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Old 9th June 2005, 6:53 AM   #1
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Rules of the thread. Please abide by them:

1. No "abandonware". The reason I post this is because if I posted every single abandonware site in this thread, it'd get too far out of hand. If you want abandonware, go to The Underdogs.
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As pointed out by KYPREO: Many people do not realise that abandonware is currently illegal under Australian copyright law. Distributing it is software piracy. Currently, copyright survives 50 years (soon to 70) and the only defence is where you have copied extracts for the purposes of education, review or comment.
(Note: I have copied some content from older posts, some of it MAY be abandonware, I'm aware. As of now though, I am not accepting any Abandonware links. The only exception to this will be if a game company "authenticates" a free download release, aka, Rockstar and their releasing of GTA and GTA2)

2. Posting. If you're going to contribute to the thread, please post a link to either the games main page, or if no main page is available, either an "about" link, or anything else. As a last resort, link to the main download page. That way people clicking on the link can view what the game's about first before having the option to download.

3. NO DEMO'S. Please, no "DEMO" links. If you want to play a demo, google it. If you want to advertise a demo, search to see if there is already a topic about it, if there isn't, post it in a new thread.

4. Periodic Updates. I wish to update this at least once every day or 3. That way, if any links become dead, they'll be updated frequently, but I would like some advanced warning from you guys.

5. NO WAREZ! This one's pretty standard as IT IS A FORUM RULE! WAREZ = BAN REMEMBER!

6. No "online text adventure MMO" games. Examples of these would be Utopia, Earth 2025, etc... Not only are there too many, but they don't quite fit into this thread.

Additionally, they'll be broken down into 3 categories:

Totally Free - Games that are free to download, play, play online etc...
Free to Aquire, Pay to Use: These are still considered free games, in retrospec. These games will usually have, like, a 15 day trial, or something, allowing you to get a taste of the games before you dedicate money to it.
Pay to Aquire, Free to Use: These games I wish to dedicate to MMORPG's only. The reason for that is because every buyable game could be considered a PtA,FtU game. Therefore, only MMORPG's will fit into this category.



Totally Free:


A
Action Quake 2
Adventure Quest *
America's Army
Armagetron
Anarchy Online (Free 'till Jan 2007)

B
Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden
Battlecruiser 3000AD
Battlecruiser Millennium
Beneath a Steel Sky - Requires ScummVM
Betrayal at Krondor
Beyond Belief - Requires Shareware version of Quake
Big Box of Blox

C
Combat Arms
Command and Conquer Gold (gdi)
Command and Conquer Gold (nod)
Command and Conquer: Red Alert
Cube

D
Daimonin
http://www.digital-eel.com/organism/Dr Blobs Organisms[/url]
Dungeon Runners

E
Elder Scrolls - Arena
Eye Toy games for the PC

F
F.E.A.R.: Combat
Flight of the Amazon Queen - Requires ScummVM
Fly for Fun
Funky Cars

G
G-Racer
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto 2
Gridwars - Geometry Wars clone
Ground Control - Free from Fileplanet.
Gunbound *
Gunz - The Duel *

H
Half Life 2D - Codename Gordon
Hidden and Dangerous Deluxe - Free from Fileplanet.

I
Ivan

J
None, populate me

K
Kings Quest 1&2
.kkreiger
Knight Online *

L
Lierotilt
LinCity
Lure of the Tempress
Lyle in Cube Sector

M
Maniac Mansion Deluxe - Game linked on Gamershell
Maple Story *
MechCommander 1, Gold and 2
Mini Racer
Motorsport
MU Online - Free for the time being

N
Navyfield
netPanzer
Nexius
Njam
Nile Online *

O
O2Jam *
Open City

P
Plasmaworm
Pocket City
Portal 2D
PsiOPS

Q
Quake Live - Q3A for free, for all

R
Railroad Tycoon
Requiem *
Riftspace
Rose Online
Runescape *

S
Sam and Max Ep 4 - Abraham Lincoln Must Die! - ([url=http://telltale.vo.llnwd.net/o15/games/samandmax/104-free/AbeLincolnMustDieFree.exe]direct link]/url])
Savage
Scorched 3D (Yes, Scorched Earth)
Silk Road Online *
Soldat
Soldier Front *
Space Invaders GL
Stargunner - Download Site because 3Drealms don't host their own Freeware files afaik
Star Wraith: Shadows of Orion
Star Wraith IV: Reviction
Super Mario Brothers - Revenge of Bowser
Sword of the New World

T
Thang Online
The Bomber
The Bub's Brothers
The Suffering - ad supported - (miirror 1) (mirror 2)
Thesius - Return of the Hero - (mirror 1)
Torcs
Trackmania Nations
Tribes 1
Torus Trooper

U
Ultimate Stunts
Universal Combat
VDrift

V
Warmonger - Operation: Downtown Destruction

W
Warsow
Warzone 2100AD
Wild Metal
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Wolf Team *

X, Y and Z
None, we're unpopular letters to start off with

Free to Aquire, Pay to Use:

Kal Online - Pay for extremely rare items only (which you must find in the first place wtf?)
Illutia - Free for the time being, will have subscription base soon for all but 1 server (1 server will be free)
Ragnarok Online



Pay to Aquire, Free to Use:

Guildwars
Mount and Blade - Free while in BETA - Buyable version available.
Neverwinter Nights
Savage



* - Free to play, but some (minor) ingame content can be accessible via payment. Payment is totally optional and will not ruin your ingame fun (aka, it will not give you a huge advantage if you pay).




