Real or fake?
Published: Friday 2005-05-06.
I received this e-mail:
Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 00:12:57 +0200
Subject: Your C64 games
Dear Mr. Karlsson,
my name is NN. I'm currently working on a retro games CD compilation, which will contain old classic Commodore 64 games. The CD will also contain emulators for Apple Macintosh and Windows based systems. This way people will be able to recreate the old days and the fun they had in front of their trusty computers now on their modern machines.
I am aware that you have created great games in the past, such as Adventure, Pacc Mann De Luxe 1+2 or The Potion. Therefore I would like to ask if it would be possible to get your authorization to put these games on my upcoming compilation CD?
Thank you for your attention and I'm looking forward to hear from you.
I wonder if this guy is for real. First of all, I definitely wouldn’t categorise any of the games listed as “great”, they’re mediocre at the best. Second of all, all of the games are freely redistributable, as indicated by the documentation included, and the last listed one is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. So, if he really had done his homework, he would have found that he could very well distribute them, as I have already authorised it.
But, as I said, neither of the games are really any good (even if one was “cracked”), so perhaps it is better if I decline to answer, and ensure that the games aren’t included?
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