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''This Section is Incomplete, Piga Software Appreciates All Additions''
 
''This Section is Incomplete, Piga Software Appreciates All Additions''
  
'''"We even developed a chess game, ''GNU Chess'', because a complete [free] system needs games too." - Richard M. Stallman
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'''"We even developed a chess game, ''GNU Chess'', because a complete [free] system needs games too." - Richard M. Stallman
  
 
Just as in most other forms software, [[Free Software|free software]] was an unconscious occurrence during the creation of early computer games. Particularity for earlier ''UNIX'' games. These are mostly recreations of arcade games or text adventure games (such as the ''BSD Games''). Game fan communities such as the MODder community do share some aspects of free software, such as sharing the MODs across community sites, sometimes with free to use media made for the modification.
 
Just as in most other forms software, [[Free Software|free software]] was an unconscious occurrence during the creation of early computer games. Particularity for earlier ''UNIX'' games. These are mostly recreations of arcade games or text adventure games (such as the ''BSD Games''). Game fan communities such as the MODder community do share some aspects of free software, such as sharing the MODs across community sites, sometimes with free to use media made for the modification.
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In 1999, ''id Software'' released the source code of the ''Doom'' engine under the ''[[GNU General Public License]]''. ''Doom'' had already been released under a less free software oriented license earlier in 1997, as well as ''Wolfenstein 3D''. ''id'' continued to release the engine source code for ''Quake'', ''Quake II'', and ''Quake III Arena''. The ''id tech 4'' engine has also been said to eventually be released as free software. These releases have sparked an expansion in free software gaming as they have lead to titles such as ''Nexuiz'', ''OpenArena'', ''Tremulous'', and ''World of Padman''. The company's move has also inspired others to port games to free software operating systems such as ''Epic Games'' (''Unreal'' series) and ''CroTeam'' (''Serious Sam'' series).
 
In 1999, ''id Software'' released the source code of the ''Doom'' engine under the ''[[GNU General Public License]]''. ''Doom'' had already been released under a less free software oriented license earlier in 1997, as well as ''Wolfenstein 3D''. ''id'' continued to release the engine source code for ''Quake'', ''Quake II'', and ''Quake III Arena''. The ''id tech 4'' engine has also been said to eventually be released as free software. These releases have sparked an expansion in free software gaming as they have lead to titles such as ''Nexuiz'', ''OpenArena'', ''Tremulous'', and ''World of Padman''. The company's move has also inspired others to port games to free software operating systems such as ''Epic Games'' (''Unreal'' series) and ''CroTeam'' (''Serious Sam'' series).
  
Many companies have also risen and fallen for porting commercial ''Windows'' games to free software operating systems, most notably the former ''Loki Entertainment Software'' (''Civilization: Call to Power'', ''Soldier of Fortune'', ''Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns'', etc), which also created many free software tools for game creation such as the ''Simple DirectMedia Layer'' (''SDL''). Another entry is ''Hyperion Entertainment'', although created by admirers of ''AmigaOS'', they have ported many titles to free software operating systems such as ''[[User:Hamish/LSP/ShogoReview|Shogo: Mobile Armour Division]]'', ''Gorky 17'', and ''sIn''. ''Linux Game Publishing'' is a firm that publishes computer games for the free ''GNU/Linux'' system either made deliberately for it or ported by others, it has also ported some titles itself. Some contractors, most famously Ryan "Icculus" Gordon work to bring titles to free software operating systems. Icculus has ported such titles as the ''Unreal Tournament'', ''Serious Sam'', and ''Postal'' series and most recently ''[[User:Hamish/LSP/PreyReview|Prey]]''. His website ''[http://www.icculus.org Icculus.org]'' also hosts largely gaming related free software projects.
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Many companies have also risen and fallen for porting commercial ''Windows'' games to free software operating systems, most notably the former ''Loki Entertainment Software'' (''Civilization: Call to Power'', ''Soldier of Fortune'', ''Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns'', etc), which also created many free software tools for game creation such as the ''Simple DirectMedia Layer'' (''SDL''). Another entry is ''Hyperion Entertainment'', although created by admirers of ''AmigaOS'', they have ported many titles to free software operating systems such as ''[[User:Hamish/LSP/ShogoReview|Shogo: Mobile Armour Division]]'', ''Gorky 17'', and ''sIn''. ''Linux Game Publishing'' is a firm that publishes computer games for the free ''GNU/Linux'' system either made deliberately for it or ported by others, it has also ported some titles itself. Some contractors, most famously Ryan "Icculus" Gordon work to bring titles to free software operating systems. Icculus has ported such titles as the ''Unreal Tournament'', ''Serious Sam'', and ''Postal'' series and most recently ''[[User:Hamish/LSP/PreyReview|Prey]]''. His website ''[http://www.icculus.org Icculus.org]'' also hosts largely gaming related free software projects.
  
