An honest attempt to get Warzone 2100 Greenlite

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An honest attempt to get Warzone 2100 Greenlite

Postby Skami » 10 Dec 2016, 17:04

(Long time lurker here)

Just as the title states, I and many other people would love to see this game appear on Greenlight.

However this has been brought up on occasion but never really managed to take flight (due to licensing difficulties).
So I decided to dig into this a bit further to see what those difficulties would actually mean, and after some digging it seems that they aren't untenable.
Quoting from the GPL 2 license it states that:
You may copy and distribute verbatim copies of the Program's source code as you receive it, in any medium, provided that you conspicuously and appropriately publish on each copy an appropriate copyright notice and disclaimer of warranty; keep intact all the notices that refer to this License and to the absence of any warranty; and give any other recipients of the Program a copy of this License along with the Program.

And when quoting from Steam Greenlight
Do not post..... Someone else's game or software, unless you have specific authorization to do so.

With these in mind I started searching on steam if I could find any other GPL licensed software, of which there are plenty e.g. Blender and Warsow and Aquaria and Gish are all available through Steam.

Next, I saw that Green Light requires a one time down payment of $100, which is very acceptable (and I would be more than willing to pay this myself).

After all having gone through that I decided to hit up one of the owners ( of the Warzone Steam Group and go over this together. Upon which the conclusion was formed that before I would just toss it on Green Light that I should test the waters on the forums.

Please let me know what you think. :)
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Re: An honest attempt to get Warzone 2100 Greenlite

Postby vexed » 14 Dec 2016, 05:14


While the idea of being on Steam is fine, there are still big reasons why we haven't done it before, and will not be on Steam for awhile.

For starters, the Warzone 2100 project only has 1, maybe 2, sometimes 3 people working on it on their free time (which means you can see nothing from people for a long time.), though, we do have some contributors pop in from time to time.

What does that have to do with anything? Well, being such a small group of people, means that we are hard pressed to really support something on Steam.
It isn't as simple as sticking things up and leave it, since you got to update it, have a way to compile with the cross-compiler all the Steam specific stuff (no idea what is required, or even if it is available for win32), and then you got new forums and all that stuff.

No small task.

However, the bigger issue is the game is just not ready to be on Steam.
The 3.2.x series is far from being as stable as 3.1.5 was, and that has a boat load of issues as well. (See trac).
This means that a release on Steam would generate lots of new users, all reporting about issues in 3.2.x, and it would turn into an avalanche of issues pretty darn quickly that would overwhelm us, even more so than we already are.

The vast majority of the people ONLY play single player games, and in this regard, 3.2.2 is basically beta at best, with constant crashes and/or issues that break the campaign that just were not present in 3.1.5.
The 3.1 series is deprecated, and we are on the 3.2 series.

That said, the multiplayer side of things is, most people are still playing 3.1.5 since 3.2.2 has too many issues to play a reliable game with for a variety of issues outlined in trac, and talked about on the IRC channel #warzone2100-games.

So, bottom line is, no, please don't do anything with Steam now, the game isn't ready for it.
Once it becomes more stable, we will gladly look into this again when we reach that point.

Thanks for understanding.
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