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Liberated Games Launches

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the still-seeking-free-aztec dept.

Games 168

Crusader writes "Two LinuxGames staff members have launched Liberated Games, a site devoted to cataloguing full commercial titles that have been released for free by the developer or publisher, either with the full source code or without. The current list is available here; the site tracks releases for all major computer platforms (Windows, Mac OSX, Linux), so feel free to submit any missing games to the list."

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168 comments

Solitaire, Minesweeper. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103610)

Ugh. trying to catalog all games is lunacy. Every kid who wrote a tic-tac-toe game in programming class will want to get listed.

Re:Solitaire, Minesweeper. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103628)

and before people flame, yes, Solitaire and Minesweeper are commercial games (you pay for them as one of the applications when you buy a "busniess" resource from MSFT [which, BTW, sucks] ); and yes there are free implementations available.

Re:Solitaire, Minesweeper. (1)

-kertrats- (718219) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103645)

Except that they're only accepting games that were at one point for commercial sale.

Re:Solitaire, Minesweeper. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103660)

Which they (solitaire, minesweeper) are! You pay for them every time you upgrade your "business applications"; and every time you buy a computer.

And if I put a paypal button my tic-tac-toe program's page, can I get it listed?

Re:Solitaire, Minesweeper. (2, Informative)

Minna Kirai (624281) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104245)

were at one point for commercial sale.

Wrong. Golgotha and Wolfenstein-Enemy-Territory are on the list, and they were never for sale.

(However, both of those were planned for sale at some point)

great turn around! (5, Funny)

physicsboy500 (645835) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103611)

Sweet! Now I don't have to liberate them myself!

Re:great turn around! (4, Funny)

Cipster (623378) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103933)

It also looks like we liberated the server of al it's bandwidth...

Re:great turn around! (-1, Troll)

TheBurningDog (747915) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104333)

Does liberated mean that we bombed their publishers and took the rights for ourselves?

frosted piss (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103612)

first piss... j0 m0mma!

command her taco dawg

9-11? Bush failed it! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103613)

Reward failure not.

We need new symbols. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103631)

The category icons on this story look weird.

Linux needs games! (5, Interesting)

g-to-the-o-to-the-g (705721) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103636)

I really hope companies like Epic games and id Software make lots more linux games! I'm still waiting for the Linux doom 3 build, and Linux is seriously in the need of more games. Hopefully Epic and id will motivate more big companies to port their games to linux. While they're at it, they should pressure ATI to fix their linux drivers.

On a similar note, I think Linux is a good candidate for future gaming platforms (I'm thinking ps3) because of it's flexibility. Last I checked, sony has already made use of Linux in their products.

Re:Linux needs games! (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103719)

Sony offered a Linux kit for their playstation2 for developers.

It was a harddrive a keyboard, and I think a nic card. Pretty cool stuff, I think there are still kits floating around.

Linux would make a great gaming OS, you can minimalize background proccessors and tweaking-ability is great.

Just needs more/better drivers for latest vid cards and more games.

But I like the ones I have. It's always nice when I see people type:
"oh shit my virus scanner just went off, BRB"
"oh shit I need to reboot"
"oh shit I...."

Those stupid windows users.

Re:Linux needs games! (5, Insightful)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103781)

Linux would make a great gaming OS, you can minimalize background proccessors and tweaking-ability is great.

What exactly would you use the OS for on a console? Drivers are unnecessary since low level access can be compiled into the game binary and anything the game might need can be on the disk. Having an abstraction layer in between would become an issue, for one thing the layer will probably be less flexible (or less efficient) than direct hardware access and for another thing the shipped version would have to be declared as final, they couldn't update it if they discover a bug or need new features, it could break compatibility with older games. Besides, Linux wasn't designed for being used as a games platform.
If a game wanted to use a customized Linux, the dev can customize Linux themselves and come out with exactly the version they want. No dev could complain about the OS lacking some vital feature.

Also, delivering the source code as mandated by the GPL would be a problem, where would you store it?

Linux might help pirates and hobbyists to interact with the hardware, but a console manufacturer wants neither group involved and there wouldn't be an advantage for the commercial developers.

