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Offline ArizonaTank

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Play Classic Games Site - SSG - SSI - Atomic Games - etc.
« on: December 07, 2019, 04:48:09 PM »
Saw a FB post about Classic Games. Basically the site allows you play games using a browser linked to a dos emulator.  So you aren't downloading anything, just using your browser as a window into the server running the game. They do not charge for accessing and playing the games. They do ask for donations.

They have many SSI and SSG titles as well as the Atomic games V for Victory series. For example Velikiye Luki and Stalingrad.

https://playclassic.games/games/turn-based-strategy-dos-games-online/play-v-victory-velikiye-luki-online/

https://playclassic.games/games/turn-based-strategy-dos-games-online/play-world-at-war-stalingrad-online/

A quick look at the "who are we" page makes them out to be from Slovakia. I guess they at least think they are operating legitimately. I am no IP lawyer, but I guess they might be in a "grey area". Possibly that they own a copy of the game, and you are just accessing their machine running the game over the internet. Kind of like that old streaming movie service in the US that would hook you into an actual DVD machine running a legitimate copy of the movie for you (I don't know what happened to them).

Play Classic Games make a statement that copyright holders who don't want their games on the site can ask to have them be removed. Given that most of these companies are long gone, and the games are from the 80s and 90s, I doubt they get many requests...if any.

Hopefully someone with a better legal background can opine as to the legitimacy of this approach.

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Offline IronX

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Re: Play Classic Games Site - SSG - SSI - Atomic Games - etc.
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2019, 05:07:13 PM »
I used to love those games!

But OMG, girlfriend, time has not been kind. Were they really that bad?

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Re: Play Classic Games Site - SSG - SSI - Atomic Games - etc.
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2019, 06:08:36 PM »
Don’t know about the legality, but it sure smells like a way to load a virus on your computer.

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Re: Play Classic Games Site - SSG - SSI - Atomic Games - etc.
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2019, 02:19:37 AM »
Don’t know about the legality, but it sure smells like a way to load a virus on your computer.

No more than any other website.  It's just a DOSbox emulator accessed via an instance of Java.  If your browser is up to date you should be fine.

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Re: Play Classic Games Site - SSG - SSI - Atomic Games - etc.
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2019, 08:11:47 PM »
Don’t know about the legality, but it sure smells like a way to load a virus on your computer.

No more than any other website.  It's just a DOSbox emulator accessed via an instance of Java.  If your browser is up to date you should be fine.

Agree, much safer than actually downloading the game and running it on your PC.
"Baseball's Sad Lexicon" - 1910

These are the saddest of possible words:
      “Tinker to Evers to Chance.”
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
      Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
      Making a Giant hit into a double—
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
      “Tinker to Evers to Chance.”

"Tinker to Evers to Chance"
"where doubles go to die"

These three players helped the Cubs win four National League championships and two World Series from 1906 to 1910.