, tracking down specific retro PC games has become a whole lot harder, and that’s no doubt happy news as far as some are concerned. Seems the Underdogs might yet find a new home, however.
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