Re:Linux needs games! (2, Interesting)

Minna Kirai (624281) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104186)

Also, delivering the source code as mandated by the GPL would be a problem, where would you store it?

On an offer, valid for at least 3 years, to deliver the source code to any third party, on a medium customarily used for software exchange, for not more than the cost of shipping and handling.

Re:Linux needs games! (3, Insightful)

xgamer04 (248962) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104380)

Maybe you haven't seen an Xbox, or are missing Sony's near-monthly announcements about their upcoming hardware, but consoles are going to be doing more than just play games in the future. MP3, video-on-demand, that kind of thing.

Re:Linux needs games! (1)

Kenard (540102) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104653)

Modern consoles have to have some software independent of the game. Checking disk for cd-audio/DVD-video, Memory (card or harddrive) has to be interactive with. Perhapse not a full blown OS, but similar to what DOS seemed to be.

Home of the underdogs (5, Informative)

FiReaNGeL (312636) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103641)

This 'official' list is very nice to have, especially to track games with source available (good educational code).

As you may already know, 'unofficially' free software site Home of the Underdogs http://www.the-underdogs.org/ [the-underdogs.org] links to source or binary (now by Bittorrent!) to all old games abandonned by developpers and/or publishers. An endless source of fun and nostalgia... be sure to check it out!

Re:Home of the underdogs (-1, Troll)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104579)

So that site illegally distributes old games? Thanks for pointing that out.

-Unemployed IP Lawyer

nice Compilation (4, Interesting)

Grant29 (701796) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103643)

This is a great way to find lots of Linux games in one place. Previously I had to search Google, follow tons of broken links, get pisssed off, etc... I've stil had better luck playing games under windows. Maybe I'll check out some of the source code. Reading others' source code can be a nice learning experience.
--

Play the Gmail game, win a free Gmail invitation! [retailretreat.com]

Re:nice Compilation (5, Informative)

arose (644256) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103818)

It seems you haven't heard about The Linux Game Tome [happypenguin.org] .

Re:nice Compilation (1)

Grant29 (701796) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103836)

You are correct. Nice site there BTW.

Re:nice Compilation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103873)

Or apt-cache search. :)

Re:nice Compilation (3, Informative)

Time Doctor (79352) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103881)

Perhaps you really want The Linux Game List [icculus.org] ?

I'd like to see a list of liberated non-game SW (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103646)

Ingres and Firefox (the database) comes to mind; as does OpenWatcom (C). Others?

Oh yeah... soon Linux'll be free'd by SCO.

CloudScape (2, Interesting)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103739)

There are 3 more for ya..

CloudScape
NetBeans
OpenOffice

Duke Nukem 3D on Linux! (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103649)

This is excellent news! I just found out Duke Nukem 3D is not only on the list of liberated games, but that it also runs natively on Linux now! Grab a copy from http://icculus.org/duke3d/index.html [icculus.org] and meet me for a game. I'll be the one with the pipe bomb.

Oh and first p0st.

Don't you still need the CD... (2, Informative)

rsilvergun (571051) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103754)

for the art/levels? I don't think that was released for free distribution.

Re:Duke Nukem 3D on Linux! (2, Funny)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103759)

Maybe you can add some features, recompile the source and name the game "Duke Nukem' Forever".

First of 2 Steps (5, Funny)

Hidyman (225308) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103651)

Now if we could just liberate them from the /. effect.

Hmm (-1, Redundant)

JamesTRexx (675890) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103652)

Looks like the server has been "liberated" as well.

Correction. (0)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103677)

The server has been enslaved.

Re:Correction. (1)

JamesTRexx (675890) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103751)

You mean like it's worshipping its Slashdot overlords right now?

Re:Correction. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103909)

Only if the server welcomed us.

Liberation is bad, mmkay? (-1, Redundant)

Black Jack Hyde (2374) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103655)

Now someone needs to liberate their poor webserver from the /. effect. /twenty posts in and it's baked.

