Video game concept

A notably commercial product despite copyrights (or lack thereof) and/or licensing agreements (or lack thereof) that many perceive as incompatible with commercial sales.

Game is widely perceived as free but isn't.
Game or game content is freely copyable and officially sold as a download or in retail outlets.
Code is freely copyable and game or game content is officially sold as download or in retail outlets.
Code is freely copyable but online activation is required before the game or game content will run (note, this feature can easily and legally removed from the code and the game compiled)
Game engine/code is freely copyable and content is proprietary.
Content is freely copyable and game engine/code is proprietary.
Game or game content is fully public domain yet notably being sold.
Game or game content is sold commercially while being designed to be used in conjunture with a primarily non-proprietary or non-commercial platform or collection of software.

The first Commercial video game was released in 1947.

UpTime, Creative Computing and Tandy published most of these games.

Parent group

Financial and business models

Child groups

Qt framework, ShiVa 3D


Linux 7096
Apple II E 851
Tandy Coco 567
Windows 442
MS-DOS 439
C64 247
Mac OS X 222
TRS-80 203
Mac OS Classic 173
Commodore PET 163
ZX Spectrum 148
Atari 400/800 144
Ohio Scientific 112
custom 91
Win3.1 88
Amstrad PCW 87
Amiga 75
Tomy Tutor 63
BBC 60
Atari ST 58
VIC-20 56
TI Calculators 46
North Star Computers 46
DEC PDP-1 45
Dragon32 42
Sol-20 40
Apple IIGS 38
Amstrad CPC 38
MSX 35

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