Montezuma's Return! might go FLOSS!

Montezuma's Return! might go FLOSS!

Postby grrk-bzzt » 09 Feb 2014, 10:09

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Montezuma's Return might see it's source code released under a FLOSS licence!
This is a serious issue, not only because most of us here believe in free, libre and open-source software, but also because this video game doesn't work on modern systems or even via DOSBox.

Last year, I contacted one of the original developers of Montezuma's Return (Rich Geldreich) to know if the source code could ever be released.
Basically, the answer was "yes, but" since the copyright of the game is divided between different people, all parts must agree to change the licence.
Rich and I discussed it via email about it until September 2012.

The main idea was to inform you, the public, that the game could go FLOSS to see if the reaction was significant enough to convince one of the copyright holder: Rob Jaeger.

A few days ago, Rich contacted me to say he was pursuing his efforts along side with Gary Corriveau (one of the original designers/artists) to convince Rob to agree on releasing the source code as FLOSS.

Therefore, I would like to know if a call for showing support is worth an article on the freegamer blog or not.
Any suggestion is welcome.
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Re: Montezuma's Return! might go FLOSS!

Postby Julius » 09 Feb 2014, 11:02

Sounds cool, however with and relatively obscure title that old (although I actually remember playing it quite a bit back then) it would be relatively important that the art assets are also released, at the very least under a freeware license (but good creative commons license, e.g. not NC or ND would be of course better).
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Re: Montezuma's Return! might go FLOSS!

Postby grrk-bzzt » 09 Feb 2014, 11:26

This actually a good idea since the game is, indeed, hard to find and since there's a lot of different versions of the game.
I submited the idea to Rich, he'll tell me if it's possible.
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Re: Montezuma's Return! might go FLOSS!

Postby Akien » 03 Mar 2014, 12:28

I think this would really have some potential if released under a FLOSS license (along with its data, as pointed out by Julius).
I'm pretty sure it would soon be ported to Linux and Mac (and possibly to other platforms too, once that's done). This could give this nice oldie a second life :)
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Re: Montezuma's Return! might go FLOSS!

Postby grrk-bzzt » 24 Dec 2014, 12:40

Hello everyone,

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but the idea is still alive.
I'm actually looking for a way to gather people and make a petition to ask for Montezuma's Return! source code to be released. If Rob Jaeger needs to see people caring about his game, I think this is a good idea.

Can the FreeGamer blog give a hand? Or just put this post as sticky?
Do you think you can help? And how?
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Re: Montezuma's Return! might go FLOSS!

Postby eugeneloza » 24 Dec 2014, 13:17

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montezuma% ... video_game
Hmm... I wonder... why anybody would ever need the source code for 1983 game?
It's just a platformer. Remember playing it in my childhood, yes :)
I'm not experienced in real-time games / and absolutely no experience in platformers... But I see nothing 'special' in it. The game logic is very simple its much more about that old graphics, which should be replaced by quality assets & graphical engine in case this game is meant not only for very-old-persons for nostalgie. It seems that it's much easier to write it from a scratch, especially in case of some game engine, than to port some ancient code. IMHO.

Or do I miss something and it's about some rather modern creation?
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Re: Montezuma's Return! might go FLOSS!

Postby tencivanni » 05 Aug 2016, 21:18

Hello, thread~... This is one of my faves from my childhood and I keep discovering new little secrets around it. It would be amazing if the source code were released! Mods, custom levels... Maybe next year, 20 year anniversary of this game, we'll get word back from Jaeger. This truly is a hidden gem :)
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Re: Montezuma's Return! might go FLOSS!

Postby Taknamay » 09 Sep 2016, 15:08

This looks awesome. Never played it, but definitely will if it goes FLOSS and gets ported.
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