Unreal Tournament (5, Informative)

StillAnonymous (595680) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103657)

Well, the site's slashdotted now, but UT's source code [fileshack.com] was released, although the license isn't GPL..

Re:Unreal Tournament (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103724)

It's not the full source code.

Re:Unreal Tournament (0)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104769)

OK smarty...what's missing? The writeup on Fileshack sounds like it is complete enough to recompile with MS C++ 6. The basic console version of which is now free as in beer.

Anyway, this is the EULA [yes, it's a EULA, if you thought Epic GPLed Unreal Engine 2 you're wrong) so if you feel like trying your hand at playing with the code here are the limitations you have to work under. Void where prohibited. Sorry, Tenneseee.

http://udn.epicgames.com/Two/UnrealEngine2RuntimeE ULA [epicgames.com]

Pretty soon we can add... (4, Informative)

th1ckasabr1ck (752151) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103659)

... Quake 3 to that list.

Also - Dink Smallwood [rtsoft.com] is a fun, quirky RPG which is also now available free of charge.

Re:Pretty soon we can add... (-1, Offtopic)

user32.ExitWindowsEx (250475) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103708)

well, I think once Q3A comes out as OSS we'll see a lot more homebrew games spin off, so that list will grow exponentially afterwards.

Quake 3 will be more of a toolkit for future homebrew / OSS games than a worthwhile OSS game itself. IIRC, id Software usually releases the engine, but not the media.

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Re:Pretty soon we can add... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10104463)

Ok I completed an offer. Gmail invite please?
puppetangel@flex.com

Re:Pretty soon we can add... (2, Informative)

adamwright (536224) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103771)

Actually, even though ID open sources the engines (yay!), they do NOT open or release the assets for free. So the levels, textures, etc remain copyright ID software, and you have to buy a copy of the original game to use them.

This seems fair, as they continue to make money off the actual games (Think Gameboy Doom ports, PSX Quake ports), whilst the engines are now commercially unviable.

Re:Pretty soon we can add... (1)

sosume (680416) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104039)

Looks like they already did that. This page [idsoftware.com] lists the Quake 3 source as download.

Re:Pretty soon we can add... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10104120)

i think that should be just the game logic (useful to modders), not the 3d engine itself.

Re:Pretty soon we can add... (1)

zeropointentity (746750) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104126)

I remember Dink Smallwood. That game was pretty good. Definitely worth playing again.

How about we liberate their website. (0, Redundant)

A.S. (122423) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103662)

Cause I can't see it.

Proposed Liberation Militia? (5, Funny)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103664)

These are but a few liberated games.

What we need is a persuasive liberation militia. There are hundreds of thousands of games still enslaved by their developers on many aging platforms such as the C64, Nintendo, Etc.

Freedom for all games, now!

Re:Proposed Liberation Militia? (1)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103709)

Liberatedgames.com to Commercial Developers:
"Pharaoh! Let my software go!"

Re:Proposed Liberation Militia? (5, Funny)

ultranova (717540) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103801)

What we need is a persuasive liberation militia. There are hundreds of thousands of games still enslaved by their developers on many aging platforms such as the C64, Nintendo, Etc.

Fortunately, some upstanding citizens have realized their responsibility and have formed underground networks to liberate the poor captives and transport them into safety.

As always, the officials are after these groups of freedom fighters, and many have fallen, but the rest fight on. And there is good news too: in the past, the captive games, once freed, were taken to secret safe houses (called "ftp sites" by the underground), but nowadays, a number of networks are moving the captives around constantly, making it almost impossible to recapture them.

Three hurrays for the brave freedom fighters, past, present and future members of Razor, Myth, Khan, Origin and others. And to the brave, upstanding citizens, who risk arrest helping liberated games continuing their run on the wild. Hurray ! Hurray ! Hurray!

Freedom for all games, now!

Most games are liberated, some (like Half-Life 2) before they are even released ;).

You too can liberate these closed games... (0)

NRAdude (166969) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103854)

after you pry them from my cold dead C64, Nintendo, Etc (Alpha platform).

Re:Proposed Liberation Militia? (1)

legirons (809082) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103957)

"What we need is a persuasive liberation militia."

