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Early Dink warez release

September 24th, 06:01 AM
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yeoldetoast
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Hi everyone. Me and kerrek were trawling the internet archive for old 3D utilities etc when I decided out of interest to search for Dink. Up popped a couple of warez CD collections from 1998 with the same cracked release of Dink on them.

Upon opening it in DxWND it shows itself to be Dink version 1.02, with the readme dated January of 1998. In it, the original notorious copyright-infringing music from Shaurrie Whyte is mentioned by name in the credits along with some brief info about her. Dinkedit is rather notably missing, as is the CD soundtrack, and of course the "goodies" from the original CD which were mostly pictures of the RTSoft devs. Otherwise, the game itself seems to be fully intact.

Strangely enough it does include a few strange batch files that look like leftovers from the exe compilation process, and the AVI files consist of an RTSoft logo that differs from what i've seen previously along with a short intro video that features a bonca and not a dragon.

According to whatsnew.txt, there were a few minor changes from 1.02 to 1.03. I'm guessing that this 1.02 release went to beta testers and those that pre-ordered first in late '97. I remember reading an interview where Seth lamented that people were buying the game just to crack it and thus can only assume that this is that cracked release he was referring to. It works fine in Freedink in case you want to test it out. I've uploaded a ready-to-run archive of it here.