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[bug#28794] [PATCH] gnu: games: Add openrct2.

From: Rutger Helling
Subject: [bug#28794] [PATCH] gnu: games: Add openrct2.
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:18:46 +0200

Hi ng0,

I believe the long-term goal is to replace non-free data too, as OpenTTD did. But this will probably take a while.

By the way Ludo, Parabola has packaged OpenMW too. OpenRCT2 is also mentioned in a list of games by them (second link).

I also found this thread that confirms no proprietary code is needed.

On 2017-10-13 13:43, ng0 wrote:

Rutger Helling transcribed 5.3K bytes:
Hey Ludo,

I think it makes sense to add it, but have it be the responsibility of
the user to provide the assets, since these files can never be bundled
in Guix. Maybe it should explicitly mention that.

Note that Guix already has a similar situation with an accepted package,
OpenMW. OpenMW also does nothing without the original game's assets.
Since that got accepted I figured it made sense to add this package.

OpenMW seems to have been accepted in Debian too:

For reference, here's the list of required assets for OpenRCT2:

Personally I think it makes sense to provide libre engine replacements
for games, to motivate users to use those instead of running proprietary
code. The FSF directory even explicitly mentions OpenMW for example:

Additionally: Do you know if an upstream bug report already exists on
replacing the original data requirements? As much as I liked RCT2 back
then - and I still have the disks - it would be pretty cool to see a
full re-implementation with original new art!

On 2017-10-13 08:50, address@hidden wrote:

Hi Rutger,

Rutger Helling <address@hidden> skribis:

From 12255f73d23a078fc2da099f22564e20cf3c69cc Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Rutger Helling <address@hidden>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:22:27 +0200
Subject: [PATCH] gnu: games: Add openrct2.

* gnu/packages/games.scm (openrct2): New variable.

The patch LGTM.  However, when starting the program, it says that it
needs files (supposedly artwork) from the original RollerCoaster
Tycoon 2 and exits immediately.

That makes the package useless in the absence of these presumably
non-free files.

Looking at
I think we cannot really consider these files to be non-functional data
because the software doesn't do anything if they are missing.  So I
wonder whether it makes sense to include it in Guix as-is.

WDYT?  Do you know what Debian or other free distros do?

Thank you,

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