A regime-change! We could civilise the game-playing companies, and bring democracy to their offices! Bring out the bombs!

Re:Proposed Liberation Militia? (1)

xgamer04 (248962) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104391)

There are already some of these types around the web [the-underdogs.org]

Coral link (4, Informative)

g-to-the-o-to-the-g (705721) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103675)

Here [nyud.net] is the Coral link, seeing as the site appears to be /.'d (Coral seems to be suffering from the /. affect too, interestingly enough).

Re:Coral link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103690)

that is down too.

Back to the drawing board eh coral

Re:Coral link (1)

jatencio (536080) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103729)

I wonder if it is because the original site is /.ed that the Coral link is unable to create a cache. I bet it would have worked slightly before the /.ing.

The Name (1, Funny)

illuminata (668963) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103676)

Well, it's nice that they start a site for this and all, but did they really need to say that the games were "liberated"?

It sounds more like these games feel like riding horseback on a beach because they got a fresh squirt of Summer's Eve or something.

Yet again, for some reason, people who say that their software was "liberated" kinda remind me of douches. Am I wrong?

All links dead (0, Redundant)

randyest (589159) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103698)

Slashdotted at 7 posts. I think they underestimated the interest in free (as in both gratis and libre) games.

Underdogs (5, Informative)

XorNand (517466) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103704)

If you're looking to d/l old-school MSDOS abandonware, The Home of the Underdogs [the-underdogs.org] rocks. While the organizers admit that the site isn't exactly kosher, they do remove stuff at the requests of the copyright holder. A lot of the more major titles aren't found there but if you have a little-known, favorite PC game from 10-15 years ago, odds are they have it. I've gotten Megatraveller, Deathtrack, The Magic Candle, SEAL Team, among others.

If you're looking for a good DOS emulator to play these classics under 2K/XP or Linux, I use DOSBox [sourceforge.net] . It's not perfect, but it does work for most of the games that I've tried.

VDMsound (3, Informative)

yeremein (678037) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104475)

Here's a lightweight solution for Win2K/XP users that provides SB Pro emulation to a DOS box:

http://www.ece.mcgill.ca/~vromas/vdmsound/

It's not a DOS emulator, and it won't let you play DOS games on Linux or Mac, but it will let DOS games have sound under Win2K/XP. It's probably faster than using DOSBox since it doesn't emulate the x86, just the sound card. Which may or may not be a good thing. The original Descent runs at 400 frames per second under VDMsound on my low-end Athlon XP.

perhaps the most surprising thing is (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103706)

... that LinuxGames has two staff members!

Re:perhaps the most surprising thing is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10104642)

That *is* suprising! When did they get a second one?

Here's what I'm seeing (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103711)

Warning: fopen(http://www.liberatedgames.com/banner/telefra gged/front.cgi): failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! ÖÁ( in /usr/local/etc/httpd/liberatedgames.com/admin/inc/ banner.php on line 5

Warning: feof(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /usr/local/etc/httpd/liberatedgames.com/admin/inc/ banner.php on line 6

Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /usr/local/etc/httpd/liberatedgames.com/admin/inc/ banner.php on line 8

About 2000 lines of it at this point.

Two points (3, Insightful)

Have Blue (616) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103712)

Slashdotted, so I can't check this myself...
  • Is this site tracking entire games that have been freed (like Abuse) or games where only the *code* has been freed (Quake)? Abuse is in the public domain and anyone can post or download it; Quake's art still belongs to iD and posting or downloading the entire game, pak files and all, is a violation of their copyright.
  • I see a lot of people linking to abandonware sites. Abandonware is still copyright violation, and its status in that respect is no different from zero-day warez (only the arguments and justifications surrounding it are slightly different). If this site is dedicated to only tracking games that are completely and officially free, good. Maybe it will encourage game companies to free products that cannot possibly be a revenue stream.

Re:Two points (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103756)

I checked and Abuse is on the list.

