After the Rush (or: KDEGames Needs You)
Once, when the KDE4 rush was at its peak, KDEGames was a village of goldrunners, granatiers and card players. No day went by without stories about new porting achievements, here and there a new game was found and the denizens even made it to IRC town regularily to talk about how they could make their village even better, even prettier, the best. And it felt good.
Those days are no more. Sometimes people visit the village they had heard of in so many stories, and then they end up taking some pictures of them pretending to cheerlead, run away from or play football with some tumbleweed. Some are still living here. Hiding from the people that come to laugh at them. The dreamers who cannot let go the past, who deny to admit that those times are over.
Oh the guilt. Whom should it burn? Who brought the misery over the village? Was is sickness? Greed? The Government? Aliens? Steve Urkel? (announcement for those who got this one: you are old :D)
No. It is just too easy to blame someone abstract, someone who does not seem to care to be blamed, someone not … yourself.
Now that I sprayed a numbing feeling of guilt all over you, here’s what you can do to help rebuilding the village.
adopt a game
There are several games currently unmaintained. We have all seen it plenty of times. The maintainer gets a new job, grows a family or (curious as we all are) finds a new hobby that consumes his leisure time. See the list of games (click on the website link for pretty pictures) and if you are interested in a game or just curious about what you can do for the code or the game’s bugzilla footprint, come visit us, talk to us and learn what it means to play while you work. :)
Arcade bombing game.
Bugs: none listed
Also, the maintainership of the following games is not certain at the moment and has to be investigated:
You do not need to adopt a game to help the village. If you look at the list of open bugs, there will always be some crashers, all-timers or just annoying bugs that we were not able to fix yet. Sometimes because the lack or time or skill or because we are not able to reproduce them. The list of bugs (and requests) is long.
(I share a search for kdegames in Bugzilla. Look at you Preferences page to use it.)
organise irc meetings
Yes, we should have meetings again. I have only attended two or three KDEGames meetings, but they were always very nice and attracted quite a few people to help. You can play games there after all. :)
do the usual stuff
There are more ways to help an understaffed module in need. Some of them are more obvious than others but all of them can be discussed on our mailinglist. So feel invited.
do not expect us to do the things you want
We most likely will not implement your favourite feature in your favourite game. That is not because we hate you, but because we are simply understaffed. Some games are maintained, but even there we have games that are actively developed and games that are in pure maintenance mode.
A few weeks ago Aaron came to us and asked if we would like to jump on the Plasma Active train. Yes, we would like to do that. But it seems we cannot make it in any forseeable future.
Or can we?
This is KDE after all. :)