 
Over the years various free software utilities have been created to run games (and utilities) from other platforms on free software operating systems. These include ''WINE'' which allows for ''Microsoft Windows'' programs to run and ''DOSBox'' which is a ''DOS'' emulator that is primarily geared towards gaming. Other less known ones offer compatibility with other systems such as ''Macintosh OS X''.
 
Over the years various free software utilities have been created to run games (and utilities) from other platforms on free software operating systems. These include ''WINE'' which allows for ''Microsoft Windows'' programs to run and ''DOSBox'' which is a ''DOS'' emulator that is primarily geared towards gaming. Other less known ones offer compatibility with other systems such as ''Macintosh OS X''.
  
There are many distributions of free software operating systems (mostly ''GNU/Linux'') made specifically for gaming and some major free software operating systems such as ''Fedora'' and ''Mandriva'' ''GNU/Linux'' have specific game oriented versions or as ''Fedora'' calls them "spins". Most free software operating systems have games available. Both the ''KDE'' and ''GNOME'' desktop free software desktop environments have game packages containing a wide variety of games (including, but certainly not limited to, the classic games that come with ''Windows''), from puzzles, to arcade, and even some strategy. Some games have recreations from both teams, allowing you to chose your favourite implementation.
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There are many distributions of free software operating systems (mostly ''GNU/Linux'') made specifically for gaming and some major free software operating systems such as ''Fedora'' and ''Mandriva'' ''GNU/Linux'' have specific game oriented versions or as ''Fedora'' calls them "spins". Most free software operating systems have games available. Both the ''KDE'' and ''GNOME'' desktop free software desktop environments have game packages containing a wide variety of games (including, but certainly not limited to, the classic games that come with ''Windows''), from puzzles, to arcade, and even some strategy. Some games have recreations from both teams, allowing you to chose your favourite implementation.
  
''[[Piga Software]]'' was founded to create free software games (as "Piga Entertainment"). Though the scope of ''Piga'' later expanded include all software, the organization is still primarily a free software game developer, aiming at strategy, history, and action games. For games being developed/released by ''Piga Software'' see: [[:Category:Games]]. Some of the most notable include ''[[Alexei: Part IX]]'' and ''[[Windys]]'', though the group is best known for the ''[[Free Empires]]'' project.
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''[[Piga Software]]'' was founded to create free software games (as "Piga Entertainment"). Though the scope of ''Piga'' later expanded include all software, the organization is still primarily a free software game developer, aiming at strategy, history, and action games. For games being developed/released by ''Piga Software'' see: [[:Category:Games]]. Some of the most notable include ''[[Alexei: Part IX]]'' and ''[[Windys]]'', though the group is best known for the ''[[Free Empires]]'' project.
  
 
== Notable Free Software Games ==
 
== Notable Free Software Games ==
 
==== OpenArena and ioquake3 Engine ====
 
==== OpenArena and ioquake3 Engine ====
''OpenArena'' is ''Quake III Arena'' directive that is entirety free software. It has since grown into a game in its own right but still offers similar fast action first-person carnage to ''Quake III''. The site does warn about the game's violence and that some female characters wear "next to nothing." The game has a differing theme with some typical military styled characters, to fantasy, to anime. The ''ioquake3'' engine that powers ''OpenArena'' is also used by the, varyingly licensed, first-person shooter games ''[http://tremulous.net/ Tremulus]'' (free), ''[http://www.smokin-guns.net/ Smokin' Guns]'' (freeware but free leaning), ''[http://www.urbanterror.net/ Urban Terror]'' (freeware), and ''[http://www.worldofpadman.com/ World of Padman]'' (freeware) among others.
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''OpenArena'' is ''Quake III Arena'' directive that is entirety free software. It has since grown into a game in its own right but still offers similar fast action first-person carnage to ''Quake III''. The site does warn about the game's violence and that some female characters wear "next to nothing." The game has a differing theme with some typical military styled characters, to fantasy, to anime. The ''ioquake3'' engine that powers ''OpenArena'' is also used by the, varyingly licensed, first-person shooter games ''[http://tremulous.net/ Tremulus]'' (free), ''[http://www.smokin-guns.net/ Smokin' Guns]'' (freeware but free leaning), ''[http://www.urbanterror.net/ Urban Terror]'' (freeware), and ''[http://www.worldofpadman.com/ World of Padman]'' (freeware) among others.
  