Re:Two points (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103940)

On the whole I agree about the legal situation of abandonware, but surely there is a qualitative difference in the case where the original publisher and rights holder no longer exists and no one has picked up their IP rights. If the copyright violation is small-scale enough not to exceed the limit of criminal copyright violation, and there is no plaintiff for a civil suit, there cannot be a legal problem in practice.

Re:Two points (2, Interesting)

EzInKy (115248) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104766)

I see a lot of people linking to abandonware sites. Abandonware is still copyright violation, and its status in that respect is no different from zero-day warez (only the arguments and justifications surrounding it are slightly different).

The purpose of copyright protection is to increase the amount of works available to the public. Abandoned software can fade into obscurity and become lost forever. Congress not requiring an anual renewal of copyrights was a diservice to the public. Personally, I don't care if "the mouse" is forever copyrighted as long as Disney renews its copyright forever. But don't let works fade away because the creator becomes disinterested.

Evidently not too liberated... (2, Funny)

ArbiterOne (715233) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103744)

... the server's /.ed already. Correction: The server has become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Most are not fully liberated! (4, Insightful)

Andreas(R) (448328) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103745)

The website seems to be Slashdotted, however, I've been following Linuxgames.com for a while. It's fine that the source code itself has been released to the public, but there's almost always some kind of "catch" which prevents the game from being successfull after the new release:

Game data is not released under GPL. This is obvisly a mayor flaw, and will render the game unplayable. This includes Doom, Quake 1, 2 etc.

The licence is too restricted. This includes Civ :CTP, where the license will not allow you to fork your own project. Therefore noone is willing to do anything with the new code.

The release of the code happens too late, so the game isn't "interesting" any more. (Eg. Wolf 3d)

Still, by all means, more GPL'ed games is a good thing!

Re:Most are not fully liberated! (2, Insightful)

lessthanjakejohn (766177) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103812)

I'm not too knowledgeble with this stuff, but if we have the Windows version of the game, Can you make the original game work on Linux by copying over the pak files and the textures, etc?

Re:Most are not fully liberated! (1)

kyrre (197103) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104635)

Yes. The Quake II source contain makefiles for Windows (Visual c++ project), GNU/Linux, Solaris, Irix and the abandoned Rhapsody. Fruitz of dojo [fruitz-of-dojo.de] has ported the game to os x.

You are supposed to buy the game, or use your old copy to make use of the sourcecode. Another option is to create your own content.

Re:Most are not fully liberated! (4, Informative)

Minna Kirai (624281) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104218)

Game data is not released under GPL. This is obvisly a mayor flaw, and will render the game unplayable.

Wrong. The game is still playable.

You can download a free demo to acquire "game data", and play that with the GPLed executable.
You can find a 3rd party who's made free "game data", and play with that.
You can even pay for the original game itself, and use that "game data" with the GPLed executables. Valid old copies of Doom/Quake go for $1.99 each.

GPLing is important for old software, because otherwise it'll tend to become unrunnable on future computers. But the game data has no such needs. If an artist were to hypothetically "upgrade it for newer machines", he may as well start over from scratch.

PS. Note that one of the games on this list, Golgotha, is backwards from your claim: they released only the game data, and no working code (because they had none).

Re:Most are not fully liberated! (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10104260)

Note that one of the games on this list, Golgotha, is backwards from your claim: they released only the game data, and no working code (because they had none).

Star Control II (released as The Ur-Quan Masters due to trademark issues) was a similar case: in that case, the only source code the owners had left was from the 3DO port (remember the 3DO? Part of the same ill-fated generation as the CD-i and Sega's 32x). So people had to start by porting that back to standard hardware...

Re:Most are not fully liberated! (5, Insightful)

Zak3056 (69287) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104265)

Game data is not released under GPL. This is obvisly a mayor flaw, and will render the game unplayable.

Just because you're too cheap to buy the original game doesn't make this a "flaw" in source code releases.

The "source code release" is just that--source code--not models, or art, or sounds, etc. Port the engine to whatever platform you want and use the data from the original game (that you bought) to play it as is--or better yet create your own damn game data and do something new.

I think that's the biggest problem with the open source community (and I'm not talking about the people who actually do productive things like code and test, I'm talking about the other 90% of the community.) No matter what somebody gives you--for free, no less--people complain that they haven't been given enough.

