Open source game

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An open source game can simply be defined as a game, which is open source software. However, this definition leaves important questions unanswered:

  • Is the source code freely licensed?
  • Does the source code depend on non-free libraries?
  • Are the art assets open source?
    • Are the assets available together with the source code?
    • Are the assets freely licensed?
    • Are the assets available in non-proprietary file formats?

Using the term free, open source game (foss game) can imply that at least the source code is freely licensed.

A method to express that code and assets are freely licensed, is to refer to DFSG-compliant game, which implies that DFSG-compliant licenses are used for both.