For those concerned, fear not! Looble will remain supreme commander of the master source version of Battle City. What does this mean? It means we will maintain an official release of the game and continue to operate the Classic Battle City Server (for another month unless you save it!). It also means that anyone can now contribute to the project, run their own server or even start their own unique game based on Battle City. Have a question? Ask the Battle City Google Group or post a message on the Battle City Forums!
What is Battle City?
Battle City is a very fun online game. Players build cities or join cities built by other players. Once in-game, player characters are represented by tanks. The city buildings produce items which equip the tanks with improved weaponry like bombs, cloaks, medkits, etc… The goal is to destroy enemy cities before being destroyed! To find out more, check out the video or visit http://battlecity.org.
Battle City source code on GitHub
GitHub is a social coding website; it’s like Facebook for programmers! By hosting the Battle City source code on GitHub it’s easy for anybody to join or follow progress on the project. If you want to contribute to the development of Battle City, create an account on GitHub and get the Battle City source code.
Why is Battle City Open Source? Because Open Source Matters!
Over the years I’ve learned a lot working with open source. Open source matters to me. It has helped me get ahead in my career by allowing me to gain valuable work experience. I hope that by releasing Battle City as open source, it will now be able to help and teach someone else. Many people have contributed to making this possible, I’m only a small part of the puzzle. Thank you everyone for your contributions over the years!
But Seriously, as an Evil Overlord, how does this help you achieve world domination?
It’s actually quite brilliant. By officially releasing Battle City as open source, I hope to attract developers to join the Battle City community. Every evil empire needs intelligent programmers. With these new minions working on Battle City, I free up my own time to work on the next piece of my plan for world conquest.
Why would programmers want to be a minion of the Looble Empire?
I may be evil, but I’m not a bad guy from a minions perspective. Yes, I do want to take over the world, and yes, I will always act in my own self-interest in order to achieve that goal. However, I am very interested in keeping my minions happy. I don’t have time to deal with mutiny or other sorts of revolts against my leadership.
So why serve Looble? Because you will be rewarded. Because your overlord knows he cannot conquer the world without your help and will therefore do whatever it takes to retain your services.
If you’ve ever contributed to Battle City, add Looble to your resume on LinkedIn. I’ll be happy to give you a recommendation. Open source matters to my plans for world domination and you deserve recognition for your contributions.
Open source projects count as work experience. Employers love hiring individuals who show interest in software development outside of school or paid employment. And I need moles in these companies.
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