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    Forsaken Gods: Source GPL Petition

    Note: If you wish to support the petition, please sign in the thread, once. Please no posts besides signatures in this thread. A discussion thread is available here for feedback/suggestions about the patch.

    UPDATE: The petition is now available in German, Hungarian, Polish, and Russian.

    Release the Source Code of Forsaken Gods under the GPL License:
    A Petition to JoWood & Trine

    Summary:

    As the title suggests, this petition is a request to JoWood Entertainment AG and Trine Game Studios to release the source code of the title Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods under the GNU General Public License (oft shorthanded as GNU GPL). We, the undersigned, believe that this would benefit the developers, the publisher, and the fan community of the Gothic series as well.

    What is the GPL?

    The GNU General Public License (GPL) was first drafted in 1989 by Richard Stallman for the GNU Project, and now serves a license for much of the free software available today, including the Linux Kernel and the various distributions (Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, etc), Open Office (an open source alternative to Microsoft’s Office suite), Audacity (a sound recording and editing program), and many others.

    With regards to gaming, several studios have released their source code for their games as a gesture of goodwill to the community, including idTech, HumanHead Studios, Raven Software, and Robinson Technologies (among others). Thanks to these contributions, even older games have continued to grow and receive support even after the companies have moved on.

    http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.txt: A link to a copy of the GPL v3.0, the most recent version of the license as of March 18, 2010.

    How would the GPL differ from making the game freeware?

    This GPL request is purely for the source code of the game, the engine itself. This petition does not request that this game be made freeware, nor request any game assets (meshes, textures, etc), be provided with the source release itself. In this way, end users would still need to own a copy of the game in order to use the released source code.

    How would this benefit the developer?

    Forsaken Gods is a notoriously buggy and poorly-optimized game, suffering from numerous crashes, framerate drops, memory leaks, and other such technical issues. While purportedly still “in development”, we have neither seen nor received any patches for the game since February of 2009 (over a year ago). By releasing the source code, and enabling the community to modify and release fixes for the issues prevailing the game as of this writing, it enables JoWood to focus their resources on other titles (including the upcoming Arcania), and saves Trine the pressure of fixing a broken game.

    Many people refrained from purchasing the most recently released installment of the Gothic Series due to these issues. If the community can band together and fix these issues, it may draw in more purchases for the title from those who shied away at its initial release.

    How would this benefit the community?

    Purchasers of the title have had to endure a multitude of bugs, some of which are game-breaking or at least make a complete playthrough very difficult. Many have grown frustrated with the perceived abandonment of the title by publisher and developer, many more have not even purchased the title.

    The ability to pitch a hand and fix something you dislike has always been an asset to the open source release model, and would be of benefit to both the gamers who lack the means to fix such issues as well as those who do. Less technically-mired purchasers of the title will be able to enjoy the game in a fashion closer to the developer’s initial vision for the title, and fans with programming knowledge will be able to fix many of the issues still plaguing it.

    Licensing Issues

    We are aware that the tool used in the design of the game, simply called Editor, uses several licensed parts (SpeedTree, Perforce, etc). Since there is likely no practical way to separate the editor from its licensed parts, and by all accounts it is not easy to use, there need be no release of the Editor.

    In an earlier press release by Ivan Ertlov, link here(German), a modkit for the game was purportedly in development, along with the promised patch. However, it was reported to be poorly optimized and lack adequate documentation. A release of this (along with the code preferably), could be of great help to the community.

    Most importantly, a source release of the engine, with or without hypothetical MDK would give the users the means to create their own tools and better existing ones, given info about the file formats and such. A new, user-designed editor, bereft of all such licensing issues, would also be of great benefit to the modding community for as well.

    Closing Words

    We humbly ask the sincere attention of JoWood and Trine with regards to this matter, and would hope that they are willing to help the community and see a release as mutually beneficial. And perhaps in doing this, it could bring JoWood and the community closer together , making the best out of what was undeniably a poor situation.

    Sincerely,

    The Undersigned
    Ach Fry, Ich hab dich mehr als der Monde, die Sterne...das...fail.
    Last edited by Korianous; 04.04.2010 at 22:16. Reason: updates, petition languages.

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    I support you on this. Signed.
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    Thumbs up

    sorry, i haven't read it all i little busy, so if it's somehow related to patch/improve gothic 3 forsaken gods i am in, in any way.

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    About time someone made this petition.

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    Could someone post a link again, 'cus the link is broken and I can't sign it

    EDIT: solved
    oh and SIGNED
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    GPL'd software is always good.
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