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How to edit Abandonware?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BigWigglez, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. BigWigglez

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    Hope im posting in the right place!

    I would just like to know how to use abandonware as a template for Unity?

    Eg if I am making a 2D Side Scroller fighting game, I would like to use certain elements from Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat to help me create my game. If I have an old PC abandonware version of these games, how can i open them in unity to check out how to use the specific elements or pieces of code that i want to use?
     
  2. hippocoder

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    I'll move this to general as I'm not sure how this relates to Unity editor support.
     
  3. Ryiah

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    You can't.
     
  4. Deleted User

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    its not legal, especially not those franchises... lol
    and they are entirely entirely different technology anyway lol

    you can like play em a bunch and like analyze the way they move and stuff like that and try to recreate it though,
    dont use any exact characters or like ... some of the really iconic moves i guess though
     
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  5. Ostwind

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    Abandonware does not mean they are free for any kind of use. It might be ok to download and play them for free but to rip assets for your own projects is not usually ok. Your example games especially are bad as they are both still active game franchises.
     
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  6. BlankDeed

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    So many problems with that, my friend. On the skinny though most of those games are templates for tutorials now a days, so give them a flick.
     
  7. dogzerx2

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    Menu Bar > Assets > Import Package > Rip Sprite Art & Sfx
     
  8. neoshaman

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    they are not made with unity, so you can't open their code with unity
     
  9. Joe-Censored

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    How you would open them would be different on a case by case basis. You'd be limited to making a game for your own personal enjoyment, as distributing your game in any form would violate copyright.

    A game being abandoned by its owner just means they aren't trying to actively sell it, but they still hold copyright on it just the same as any brand new game just released.
     
  10. Mauri

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  11. Billy4184

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    'Abandonware' is not a legal term, as far as I know.
     
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  12. zombiegorilla

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    Alternatively, if you have the capital, you can just buy up old franchises and breathe new life into them. That seems to work. :D
     
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  13. AndersMalmgren

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    I wonder what the half life IP would go for :p
     
  14. hippocoder

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    I want to make only my own IP. I must be so weird, right?

    The thought of even wanting the smell of 3rd party IP is off-putting to me. I have quite enough dreams of my own thank you very much!
     
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  15. AndersMalmgren

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    My IP is 192.168.0.2 what is yours?
     
  16. Murgilod

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    127.0.0.1

    try and hack me, i'm behind five firewalls
     
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  17. AndersMalmgren

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    And thats your local IP so you are pretty much safe!
     
  18. Murgilod

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