About the archive

Here you can find answers to various questions about the archive: our mission, what games we host, how to submit new or missing games, and info for developers of games.

Our mission

The goal of the audiogames archive is to be a central place where abandoned, rare, or old versions of newer games can be found. Basically, we're trying to be an answer to the question "can somebody send me game x, I can't find it anymore?".
The project was conceived as the audiogames version of archive.org; a repository of games intended to survive regardless of their original developer's status or availability.
We hope that through careful research, community involvement, and a lot of dedication we'll be able to put together a complete compendium of all audiogames, old and new, supported and abandoned.

What you should know when downloading from the archive

There are several pieces of information you should be aware of before you download a game.

What various game status indicators mean

What we host

What games we host

In short, we host everything.

What versions of games we host

The answer to this one is slightly longer. We try to host as many versions of games as we can, within reason. If a game is small (in storage, not necessarily in playable content), we may just include as many versions as possible. For larger games, we only host those that have a noticeable gameplay difference from other versions. Examples of this include a rework of sounds, game layout, or strategies. Note that if we have multiple versions of a game available for download, they will be listed in ascending order, that is oldest to newest, on the game's info page, or in the case of only one or two extra versions, as subsections of the main game's info.

Beta versions of games

Betas are a definite yes, especially because of the often dramatic changes from version to version. If we can find a beta of a game with gameplay changes from other betas or the final release, then we'll get it posted.

Buggy games

We don't particularly care if a game has bugs. We don't even care if its more likely to crash than let you finish the first level. Its a game, and it deserves to be hosted. That said, we make no guarantees that any of the games in the archive will work as described, that you will be able to play them, or that they won't cause your computer to do strange and/or unexpected things.
The only exception to this rule is if, after multiple tests across multiple computers and operating systems, we have been completely unable to get a game to start. In this case, we will avoid hosting it on the grounds of being unplayable. If at some point we do manage to get the game to run, then up it goes.

Games with objectionable content

Note the use of the word "games". If a game is extremely explicit in its content, we'll try to provide a warning in its description about this. That said, just because we don't have a warning on the page doesn't mean you won't personally find the game objectionable. We presume that anybody downloading from the archive already knows something about the game they're searching for, and only offer warnings as a courtesy feature.
In short, do your homework before you come to us.

Dos-based games

We do host dos games. We do not currently host software required to run these games. If you're hunting for dos titles, we presume you know what you're doing, or can learn from other sources.
At the moment, our dos collection is rather limited. See the submissions section of this page if you have some!

Game recordings

We do try to host game recordings, walkthroughs or reviews. However, the following (loose) criteria apply:


When downloading recordings, you may need to either set your browser to download audio files instead of play, or access your save target option, usually found when you right click on a link.
For the sake of the server, we do ask that you download recordings, rather than streaming them.

Game mods

We do host game mods, expansion packs, and add-ons. Because of their community-driven nature, we may not have all the content for a particular game. If you can help us find some, please get in touch.
Additional content will be listed alongside the game it accompanies; we do not make separate pages for it.

Format of games and recordings

Games

There are three primary game file types we host.

We have done our best to remove self extracting zip files from the archive. The reason for this is that, especially given the rise of 64-bit operating systems, many self extracting archives try to install to a path that makes little sense. Since these files don't do any extra work beyond extracting (such as creating start menu shortcuts or registry entries), we usually repackage them as .7z or .zip to allow you to choose where the files go.

Recordings

Recordings will be in .mp3, ogg, or wma formats. You may need special software to play .ogg files on windows, or .wma files on linux.

What we don't host

There are only a few circumstances in which we would be missing a game:

Why we don't host interactive fiction

There are several reasons we decided that trying to include interactive fiction titles in the archive was a futile effort.

Submitting missing games

If you've got a game that's missing from the archive, we'd love to hear from you.
Please take a look at our Contact page for ways to reach us.

For developers of games

Answers to questions from developers follow:

Why isn't my game on the archive?

See the section on why games won't be hosted. If your game's playable, its probably because we haven't heard about it (likely due to missing the announcement), or haven't been able to access it. We love new releases, so please get in touch.

I don't want my game hosted on the archive

This section will cover reasons why you might not want us to host your title. Hopefully we'll be able to convince you otherwise, but if you are absolutely certain you want your game removed, please contact us.

I don't want to support it

We've tried to add a notice to any games that have been abandoned, informing players of the status of the game, and that the developer should not be expected to respond to contact requests. If the volume of support messages you're getting from players is beyond a reasonable capability to ignore (or respond to with "learn to read and leave me alone"), please let us know.

Its mine, I'm hosting it, and I don't want you mirroring it

That's fine. We do request however, that you consider letting us continue to link to your game's page; all this can do is get you more visitors, which can't be a bad thing.

Legal reasons

We in no way intend to violate your intellectual property or copyright rights. If you believe that our hosting of your game does so in any fashion, please get in touch.

Can I link to your copy of my game from my website?

While we'd like to be the primary source for as few active titles as possible (to allow us to focus on abandoned games and those unavailable through other means), we do understand that web hosting can be costly, especially if you're releasing free games.
For this reason, we're fine if you want to provide our link as an option to download your titles.
However, please do note that we're not here to be constantly updating the website with new versions of actively developed titles, and we do prefer that you find some way of distributing your game yourself.
In short, the archive is intended to be a backup source for accessing games; we're happy to provide that service for your titles as well, but we cannot function as a web host for the entire audiogames community.
If you do provide a link to our site to download your game, please also Let us know, so we can keep track of which sections of the site may need more frequent maintenance and monitoring.

You say you want people to use my links and my site is up, but you haven't included a link to my copy of a game.

The primary reason this will happen is if you're hosting your title on a service like Dropbox.
These links tend to be more fluid and likely to go down than a dedicated hosting site, and can also have limits on the amount of traffic they receive.
For these reasons, we tend not to include download links that are to file sharing services.

The other likely reason you don't see your link is that we missed it when gathering information.
Plese contact us, and we'll get it added.

Miscellaneous questions

This section covers anything that doesn't fit in the above categories.

What does "repackaging" a game mean?

Repackaging simply means to change the distribution format of a game, for example from .iso to .7z.

Why would you repackage a game

What do you do for games that are in source-only form?

If it can be easily done we may compile source only games, to allow for easier playability. The source will, of course, still be present and can be executed if you wish. We will not edit code for any reason. Please note that if we intend to compile a game, it will be done before the game is posted. Asking us to compile a game in source form won't accomplish anything because we probably don't have the resources available to do it. If you can compile an older game and send it to us, we will gladly host it.

What does the "various" developer category contain?

In order to keep the number of pages in the archive manageable, a developer only receives their own section if we have at least two of their titles. The various section is where we put games from developers who only have one release.
We'll also use the various section to list games with unknown authors. Once we figure out who wrote the game, it will be included in that author's page.

Some games have multiple download links, which should I use?

Where possible, we have tried to include links to download games from the developer's site and any known mirrors, as well as from the archive.
We appreciate it if you use mirrored links to download titles, as that lightens the load on our server and allows our bandwidth to be focused on those games that don't have alternative links.
Also, when downloading from the developer's site, you can be sure to be getting the most recent version of a game. While we do our best to keep our files up to date, our focus is on those games that are no longer available through other sources, so it is possible that currently available titles may have been updated and the archive's version is out of date.