[FSFLA] LibreJam - FSF* should host a Libre Game development tournament!

Ismael Luceno ismael at iodev.co.uk
Fri Jan 7 09:53:42 UTC 2022

On 06/Jan/2022 23:21, Richard Stallman wrote:
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> It sounds like game jams have value for education in programming, but
> do they have value for the free software movement, enough for free
> software activists to dedicate time to them for the sake of that?
> Can the people who want to do a game jam for free software think up a way
> to make it educate about free software as well as about programming?
> I don't have answers for those questions, but I think they are the
> crucial questions to pose. 

People who value free software would publish their games as free
software... Why don't we have so many games then?

It isn't just because people care, it's because some people who care
can write code (sometimes), and in the end, if you're successful at
making free software important to mainstream, it becomes a tiny subset
of people, which might become unhappy because they're underapreciated
and they share very little with the non-technical folks.

Richard, I think we discussed that before, maybe I can articulate
better this time; do you remember that group you "inspired" in Uruguay?
how much do you think it lasted? a couple weeks.

The landscape isn't uniform, software developers are different among
themselves, so you need to sort them by interests and have a different
approach based on that.

Most people developing games are motivated by the prospects of: either
just being able to make a living as game developers, or worse, of
making more money as game developers than in their current day job.

But don't take my word, make a poll or something and see for yourself.

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