throgh wrote: zapper wrote:
I would love it if most of this one game I played was under a free license. I also would love it if, battle.net was liberated even if its under MIT license and people can still use a non-free server. Having an option is better than no option.
PS, the game I mention which I wish was under a free license, is called Starcraft.
Sorry for a really late reply from my side: Yes, that would be outstanding. For now we have some first steps as devilutionX is available for example: Playing Diablo native under GNU/Linux is one cool thing (Link, WARNING: Github). But after all this is only the binary for the game itself while content is not free and libre, not being even available under a copyleft or permissive license. But noted: First steps coming up while I don't believe Blizzard Entertainment is giving up those content - talking about all stories and worlds from them including WarCraft, StarCraft and Diablo. That's not my personal wording as I've taken this from other discussions I've had already regarding libre gaming in the past. For people intentionally and deeply believing in capitalism as a system a copyleft or permissive license just looks like theft. A toxic smear phrase, but it is already used and just for the records the last discussion was on the forum of GOG (formerly known as: Good Old Games). Using this intentionally means people just don't think further and instead beginning with real bad insults. I was named "radical", "dreamer" and further ableism speakup I won't repeat here, but therefore my point as there is the thought "money is lost" - the obligatory toxic waste of capitalism. But long story short and better back to the topic itself!
There is more:
You know about PVPGN (sorry, again Github)? Real interesting project and working as I've played already with friends and family. And yes: You can build up your own. So you can use StarCraft under Wine for playing and connect with an own server for playing. The project devilutionX is not ready yet for connecting throughout PVPGN, but they are working on it.
At last a game is only free when code and content are released under a free license - mentioning Warzone 2100 here again as good example. There are others like OpenMW, Arx Liberatis or OpenXcom, but those are engine-replacements, a running framework needing the original and patched game-data staying therefore proprietary. So gaming itself stays one big mess: Yes, libre and free games are available but not many. Yes, there are really cool projects ongoing like FreeOrion for example, but most people don't want to have closer look as they want some kind cineastic event when "playing" - those are not longer really games from my point of view and I like therefore the classics using DOSBox, ScummVM, PCSX and Vice for example.
A a little note: There are also implementations working under GNU/Linux for Albion, WarCraft: Orcs & Humans, X-Com 1 and X-Com 2. Have a look here (again Github): https://github.com/M-HT/SR
NOTE: Wow, I've just seen M-HT also added support for Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator into his SR-project. Well, pardon me, but I'm going to search for my CDs back then!
Yep, I feel ya, capitalism is a crux. Those people who believe in it, are to put it bluntly, greedy and a-holes.
It isn't theft as far as I am concerned to make such a game under a permissive license unless people are dumb. Besides, with their name recognition, I doubt people would be in a hurry to play non-battle.net unless they majorly "screwed up" to be gentle... rather than a certian other word...
Besides, how much money does blizzard need before they are completely satisfied anyhow? I really don't get this... at all.
Copyright is 70 years + the creators death. That only seeks to help corporations more than even the author himself...
meh... greed is so confusing. But yeah, would it kill blizzard to even put the engine itself they made the game with under a free license like the doom creators did? Hmm... well I guess either they A: don't want to, or B: don't own the engine or C: Both
Honestly, if its A or C, they really have greed issues like most corporations. Meh... oh well
It would at least be nice if someone could make an easy to use free software game with the same kind of easy to learn gameplay for starcraft players. Although this would require a lot of time, money and lawyers possibly too. Like Bobby Prince ;P
He apparently was a part of the doom project and other games and he knew how to get close to ripping off music without getting in trouble. Because again, he was a lawyer... ;P
Anyways, if someone makes a clone with some similiarity and there is no legal trouble, let me know.
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