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!..
Best news I heard all day. Gish is one of my favourite platformers!
This has been a pretty sweet month for for free gaming
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.
Not sure what you mean there...
Originally Posted by BlackStar
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.
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.
Originally Posted by PsynoKhi0
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.
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...
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.
I really hope developers see there really is a marked for Linux and openness.