abandonware

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abandon +‎ -ware

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abandonware (uncountable)

  1. (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[1], retrieved 2017-02-08, message-ID <ff1_9610122110@mb.fidonet.org>:
      RR> Never heard of Wildscan. Is it shareware or is there a evaluation version available? ... It's abandonware ala Joe Martin inc.:)

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