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Re: homepage(s) for game-data-packager

Am 31.08.2015 um 00:29 schrieb Alexandre Detiste:
> Le samedi 29 août 2015, 19:34:43 Markus Koschany a écrit :
>> Certainly I can't recommend game-data-packager with the debian-games
>> metapackages because that would go against the DFSG. However I don't see
>> any problems when we mention your project on the website.
>> "your"
> Well it is Simon's too was Jon's before ;-)
> I stronlgy believe this is a team project and that any contrib-engine
> maintainer could simply add himself the data definition needed for his game.

Absolutely. Nevertheless thanks for being one of the project's drivers.

>> In my opinion it's a good idea to talk about the
>> various aspects of free software games.
> Most people think mostly about price; it's hard for a free software
> game to compete with a commercial game sold on sales at 2€...
> Only a few thinks about modding; learning how it works inside;
> possibility to translate game in all possible languages etc...

I think free software games don't need to compete commercially with
other games and most ones don't even want to. Most FOSS games are
developed by one, rarely by two or more developers in their free time.
So the comparison is a bit flawed because commercial game developers can
work full-time or they have the financial backing of a larger games
company. There is simply no chance that you can develop games like DOTA2
or World of Warcraft in your spare time.

So making a game really successful boils down to money, time and
resources but not necessarily to free versus proprietary software.
Caveexpress is one example of a successful commercial FOSS game. Source
code was released under GPL-3 while the initial game content was
non-free to ensure the developer would be rewarded for his efforts and
so that others wouldn't cash in immediately. However a few months later
all the artwork was freed as well. I think that is a viable business
model for FOSS games.

Now, let me get back to what this has to do with g-d-p and how we can
promote it. I think it would be interesting to know why there is a free
contrib-engine X without free artwork. Some background information about
the game and the community, comparisons to other FOSS games and links
might spice everything up and would make g-d-p more visible on the web.

>> Another idea might be to create a dedicated blend for contrib/non-free
>> packages or something similar which evolves around game-data-packager.
> If the goal is to provide a DVD iso, then all the orignal game/demo
> archives that can be processed by G-D-P could be included somewhere.
> Some games/demos are redistributable; but only as the original
> archive (that can be an old pkzip 1.x file, an .arj archive ...),
> the resulting .deb is not redistributable.

A blend could be just the metapackage(s) and a homepage. A live-image
would be nice to have but it is surely not mandatory. As you already
said, one must be careful because this might lead to problems due to
license restrictions. A nice feature of the blends approach is that you
get a homepage like http://blends.debian.org/games/tasks/finest for free
by just declaring a few packages in your task file. Of course the design
could be improved but you also have the opportunity to combine your HTML
page for g-d-p with automatically generated blends pages. I think this
would be one way to promote game-data-packager.



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