A WORD OF WARNING:
Really? Abandon ware? Illegal?? Are you serious?! Oh...I didn't think you were. You were just messing with me huh? Well, you almost got me with that one.
BTW, people selling software, ie. an individual, and companies selling software, ie. the guys with the rights to it, are two totally different things.
Software is considered abandonware when people like microprose stop providing support for the product, plus they stop selling it themselves either over the net, in stores, or in small wooden stands on street corners. The last time I saw X-Com 2 in any of the afore mentioned places has to have been about 5 years ago. Possibly 8, I'm really not sure. Oh, except that bookrack place on Academy Blvd...but they only sell second hand merchandise...
Quoting Mr McKrakken's previous posts about the legalities of 'ripping software off the internet' above... it's NOT LEGAL.
Perhaps a definition of Abandonware would help clear up this issue that people like to keep sidestepping? Here we go then:
Software that is no longer being sold or supported by its publisher. Most abandonware is still considered illegal unless the publisher has re-released the software as freeware.
U.S. copyright laws state that copyrights owned by corporations are valid for 75 years from the date the software was first published. So the current availability of a product is irrelevant to its copyrighted status. Unlike trademarks, copyrights are not considered abandoned if they are no longer enforced. Copyrights do not enter the public domain just because they are no longer commercially exploited or widely available.
That's from http://www.webopedia.com/
for all you folks who are interested. Now, last I checked (and I'd probably know before MOST people) nobody released the games as Freeware. Indeed, there is no longer a Microsoft presence to do so, nor is there a Hasbro for the later games. Since Firaxis owns everything, it's up to Sid whether the old games get released as Freeware.
When that day comes, I will be the first to offer them as downloads on the site right here, but until that day, ANYONE who comes here preaching about Abandonware, ESPECIALLY without checking what the hell that means is gonna get a kick in the proverbial nuts, and possibly banned along the lines of the forum rules and regulations as mentioned in the Announcements forum.
Consider yourselves warned in a friendly way.
Anyway, back to the topic in hand, if you would like to look back a few posts in this thread, you'll find how to set up the Fodder path properly.
Thanks for your time
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