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I often long to play the video games of my youth, so I understand why people seek out abandonware. I have made many a purchase of an older game on GOG or Steam. And I downloaded an emulator once to play my physical CD-ROM copy of "Jones in the Fast Lane" when it stopped working after a hardware and OS upgrade. I'm still addicted to it, and now have to satisfy myself with an online Flash version every now and then. I have never thrown away any of my software. I have Atari cartridges, actually floppy 5.25 inch floppy disks, the harder 3.5 inch disks, CDs and DVDs in boxes, not to mention a small museum worth of old gaming systems. But I doubt most of them will boot up, so it's more like a sad video game graveyard. Hopefully the digital preservation of old games will be legally sanctioned one of these days (in a way that allows us access to them) so that we don't lose part of our heritage.

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