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Kopachris
April 20th, 2009, 01:43 PM
So what are the favorite open-source games of the folks of the Ubuntu forums? I'd certainly say that my favorite would be Freespace 2 Open. Not too long after its release, Volition released the source code of Freespace 2 to the public. The public took action by forming the Source Code Project (SCP) to umbrella all the modifications together and to keep too many offshoots from forming. The SCP has made enormous progress over what was originally released, including OpenGL support, Mac/Linux support, and many mods for high-res graphics, models, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeSpace_2_Source_Code_Project
The game itself is a first-person space shooter, and has a very in-depth storyline. I think it's a great example of what OSS can do.

So, what are your favorite open-source games? :)

EDIT: Dang, Freespace 2 doesn't quite count as "free software" because its code is under a noncommercial license. Let's broaden the definition of "open-source game" for this thread to include any game that runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux, and has its source code available to the public to view/edit, and is free (as in beer) to download/install.

chriskin
April 20th, 2009, 02:01 PM
there has been a whole lot of these discussions, teeworlds is a fun game to play, and it runs on almost all computers. i think it is open source, yet i might be wrong

aeiah
April 20th, 2009, 02:08 PM
yea teeworlds is a lot of fun and is indeed opensource. the premise is fairly standard but it doesn't feel like a clone of another game like many open source projects do. to be honest i havent played many games on linux that ive really enjoyed apart from enemy territory and world of goo. me and my girlfriend occasionally play worms 2 but that's through wine and certainly isnt opensource.

dragos240
April 20th, 2009, 02:14 PM
same-gnome, supertux, and openarena.

Artificial Intelligence
April 20th, 2009, 02:17 PM
A quick search in our game forum will reveal alot of favorite people have. There's a thrown of topics/thread about it.

Bölvağur
April 20th, 2009, 02:21 PM
nexuiz (the new version isnt in the repos yet so you'll have to get it from getdeb)
warsow (the artwork isnt open source but the rest of the code is)

gridwars 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k2xJnXwUj0&feature=channel_page) (this is a clone of another game but the controls are easier to manage than in the original and it's just so fun that no one cares it is a clone)

Sealbhach
April 20th, 2009, 02:35 PM
Urban Terror was my favourite for a long time... not sure if it's Open Sauce. I got sick of being pwned though so I stopped.

Been playing COD4 in wine since then and also checking out demos in Steam.

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chriskin
April 20th, 2009, 02:39 PM
Urban Terror was my favourite for a long time... not sure if it's Open Sauce. I got sick of being pwned though so I stopped.

Been playing COD4 in wine since then and also checking out demos in Steam.

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i think that urban terror is based on quake, which is not free

pawned? maybe it's time to get back, urban is full of "noobies" these days, i am usually first or second even though i started less than a month ago

Tibuda
April 20th, 2009, 02:43 PM
i think that urban terror is based on quake, which is not free
You are wrong, Quake III source code was released as GPL some time ago.

itopsis
April 20th, 2009, 02:46 PM
yea urban terror is really fun. But its not open sourced
There arnt much open source games out there that i like they all seem kinda mediocre...anybody have suggestions?

bladeswords
April 20th, 2009, 02:57 PM
Urban Terror...for free game...
For open source game Jagged Alliance 2 (http://ja2v113.pbwiki.com/)

gnomeuser
April 20th, 2009, 02:59 PM
I really enjoy FreeCiv and Battle for Wesnoth, both are really fun and Wesnoth especially brings together some interesting elements for good gameplay.

I do miss a really good Ground Control like 3D RTS game as well as a really good 2D hand drawn adventure game in the same vein as Day of the Tentacle/Monkey Island/Sam and Max. I would also love to play a really good tactical shooter like SWAT/Rainbow 6.

I used to play a lot of games but these days I really don't have the time or desire to do so. World of Goo is good fun for those 30 mins of time killing, I like the simple interface and catchy simple gameplay style.

Barrucadu
April 20th, 2009, 03:07 PM
When I just want to relax: vaderz or myman, and when I want a more serious game Battle for Wesnoth.

gnomeuser
April 20th, 2009, 03:14 PM
This reminds me of how much I miss a good deep game like Fallout 2. A believable world with interesting aspects of discovery and hundreds of subquests. I love that Jericho/Fallout post apocalypse feel, it's just endlessly facinating.

I wish we had one in Free Software.

chriskin
April 20th, 2009, 03:36 PM
You are wrong, Quake III source code was released as GPL some time ago.


i quote what the site says


Urban Terror is a mod for Quake 3 Arena. Urban Terror can be freely distributed over the internet, unmodified, without charging for the product. Urban Terror uses the Quake 3 SDK license. This means the game code (the .qvm's in zpak000.pk3) are closed source and can only be distributed electronically over the internet, not on cd or dvd. The non-code data files of Urban Terror (zpak000-assets.pk3) can go on any medium however. The full license texts come with the installer, they outweigh the information provided here.

Tibuda
April 20th, 2009, 03:49 PM
i quote what the site says
You can download Quake 3 source code from http://www.idsoftware.com/business/techdownloads/


It contains buildable project files and all source code as well as prebuilt tool executables available under the GPL.

I don't know what this ".qvm's in zpak000.pk3" means. Maybe it is something related to Urban Terror and not Quake. Not sure.

chriskin
April 20th, 2009, 03:52 PM
i must have understood wrongly then, i don't know

joshdudeha
April 20th, 2009, 03:55 PM
Tremulous ;D
Even though I completely SUCK at it.

lukjad007
April 20th, 2009, 04:14 PM
Oolite is a great game. The best part about it is the backstory. Here (http://wiki.alioth.net/index.php/Oolite_Instruction_Manual#Playing_the_game) is a good start for learning how to play.

Some suggested reading:
The Dark Wheel (http://www.iancgbell.clara.net/elite/dkwheel.htm)
Status Quo (http://www.wagar.org.uk/downloads/book/oolite/Status_Quo.pdf)

Also, there is Wesnoth, which is a turn based strategy game.

There are more, but I don't have the energy to write it all again. ;)

0per4t0r
April 20th, 2009, 05:15 PM
lBreakout 2.

forrestcupp
April 20th, 2009, 05:45 PM
You can download Quake 3 source code from http://www.idsoftware.com/business/techdownloads/



I don't know what this ".qvm's in zpak000.pk3" means. Maybe it is something related to Urban Terror and not Quake. Not sure.

qvm files run in Quake's virtual machine. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quake_III_Arena#Virtual_machine)

Virtual machine

Quake 3 uses a virtual machine to control object behavior on the server, effects and prediction on the client and the user interface. This presents many advantages as mod authors do not need to worry about crashing the entire game with bad code, clients could show more advanced effects and game menus than was possible in Quake II and the user interface for mods was entirely customizable.

Virtual machine files are developed in ANSI C, using LCC to compile them to a 32-bit RISC pseudo-assembly format. A tool called q3asm then converts them to QVM files, which are multi-segmented files consisting of static data and instructions based on a reduced set of the input opcodes. Unless operations which require a specific endianness are used, a QVM file will run the same on any platform supported by Quake 3.

The virtual machine also contained bytecode compilers for the x86 and PowerPC architectures, executing QVM instructions via an interpreter.
Maybe that part of it wasn't open sourced.