Are these knockoff disks? 3.5" Floppy PC Games

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Are these knockoff disks? 3.5" Floppy PC Games

Post by Beefsticks » Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:28 pm

These certainly don't look like the original releases, but then again, I'm not sure what I'm looking at. There's company addresses on the back with some nice looking labels.

Commercially produced knockoffs/licensed repros? Ultra-rare first runs out of the creators' garages?
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Re: Are these knockoff disks? 3.5" Floppy PC Games

Post by Antiriad2097 » Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:50 am

I reckon they're the public domain/shareware releases from a PD library.

Since you have an address, you could probably trace which one.
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Re: Are these knockoff disks? 3.5" Floppy PC Games

Post by gunbladelad » Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:30 am

Sometimes games get released as budget titles with very basic labels on the discs. I'm guessing that with Doom being just 2 floppies that it's the freeware version where they included the entire first episode (a third of the full game)
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Post by Matt_B » Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:46 am

I'd go with them being the shareware versions. The full version of Doom, for instance, is way too big to fit onto a couple of floppies but you can just about manage episode 1 with a bit of compression.

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Post by Beefsticks » Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:48 am

I see. Thanks guys!

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Re: Are these knockoff disks? 3.5" Floppy PC Games

Post by Sega2006 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:13 am

Yes they are all Sharewares, I had similar back in the day as a kid as my Dad would bring them home, most of Apogee's catalouge worked like that hence why you usually had them split into campaigns, I've even had (but probably binned) a CD version that was given away with one of the PC mags and it had a few of them on it along with the Apogee catalouge which tried to flog you them in full if you called this 1-800 number.
Most of them are on GOG now and worth a look as they sometimes have extras added.
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