A philosophy, or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product's design and implementation details.

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How can I get involved with open source game projects? [closed]

I have a limited experience in game development and would like to get involved with open source game project. Where should I look and how should I begin?
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Where can I find good (well organized) examples of game code?

Where can I find good (well organized) examples of game code? I'm hoping that I can pick up some organizational tips. Most examples in books are too short and leave out lots of detail for the sake of ...
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Interesting/Innovative Open Source tools for indie games [closed]

Just out of curiosity, I want to know opensource tools or projects that can add some interesting features to indie games, preferably those that could only be found on big-budget games. EDIT: As ...
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Most Needed Open Source Project [closed]

A few questions on the site have mentioned the need for more open source projects. I agree and wonder what frameworks should be developed. I'll start the list. A geometry kernel, including ...
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Is there any way to earn money with an open source game?

I know FreeToPlay games are financed by advertisements and/or selling additional content, but what about an Open Source single player game to which several people have contributed? And how can a fair ...
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What is the best designed open source game engine to take example? [closed]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find good (well organized) examples of game code? I have coded several C++ games and now I'm building my own game engine and editor. I have some doubts ...
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Where can I find fonts which I can distribute with an open source game?

I want to be able to release my game as open source, and I need to be able to distribute font files with my game. Where can I find fonts which I can use in this way, and what font licenses should I be ...
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How to protect a developed game?

I have developed some small games which are my own creation and each is having different gameplay. Now i want to showcase it using the internet. But I'am a bit worried about the concept getting ...
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Pretty open source game/rendering engine?

It might be outside the domain of open source (as there isn't much in the way of open source games that would want/need to implement all these) but is there an existing open source game or rendering ...
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MUD source code [closed]

I haven't been able to find a lot of the old, open source mud source codes. I find the way they did things very applicable to text-based/browser based games, and I'd love to be able to skim through ...
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Does using an licensed game engine prevent you from open sourcing a defunct work?

I'm curious as my previous company is asking us (people who developed the game) on what to do to the game since it's no longer financially viable. My suggestion was to open source it so people can ...
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Power, achievement and affiliation games for psychology research project [closed]

For a psychology research project we're looking for short (ca. 5 minute) single-player games to observe people's basic motivation. We would like to ask people to list games that provide the closest ...
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Very simple open source games in various languages?

Are there any very simple open source games available just to demonstrate the basics of the programming techniques? Preferably something which fits in to a couple hundred lines of actual code. ...
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How can non-indie devs stop reinventing the wheel?

It seems like the status quo in the games industry is to write most software in-house, maybe excluding the engine if you use one of the dozen or so big ones. Before working here I was mostly an ...
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What's a good Open Source game to learn from?

I want to download the source code of an Open Source game, so I can get familiar with game architecture. Does any one know of a game with source code that's legible, and easily understandable? Edit: ...
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Is the source code of the Source Engine available?

Is the full C++ source code of the Source Engine available? I know the SDK is available with the purchase of a Source-based game, but my goal is to find a open-sourced game engine that includes its ...
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Cloning a game and releasing the source

I'm not really aware of the legal issues surrounding game clones. I'm around halfway done of making a clone, but it's not just the same gaming concepts, I'm literally using the original game's files ...
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Are there any open source CCG projects?

I'm having trouble finding any well-developed open source Collectible Card Game projects. Can you help me with that? I want to take one of these games and port it to a mobile platform.
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Is it OK to release the source code for your own Xbox Live indie game?

Between not being sure how to phrase my question for Google and not being a lawyer, I thought it might be easier to ask you guys. Specifically, I want to know if it's OK to sell an Xbox Live indie ...
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Any Open Source Games That Can Be Ported to Android?

I'm looking for some other open source games out there that I can port (easily or not) to Android. I know that it's possible to port Wolfenstein and Doom and was wondering if there are any others out ...
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How can I get into opensource game development? [closed]

The short and sweet question I'm new to game programming in general, so how do I go about making GOOD QUALITY opensource games? What I have come across There are a multitude of games that I have ...
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XNA 4.0 Post-Processing Libraries?

Are there any free XNA 4.0 post-processing libraries that are easy to hook into projects? I am looking specifically for a glow effect (although anything is great), and I should also mention that I'm ...
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Is there a free and open source 3D engine for Android? [closed]

Is there a free and unlimited open source 3D engine for Android? Something that is a direct, thin layer to the NDK? I have only found two engines: Unity and Shiva 3D. But no free or open source ones. ...
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How does one go about building Alien Swarm? [closed]

Valve just released Alien Swarm on steam, along with all the source code. I would love to build a version of it on my own machine and play a little bit with the code. Has anyone here tried to build ...
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Which Open Source Licenses can address concerns for an Open Source Game Engine?

