[OFFER] Quake Episode 1 - Shareware CDROM
I'm still going through my retro trove of CDs from decades ago. And I'm sure there may be demand for me to rip and photograph id Software's "Quake Episode 1 Shareware" CD-ROM.
A small story: I am an id Software fan. And I dug their work from the '90s from Wolf3D to Doom. But Quake was the reason for me to build a Pentium 266Mhz MMX 128MB machine back then. Let's just say it was not disappointing in showing off how some reasonably beefy hardware can make a 3D game like that shine! Coupled with Trent Reznor's background score played through a powerful yet precise speaker system and it is deeply immersive to say the least!
But the real thing is this: Is it okay to completely share a total rip of an awesome mixed-mode shareware CD when it is marked as shareware, including its redbook audio?
Or, how about this: What if id Software made a mistake and somehow included most of its commercial games on that disc in encrypted format, not anticipating that the encryption would be broken?
One day, back in the '90s, I went to Radio Shack and found that they had a couple of these discs for sale for$10 a piece. So I bought the last two. I unwrapped one of the CDs and also did some research online and found that there was a crack for the encryption. I downloaded the crack, ran it against the IDSTUFF sampler upon the CD via a MS-DOS 6.22 system with Microsoft Windows v3.1. And it worked! I retrieved the ill-gotten goodies and backed them up upon an ol' LS-120 diskette.
More than a couple decades later, here we are. The other disc is still sealed and untouched within shrinkwrap while its twin was taken out of its Digipak decades ago and placed within a Caselogic softcase filled with other Apogee/3D Realms CD goodies (yes, Apogee did release CD-ROM versions of their fully registered products... more at a later date). And, along with that disc, was the 1.44MB diskette where I saved the circa-1996 encryption crack!
While the LS-120 diskette was unreadable the ol' 1.44MB was readable via a cheap $15 USB 1.44MB floppy drive hooked up to my rather modern Core i7 8th Gen Intel laptop. Needless to say, the files on the diskette were retrieved, archived to 7-zip, and placed on flash storage. Likewise, full ISO, NRG, and FLAC rips of the Quake Shareware disc were generated.
If anyone is interested in a bit of gaming history here please let me know. I'll upload and place links accordingly for consideration for library submission.
From the circa-1996 notes within the crack distro:
Well here's an interesting situation. ID software has decided to release the shareware CD of quake with the _complete_ full version included in encrypted on the disc. In order to unlock the full version you have are supposed to call 1-800-IDGAMES... hahahaha. So if anybody feels like getting the game on CD for the NiN soundtrack or whatever i've heard you can get the s/w CD for under 10 bucks. As a bonus you can get the encrypted version of quake off the net! at ==> **DEAD LINK OMITTED -RD** as well as encrypted versions of doom2, heretic, hexen, add on levels, and more which can all be unlocked by this reg generator!!! there is also a chance that the crack will work with future "testdrive" products such as quicken, charts now, ... (lots to come), but they have not been tested yet.