Friday, November 27, 2009

Games Workshop Uproar

Don't know if ya'll have seen this, but apparently games workshop it putting a massive smackdown on a whole lot of people at the moment, in order to protect their intellectual property. Its an interesting read.

http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/48933

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/467096

10 Comments:

At 4:38 PM, November 27, 2009, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

Just got an email that Blood Bowl is now available on XBox 360. So I'm still feeling good about GW right now.

 
At 4:42 PM, November 27, 2009, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

...and then I find out that it doesn't include customized teams or leagues. Still feeling good about GW, not so much about Cyanide Studios.

 
At 5:02 PM, November 27, 2009, Blogger Brian said...

I was at Gamestop not two hours ago and they had no idea when BBowl would be out on the XBox.

 
At 5:02 PM, November 27, 2009, Blogger Brian said...

I do know that it came out in Europe today. But that doesn't really help me.

 
At 6:51 PM, November 27, 2009, Blogger Ben said...

Lots of chatter on the Gamefaqs.com board related to the Blood Bowl 360 game. Looks like the PC version is the one to get. Anyone else up for buying in and starting a league?

 
At 1:44 AM, November 28, 2009, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

I would in a heartbeat, except I think my computer can barely run it on lowest settings. That's why I was waiting for the XBox version, dangit. May have to upgrade the PC.

As far as the original point of this post -- I just can't get worked up about this. Three things:

1. GW guarding its IP is as newsworthy as the sun rising in the east.

2. They have clear guidelines on what they consider fair use, and many sites follow them without issue. Lots of BGG submissions did not. And even if some did, BGG appears to have axed everything and let God sort them out.

3. I give GW money because I love their minis, not because they are swell people.

 
At 9:38 AM, November 28, 2009, Blogger Brian said...

4) GW (and all other companies) put their IP at legal risk by not sending C&D letters. The law is set up such that common sense is punished. They probably have it worse, since they are dealing with US/UK and EU laws all at once.

I firmly believe GW are ass-hats on this, but as Dennis pointed out, this is not a new trend.

The September that never ended is in full force on this one...

 
At 12:38 PM, November 28, 2009, Blogger Tiffany said...

It isnt surprising, I mean it is their IP, and they can do what they want with it. What is kind of surprising is the how dare they attitude that a lot of the gamers are getting. :shrugs:

 
At 1:34 PM, November 28, 2009, Blogger Ben said...

Reminds me of when TSR back in the 80's tried to take action againsta pretty much all other fantasy RPGs, especially those involving a dungeon. Obviously they failed... Perhaps in part due to their wholesale lifting of ideas from Tolkien and others.

GW is much the same. I recently attend a lecture by Michael Moorcock, who lamented about how in the 60's/70's he had created the whole concept of Chaos mythos/armies (e.g. Elric novels) and symbology (eight pointed arrow), but GW had totally ripped him off both in 40K and Fantasy Battles.

 
At 5:15 PM, November 28, 2009, Blogger Mike S said...

they seem to do this stuff every year, but somehow were more successfull than other years. Perhaps Fantasy Flight is buying some more of their games, or even better(the whole company). That would be nice, a company that listens to gamers, riggghht, like that'd happen.

 

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