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I am looking for a free or cheap 3D engine, but no lisence paying for every copy i sell. I''ve looked at OpenGL, it seemed ok but very low level programmed, for my needs. Im not sure what that lisence thing means to me , when i start to sell copies of my game.

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Crystalspace is also good and is platform independent. Genesis however has a full networked 3d shooter available with source for you to disassemble.

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The Genesis 3D license is has similiarities to the LGPL. A brief reading looks like they''re saying you can use the engine in a product and sell the product, but if you modify/extend the Genesis 3D engine itself, you have to release the source code to the changes you made. I imagine this would probably not be a problem, and they seem like they would be amenable to other arrangements if you''re willing to pay. I would highly recommend you send them you''re questions if you''re serious about making something to sell(if not, don''t bother)This is the license, so have at it.


If you find something under the GPL, don''t bother asking. The whole point of the GPL is to keep you from taking the source code and making a closed source propietary version to sell.


The BSD license is the opposite, you can do whatever as long as you acknowledge the people whose code you used. Hope this helps.

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Yep, the concept is that if you don''t pay the license fee you have to (a) let the Genesis3D logo play at the start of your game; (b) put the G3D logo on your box; (c) release any changes to the engine, world editor, etc. you made in order to create your game. Your AI, network, effects, etc. primary game code can be proprietary, closed, unavailable, and generally Locked Up (unlike the GPL).

There''s a pretty decent sized community of G3D users, lots of example code, several gameshells, and support for several modellers. If you want to write a game but don''t feel like investing 12 to 18 months in engine development it''s worth a look!

Full Disclosure: I''m a G3D user, engine modifier, and general G3D fan. It''s not the best, it''s not the fastest, but it has a good character animation system and better framerates than most other free or open engines - AND has TOOLS so you don''t have to hack together a model converter/exporter or map converter to get a level together.

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Ive noticed that G3d and CS both seems to be geared toward FPS.. would either of them be good for a flight sim ?
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When I used to frequent () the g3d forum it was a common statement from newbies (to g3d) to say its geard towards FPS's. Its not true, you can make any styled game, as its just a graphics engine (ie, no scripting, AI, etc).

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But it probably wouldn't be great for a flight sim because as it comes it doesn't support terrain. Although there is someone working on terrain support for g3d. I don't know how well it works, so check it out ( I think it was written by Bobtree on the forum )
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Get Jet 3D as genesis 3d will be under licensing soon... Jet 3D is the same thing but it has been made by one of the coders of Genesis 3D that didn''t go with wild tangent and he decided with the agreement of WT that he could keep the part of the engine he worked on. It''s open source and under CVS versions also. It supports DX and GL with the right drivers that are included in the zip. Be warned that the zip is fairly big though.. I think it''s around 27-40 megs.. I don''t remember by heart..



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