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Unearthing a shareware disc from 1995

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From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett wrote Crapshoot, a column about rolling the dice to bring random obscure games back into the light. This week, a mixed bag of 1990s… well, classics may be a strong word. Games that existed? Yes, let’s go with that. 1990s games that existed.

Before the internet became omnipresent, before the indie game revolution, there was a model called ‘shareware’. The idea was that developers could release new games cheaply, leaving distribution to fans and companies willing to act as distributors. Gamers meanwhile could get huge chunks of free game—for a long time, a third or more was deemed reasonable—with the option to send a cheque through the post and get the rest in about 28 days. Some people actually did…



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