Hello everyone! Today I'd like to present you an idea that is centered around free and open source games. It was born via a discussion on mailinglists and IRC-channels between people from Freedesktop-Games, freegamedev.net and GGZ  in the course of the last two weeks.
The vision is an open, cross-platform game lounge system, used to play online with people from around the world, browsing through and easily joining multiplayer games. Its core elements will be: * a set of open standard protocols describing the communication between a game-lounge-server, a game-server and a game-client * an open API for games implementing these protocols * a game-lounge-server including community features (user-database, statistics, chatting, etc.) * a game-browser The main goal of the project is to make the creation of an open community for games and gamers eventually possible. Most of you will certainly know services like Gamespy, Steam, Windows-Live, Xfire and possibly more. It seems like there currently is no free and open alternative to them, and this project aims to change that. Maybe we can change that together. A more detailed overview of how the system could look like, what the goals and what the benefits are is available at: http://apps.sourceforge.net/mediawiki/glou/index.php?title=ProjectOverview Just a word about what this project is not: it is not a replacement for your current lobby-system. It may be if you want, but it will be created in a way that it can be used in parallel to your own system. I have sent this mail (or forum-post, wherever you read it) to the most influential  open source games. You can see a complete list here: http://apps.sourceforge.net/mediawiki/glou/index.php?title=Projects Ideally this project will be a cooperation between the major open source games out there. But that's for you to decide. I invite you, game developers and people interested in open source games, to the Glou (= Game LOUnge) mailinglist, a place to join the efforts and discuss how this project should look like. You can join the mailinglist here: http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/glou-devel To hear from you would be great. As a starting point it would be interesting to know... * what features the lounge system definitely should have * what features the current lobby system of your game has * if you feel the need for an open gaming community * if you would use the system in your game if it is done "the right way" * and what you think about the idea in general For now that's everything. Thank you all for your attention and patience :) . Hopefully we'll see each other on the mailinglist to shape the future of this project together. Best regards - Sven Pfaller (aka Noya)  http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Games http://wiki.freegamedev.net http://www.ggzgamingzone.org  This is obviously subjective. Feel free to contact projects that may be missing and add them to the list.
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