License: GNU GPL 1 or 2

Other (objects, etc.) concept

Distributed under the GNU GPL license (ver. 1 or 2). Free to use for any purpose, study, improve, and redistribute. Not free to restrict said freedoms


Alternate name: GNU General Public License

The first video game about License: GNU GPL 1 or 2 was released in 1987.

New Breed Software, Perpetual Pyramid and Neotron Games has published most of these games

The GNU GPL is a non-propriety license (FLOSS or Free/Libre Open Source Software) that is authored by the Free Software Foundation and endorsed by the Open Source Initiative. GPL licensed software is copyrighted. But rather than restrict the rights of others, the GPL uses the legal force of copyright law to hinder efforts by anyone to restrict the rights to use, copy, redistribute, study, modify, improve, and/or redistribute copies, improvements, and/or modifications, for any purpose, including the right to charge for services provided when exercising these rights and the right to make a profit from such services.

Generally GPL is unsuitable for text, art and other non-source code media that is separate from the application. GNU FDL or other licenses are recommended for such instead (as in, application to them is vague in terms of legality). However, art, text, and files distributed within executables and source as a single unit are GPL by default as well. For them to use a different license that is not compatible with the GPL they must be distributed as a separate entity.

Games can begin life under the GPL license, or be switched to the GPL from a proprietary license or other another open source license. Please add the tag for the other license and license-changed in such cases. Some times, source code for commercial games under a proprietary license are published via the GPL while content remains non-free. Please indicate the proprietary nature of the content in those cases

GPL version 3 includes clauses that make it fundamentally different from versions 1 and 2 which may have important effects for gamers and is therefore a separate group