I was asked a few weeks ago, "What was the biggest surprise you
encountered rolling out Go?" I knew the answer instantly: Although
we expected C++ programmers to see Go as an alternative, instead
most Go programmers come from languages like Python and Ruby. Very
few come from C++.
It's fair enough to say that I wouldn't be a programmer today if it weren't for an interest in game programming, and that is true of several of my friends as well. But if that is true, why then do we have so few finished and polished free software games? Answering that question actually deserves of a post of its own (and indeed, solving that riddle is a good portion of the motive behind Liberated Pixel Cup), but it's enough to say for now that we are missing opportunities of encouraging future hackers by not making free software a welcoming playground for game development.
— Chris Webber
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