I am on a team that is looking to open source an engine we are building. It's intended as an engine for Online RPG style games. We're writing it to work on both desktops and android platforms. I've ...
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Is there an open source sports manager project? [closed]

For a long time I've tried to search for an open source manager game, but without any luck. I'm looking for a suitable project for a reference to my own pet project. Features like well designed data ...
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Why should I consider using the Source Engine? [closed]

I've always been a Valve fan, but now that I have the opportuninty to choose a game engine for a project I'm not sure I want to choose the Source Engine after watching this wikipedia entry. My options ...
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What freeware frameworks and tools to choose if I want to build a game like Farmville or Club Penguin? [closed]

Say I like to experiment with multiplayer games and I do not want to reinvent the wheel and build yet another game server. I don’t mind configuring and writing wrappers and adapters (both in c++ and ...
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How do we attract more developers and other Volunteers to our Open Source MMO Emulation Project?

I am on a small development team that is tasked with completing the server side programming for an Open Source MMO project that has been in progress for about 5 years now. Approximately a year ago we ...
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Secure login for a game that is open source

I am making a game which i will be open sourcing. Its a simple arcade like game but requires a network connection because it is meant to be played with other people. The thing i am worrying about is ...
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Who has ownership of publicly developed projects?

After seeing the comments on selling an idea to developer for a game, the general concencus is that without a game, or atleast a demo, it’s not going to happen. So…someone (yes, Noctrine, I am looking ...
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Good game engine to fork?

I am a student C++ developer, and while I like game development, I don't like making games. Instead, I like developing the "tech" behind the games, like game engines, tools etc. The reason for this is ...
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Are there any PS3 games whose source code is open source? [closed]

Random question, but are there any PlayStation 3 games whose source code is available to the public to view? I have no experience developing computer games (my experience is in developing websites ...
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Looking for an open source, tile-based turn-based wargame/engine [closed]

Have had a quick look at Battle of Wesnoth, but not sure if it would be suitable for a light operational/strategic level WW2 wargame I'd like to develop over time as a hobby (think "Panzer General" or ...
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Choice of open source license for some components, closed source for others

G'day, I am working on a set of multiplayer games, where different games play against each other (e.g. you play a Tetris clone, I play an Asteroids clone, but we are both competing against each ...
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Are there any implemented game controls like a screen (thumb) joystick? - iOS

I'm looking for some open source game controls. Especially I'm looking for a thumb screen joystick to move a character on the screen, something like a touch circle. Are there any open source ...
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Island Generation Library

Can anyone recommend a tile map generator (written in Java is a plus), where one can control some land types? For example: islands, large continents, singe large continent, archipelago, etc. I've ...
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Has an open console any chance to give more strength to the indie game world?

I have heard about the GPX, but i don't really think the embedded market is mature enough in terms of performance, but what about the home console market ? I'm not talking about last-generation ...
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Where can I download the Doom Classic source code, the iOS port?

Doom classic source code for iOS was released by id software, and has a download link on this page: http://www.idsoftware.com/doom-classic/. The issue is that the url doesn't work, I sent an email to ...
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What's best to use OTF or TTF?

What's the most recommended format should I use for fonts, OTF or TTF or another? In looking for: Performance/Efficiency with SDL_ttf library Free/Open-ness [1] [1] I'm planning to use GPL3 and ...
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Open trading card game rulesets?

Got pitched a project where we need to make a trading card game to promote a clients project. I don't have any brilliant ideas for rules, but was pondering if any "open-source" rulesets existed, or if ...
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Graphical quality of open source vs. commercial games

I'm new in Game development. I have researched many open source games. But I have not met any open source game which has high quality graphics, comparable to these found in commercial games. What is ...
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Is it OK to reuse art from open-source games?

There are a lot of open source games, such as Flare (Diablo clone). Is it OK to re-use the art they put in their open source game and make a profit?
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Cross-platform, free (for commercial use) C/C++ 2d game library or rendering engine?

i need a C/C++ engine that should be really cross platform (or at least windows, android, and iphone). The 2d engine should be written in C or (better) C++, should permit the rendering of animated ...
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Need an ideal opensource 3D engine for building Golf simulation game

I'm looking for a open-source 3D graphics and physics engine specialized in golf simulation. The preferred engine would be have short learning curve, supports Windows platform and Java or C++ and ...
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Sending high scores to a web server in an open source game

I've never dealt with sending/receiving data from web servers in my games, so I absolutely have no idea how to do this. I tried googling for a good solution but couldn't find anything satisfying. I ...
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What are good ways to find collaborators for a coding weekend? [closed]

Not sure if this belongs here, feel free to push it somewhere else if needed. When i was at university we would sometimes come together into a room full of beer and fast food and crank out software ...
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Looking for an Open Source Game Engine with Crowd Simulation

I am looking for a game engine for my school project on computer graphics. There are specific requirements that I do not want to implement by myself, since they are irrelevant for the grade, but ...
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Could this MMORPG project-model work?

This is an extension of my previous question. Recently I had an idea of making an, as I could describe it, agile open-source player-financial-profitable MMORPG, which has an interesting (from my POV) ...
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Doom 3 codebase release details

Does anyone know when the source code for Doom 3 is to be released? I've heard a lot of things but nothing conclusive. Thanks Adam Edit any info is appreciated