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LucasArts adventures go free 16 Oct, 2019 / 18 comments

For now? Scummbuddy points us to a recent Archive.org, where 2,500 DOS games can be played to free through an emulator (DOSBox as it seems). Which games, you may ask? A quick search reveals:

Loom
The Secret of Monkey Island
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
Zak McKracken
Maniac Mansion

And so on, read the full LucasArts list for more. I haven't taken much time to look at this, but LeChuck's Revenge requires the code wheel at least. I assume all of this must be legal and all Actually, I don't assume that at all, so go look for both LucasArts and LucasFilm games while you still can.

Update: Turns out this is all a whole lot more legal than I had expected. Archive.org is, as it seems, exempt from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, due to their efforts to preserve our digital history. A simple summation of that can be read right here.

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    Squinktron on 05 Nov, 2019, 11:43…
    BTW Ive got another OST conspiracy theory for you - House of Prostheses in MI 4 is actually Phil Collins Another Day in Paradise

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiUQE5bJKFU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7Glx1uc-RA

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    AlfredJ on 04 Nov, 2019, 17:14…
    I assume all the demo's are legal to download - it's just promotional material after all.
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    Squinktron on 04 Nov, 2019, 15:26…
    Would the OG Secret of Monkey Island demo be considered legal - because thats where i found it to catch the extra injokes.
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    Squinktron on 04 Nov, 2019, 15:21…
    I think that they have a lot of good Grateful Dead concerts on there too. Awesome resource.
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    ThunderPeel2001 on 25 Oct, 2019, 23:04…
    Yeah, it's true that Archive.org is a great place for lots of amazing stuff. I hope they don't get shut down, but that PC game archive is in clear violation of even their own unusual rights. They should really be a more careful, but I guess we'll what happens to the legal challenges they're facing.
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    OzzieMonkey on 24 Oct, 2019, 23:48…

    AlfredJ

    Remi


    Even if we were we'd still post stuff like this, mind you. Mojo is all about hard hitting journalism.



    That's why I love you guys. Speaking of which, here's some hard-hitting news for you: http://www.twitch.tv/samwitwer/v/495567152?sr=a&t=8s

    Apparently Sam Wither (the voice of Darth Maul in the Star Wars cartoons and the Han Solo movie) did a stream where he's playing Fate of Atlantis. The actress who plays Supergirl is also there (I've been told, I don't really know my superheroes).

    I was as baffled as anyone by the choice to put Maul in Solo, but it did feel extremely likely that they have something bigger planned for him in a future movie/tv show, so it is kind of fun that one of the big current Star Wars actors is publically geeking out about the actual best part of the Lucasfilm world. And, because I'll always be depressingly optimistic, if he keeps this up while doing the press rounds for whenever they're going to use Maul again, it might lead to some renewed interest and some form of continuation of that old stuff. Maybe we'll finally get those C3P0 or Baby Indiana Jones adventure games that were considered back in the day.

    Mind you, a friend just sent me that link, I haven't actually watched it and have no context for why it happened. Maybe he has no idea what it is and is hating every second of it.



    I'm gonna out myself as a watcher of all the CW stuff here, but yeah...that's Katie Mcgrath who plays Lena Luthor on Supergirl. Sam Witwer was also on Supergirl last season and of course he played Doomsday in Smallville. I don't think he's gonna be hating on this, he started the stream making trumpet noises of the theme, it's pretty funny.
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    AlfredJ on 24 Oct, 2019, 14:26…

    Remi


    Even if we were we'd still post stuff like this, mind you. Mojo is all about hard hitting journalism.



    That's why I love you guys. Speaking of which, here's some hard-hitting news for you: http://www.twitch.tv/samwitwer/v/495567152?sr=a&t=8s

    Apparently Sam Wither (the voice of Darth Maul in the Star Wars cartoons and the Han Solo movie) did a stream where he's playing Fate of Atlantis. The actress who plays Supergirl is also there (I've been told, I don't really know my superheroes).

    I was as baffled as anyone by the choice to put Maul in Solo, but it did feel extremely likely that they have something bigger planned for him in a future movie/tv show, so it is kind of fun that one of the big current Star Wars actors is publically geeking out about the actual best part of the Lucasfilm world. And, because I'll always be depressingly optimistic, if he keeps this up while doing the press rounds for whenever they're going to use Maul again, it might lead to some renewed interest and some form of continuation of that old stuff. Maybe we'll finally get those C3P0 or Baby Indiana Jones adventure games that were considered back in the day.

    Mind you, a friend just sent me that link, I haven't actually watched it and have no context for why it happened. Maybe he has no idea what it is and is hating every second of it.
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    Remi on 23 Oct, 2019, 19:27…

    AlfredJ

    About this news item getting Mojo into trouble: are you guys actually still in touch Lucasfilm/Disney/Whatever it is now? I don't think there's anyone still there that could get angry about this, right?



