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Friday, February 04, 2005

Open Source Friday: Derekota!

Posted by: Hammer / 9:00 AM

In honor of, well, I guess it's not really so much of an honor:


Derekota is a zip file -- it's the basic framework for a new Open Source game, reminiscent of Robotron or Asteroids. As of today, in order to run the program you would need to download (There's really no reason to download this today -- there's no actual game play.):

Daunting, I know. I'm working on it. These are all open source tools. Python is a high-level computer language. It can do just about anything and do it fairly well. Pygame is a toolkit for writing games in Python. SDL is a set of low-level game libraries, originally used to port Windows games to Linux.

Eventually, I will need a good photograph of someone who is moving to one of the Dakotas to add realism to the game experience. For now, I am substituting a picture of an orangutan from Open Clip , which is a growing resource for SVG clipart. SVG is a cool image format that allows images to be resized without losing quality.

Derekota, the game, will be released as an open source project upon completion. Probably on Source Forge which hosts thousands of open source projects.


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