Android ports of groundbreaking retro games including Doom and Quake were removed from the Android Market after the original developer id software invoked powers granted by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
The creator of the unofficial Doom title told an Android fan site that despite the original Doom code being made available many years ago, id's injunction was successful and his game has been taken down. He also said that his mistake had been to include the original WADS in the app download.
Various classic id titles have already found success on the iPhone and talks are currently in process to hopefully bring legitimate versions of the games to Android handsets in the future. Of course those Android users who have already downloaded the removed games will still be able to enjoy them.
Retro gaming has become big business as all modern consoles and most mobile phones provide emulation facilities, allowing users to purchase, download and play classic titles. Unlawful emulation software got Nokia in trouble recently when it demonstrated the N900 running Nintendo ROMs, which the original developers believed would encourage users to download pirate versions of games for free.
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