Slashdotted :D (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103760)

Stop accessing the site so I can view it >_

How much of a geek is the poster... (5, Interesting)

ltwally (313043) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103770)

"...the site tracks releases for all major computer platforms (Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)..."

Wow, how much of a geek do you have to be to include Linux as a "major computing platform" and leave out MS-DOS when the subject of said platform is gaming.

I don't have any hard numbers to back this up... but I wouldn't be at all suprised if the number of MS-DOS games out-strips every other platform around.

Re:How much of a geek is the poster... (2, Insightful)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103817)

Yeah, but any DOS game is so old that you could probably emulate it, so it could run in Linux or Mac OS X

Re:How much of a geek is the poster... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103932)

And this is a troll how, exactly?

Re:How much of a geek is the poster... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103986)

An interesting question. Obviously the games market has been increasing pretty much continuously, but there is the opposite effect that commercial game budgets have also grown steadily, decreasing the number of game productions. In the 8-bit era a single talented programmer could create a commercial game, and many did. If I had to bet, the platform with the largest number of published games would be one of Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, or MS-DOS.

in the name of everything that's holy... (1)

foreverdisillusioned (763799) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104713)

I usually think that slashdot is a relatively openminded crowd but TROLL? For stating the exceedingly obvious fact there are more DOS games than linux games?

I can only hope that the metamods catch this...

Site is slashdotted, here is an anticipated list.. (5, Informative)

SlashdotTroll (581611) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103798)

Depending upon your blessing of knowledge on what "freedom" is defined, your thoughts may vary on truth that GPL compared to public domain is not free.

Microsoft open-sourced Homeworld, but not under public domain and neither GPL.

ID Software open-sourced and GPL'd the engines for Wolfenstein & Spear-of-Destiny, Doom1, Doom2, Quake1, Quake2, and no later than December 2004 to GPL Quake3; ID is a pioneer and don't belong on the list because it makes them look uninteresting.

Among the above are the following software,

Aliens vs Predator 1 (they have source, no portage)
(Free)Space
Rise of the Triad
Duke Nukem 3D
Descent 1
Descent 2
Jagged Alliance
SiN

Googled JA, I didn't know it is opensource! MOD++ (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103838)

Jagged Alliance was such a cool game. I've kept it in my Win32 box of games that don't work well with Transgaming Cedega (WineX 4.0) [trannies.com] .

Thanks for the update! Whoever modded you down deserves hell on earth!

Re:Site is slashdotted, here is an anticipated lis (4, Insightful)

arose (644256) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103894)

I'm rather interested in free content than in free engines.

Re:Site is slashdotted, here is an anticipated lis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10104160)

I'm rather interested in free content than in free engines.

  • The Ur-Quan Masters (speechfree)
  • "Beneath a Steel Sky" and "Flight of the Amazon Queen" (beerfree)
That's backwards. BaSS and FotAQ are Free as in Freedom: the content is Free Software. UQM's content is "all right reserved" with permission granted to _use_ it as part of UQM only.

Re:Site is slashdotted, here is an anticipated lis (1)

arose (644256) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104217)

UQM content seems "undecided" if you're going by the FAQ.

BaSS and FotAQ are labled freeware, so I doubt modification is permited.

Re:Site is slashdotted, here is an anticipated lis (2, Insightful)

identity0 (77976) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104433)

I don't know what their source license is, but I was able to apt-get install Beneath a Steel Sky onto my Debian box, so it seems to meet Debian's requirements for distribution...

Re:Site is slashdotted, here is an anticipated lis (1)

bobstevens_took_my_n (799815) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104193)

I don't believe SiN and Jagged Alliance are free in any sense of the word.

Gmail Invite (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10103874)

Cause I'm that bored.
http://gmail.google.com/gmail/a-3bafdaf763 -f2822f6 4bc-83ea605a1d

Re:Gmail Invite (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10104016)

Thanks!

Timing? (4, Interesting)

magefile (776388) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103884)

Wouldn't the timing have been better if this was yesterday (i.e., the UN-declared Software Freedom Day)?

