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Quake 2 Source Code Released Under The GPL [SlashDot]

Dec 26, 2001 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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According to a discussion on Slashdot, Quake 2 source code has been released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) open source license.

The following announcement was made by John Carmack, game designer extraordinaire, . . .

Name: John Carmack
Email: [email protected]
Description: Programmer
Project:
Last Updated: 12/21/2001 19:07:50 (Central Standard Time)
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December 21, 2001
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The Quake 2 source code is now available for download, licensed under the GPL.

ftp://ftp.idsoftware.com/idstuff/source/quake2.zip

As with previous source code releases, the game data remains under the
original copyright and license, and cannot be freely distributed. If you
create a true total conversion, you can give (or sell) a complete package
away, as long as you abide by the GPL source code license. If your projects
use the original Quake 2 media, the media must come from a normal, purchased
copy of the game.

I'm sure I will catch some flack about increased cheating after the source
release, but there are plenty of Q2 cheats already out there, so you are
already in the position of having to trust the other players to a degree. The
problem is really only solvable by relying on the community to police itself,
because it is a fundamentally unwinnable technical battle to make a completely
cheat proof game of this type. Play with your friends.

 
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