 
Link: [http://openarena.ws/ http://openarena.ws/], [http://ioquake3.org/ http://ioquake3.org/]
 
Link: [http://openarena.ws/ http://openarena.ws/], [http://ioquake3.org/ http://ioquake3.org/]
  
 
==== Nexuiz, Xonotic and DarkPlaces Engine ====
 
==== Nexuiz, Xonotic and DarkPlaces Engine ====
''Nexuiz'' is a arena-type first-person shooter powered by the ''DarkPlaces'' engine (a fork of the ''Quake'' engine) and is made to be like a traditional ''Quake'' deathmatch though we find it much like ''Unreal Tournament''. The ''DarkPlaces'' engine is also used by '<span class="plainlinks">[http://www.psychicreviewonline.com <span style="color:black;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none!important;background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">psychics</span>]</span>' ('<span class="plainlinks">[http://www.psychicreviewonline.com <span style="color:black;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none!important;background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">psychic reading</span>]</span>'-remake), ''[http://www.moddb.com/mods/warqraft WarQraft]'', and ''[[Free Software Gaming#FreeDoom and Open Quartz|Qpen Quartz]]''. Recently internal controversy and alleged stagnation has lead to the creation of the ''Xonotic'' fork of ''Nexuiz'' which aims to advance the game's multimedia and play.
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''Nexuiz'' is a arena-type first-person shooter powered by the ''DarkPlaces'' engine (a fork of the ''Quake'' engine) and is made to be like a traditional ''Quake'' deathmatch though we find it much like ''Unreal Tournament''. The ''DarkPlaces'' engine is also used by '<span class="plainlinks">[http://www.psychicreviewonline.com <span style="color:black;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none!important;background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">psychics</span>]</span>' ('<span class="plainlinks">[http://www.psychicreviewonline.com <span style="color:black;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none!important;background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">psychic reading</span>]</span>'-remake), ''[http://www.moddb.com/mods/warqraft WarQraft]'', and ''[[Free Software Gaming#FreeDoom and Open Quartz|Qpen Quartz]]''. Recently internal controversy and alleged stagnation has lead to the creation of the ''Xonotic'' fork of ''Nexuiz'' which aims to advance the game's multimedia and play.
  
 
Link: [http://www.alientrap.org/nexuiz/ http://www.alientrap.org/nexuiz/], [http://www.xonotic.org/ http://www.xonotic.org/], [http://icculus.org/twilight/darkplaces/ http://icculus.org/twilight/darkplaces/]
 
Link: [http://www.alientrap.org/nexuiz/ http://www.alientrap.org/nexuiz/], [http://www.xonotic.org/ http://www.xonotic.org/], [http://icculus.org/twilight/darkplaces/ http://icculus.org/twilight/darkplaces/]
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==== Cube and Sauerbraten ====
 
==== Cube and Sauerbraten ====
Three dimensional first-person shooter engine projects that offer four games. ''Cube'' is an action game similar to ''Doom'' and ''Quake'' where the player fights monsters through complex labyrinths in different game modes (the story is "You kill stuff. The end."). ''AssaultCube'' is a a game built on the ''Cube'' engine that features realistic military themes and deathmatch/arena oriented gameplay. ''Sauerbraten'' is the sequel engine and game to ''Cube'' offering similar game play and styles. ''Eisenstern'' is a 3D role playing game project being built with the ''Sauerbraten'' engine. The engines are known for their easy modifiability (which can be done in-game) and their ability to render outdoor environments. Some of the multimedia in the included fan made maps included are proprietary and are being used under fair use so watch to make sure of what is free content.
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Three dimensional first-person shooter engine projects that offer four games. ''Cube'' is an action game similar to ''Doom'' and ''Quake'' where the player fights monsters through complex labyrinths in different game modes (the story is "You kill stuff. The end."). ''AssaultCube'' is a a game built on the ''Cube'' engine that features realistic military themes and deathmatch/arena oriented gameplay. ''Sauerbraten'' is the sequel engine and game to ''Cube'' offering similar game play and styles. ''Eisenstern'' is a 3D role playing game project being built with the ''Sauerbraten'' engine. The engines are known for their easy modifiability (which can be done in-game) and their ability to render outdoor environments. Some of the multimedia in the included fan made maps included are proprietary and are being used under fair use so watch to make sure of what is free content.
  
