PC Games and Software-Terminology Explained

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Commercial Software
Commercial Software is that that has a copyright and/or

been released by a publisher in the last ten years or

so into the mainstream market. Most publishers after

this time generally make their wares available free,

but this is not always the case. the general route and

life expectancy of a commercial release is as follows:

Year 1: Full Price, Full Packaging
Year 2: Release as a Budget title, sometimes with

limitations with minimal packaging.
Year 3: Rereleased at a potentially lower price.
Year 5-9: Discontinued Item
Year10+:  Maybe placed into the Public Domain for free


Shareware is software that has limitations built in,

such as not being able to save etc. this is overcome by

paying the author a small fee.   Copyrighted software

that is available free of charge on a trial basis,

usually with the condition that users pay a fee for

continued use and support.

Freeware software is completely free, you can download

it from the net or for a minimal fee you can purchase

it on CD from many sources.

This is a concept thought up way back in AMIGA days. It

is generally used for smaller publishers where they

licence a game or piece of software at the cost of a

small royalty for every sale they make.

Public Domain Software (PD)
Another "AMIGA" concept. Basically this is freeware

that has no copyright and the author has no control

over distribution or limitations of the distribution. A

software title or game can be downloaded for free or

sold on CD for whatever the "publisher" feels it's

value is worth.

This is a reletively new concept, and relies on

Commercial Publishers placing their old games or

software into the Public Domain.

Charityware / Careware
Generally this is software that has been dumped by it's

owner or publisher and is used to raise money for

worthy causes as the publisher is not required to pay

any royalties on each sale.     Software for which

either the author / publisher suggests that some

payment be made to a nominated charity or a levy

directed to charity is included on top of the

distribution charge.

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