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Your licence catergorisation is unclear. In practice any game which is open source is also free as in beer, yet most open source games here are not included in the free beer category. So maybe all open source games should gain this catergorisation. Alternatively, maybe you should be explicit that your "free as in beer" catergory - which is elsewhere on the site described as "freeware/shareware" - is only for games that are not open source, too.
Before going into that discussion again, i would like you to read the most common definition of "freeware" (or consult other sources for the definition) ... and please do not stop at the first sentence ;) Open source software may be free source-wise, but pretty often the content is not. Then we go into the gray area wherte one definition is not eough ... We try to display that with the existing categorisation, see e.g. Nexuiz for a fully free game. and Quake 2 for a partly one. The "Payment required" text stands for the content. --Hoehrer 11:28, 3 May 2006 (Pacific Daylight Time)
"The only criterion for being classified as "freeware" is that the software must be made available at no cost". That doesn't exactly definitively rule out GPL programs. On your site you have Wesnoth listed as Free Beer, which it is, but so are lots of other games here, yet they are not included on the list.
You are essentially correct in your statement that "Free as in Beer" could be used to refer to open source games which are also Free as in Speech. However, this is a bit beside the point when you consider the way we have things organized. The wiki is currently setup with three graphical templates on each game page. These are the game Type, License, and Cost, in that order. In this case, we are referring to the Cost templates. The Cost templates try to express how much the game costs, both in money AND in freedom of use. We have only 3 Cost templates, which mark the game as either Commercial, Beer, or Open Source. This indicates that a game either costs money, is free to download but may not be completely Free, or is Free and open source.
It's important to keep in mind that the fact that the game pages can be browsed by categories is actually a side effect of these 3 templates at the bottom of each game page. The system was designed to make these 3 templates into a useful summary of each game's status, NOT to provide a way to see all Free as in Beer games at a glance. In other words, you are thinking about it backwards from the way we usually think about it. There are other examples of this that could be pointed out. For example, Bang Howdy could theoretically fall into categories like Open Source, Closed Source, GPL, Free as in Beer, and several others, but it doesn't. Our system is simply not setup like that. Even if was, though, it would just confuse things more by making games appear under Open Source when they actually cost money to play (like Quake 3 would), or making them show under Commercial when there are free versions available (like Tux Racer would). This is not a useful effect to have.
So, here is what we do: we apply 3 templates to each game page, to show in a simple way the BEST explanation for that particular game. Does that mean that Bang Howdy lists itself as both GPL and Free as in Beer? Most definitley yes. Why not Open Source? Because although Three Rings Design is very friendly to open source, they are unable to open source their entire game. However, they do make it a habit to release pieces under the GPL whenever possible, so some of the code is GPL. Despite this, the game is listed under Beer because it actually is (basically) a freeware download. Cases like this are common, and it's different for each game.
I stand by this (admittedly imperfect) method as both a nice way to see the general status of a game at a glance, and to keep the games from mixing all together in the categories. If anything, it was perhaps a mistake to list the categories in the Game List AS THOUGH they worked as catch-all categories that overlap (like you were expecting), when they actually don't at all. I think it might be a good idea to try to clarify the organization there. I do know that it is definitley NOT a good idea to go messing with those categories again, though :)
|On your site you have Wesnoth listed as Free Beer|
Uhm, what list are you referring to? St least Wesnoth is not in any "freeware" category ... if it is then it's an error.
- Battle for Wesnoth categories: Native Linux Games | GPL | Open Source Games | Turn Based Strategy | Fantasy
--Hoehrer 04:17, 4 May 2006 (Pacific Daylight Time)
I was talking about the Wesnoth review, where Wesnoth is listed under 4 catergories.