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Dino Run DX has the source code opened up

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Seems more developers are warming up to the idea of open source. Pixeljam recently opened up the source code to Dino Run DX.

Currently, the download is only available via their Discord server as per their announcement and there's seemingly no license attached to it yet, so I'm hesitant to say it's fully "open source" until we see what license they actually put it under. They did say on Discord they do plan to put it up on GitHub with a proper license, so I guess we'll see.

From their announcement:

We're open-sourcing Dino Run DX.

As some of our most dedicated players have discovered, Dino Run DX multiplayer no longer works. The wonderful folks at Xgen Studios, who basically let multiplayer live rent-free for years, had to recently sunset all of their legacy games (like Stick Arena) and the servers that run them. And as you can imagine, Dino Run used those servers.

They DID send us the source code to the server itself, so maybe we can get it up and running again on our end. However, we haven't been able to compile the actual game for years now, since it's legacy flash and that no longer works on any computer that we own.

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Always sad when games are lost to time, many developer had issues with Flash and Air but there's quite a few ways to get them running now thanks to open source. Perhaps it can be ported over to something like OpenFL to allow it to continue on.

ICYMIDuelyst recently went fully open source.

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6 comments

Klaas 13 Jan
I wish there were more open source games with commercial assets, but that seems to be limited to rogue-likes at the moment.
QuotePerhaps it can be ported over to something like OpenFL to allow it to continue on.
I have attempted to migrate a flash game to haxe and use openfl, it unfortunately didn't work, not sure if it was not ready for a flash game of that size or not ready at all, but it was not an easy experience for me and in the end, didn't work, I feel ruffle is the more realistic goal
Craggles086 13 Jan
So the entire Pixel Jam catalogue is on sale currently on Steam, so hopefully this is more then an attention grabbing stunt.

Still, I might support his decision by buying their entire catalogue.

https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/1028/The_Pixeljam_Collection/


Last edited by Craggles086 on 14 January 2023 at 3:13 am UTC
JaxiiRuff 14 Jan
Here is the repo made earlier today! https://github.com/pixeljam/DinoRunDX
1xok 15 Jan
Quoting: Craggles086So the entire Pixel Jam catalogue is on sale currently on Steam,

Thanks for the tip.

Like the music. Yes, I admit it. :)
I played Dino Run (I don't think it had "DX" in the title) as a Flash game a long time ago. If this is the same game, which it looks to be, I'm glad to see it preserved.
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