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  • #16
    Game works fine here with ati driver. Played it for a couple of minutes, then deleted it. I can see why they give away the game for free

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    • #17
      Originally posted by deanjo View Post
      Just noticed this morning that the classic Command a& Conquer games have been made freeware from EA.

      http://www.commandandconquer.com/classic

      Should be able to get these going with wine or with FreeCNC.
      That's nice, but it's a little disappointing that it's just the game, and no source code. I really wish more game devs would release the source of old titles under a free licence, like what Eidos did with Warzone 2100.

      (Supposedly that happened as the result of a fan petition, but I guess it's unlikely to expect the same result with Red Alert, EA being EA...)

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      • #18
        Sometimes with games that old, source code has been lost.
        Also, many games used 3rd party libraries or tech that may not be releasable (look at ID Software and the issues with the DOOM sound library)

        I know of at least one case (cant really say) where in order to release the source code they would need to examine every line of code to remove ALL 3rd party encumbrances. And even then one would need a Bink license, a Miles license and a GameSpy license (and possibly others) in order to actually USE the code.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by jonwil View Post
          I know of at least one case (cant really say) where in order to release the source code they would need to examine every line of code to remove ALL 3rd party encumbrances. And even then one would need a Bink license, a Miles license and a GameSpy license (and possibly others) in order to actually USE the code.
          Only if you don't update the codebase to use something more acceptable. The biggest impediments to going that direction is that you'd need permission to update the assets on the title. Doable, but it's a slightly harder sell to do that than getting the source code.

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