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    Phoronix: Four Indie Games Going Open-Source!

    This month there's been the Humble Indie bundle whereby anyone can purchase this game bundle consisting of World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru, and Penumbra Overture for any price they want. Part of the proceeds would be donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play Charity. With the success of this bundle, they then decided if they generate more than a million dollars in revenues they would open-source the games. Well, they have achieved this milestone!..

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODIzOQ

  • #2
    Best news I heard all day. Gish is one of my favourite platformers!

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    • #3
      This has been a pretty sweet month for for free gaming

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      • #4
        I really hope developers see there really is a marked for Linux and openness.

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        • #5
          How awesome is that?!

          I'm dying to get my grubby, greedy hands on the Aquaria source code!

          Now all we need is for Ubuntu 10.10 to include one of those games in the default installation.

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          • #6
            That's awesome! I was not at all sure that it would happen when looking at the stats last night... Some serious "bidding" in the last hours I reckon.

            No credits to Phoronix here, which only wrote about it after the 1M$ deadline...

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            • #7
              I really think that is a great long-term business model:

              "As soon as we've taken X in sales we will open source the game."

              I think a lot of people would buy the game if there was a decent chance it would be open sourced later.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Hans View Post
                I really hope developers see there really is a marked for Linux and openness.
                The contribution break-down is pretty interesting: there were slightly more than twice as many windows contributors as Linux ones, but the average amount was near half for the former.
                Wish they could put some more detailed statistics.

                In any case, awesome initiatives, both the bundle and the open-sourcing

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
                  Now all we need is for Ubuntu 10.10 to include one of those games in the default installation.
                  Not sure what you mean there...

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                  • #10
                    He probably means that they could change the default usually mostly crappy games for these. Question is whether the code is open sourced but the brand stays closed or all is free.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PsynoKhi0 View Post
                      Not sure what you mean there...
                      I mean that it would be awesome, what else? Replace the 10 boring Gnome and KDE games with something genuinely captivating and start eroding the "Linux doesn't have games" mindset.

                      If you are thinking that this won't have any effect in the long run, allow me to politely disagree. In my country, every 11-year-old child recently acquired a free netbook with Ubuntu pre-installed (on most of them at least). Pretty much each one of those lads (and ladies) I have spoken with likes Ubuntu more than their WinXP installations - and pretty much all of them run WinXP anyway, because "games don't work on Ubuntu".

                      Some of them have discovered the Ubuntu Software Center and started installing games from there (I was mightily surprised when I saw my cousin playing bzflag on an impromptu lan party!) but that's still not enough: no Starcraft, no Counterstrike, no Unreal Tournament (all of those run but are far too slow to be playable on Wine - plus, Wine is far too difficult to setup).

                      My point? Add a few quality games to Ubuntu and people *will* come. That's all.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SkyHiRider View Post
                        He probably means that they could change the default usually mostly crappy games for these. Question is whether the code is open sourced but the brand stays closed or all is free.
                        Exactly. Reading the wolfire blog, it seems that Lugaru has released the code under the GPL and the assets under a non-commercial license. This probably doesn't meet Debian's policy requirements but it might still be good enough for inclusion on the Ubuntu cd.

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                        • #13
                          Debian doesn't matter much, as Ubuntu is currently the flag ship of desktop Linux. As long as it can be legally included in the repos it's an enormous plus. Also, perhaps a few fans could take the code and build a new game using the source (wouldn't personally mind some sort of Aquaria clone, thou keeping the art so classy and stylish could be a real challenge).

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SkyHiRider View Post
                            Debian doesn't matter much, as Ubuntu is currently the flag ship of desktop Linux. As long as it can be legally included in the repos it's an enormous plus. Also, perhaps a few fans could take the code and build a new game using the source (wouldn't personally mind some sort of Aquaria clone, thou keeping the art so classy and stylish could be a real challenge).
                            Aquaria itself could use some usability enhancements but the real challenge is the artwork and music. I somehow doubt crowd-sourced development can match the original in pure style and beauty.

                            And I certainly wouldn't mind a clone, either!

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                            • #15
                              They've only released the data from the demo (to be redistributable but not sold) so you will still need to buy the game. I expect the rest of the titles will do something similar.

                              It really sounds like you need to educate your young Ubuntu users a bit better (or maybe Ubuntu needs to make games easier to install from the software center?), the games that comes with the default WIndows install isn't much better.

                              There are quite a few best of/top ten etc. lists for Linux games, and I expect also specifically for Ubuntu.

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