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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game engine OpenXRay gets taken down on GitHub

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Update - 11/01/2024, 11:55 AM UTC: The GitHub repository has been restored now. Hopefully this won't happen in future, considering as noted below, GSC Game World actually gave it their blessing to be used. And thanks to the take-down, even more people now know about it. From the reversal notice, GitHub stated clearly after a review it was a fraudulent take-down.

Original article below:

OpenXRay is an improved cross-platform version of the X-Ray Engine, which is the original game engine used in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series by GSC Game World. However, it seems a bad actor got it taken down from GitHub.

Currently the GitHub page notes "Repository unavailable due to DMCA takedown" and the DMCA can be read here, which is claimed to be from "Anti-Piracy Protection" on behalf of GSC Game World. 

However, on X (formerly Twitter), the official GSC Game World account noted it wasn't their doing, and that "Open X-Ray is totally allowed to be used as a modbase" and that they're dealing with "a wave of false claims caused by our position recently":

So with that in mind, hopefully GitHub will reinstate it and prevent this from happening again from the same people trying to cause issues for them. It's also nice to see, at least according to who is posting on their social account, that they have no problems with people using OpenXRay considering it's based on leaked code.

The code has been out so long now, and used by so many for such old games, it would have been pretty strange to only now go after it. Especially since it requires data files from the original games to run, so people still need to buy the games to use OpenXRay.

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Termy Jan 9
Another example of the idiocy of the whole DMCA-Bullshit...
Bogomips Jan 9
Quoting: TermyAnother example of the idiocy of the whole DMCA-Bullshit...

Fortunately, idiocy is not too common in our society… Oh wait!
skaplon Jan 9
Abuse of the DMCA system should be double-punished
Pikolo Jan 9
Quoting: skaplonAbuse of the DMCA system should be double-punished
It would be nice it it was punished at all...
anth Jan 9
I assume their position which causes false claims is their ties to Ukraine, or have they been involved in some scandal I've not noticed?
Quoting: skaplonAbuse of the DMCA system should be double-punished
Welllll, the DMCA was written with abuse in mind, so that might defeat the purpose . . .
Seegras Jan 10
In principle, the DMCA demands that
Quote"I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner, or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed."
But sadly, there is no enforcement if that turns out to be a lie.
robertosf92 Jan 10
Can one actually play STALKER using this? Are there any forks of it?
eldarion Jan 10
Quoting: anthI assume their position which causes false claims is their ties to Ukraine, or have they been involved in some scandal I've not noticed?

I was about to ask exactly the same thing. I have no idea what they are talking about.
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