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Treading the Fuzzy Line Between Game Cloning and Theft 235

eldavojohn writes "Ars analyzes some knockoffs and near-knockoffs in the gaming world that led to problems with the original developers. Jenova Chen, creator of Flower and flOw, discusses how he feels about the clones made of his games. Chen reveals his true feelings about the takedown of Aquatica (a flOw knockoff): 'What bothers me the most is that because of my own overreaction, I might have created a lot of inconvenience to the creator of Aquatica and interrupted his game-making. He is clearly talented, and certainly a fan of flOw. I hope he can continue creating video games, but with his own design.' The article also notes the apparent similarities between Zynga's Cafe World and Playfish's Restaurant City (the two most popular Facebook games). Is that cloning or theft? Should clones be welcomed or abhorred?"

Comment Keep it up... (Score 1) 493

Instead of pointing out a potential oversight, MS is accused of "stealing" right out of the gate. Good job folks. Way to encourage vendor participation in your projects. Keep it up and you will ensure OSS remains in the dark corners of IS - appliances, the occasional web server. It will never see critical mass unless people learn to work with vendors whose employees may not be completely familiar with all of the rules yet.

Comment This is an outdated recommendation (Score 1) 433

Waiting for SP1 used to be best practice when it came to Microsoft operating systems. However, those days are far behind us and most of you reading this probably weren't around in those days anyhow. Since Windows 2003 released MS has done a good job of releasing quality operating systems at the GA release. Waiting for a SP is not really necessary any longer. Granted I wouldn't try to be the first kid on the block with any new OS in production, but that goes for all vendors and not just Microsoft. It also applies to other software and hardware as well.

In fact this is such crap that MS tried to beat people that still do this at their own game. When Windows 2008 was released as GA, SP1 was already installed into the OS. Did these people wait for SP2 before installing? Maybe. But I believe more people are starting to realize you need to test any software extensively before relying on it in today's fast paced production environments, regardless of what SP level you are testing.

Comment You people are unbelievable! (Score -1) 667

This woman shouldn't get a dime. Her lawyer claims she shouldn't be bound to the terms of the contract she electronically signed because she didn't understand it? Give me a break. If I don't understand something, I don't sign it, click on it, or anything else other than throw it away. Granted, that gets me into other problems sometimes. Back to the topic at hand though! This was advertising plain and simple. Over the top? Maybe, but we're still talking about it months later, so clearly it was effective.

I'm truly shocked by how many people say she should get "all of it". She deserves nothing and in fact she should have to pay Toyota's legal fees. After reading this, I think I'm going to go buy me a new Tundra.

Stupid people suck.

Comment Digital Dist is NOT FREE! (Score 4, Informative) 406

I don't get in today's age of informed individuals how people still think digital distribution is "free". Maybe your personal site is dirt cheap, but larger companies that use a ton of bandwidth pay a fortune for that bandwidth and the management and guarantees that go along with it. I work for a small company that doesn't have a large website and we do nothing like digital dist, but our bandwidth still costs over $2m per year. I agree downloads vs sending disks would be cheaper, but saying it would be free is just plain ignorant.

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