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- (computing, chiefly video games) A software product, especially a video game, whose copyright is no longer defended or which is no longer marketed even by the company who made it.
1996 October 12, Hentsch, John, “Re: Converting file areas (one more time)”, in alt.bbs.wildcat, Usenet, retrieved 2017-02-08, message-ID <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
- RR> Never heard of Wildscan. Is it shareware or is there a evaluation version available? ... It's abandonware ala Joe Martin inc.:)
software which has been abandoned by its developer