    Other than Craig Derrick on Twitter, no.

    Even if we were we'd still post stuff like this, mind you. Mojo is all about hard hitting journalism.
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    AlfredJ on 23 Oct, 2019, 18:38…
    Quoted the wrong Thunderpeel post there. I was talking about Archive.org being in danger of getting the axe. Comment sections are hard, this would never happen to me if we had a forum instead...

    (That's a subtle hint about how I want a forum again ;))
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    AlfredJ on 23 Oct, 2019, 18:34…

    ThunderPeel2001

    Also, I know everyone is mentioning their DCMA exemption... but it's from 2006 -- 15 years ago -- and specifically relates to software "in formats that have become obsolete and that require the original media or hardware as a condition of access". Most LucasArts software does not fall into this category, as it's readily available on Steam and GOG for modern computers.



    Ah man, I wasn't aware of this. I knew about the large amount of stuff that probably shouldn't be on there, but there's so much amazing public domain stuff there that you just can't find anywhere else. I personally like to go digging for ancient radio interviews with writers/filmmakers/BBC radio documentaries that will just never get released anywhere else, but there's so much more.

    I know people are also just uploading stuff like new complete audiobooks, pretty much on the day they're released, and that the team behind the website probably doesn't have the manpower to police all that content, but man that site going offline would be a huge loss. I personally don't know of another place online that comes close to what Archive.org has.

    About this news item getting Mojo into trouble: are you guys actually still in touch Lucasfilm/Disney/Whatever it is now? I don't think there's anyone still there that could get angry about this, right? Also, I assume everyone here has bought at least 4 copies of all of these games over the years at this point (although I definitely started out as a pirate back in the day, thanks to a shady uncle who introduced me to all this stuff with floppy disks he got from...somewhere...).
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    Scummbuddy on 21 Oct, 2019, 22:13…
    Maybe a better headline for this should have been "LucasArts Archives Vol 5"?
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    ThunderPeel2001 on 17 Oct, 2019, 19:15…
    Also, I know everyone is mentioning their DCMA exemption... but it's from 2006 -- 15 years ago -- and specifically relates to software "in formats that have become obsolete and that require the original media or hardware as a condition of access". Most LucasArts software does not fall into this category, as it's readily available on Steam and GOG for modern computers.
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    ThunderPeel2001 on 17 Oct, 2019, 19:06…

    Rum_Rogers

    Don't wanna start an argument about it all, just explaining why I think it is indeed controversial that Mixnmojo is talking about it in a dedicated post.



    Got to agree with RR on this. Archive.org has become a haven for piracy in recent years, and is currently facing several legal challenges (it's a reliable place to download complete MAME sets, for example). I don't think it will be long before it's shut down, which is a huge shame.
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    Rum_Rogers on 17 Oct, 2019, 05:21…

    Remi

    I don’t know why anyone would consider it controversial to report on it.


    Because of the nature of this site?
    Seriously though, we all knew what Emuparadise was all about before Nintendo forced them to stop... News sites and generic gaming sites reported on it, and yet sponsoring it wouldn't have been a great idea for websites who genuinely care about Nintendo/Sega.
    Don't wanna start an argument about it all, just explaining why I think it is indeed controversial that Mixnmojo is talking about it in a dedicated post.
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    Remi on 17 Oct, 2019, 00:38…

    Scummbuddy

    I also felt a little strange reporting it here but I figured if they are being uploaded to a fairly reputable website as Internet Archive where the main point is for preservation and research purposes, like a book at the National Archives or Library of Congress. But I suppose those tw have more overt acknowledgement from the authors.

    That said, CNet and others were already reporting this. :/



    I don’t think you need to qualify “reputable.”

    This is all over the news, both mainstream and tech. I don’t know why anyone would consider it controversial to report on it.
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    Scummbuddy on 16 Oct, 2019, 23:43…
    I also felt a little strange reporting it here but I figured if they are being uploaded to a fairly reputable website as Internet Archive where the main point is for preservation and research purposes, like a book at the National Archives or Library of Congress. But I suppose those tw have more overt acknowledgement from the authors.

    That said, CNet and others were already reporting this. :/
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    ThunderPeel2001 on 16 Oct, 2019, 20:05…
    Uhhh... yeah. Given a lot of these games are still on sale, I'm not sure it's a good idea to piss off our benevolent overlords. The games are literally downloaded to your browser and run locally. It's decidedly NOT legal.
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    Rum_Rogers on 16 Oct, 2019, 17:07…
    Not sure it's a good idea to sponsor this. Sure, it's not gonna change anything for the future of graphic adventures, but still I think nobody should have those masterpieces for free (unless they're not available for purchase, but this ain't the case anymore).

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