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    In my 'youth', I will admit to having used software of dubious source....

    One very often had to download key generators to get the software to work. The 'pirates' created these little .exe's with what were (at the time) cutting edge graphics (usually some sort of psychedelic backgrounds) and electronic synth music.

    Does anyone know if there are any web sites that have 'collected' these sort of things for nostalgia? Not interested in actually cracking any programs (!!) just want to be able to show some examples of the early programming that went into these sorts of things.

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    Common 'fess up - you want to play C&C Generals again (not that I would condone such a course of action (using a keygen, not playing Generals (playing Generals is fine, obviously, and should be encouraged))

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Common 'fess up - you want to play C&C Generals again (not that I would condone such a course of action (using a keygen, not playing Generals (playing Generals is fine, obviously, and schold be encouraged))
    I still do play it but a fully paid up copy. Love that game!

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    Are you looking for the code or the actual programs? I remember once having assembler source code to a WinZip keygen but that didn't have the fancy graphics & sounds. Some modern anti-virus programs now detect keygens and delete the file before you get chance to even download it.

    Here's the asm source code to a keygen for a program. Also: teraphy

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    Quote Originally Posted by theeldergeek View Post
    Does anyone know if there are any web sites that have 'collected' these sort of things for nostalgia?
    I seem to remember a fad for producing "demos" - bits of programming that showed off your graphics / assembler / music / how-much-stuff-can-you-fit-in-minimal-space skills.They tended to be distributed around on floppy disks, but you might find an archive site if you Google a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    Are you looking for the code or the actual programs?
    The actual programs, or movie's of the programs. It's really to 'demo' the programs rather than run them, the latter sometimes being a not very sensible thing to do due to some of the payloads they carry!
    Last edited by theeldergeek; 13th May 2010 at 04:59 PM.

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    *dodgy site link removed*

    Thanks, not really after keygens per se, more to show off the graphics/synth music that accompanied them.
    Last edited by witch; 14th May 2010 at 02:02 PM.

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    Have a look at the demo scene instead - incredible effort/coding to get ridiculously complex effects out of very little code.

    Demoscene - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Lots of retro stuff but also some amazing work on "How much can you do with 16k" etc - some good links at the end of the wiki article above, in particular scene.org

    scene.org - news

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    Quote Originally Posted by theeldergeek View Post
    Does anyone know if there are any web sites that have 'collected' these sort of things for nostalgia?
    Found one! Paradox

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    I love those things. The ones that groups used to put on cracked PS1/Dreamcast games were quality too. Not that I ever played any of course, that would be naughty

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    I loved them too.

    There was for <document editing packing> which had some great chilled music, well over an hours worth. I'm sure I've kept it somewhere.

    If you have an Acorn emulator I've got hundreds of assembler demos on a CD somewhere.

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    On the topic of those soft of programs, does anyone know where they get them usic from for those? because i love all that electronic music.........not that i've downloaded any before of course

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    There's a large online community for 8bit music - 8bitpeoples. One of my favourite 8bit tracks is Bamboo Cactus, freely available from here.

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    I know it's bad but when I was in the sixth form I was the hub of Acorn Archimedes games in school. I'd charge people for a copy of Man Utd Football on Floppy Disk!!!

    Naughty I was back then. Not now though

    GJE

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    I used to be in contact with a guy called Andrew Clover of doggysoft.co.uk - anyone remember Desktop Hacker? Helped you copy games and cheat at games etc.

    The website is still up. I remember using something called NewerLook2 for jazzing up my Acorn applications.

    Sheesh - I miss the Acorn scene as it was. Illuminate magazine by a guy called Kaustav Battacharya - disk based. ADSL Public Domain service where you purchased demo disks etc.

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