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This is list has been compiled and is maintained so that webmasters and visitors who are unhappy with the service here have alternatives. Not only that, but many of these sites offer services which differ from ours.
Sites on this listing do not need to link to us or comply by our rules. (Though it'd be nice) We do not list WAREZ rings here, nor do we list voting-based topsites.

Rings | Searchengines | IRC Channels | Misc. | Articles


Other Rings
These are rings more or less like TUOL. They all have their advantages and disadvantages (just like TUOL has...). For a list of rings which have shut down, visit our archive.

Ancient Amusements
Webmasters:
anti, Asher, Jante, phib, tim-bit

Ancient Amusements
Brand new ring featuring short site info including screenshots and an additional game search engine. How it will turn out? Time will tell...

R.I.P. Games Webring
Webmasters:
tihomir

R.I.P.
A spinoff of the game download site R.I.P. Games, this ring only received attention because of the obstrusive spam 'invitations' sent out by the webmaster. It promises to have different listings for Abandonware, Shareware and Freeware sites, but the latter two are empty at the moment. Rules are the usual ones and the site provides a few MIDI tunes to listen to.



Search Engines
Searching for a special game? After using our own search engine, try one of these sites.

Free Oldies
Webmaster:
Cedric
Nice gamelist/search, about 30 sites and over 3000 unique links. Extras are online games & chat. Has also reviews & several screenshots for some of the games up. Updated often, but apparantely only to add new stuff. This has caused big chunks of their database to become outdated.



IRC Channels
There is a lot of channels on internet for those who want to go further than websites on their hunt for old games. All channels have their own rules which you should follow to avoid getting banned. Read their faqs and remember to be polite and your chances for finding someone with the game that you are looking for are higher.

#abandonware
Network:
Efnet
Maybe not as big or as fserved/ftp'd as other channels, but #abandonware still holds some unique people. Like Lugum ;P

#classicgames
Network:
Efnet
Slighly less popular than oldgames, but still highly rated channel.

#oldgames
Network:
Efnet
Biggest & most popular oldgames channel I've seen so far. Loadded with ftps & fserves. Being big atracts a lot of idiots too, but you've just going to have to life with it.

#underdogs
Network:
Efnet
Hotu's channel is not quite as popular as the website, but still worth of a check.



Misc Sites
Misc sites part holds all sites that wont fit under any of the other gategories. You can expect to see almost anything here.

Da Fast Lane
Webmasters:
Iceman, hanging
A newsboard featuring basic functionality (registered posting only, approval of new threads by the webmasters). It is updated whenever the webmasters have anything to report. Most postings are rather short. It also features editorial-like articles in which the webmasters tell their thoughts about general issues. In addition, there is a listing of active and deceased rings (much like ours).



Articles about Abandonware
Lately there has been many articles about abandonware, here is a collection of those that we've spotted so far.

Articles
Adrenaline Vault: Abandoned Games for All Who Enter Here
Brass Lantern: Warez, Abandonware, and the Software Industry
GameSpot: Flashbacks for free: The skinny on Abandonware
Mobygames: Abandonware In A Nutshell: Why Nobody Wins
New York Times: New Front in the Copyright Wars: Out-of-Print Computer Games (if you only want to read one article, read this one - it's by far the best)
The Inquirer: The Abandonware Dilemma
Washington Post: 'Abandoned' Games Kept Alive -- Illegally
Wired: Abandonware: Dead Games Live On
Wired: Nostalgia Keeps Games Afloat