A self-hosted, open source, Pinterest clone. Built with Python, from the looks of it.
Raising a pretty impressive (approx) $1k per minute right now, getting close to 1/4 of their $950,000 goal with 29 days left to go. That the console is Android-based gives me pause, because… Android, but at the same time, something needs to shake up the home console scene and this might be it.
Which so far amounts to $351,207 for charity (EFF and Child’s Play). Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD, and Penumbra Overture have pledged to go open source (free as in ‘free speech’). There are going to be hundreds of posts trying to examine what Humble Indie Bundle “did right,” but it’s real simple:
- Well put-together website.
- Great games
- Name your own price
- A newish idea that strikes people as clever
There will be many, many, imitators. Most of them will forget about Steps 1, 2, and 5.
This is the first commercial game I can think of taking this step while the game is still live. All of the Ryzom source including tools, client, and server codebases are fully open source free software. For more, see the FAQ. It sounds to me a lot like a MUD codebase, and that makes me smile.
I do not see this helping them in the marketplace, but I’d like to see this become a trend. I have a lot of old PC games which are no longer playable due to DRM or other online components which no longer exist.