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Indie game VVVVVV's source code is now public

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  1. hungariantoast
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    It does not look like the source code was actually made open source, it is just publicly viewable. It seems like Terry updated the title of the post to reflect that, so I changed the title here as...

    It does not look like the source code was actually made open source, it is just publicly viewable.

    It seems like Terry updated the title of the post to reflect that, so I changed the title here as well. (I am keeping the 'open source' tag though.)

    Anyways, this is great. This is the fate that every single video game ever made should eventually face: a public source code release.

    I really do think, for game developers, it is a moral imperative to eventually release their game's source code.

    Why? A game's source code is an absolute treasure trove of information. Especially for culturally significant games, having access to their source code (and even better, their version control history), allows the game to be studied and its story told in much greater depth and transparency than otherwise possible.

    For game developers, being able to study the source code of other games can be very inspiring, for both the technical parts of game development, as well as the general parts of game design.


    As for why I am keeping the 'open source' tag: we do not need to further complicate the tagging of topics when it comes to source code. We already have 'open source', 'free software', 'foss', and 'freeware'. I don't think we need to make that worse by throwing 'source available' into the mix.

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  2. determinism
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    One of the songs on this game's soundtrack put me in a state of ecstasy that I could never replicate afterwards. I wasn't on mind-altering drugs or anything, just driving home from something...

    One of the songs on this game's soundtrack put me in a state of ecstasy that I could never replicate afterwards. I wasn't on mind-altering drugs or anything, just driving home from something mundane.

    I've never actually played the game though, someone recommended the music when I was getting in to Chiptunes and it was exactly what I sought at the time.

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