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Comedy point and click adventure Plot of the Druid to get a demo in October
20 September 2020 at 11:28 am UTC

What's going on with the font? A mix of small and capital letters, and the small letter are scaled to be a high as capitals.

Steam has a Summer of Pride 2020 sale and event going on
10 June 2020 at 5:17 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: ZlopezI'm just trying to say that pointing on the difference is not a good way to remove it from society. It's the opposite. I'm not saying it's bad to be proud who you are, but I don't think anybody needs special month to prove this.

I see it the same way. It's a bit demotivating that people will try to frame you as a person that ignores existing racism. It's not ignoring what is. I rather see it as a way to come faster to a place where non of that matters anymore. The place, or rather the time, we all agree we should eventually end up at.

Maybe it is a bit similar with what Morgan Freeman said about "Black History Month". There is no "black history". There is a history of the human being. That's it. has a huge bundle going to support 'Racial Justice and Equality'
7 June 2020 at 6:52 pm UTC

Quoting: tuubiSure you can. Just tick the "Give this game as a gift" checkbox when you buy it.

So the mail address doesn't have to be one from a Itch customer and it is literally a code that everyone can redeem on Itch? has a huge bundle going to support 'Racial Justice and Equality'
7 June 2020 at 3:26 pm UTC Likes: 2

Hm... can you buy games again if you already have them in your library? If I want to buy it as a gift again, can I send the code to myself and send the code to whoever wants it? I would buy this bundle for $5 and then try out a lot of the games, and if a game is good, I'd like to honor the quality with a little bit of additional money.

Godot Engine editor running in a web browser is now a thing
31 May 2020 at 10:23 pm UTC

The Godot editor is just one single file, and just a few Megabytes, runs on Linux, MacOs and Windows. The web editor is a fun feature, but really not needed to get working with it.

OBS Studio gains another big sponsor with Facebook
29 February 2020 at 3:04 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: 14So, about how many full-time developers can you pay a normal salary while also paying for some infrastructure costs? How long can you budget your payroll based on fluctuating donations?

That depends on a whole lot of things. Some FOSS people are fine with the basic living costs of their region, some want to earn roughly the same as they would with a regular job. Some are utilitarists, some are capitalists, and there are many somewhere in between or even more different. So, it really depends on a lot of things. I'm not from the US. What would roughly be the amount of money an US based FOSS developer needs to cover his living costs?

There is one full time dev, which is the project lead. The person linked on the article states that everything he does is voluntary, so he doesn't get paid anything for his work. I don't know how many people regularly work on OBS. If someone who knows that could step in, that would be awesome. Maybe there is even some page on the official website where finance distribution between contributors is described? Not that every dev wants to have something, as we can see with Mr. Torell.

Regarding fluctiating donations: One times donations are only 2% of the sum above. You are of course right that not every company will never stop paying their recurring plan. I just took the last year as the base for my calculations.

OBS Studio gains another big sponsor with Facebook
29 February 2020 at 11:54 am UTC Likes: 1

Something else that came across me while looking at the website of OBS: I really wondered that they have such a big amount of funding already. Just for the sake of numbers, I'm going to make a list and calculate the recurring donations and the one time donations over the last year. Just out of interest, and for the reasons I stated in my post above. I'm going for the minimum values for tiers with a stated minimum. Because there is no stated value for the premium tier, I'm going to extrapolate from the lower tiers. This calculation would be more accurate if we would have the exact numbers. If there is a good reason for OBS to not post the exact numbers, I'd like to know.

"Bronze Tier: These sponsors have pledged at least $250 per month to the OBS Project."
12 months * $250 * 6 sponsors = $18,000 per year

"Gold Tier: These sponsors have pledged at least $20,000 per year to the OBS Project."
2 * $20,000 = $40,000 per year

"Diamond Tier: These sponsors have pledged at least $50,000 per year to the OBS Project."
2* $50,000 = $100,000 per year

"Premiere Tier: These sponsors have gone far above and beyond with their contributions to the OBS Project"
20->50->100 is what I'm extrapolating here. That means that both Twitch and Facebook pay at least $100,000 per year. It was said that Twitch pays "a lot" more than Facebook, so I'm going for $150,000 for Twitch.
$100,000 + $150,000 = $250,000 per year

Then there is Patreon. It's a good thing that the income isn't hidden on the Patreon page, so we have an exact value. It is $1,392 right now.
12 * $1,392 = $16,704 (roughly $15,000)

There is also "Open Collective", which I didn't know before. It seems to be a website for donating money to projects. As it is with LibrePay, the software behind project itself is open source. In contrast to LibrePay, you can not use the service without paying them for the service. It isn't non-profit, either. It's a regular company in that regard. They take a whopping 10% from every payment towards OBS. That's without payment fees from other finance institutions, which come on top of that (I think that's called "stripe fee" in the US). I removed any instance already calculated above from the list of payments, so that just additional payments are included in this position. Also, all of items in the list that reflected above tiers show that assuming the minimum value for recurring tiers from above seems to be accurate.

