[BALUG-Talk] Linux Users' Group of Davis, August 15: "FOSS Gaming, a community dedicated to fun for everyone!"
nbs at sonic.net
Mon Aug 8 14:34:41 PDT 2011
The Linux Users' Group of Davis (LUGOD) will be holding the following meeting
August 15, 2011
7:00pm - 9:00pm
"FOSS Gaming, a community dedicated to fun for everyone!"
Francisco Athens, Lips of Suna
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) includes entertainment software,
particularly games! Adding artwork to FOSS games is a great way
to help the community. There are many games started by ambitious
programmers also need art and music content. FOSS games allow gaming
artists to make their work much more meaningful to the population.
Proprietary games are fun but they can have some important limitations:
* Porting games by willing communities is often not allowed,
discouraged or unlawful.
* Adding content to proprietary games sometimes comes with
restrictions that disallow the freedom to reuse ones own work.
* The tools available to add content to proprietary games are often
expensive or restrictive in the way mentioned above.
* Content made for proprietary games may die with the game.
* The tools used to make new content for an old game may become
obsolete, unsupported or simply unavailable
Artists and musicians who want to contribute content may be challenged by
the options for licensing their work in FOSS games. What strategies are
available if they wish to make and keep their artwork freely available
and/or protect their own rights? They must consider how their licensing
choice may affect the game they wish to contribute to. For example,
will an LGPL licensed game be able to accept GPL licensed art?
About the Speaker:
Lips of Suna is an LGPL-licensed multiplayer RPG game that accepts CC
(Creative Commons) and LGPL licensed artwork. Much of the artwork in
the game is provided by the Open Game Art repository.
Francisco Athens works at UC Davis as an AV Technician and is one of
the artists working on Lips Of Suna and enjoys making game art in his
rather limited free time.
This meeting will be held at:
Yolo County Public Library, Davis Branch (Mary L. Stephens Branch)
Blanchard community meeting room
315 East 14th Street
Davis, California 95616
For more details on this meeting, visit:
For maps, directions, public transportation schedules, etc., visit:
The Linux Users' Group of Davis is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization
dedicated to the Linux computer operating system and other Open Source
and Free Software.
Since 1999, LUGOD has held regular meetings with guest speakers
in Davis, California, as well as other events in Davis and the greater
Sacramento region. Events are always free and open to the public.
Please visit our website for more details: http://www.lugod.org/
pr at lugod.org
Public Relations Officer
Linux Users' Group of Davis
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