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  • phoronix
    started a topic Four Indie Games Going Open-Source!

    Four Indie Games Going Open-Source!

    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

  • puntarenas
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    I was talking about Aquaria, forgot to mention that and now I wasn't able to edit my post.

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  • puntarenas
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    Originally posted by puntarenas View Post
    [...] plays like a charm under Fedora 13
    I must admit that was a lie. I compared it to the Windows version now and while the Linux version is playable, scrolling is so much smoother under Windows. I didn't realize the slight stuttering first, but now that I know how it has to perform, I would love to see some performance tweaks too.

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  • hmmm
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    Penumbra:Overture's just been opened up under GPL3 http://frictionalgames.blogspot.com/...en-source.html

    Git here http://github.com/FrictionalGames

    Interesting times ahead for open-source gaming...

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  • pingufunkybeat
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    Neverball is another one.

    There are enough really cool foss games around, don't know why they aren't installed by default. Perhaps some of them don't work on all machines (3d acceleration, etc), but at least Frozen Bubble works everywhere, and is awesome.

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  • BlackStar
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    Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
    I don't think it will happen. Frozen Bubble is better than most KDE/GNOME games, but it is not installed by default anywhere AFAIK.
    Yeah, that's a shame. Not kidding, Frozen Bubble is terribly fun and addictive.

    Instead we get Mahjongg, Klotski and Gbrainy, ugh.

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  • pingufunkybeat
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    I don't think it will happen. Frozen Bubble is better than most KDE/GNOME games, but it is not installed by default anywhere AFAIK.

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  • BlackStar
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    Originally posted by PsynoKhi0 View Post
    The games in Ubuntu's standard installation are there because they're free as beer, and I guess a Solitaire or Sudoku doesn't take much space on the CD.
    They are free as in speech, not free as in beer. Besides, they are the default games in gnome, so that's a large part of why they are there.

    That doesn't mean they don't suck, though (except for one or two).

    I still think a single game from this bundle would be worth more than 7 or 8 games shipping currently. License caveats mean this probably won't happen, though.

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  • PsynoKhi0
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    Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
    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.
    The games in Ubuntu's standard installation are there because they're free as beer, and I guess a Solitaire or Sudoku doesn't take much space on the CD.

    I doubt games in the Humble Indie Bundle qualify.

    Now if you mean having them in the standard repositories available out-of-the-box through the software center (if I remember correctly Mark Shuttleworth mentioned offering proprietary apps there too in the longer run), then yes sure.

    Now Steam is on its way too, though I don't know about their licensing model requirements. If it's any indication, World of Goo is already available from the MacOS port, and it's the only game from the bundle that won't offer the source code...

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  • BlackStar
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    Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
    You mention laptop. What's your processor? Could it be CPU-related?

    I'm running a Phenom II, so I obviously have CPU cycles to spare.
    It's a mobile Core 2 Duo running at 1.83GHz. Should be more than enough.

    I think the issue is that this IGP has rather limited memory bandwidth / fillrate and the game might not be using it as efficiently as it could. Of course, this is only a hunch - I'd have to check the code to see if anything could be done about that but I think a couple of easy optimizations might pay off (enable compressed textures, draw front-to-back for early-z, be more frugal with framebuffer updates, see if there are any effects - like blur - that could be done with shaders rather than textures/FBOs).

    The game requires OpenGL 1.4 as far as I can tell and there are a couple of tricks in OpenGL 2.1/3.0 that could also improve speed.

    The nice thing with opening the code is that the community will ensure this game remains playable in the future. Recall FreeSpace 2: Volition opened up the code when they went under and the game is still being supported/developed 10 years after the fact!

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