To be fair, they were headed that way before the purchase by ngmoco. That was just the culmination.
Exactly right. Game companies just can't afford to actively support titles more than a year or two, unless there's DLC, ads, or subscriptions involved. If you are lucky, you get a company or individual developer who goes the extra mile out of love, or because it's their only product. Or the source gets passed on to a community that takes on the support task (e.g. Myth 2.) But in general, a game just happen to keep running until one day it doesn't.
Apple has had a lot of transitions that tend to break old software. I firmly believe that consumers have benefited through improved OS stability and security, but at the same time, I'm not happy about the cost.
So I understand Freeverse's move entirely. Arguably a more righteous approach than quietly continuing to sell the non-universal game (I'm looking at you, Weird Worlds.)
Not sure why Freeverse pulled Burning Monkey Solitaire though- v4 was a Universal build and apparently runs under Lion if you disable the opening animation. So not too hard to fix.. I went ahead and bought a copy (new) from Amazon, while they're still available.
I'm speculating that over time there may very well be unofficial support for a few of the games from their original developers. And when I asked Aaron Fothergill about Airburst Extreme, he mentioned that Strange Flavor is considering some options, including possibly making a new Airburst game.
I know Inside Mac Games doesn't do much in the way of features anymore but IMHO they should be doing one or more features on all this, getting quotes from Aspyr, Freeverse, Feral and so on, maybe getting scoops from developers who are stepping up to support their old games. It's kind of a big deal, and although most of us here saw it coming, the average person doesn't know how to get a list of all their PowerPC applications, and some upgraded to Lion only to find some of their stuff no longer runs. And they aren't mad at Apple, they're blaming at the software companies.