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12 May 2010, 15:26

Four indie games to go open source

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Lugaru HD game character from Wolfire Games.
Source: Wolfire Games
Following the success of the recent Humble Indie Bundle offer, four of the five indie games developers have announced that they will be open sourcing their games and one has already done so. Through the bundle offer, which went on sale just over a week ago, anyone can purchase World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru, and Penumbra Overture as a package for Windows, Mac OS X or Linux for any price they want, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Child's Play Charity.

The developers of the Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD and Penumbra Overture have all pledged to release the their code as open source. Wolfire Games, makers of Lugaru HD, have already posted their source code under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and within hours of the release a number of people have created and submitted patches. San Francisco based 2D Boy, the company behind the physics-based World of Goo puzzle and construction game, however, has yet to announce if they will be open sourcing their game.

To celebrate the open sourcing of these four games, the Humble Indie Bundle offer as been extended for another three days. To date, the Humble Indie Bundle experiment has raised more than $1.1 million, of which nearly $350,000 has been donated to the EFF and the Child's Play Charity.

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