About FOSSGN.com


Welcome to FOSSGN.com, the Free and Open Source Gaming Nexus! This website is dedicated to providing high-quality news, reviews, and other information to the libre gaming community. We host the FOSS Game Catalog, an organized list of libre games with licensing information and source code downloads. We are also home to FOSSGN Videos, a web show that consists of Let's Plays, interviews, and video tutorials on all things FOSS gaming!

FOSSGN.com was created due to the relative lack of a gaming news publication specifically devoted to libre games. Libre gaming is a niche interest, and lies at the intersection of gaming and software freedom issues. It is a worthy topic in its own right, and the community that surrounds libre/FOSS gaming deserves to have its own media source. It is FOSSGN.com's hope that we will be able to fill the need for a quality news and culture outlet for the FOSS gaming community.


What is a FOSS/Libre Game?

A FOSS/Libre game is any game which is also a free program. At FOSSGN.com, we also consider a game having free media to be a precondition to being free.

A free program is any program which a user has the following rights to:

  • The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others (freedom 2).
  • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

This list is available from the Free Software Foundation here.

A game has free media when the art, sound, and any other assets distributed with a game also respect your freedom. We must make this distinction because many games that are ostensibly free software in fact only freely license their source code, and do not make the media (which is almost always totally necessary to run the game) available for free. A truly free game has both free source code and free media.

To make it easier on everyone involved, FOSSGN.com maintains a list of projects we definitely cover. These are projects that FOSSGN.com has determined to be fully free and therefor within our purview to cover. The list also includes non-game projects that we cover, such as free game engines. It is, however, not exhaustive (we may cover some projects that are not on the list, for whatever reason), and it is limited to software projects.


Staff

Currently, the only staff member at FOSSGN.com is Erik Letson. Erik is a programmer and computer technician from the US. Personal site is here.