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Game porter Ethan Lee offers services to maintain old games for developers

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Ethan Lee, otherwise known as flibitijibibo (really rolls off the tongue huh), who created FNA and has ported a ton of games to Linux, macOS and more has announced a new game maintenance service for developers.

Lee worked on ports like FEZ, Rogue Legacy 2, TMNT: Shredder's Revenge, Streets of Rage 4, Celeste, Thirty Flights of Loving and Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap just to name a few.

Now though, Lee is offering up a service to game developers to keep their games updated and working great on modern systems. As said in the announcement: "I am now available for hire to maintain games that have released and may no longer be in development! I believe that I can help bring your back catalog back to life, and can do so quickly and effectively with minimal costs to your business."

The platforms for maintenance and porting include:

  • Linux
  • Windows
  • Xbox (One, Series X|S)
  • Nintendo Switch
  • macOS (currently x86_64 only, not Apple Silicon)

Some of what Lee has focused on recently includes:

  • Steam Deck Verified certification
  • Migrating from UWP to GDK
  • Migrating XNA titles to FNA (so yes, your old XBLIG game qualifies!)
  • Public source code releases (not a requirement though)

There's one extra little catch though, Lee said that the only requirement (apart from obviously being paid) is that there "must be a native Linux version available to customers" and if developers don't have one Lee will make one for them.

Sounds like a nice service for game preservation. No doubt many developers are over-worked, with plenty of indie teams having a growing list of titles they no longer worked on directly that could benefit from a little TLC. This service offers a full free assessment.

Contact details on their website and on X.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Game Dev, Misc
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dpanter Sep 5, 2023
Best bro Ethan!
johndoe86x Sep 5, 2023
Maybe hit up Nintendo about their back catalog
Marlock Sep 5, 2023
Ethan seemingly did everything right in his carrier, and I reslly mean *everything*

He made ports, tools to make ports easier, crossplatform libs that are drop-in replacements for windows-exclusive libs (with extra benefits), a whole tour-de-force of crossplatform development and publishing best practices, an awesome business model and now an even more awesome business model that works in the long run even in a saturated market, even while competing with proton on linux, and even for devs that don't have or don't wan't to spend a lot of cash on supporting other platforms...

...at scale, for dozens of games

The FNA about page is pure poetry:
https://fna-xna.github.io/


Last edited by Marlock on 5 September 2023 at 3:53 pm UTC
Ethan is a hero. Love his work.
Pikolo Sep 5, 2023
I hope he gets customers - it's better for all gamers
benstor214 Sep 5, 2023
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Quote[...] with plenty of indie teams having a growing list of titles they no longer worked on directly that could benefit from a little TLC.
Can someone please explain to me what does TLC stand for?
jams3223 Sep 5, 2023
Ethan is a legend.
Pengling Sep 5, 2023
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Quoting: benstor214
Quote[...] with plenty of indie teams having a growing list of titles they no longer worked on directly that could benefit from a little TLC.
Can someone please explain to me what does TLC stand for?
It means "Tender Loving Care".
tuubi Sep 5, 2023
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Quoting: Pengling
Quoting: benstor214
Quote[...] with plenty of indie teams having a growing list of titles they no longer worked on directly that could benefit from a little TLC.
Can someone please explain to me what does TLC stand for?
It means "Tender Loving Care".
Unless Liam was referring to his favourite girl group from the nineties.
Liam Dawe Sep 5, 2023
Quoting: tuubi
Quoting: Pengling
Quoting: benstor214
Quote[...] with plenty of indie teams having a growing list of titles they no longer worked on directly that could benefit from a little TLC.
Can someone please explain to me what does TLC stand for?
It means "Tender Loving Care".
Unless Liam was referring to his favourite girl group from the nineties.
No Scrubs was a banger.
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