/me goes off to download Bungie's Aleph One yet again ...

Effect of release? (4, Insightful)

dj245 (732906) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103906)

If you didn't buy the game, you're less likely to have a manual. You're also less likely to take it seriously since you didn't have to pay for it. For an online game like Tribes 2, the effect of making it free (in an effort to promote Tribes: Veangeance) has been to introduce to the game servers a neverending supply of people who have absolutely no clue what they are doing and ask stupid questions.

If they had read TFM or played the training missions, they wouldn't be so dumb. But they didn't buy the game, so they feel like they can jump right in and nothing bad can happen because if they get banned, oh well, they can just get another CD-key for free.

Slashdotted... (2, Funny)

jmcmunn (307798) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103913)

I wish more of "you linux geeks" would check out the list of Linux games, then maybe you'd be too busy playing games to slashdot every link in the articles I am trying to read! :-)

/.'ed already (0, Offtopic)

schmoo.me (682697) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103914)

"Slashdot - Who Needs DDoS Attacks ;)"

Coralized and Freecached versions of story... (5, Informative)

La Camiseta (59684) | more than 9 years ago | (#10103922)

Although it may be too late ...

Coralized
Crusader [nyud.net] writes "Two LinuxGames [nyud.net] staff members have launched Liberated Games [nyud.net] , a site devoted to cataloguing full commercial titles that have been released for free by the developer or publisher, either with the full source code or without. The current list is available here [nyud.net] ; the site tracks releases for all major computer platforms (Windows, Mac OSX, Linux), so feel free to submit [mailto] any missing games to the list."

Freecached
Crusader [freecache.org] writes "Two LinuxGames [freecache.org] staff members have launched Liberated Games [freecache.org] , a site devoted to cataloguing full commercial titles that have been released for free by the developer or publisher, either with the full source code or without. The current list is available here [freecache.org] ; the site tracks releases for all major computer platforms (Windows, Mac OSX, Linux), so feel free to submit [mailto] any missing games to the list."

Aww... (-1)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104121)

I thought this story was gonna be about games by bra-burners.

Vantage Master (4, Interesting)

david.given (6740) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104159)

I've become rather fond of Vantage Master [falcom.co.jp] , which someone pointed me at the last time this topic came up. It's a rather cool tactical wargame featuring two dueling wizards on a three-dimensional hex board. Your primary mode of attack is to summon various strange creatures.

It's deceptively sophisticated --- put more simply, I suck. Each creature you summon has an associated element, and there's a strict order of precedence between the elements. Choosing your creatures to counter your opponent's is the key to the game. It's definitely made for wargame fans.

Despite being quite dated, it's still a lot of fun. The graphics are old but well done and perfectly adequate; it's full of well-presented little animations whenever anything happens. It's got a lot of nice touches like the fact that when you create a character, it runs you through a short personality test to find the right one for you... and there's something going on with Tarot cards I haven't figured out yet.

One of the attractions is the really, really bad translation from the Japanese. There's enough information there to actually play the game, but there's a weird air of surreality about the whole experience; particularly the cut scenes describing the ongoing plot. I've no idea what they're about --- my character seems to spend a lot of time talking to some woman with a dog, uttering the kind of cryptic runes you get when you try and speak Japanese without the right font installed!

Oh, yeah, and the fact that the title theme song is a direct ripoff of Limahl's Neverending Story has to be a point in its favour.

Alas, it's Windows only and doesn't run properly under Wine (it runs, but there's no sound and it's far too slow).

Isn't this already done? (5, Informative)

Twench (580538) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104216)

How is this site different from http://www.gamehippo.com/ [gamehippo.com] ? I would RTFWS (web site) if it weren't already brought to its knees by the hoards of slashdotters hoping to find their favorite game from 1983.

Abandonware (5, Informative)

xmpcray (636203) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104241)

Tons of other abandonware games available here [xtcabandonware.com] .

Been to long since i saw one of theese (0, Redundant)

Zetra (745346) | more than 9 years ago | (#10104523)

In communist russia, games liberate YOU!
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