$11,285.66 donations - $1,128.52 Open Collective fee - $471.53 payment processor fee = $9,685.58 (roughly $10,000)

  $  18,000   Bronze Tier
+ $  40,000   Gold Tier
+ $ 100,000   Diamond Tier
+ $ 250,000   Premiere Tier
+ $  15,000   Patreon
+ $  10,000   Open Collective
- $  10,000   See the edit below
$ 423,000

Some things to note: I can not know of any other donations for example via PayPal or other ways. Known one time fees do not play a big role. The transfer fees were only subtracted where known, which is only the data from Open Collective.


I'm just going to let this sit here as it is, just numbers. If there is anything wrong with my calculations and more importantly my assumptions, then please let me know. Please, take what I have written above in the spirit I described in my former post above. This is just me taking a look at it, nothing more.

Maybe I'm going to write my thoughts about this later, but I'm going to go outside first. The weather is nice and my cats like going outside with me. Also, it is often a good idea to let some things sink in before going at it. :)

Edit: I just have gone over what I wrote earlier and realized I forgot to substract the Open Collective fees and transfer fees for corporate sponsors (the tiers), because some of those, but not all, are known via the data from Open Collective. I updated this with a single substraction in the final calculation.

OBS Studio gains another big sponsor with Facebook
29 February 2020 at 9:47 am UTC

Saying that this "must" be an infiltration is if you ask me exactly as stupid as saying that this "can not" be problematic in some way. We don't know, so why would we say something like this?

Who here thinks that Facebook doesn't do evil stuff at all? I think next do no one. We can't know what is happening. We shouldn't make strong statements when we can't back those statements up with facts and knowledge. Simply saying "it is not a problem because it's just a donation" is the same kind of baseless argument as is "this must be a buy-out".

Here's how I see it: Facebook is very obviously a company with a history of things that were not a good thing. Facebook has done a lot of awful things, and it is doing them right now. I think most people agree and for many of them, a few examples spring to mind.

So we should be aware and stay alert when such a company invests in something that is free. If you think the GPL has the power to fend of corruption of the humans who commit changes to that software, you should examine that train of thought. It wouldn't be the first free project to contain malicious code without anybody noticing, and it wouldn't be the first project to fall because of greed, even that of the creators, who I believe hadn't that in mind from the start. We are all just humans. None of us was "good" at every point in our lives. If we don't take that in mind, what good is the GPL? How much worth is the source being open, if nobody opens it, so to speak? If nobody would take a deep and good look in order to find anything malicious, of what use is it?

Of course are people going to be asking questions if such a big investment comes from such a company. That should be the expectation of any person not living under a stone for the last 10 years. The explanations from the dev team don't really bring anything to the table that is worthwhile. To be fair - there is not much one could say in this situation, because the expectation is of course that in the case of something malicious, the people behind that would still act the same: They'd say that there is no problem. That's just how it is, so everybody should take that in mind. The community, and the devs as well.

Quoting:’m sure there will still be people with tinfoil hats who think this is some evil conspiracy, but it really is not. If it was, I would be out — I have a full-time job, and the work I do for OBS is largely voluntary, so I can leave if I want to.

"People with tinfoil hats"? That is just a god-awful thing to say in this situation. Seriously.

So lets put that aside for a few moments. As far as I can see, the full-time job of Mr. Torell is producing live streams for events and competitions. His job is about using software like OBS. And it wouldn't be a completely baseless assumption that he is using OBS for his work. He needs that tool to make money.

See, I don't want to point out that there is a problem with that. Not at all. This shows how great FOSS is. One can use that software to create value, and even change it when you need it to do some things it yet can not. You can make the software better in order to create more value that you can sell and live on.

I'm just putting these words into perspective. Because when I first read them, I thought he has a full-time job that has nothing to do with OBS and everything he does for it is just a hobby. That's not the case.

I think that is an important bit to understand here.

Again, not because I want to say that Mr. Torell must be malicious, but... well, see my statements above.

Swipe right for Socialism in Democratic Socialism Simulator now available on Linux
21 February 2020 at 4:09 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: eldakingoh, wait, this was made by Americans

Molleindustria is from Italy. They don't mean it 100% serious, but they also are not just making jokes, I think.

Fusing a deck-builder and a narrative adventure 'Iris and the Giant' releases February 27 - demo up
16 February 2020 at 7:57 pm UTC

I think the phrase "narrative" gets thrown around too much in the games industry as of right now. I'm strongly interested in games that motivate through a well done story. So naturally I click on everything that says that it has an epic story, only to find out the actual phrase should be: "Yes, we also kinda have a story." It's maybe a bit like it is with rogue-likes. Maybe "story based" or "narrative game" are phrases analysts found to be highly sought after and simply use them because of that.

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