Other Resources:

Anandtech Games Source
Dosbox - may be required for games (released as freeware) older than 1996.
Heptagron - Large list of Java/OpenGL games.
ScummVM - may be required for LucasArts games.
Sourceforge
Toms Hardware top 10 free game downloads
World Forge - Massive GPL/GNU games list
Liberated Games
Random List of Free Games
Physics Game Reviewer (mostly free)
Random list of Free Games on Cnet
Tigsource
Games for Work - Over 1000 games.
InstantAction = - Collection of browser launched games
Yoyo Games article
Freeware Genius
Gameshadow - Old retail games here too.

Links will stay up as long as we're not a burdon on their bandwith.



Big thanks to everyone who's contributed so far. Big thanks to charliebrown_au and Ceejay for their constant adding to the list
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Old 9th June 2005, 7:39 AM   #2
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Free to Aquire, Pay to Use:

Lineage 2 (on official servers)


Totally Free:

Lineage 2 (on ShadowLight)

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Old 9th June 2005, 7:41 AM   #3
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erm, actually it's Mount and Blade...not the other way around

Also why are you listing "pay to aquire free to use games" doesnt that cover virtually every game?? Or do you mean games that you can purchase online and then download - but then there are site offering game downloads on a broader scale!
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isnt savage free now?
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Old 9th June 2005, 10:17 AM   #5
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The link to knight online takes me to what looks like a hardware dealership ?
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Old 9th June 2005, 10:44 AM   #6
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It should be http://www.knight-online.com.my/

I also think you should dump the pay to aquire, pay to use ones as they aren't free.
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Wolf ET - Free Game, Free to play online
Americas Army - Free Game , Free to play online
Soldat - Free Game, Free to play Online
Nexuiz - Free Game, Free to play online
Tribes 1 - Free Game, Free to play online
Tribes 2 - Free Game, Free to play online
GTA 1 - Free Game
GTA 2 - Free Game

Trash BETA - Free BETA that has online servers and Lan support
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Old 9th June 2005, 11:00 AM   #8
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ROSE online.
Word on the street is it's going to be free with the exceptions of charging money to buy certain items (Gunbound style.)
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Old 10th June 2005, 12:46 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Shawry
erm, actually it's Mount and Blade...not the other way around

Also why are you listing "pay to aquire free to use games" doesnt that cover virtually every game?? Or do you mean games that you can purchase online and then download - but then there are site offering game downloads on a broader scale!
My bad, fixed.

Yes, it does, but if you read my statement above it also says that I'm only listing MMO's. Best example is Guild Wars, with it's "buy from the store, but play on official servers with no montly online payments!". Lesser example I put NWN, since it is free to play online, but not a good example (it is MMO, but it isn't on "official" servers, nor is it just fully MMO)


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It should be http://www.knight-online.com.my/

I also think you should dump the pay to aquire, pay to use ones as they aren't free.
Fixed link, thx.

Everyone has their own definition of free, I'm just trying to make it more defined. Most threads I see say things like "this game is free, but you gotta buy it first" rah rah... so you know...

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Originally Posted by charliebrown_au
Wolf ET - Free Game, Free to play online
Americas Army - Free Game , Free to play online
Soldat - Free Game, Free to play Online
Nexuiz - Free Game, Free to play online
Tribes 1 - Free Game, Free to play online
Tribes 2 - Free Game, Free to play online
GTA 1 - Free Game
GTA 2 - Free Game

Trash BETA - Free BETA that has online servers and Lan support
Please provide links. I couldn't find any free download sites for Wolf ET or Tribes 2...
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What about some ratings?? I see all these games but I dont know if they are any good...
First up Mount and Blade is AWESOME! but it aint free.... its a demo, the game is $10 and I bought it.

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America's Army link is broken
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Before Matthias Worch got a job in the gaming industry he made an entire episode for Quake called Beyond Belief (likely it was because he made this, he got a job in gamemaking)

It was designed to run with only the shareware version of Quake, so if you download the shareware version and preferably one of the many improved engines out there all you need is Beyond Belief for a awesome quake experience .. beyond that of the original shareware episode

Beyond Belief
http://www.langsuyar.com/downloads/downloads.html

I've tried both the official mission packs for Quake , and this is better than the second .. not because the second is bad but because this is awesome.
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Good move there on "abandonware". Many people do not realise that abandonware is currently illegal under Australian copyright law. Distributing it is software piracy. Currently, copyright survives 50 years (soon to 70) and the only defence is where you have copied extracts for the purposes of education, review or comment.

Where a publisher puts an old game out for free, this is not really abandonware - it is freely distributed software and you would only need to comply with the company's End User Licence Agreement.

I personally love abandonware and believe it should not be a crime to keep classic software alive if the publisher no longer publishes it or the media it was published on is redundant. The Attorney-General has called for submissions to review our copyright law since even ripping a CD you purchased to your own ipod is illegal in Australia. I am drafting a submission to the Attorney-General to consider including abandonware and other out-of-print media (eg books, old TV shows, sheet music etc) in a 'fair use' defence.
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Released by:        http://www.splashdamage.com
Download Mirrors:   http://www.splashdamage.com/modules....download&sid=1

Soldat
Homepage:           http://www.soldat.prv.pl/
Download Mirrors:   http://www.soldat.pl/links/mirrors.php?catid=5

Nexuiz
Homepage:           http://www.nexuiz.com/
Download Mirros:    http://www.nexuiz.com/index.php?module=downloads

Tribes 2
Was free to download for a while, but AFAIK keys are no longer available
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