July 13, 2004 at 8:40 pm #29044
Hi, in case anyone LOVED Freddy Pharkas (I DID!), Al Lowe has given the website (
) permission to download it in its entirety for free.
Apparently Al was smart enough to make the rights convert back to him once Sierra has stopped selling it. And since Sierra doesn’t exist anymore and they HAVE stopped selling it, then it’s Al’s word against Vivendi Universal.
July 14, 2004 at 3:31 pm #29045
(re: Freddy Pharkus Free Download) Yup, this has been mentioned before.
I’m still not clear about that rights reversion thing – maybe someone who has legal expertise could enlighten us. But I have a feeling that the FreddyPharkas.com folks might not have their story quite straight. Freddy Pharkas copyrights and trademarks are all still registered to Sierra, I looked them up, I don’t know how they would just revert like that. I keep meaning to check on this, I’ll have to ask Al about that the next time I talk with him.
Regardless, it is a cool site, it’s great that the game is available there, and I’ve been meaning to get those guys a bit of extra content for their website / CDs for a while now, so I guess I should get in touch with them again too.
Brandon ~ SierraGamers.com admin team ~
July 18, 2004 at 6:58 pm #29046
(re: Freddy Pharkus Free Download) I’m not sure where that rumor got started. Josh posted on AdventureGamers last week that Sierra still does own the rights to Freddy Pharkas. *shrug*
July 19, 2004 at 1:57 pm #29047
(re: Freddy Pharkus Free Download) Yeah, neither Andrew or Al say that on their websites. Maybe at some time there was mis-information on one of their sites that was since removed. If anyone knows a site that says this still, let us know. Andrew’s site states:
“Al Lowe has stated that he’d rather people play the game than have it disappear. But, of course, he doesn’t own the rights to the game, Sierra does. Or did. Now VUGames does.”
Have a link to Josh’s post Emily? I looked but didn’t see it.
July 19, 2004 at 8:07 pm #29048
(re: Freddy Pharkus Free Download) It’s on this thread: http://forums.adventuregamers.com/showthread.php?t=3829
Josh’s post is #25.
Here is an earlier thread on the same subject: http://forums.adventuregamers.com/showthread.php?&t=538
It appears that the Freddy Pharkas site may have originally stated that the rights reverted to Al, which he later refuted, so that statement was removed.
ps how can I embed links on this site? I’m able to use html tags for the links but doing so screws up the formatting of the paragraphs and adding paragraph tags doesn’t work. I know this is a question for Ken but I feel like this info has been presented somewhere before, I just can’t find it. *grump*
July 20, 2004 at 3:24 am #29049
(re: Freddy Pharkus Free Download) Emily, I’ve edited your posts to make the links active. The edit source thing is not perfect yet because as you suggest, the formatting for the message can get screwed up. There used to be a command [link] or something like that, but I’m not sure that it’s active anymore. You can add a link at the bottom of your message, after you post the message, it gives you the choice to add a link. I’m sure you knew that though, and wanted to embed it. I’d suggest we get an option that automatically converts a URL to a link, which many other message boards have such a feature.
Thanks for the links. Yeah, FreddyPharkas.com must have had their info. wrong, and since revised it.
Brandon ~ admin / dev team ~
July 20, 2004 at 5:30 pm #29050
(re: Freddy Pharkus Free Download)
Emily (and anyone else interested), by the way, I don’t know if this was just updated or if it’s always been here, but if you type a link in the form of http:// www dot website dot com, it will automatically become a link – at least in the advanced editor. I haven’t tested the standard editor.
July 21, 2004 at 1:25 am #29051
(re: Freddy Pharkus Free Download) Thanks. You’re right, I wanted to embed them, not have them at the end. I don’t use the advanced editor because usually when I post it’s at work on the Mac (which does not support the advanced editor). Guess it doesn’t work the same way in the standard editor.