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Friday, November 12, 2004
Quite Possibly The Most Asinine Thing I've Ever Heard
I just can't get my head around the logic of this one. Because some people are so uncreative that they want to duplicate the appearance of a copyrighted character in their game instead of coming up with something original, Marvel thinks the proper solution is to sue the game's manufacturer? A manufacturer, I might add, which actually does prohibit players from creating costumes or character names that infringe on copyrights and trademarks. What's next, suing the publishers of Silver Age Sentinels or Champions because someone might make a copy of Spider-Man or Wolverine in those games? Is Marvel that hard up for cash, or is this just an attempt to squash the competition before Marvel's inevitable on-line RPG crashes and burns?
And on a related note, here's one of the things I love about City of Heroes:
That's my character, Rum Red (Victory server, radiation Science Defender), fighting two Nazis (or as the game calls them "Nebels") out on the street, in broad daylight. You'll notice one of them has a rocket-launcher.
This is a city in which the police force is so ineffectual that fascists roam the street carrying military hardware without fear. No wonder they need thousands of super-heroes to keep crime in check...