A former pub landlord and two chums who together created a computer game and signed a big distribution deal with a major US games supplier have been accused of ripping off other titles' content. Back in May, local newspaper the Kent Messenger interviewed Steve Bovis, Tim Croucher and Laurence Francis, all from Maidstone, Kent, …
Not wishing to excuse their lazyness or (anything else) but
just to throw this thought into the mix.
They didn't actually include the 3D models or raw textures in the game but an representation of the textures and models.
The screen shots used only really existed on their own machines (in theory) that rendering of that frame only took place due to players actions within the game.
Sort of at best it could be argued that they only included a representation of another publishers game without permission. Perhaps in that thase they may be able to argue some form of "fair use"
Graphically though the game bust have been a real dogs dinner.
Anyway I have other trouble to cassuse now ;)
Why Jobs ?
No doubt he will sue as it's his role to steal other peopls ideas and pass them off has Apples own unique revolution
That thread on GamesRadar is funny, even has a pic of the 3 clueless gimps who thought they could get away with this:
"This whole story is fantastic. The guys in charge even look like extras from the last fight the Mitchell brothers had in the east end"
They really do!
Majestic = Tri Synergy?
I think there's more than meets the eye here.
Here's an interview from 1995...
Check out the company name, bearing in mind "Tri Synergy" is their US publisher.
Here's more for a good laugh:
@ Not wishing to excuse their lazyness or (anything else) but
Paris, cause she undoubtable has more sense.
Did the publisher cough up an advance?
These guys may have been simply trying to milk an advance out of a publisher I suppose-- if so good luck finding them after this. The publisher may not have any legal liability here but you really have to colour them stupid, whether or not they got taken for an advance...
Imitation is the sincerest form of being an unoriginal thieving bastard
Good old Victor Lewis Smith, thanks to him for that quote. I was going to pass it off as my own, but...