 
Link: [http://cubeengine.com/ http://cubeengine.com/]
 
Link: [http://cubeengine.com/ http://cubeengine.com/]
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==== BOS Wars and Stratagus Engine ====
 
==== BOS Wars and Stratagus Engine ====
''BOS Wars'' is a free software real-time strategy game where future humans wage war against each other. Its engine ''Stratagus'' is also being used to make many other real-time strategy games such as ''Battle for Mandicor'', ''Commander Stalin'' and the ''Warcraft II'' [[Reversed Engineering Projects|reversed engineered]] engine port: ''Wargus''. Another, though separably coded, popular free software real time strategy game is ''Globulation II'' which attempts to reduce the amount of micromanagement in the genre. See also: "[[Real Time Strategy Games]]".
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''BOS Wars'' is a free software real-time strategy game where future humans wage war against each other. Its engine ''Stratagus'' is also being used to make many other real-time strategy games such as ''Battle for Mandicor'', ''Commander Stalin'' and the ''Warcraft II'' [[Reversed Engineering Projects|reversed engineered]] engine port: ''Wargus''. Another, though separably coded, popular free software real time strategy game is ''Globulation II'' which attempts to reduce the amount of micromanagement in the genre. See also: "[[Real Time Strategy Games]]".
  
 
Link: [http://www.boswars.org/ http://www.boswars.org/], [http://sourceforge.net/projects/battle4mandicor http://sourceforge.net/projects/battle4mandicor], [http://commanderstalin.sourceforge.net/ http://commanderstalin.sourceforge.net/], [http://wargus.sourceforge.net/ http://wargus.sourceforge.net/], [http://globulation2.org http://globulation2.org],
 
Link: [http://www.boswars.org/ http://www.boswars.org/], [http://sourceforge.net/projects/battle4mandicor http://sourceforge.net/projects/battle4mandicor], [http://commanderstalin.sourceforge.net/ http://commanderstalin.sourceforge.net/], [http://wargus.sourceforge.net/ http://wargus.sourceforge.net/], [http://globulation2.org http://globulation2.org],
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==== SuperTuxKart ====
 
==== SuperTuxKart ====
A free software game mimicking ''Mario Kart'' staring the ''Linux'' kernel mascot Tux and a cast of other wacky characters with an arcade-style theme. The game play involves the player driving a kart race car from a forward facing third person point of view across -elaborate 3D levels. It is an enhanced version of the earlier game ''TuxKart'' by [http://www.sjbaker.org/steve/ Steve and Oliver Baker] originally started by the ''[http://www.happypenguin.org/ Linux Game Tome]'' "[http://www.happypenguin.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=21&sid=862f377610567dd1ba29dbb9efefc0ca Game of the Month]" team.
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A free software game mimicking ''Mario Kart'' staring the ''Linux'' kernel mascot Tux and a cast of other wacky characters with an arcade-style theme. The game play involves the player driving a kart race car from a forward facing third person point of view across -elaborate 3D levels. It is an enhanced version of the earlier game ''TuxKart'' by [http://www.sjbaker.org/steve/ Steve and Oliver Baker] originally started by the ''[http://www.happypenguin.org/ Linux Game Tome]'' "[http://www.happypenguin.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=21&sid=862f377610567dd1ba29dbb9efefc0ca Game of the Month]" team.
  
 
Link: [http://supertuxkart.sourceforge.net/ http://supertuxkart.sourceforge.net/]
 
Link: [http://supertuxkart.sourceforge.net/ http://supertuxkart.sourceforge.net/]
  
 
==== Pingus ====
 
==== Pingus ====
A two-dimensional side scrolling puzzle free software game inspired by ''Lemmings''. Human environmental destruction forces a group of penguins (based on the ''Linux'' kernel mascot Tux) out of Antarctica and into the larger world to try and save their home. The game involves the player leading the group and allowing them to survive their mission. The project was founded by [http://grumbel.blogspot.com/ Ingo "Grumbel" Ruhnke] who has also worked on ''SuperTux'' among others.
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A two-dimensional side scrolling puzzle free software game inspired by ''Lemmings''. Human environmental destruction forces a group of penguins (based on the ''Linux'' kernel mascot Tux) out of Antarctica and into the larger world to try and save their home. The game involves the player leading the group and allowing them to survive their mission. The project was founded by [http://grumbel.blogspot.com/ Ingo "Grumbel" Ruhnke] who has also worked on ''SuperTux'' among others.
  
 
Link: [http://pingus.seul.org/ http://pingus.seul.org/]
 
Link: [http://pingus.seul.org/ http://pingus.seul.org/]
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== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
 
* [http://www.happypenguin.com/ The Linux Game Tome - Free and Proprietary Games for Free Software Linux kernel-based Operating Systems]
 
* [http://www.happypenguin.com/ The Linux Game Tome - Free and Proprietary Games for Free Software Linux kernel-based Operating Systems]
* [http://directory.fsf.org/category/games/ Free Software Foundation's "Free Software Directory" Games Category]
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* [http://directory.fsf.org/category/games/ Free Software Foundation's "Free Software Directory" Games Category]
 
* [http://www.libregamewiki.org/ The Libregamewiki - The Wiki for Free as in Freedom Gaming]
 
* [http://www.libregamewiki.org/ The Libregamewiki - The Wiki for Free as in Freedom Gaming]
  
 
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