I recently managed to use the various guides and tools here to create a portable version of a game I have. I am currently trying to determine if I would be allowed to post a link to my work here.
The game in question is a free ad-supported game that was released back in 2006 by a game publisher that ultimately went out of business (Midway Games). Being ad-supported, it requires a connection to some ad servers to run and the game refuses to start if there is no connection to the servers available.
Now this is where there may be a problem. The ad servers were shut down some time ago which means that it is not possible to play the game without modifying the EXE to not look for these ad servers. The copy of the game that is distributed with my PortableApps launcher has these modifications applied. I note that this forum's guidelines states that "Links to pirated software or unauthorized modifications of closed source software are not permitted." and the game's EULA does forbid modifying any part of the game.
My defense of the modifications I put in the copy of the game I'm distributing is that one of the exceptions in the DMCA allows for the circumvention of DRM in games that require authentication servers that are no longer available: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/dmca-game-preservation-exemptions-abando...
So my understanding is that, in the USA at least, the modifications I applied to the game are legal but I would like to find out if this site's moderators agree with me before I write any more posts about it. Thanks!