This week in open source games: Setember 7 - September 13, 2014

Minecraft up for sale, GOG from the command line, and more

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Week of September 7 - September 13, 2014

In this week's edition of our open source games news roundup, we take a look at the big Minecraft news, download some GOG games from the command line, and Hack 'n' Slash.

Minecraft developer Mojang up for sale

A lot of very big, very reputable sources are claiming that Microsoft is acquiring Mojang, the makers of the astoundingly popular sandbox game Minecraft, and that the deal could be finalized as early as next week. No confirmation from any involved parties yet, but the rumored sum is $2 billion. Markus Persson, the creator of Minecraft, has said in the past that he'd like to make the game open source, but that seems unlikely if it passes over to Microsoft.

Download games from GOG with the command line

If you're running Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, or Arch Linux, you can use the LGOGDownloader to manage your GOG library and download your games. It might not be as pretty as the Steam Linux client, or offer as many bells and whistles, but it's streamlined, it works from the command line, and it means not using the official GOG Windows client. So there's that.

Hack 'n' Slash goes gold

The game, featuring a hacking heroine who codes her way out of puzzles and enemy encounters, caught our eye back in May. Now it's officially out of Steam Early Access, and developer Double Fine is offering a 33% discount. The game also comes with additional content, and access to Steam Workshop support. And while they're not offering the source code of the game, Brandon Dillon, the designer, took to Twitter to say that it's "basically stock Moai" and that they're supplying compiled "lua files for the game engine" to avoid spoiling the puzzles.

What is open gaming?

Want a quick and easy explanation of what open source games are all about? Check out our resource page: What is open gaming? It covers digital and analog games, open game design and gaming hardware, and it's waiting for you to share it, remix it, and spread the word.

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Big thanks to staffer Jason Baker for his help in gathering stories this week.


About the author

Michael Harrison - Michael an unrepentant geek with a love for games, the social web, and open source projects to share with his kids. He writes about raising geek children at GeekDad and records a podcast about games called The Dice Section. You can follow him on Twitter at @oldbie.