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I saw this a few minutes ago and I thought I'd share the news. Apparently there was a game called Glitch (perhaps some readers are familiar with it; this is the first I've heard about it myself) that ran from 2009-2012. They've just released a huge amount of art assets into the public domain. Here's the announcement from their art asset page:
The collaborative, web-based, massively multiplayer game Glitch began its initial private testing in 2009, opened to the public in 2010, and was shut down in 2012. It was played by more than 150,000 people and was widely hailed for its original and highly creative visual style.
The entire library of art assets from the game, has been made freely available, dedicated to the public domain. Code from the game client is included to help developers work with the assets. All of it can be downloaded and used by anyone, for any purpose. (But: use it for good.)
Tiny Speck, Inc., the game’s developer, has relinquished its ownership of copyright over these 10,000+ assets in the hopes that they help others in their creative endeavours and build on Glitch’s legacy of simple fun, creativity and an appreciation for the preposterous. Go and make beautiful things.
Unfortunately, a large portion of their assets are in Adobe FLA format, which makes them difficult for most people to use. If there are people out there with Adobe Flash (or some tool capable of ripping the content from FLA files), it would be awesome if we could get some people to convert these files to an open format and upload them to OGA. It's a massively large project, so there's no need to tackle it all at once. Just do what you can and upload it, and we'll see to it that they're put into a collection so that people can find them easily.
Note: I've upload the PNG sprite assets here.
Just a quick note for game devs. If you use someone's art, don't be afraid to leave a comment on that art with a link back to your game. It's free advertising for you, and artists who post here are always happy to know that their work is being used. I know people can be a little hesitant sometimes to link to their own projects, but in this case we don't consider it to be spam. :)
In case you're not already aware of it, I'd like to direct your attention to the Open Game Art Bundle (note: not officially affiliated with this site), a crowd funded Creative Commons art project. At the time of this post, they've got 1 day and 8 hours left, and are less than $700 short of their $10,000 goal. If they reach their goal, the entire bundle will be released into the public domain under the cc0 license. If not, the art will be provided to backers under the CC-BY license.
Much like other indie bundles, the Open Game Art Bundle allows you to pay what you want, and split that payment between the artists and charities (in this case, the EFF and the Creatice Commons). Also, there are some cool bonusus for donations above $10, $25, $50, and $100.
Let's help push these guys past the $10k mark! :)
Update: A few hours later and less than $200 to go. Let's do this. :)
Just a quick note. I'm going to be intermittent for the next couple of weeks, because I have a new baby daughter as of June 1st. (For those who are interested, she's 7lbs 5 oz, and 19 inches tall, and both the baby and mother are doing great.) In the meantime, if you need assistance from an administrator, there is often someone available in the IRC channel (#opengameart on freenode). Please note that administrators are volunteers, and may not be on 24/7.