It was more fun back when Chips & Bits was inventing release dates. You could call them and ask about the game you were working on (without telling them that of course) and they would have all sorts of information as to the purchasing options and guaranteed ship dates.
My proposal that we wait until the C&B ship date (which was a year or so in advance of the game being done), and that way we could beat our schedule and get a manual for free was not accepted…
It all kind of depends on what you really define vaporware to be–you could take it to mean “software promised but not yet delivered.” So yeah, Ghost would be vaporware, as would Spore. Or DNF. In this notion it’s a rather unfortunate blanket phrase.
You could also take it to be a bit more extreme, saying that it is “software promised but never really existed.” It’s a much harsher phrase, one that bespeaks of smoke, mirrors, and lies. I don’t think Ghost or Spore fall under this category. Some would put DNF here.
I also suppose there’s also the “software promised but delayed so long that we really don’t know what to make of it, if it existed or what the final product will actually be.” Ghost obviously doesn’t fit, Spore could fit, and DNF probably fits best of all.