Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
User Settings
LAN Parties
Upcoming one-time events:

Regularly scheduled events

Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Responses

Kotaku has a response from SEGA to the lawsuit filed against them and Gearbox over differences between how Aliens: Colonial Marines was marketed and how the first-person shooter turned out. They say they cannot comment, and then proceed to comment: "SEGA cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation," they tell the site. "But we are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend it vigorously." They followed this up with a comment from Gearbox, who think it is less than without merit, saying they will defend the rights of entertainers: "Attempting to wring a class action lawsuit out of a demonstration is beyond meritless. We continue to support the game, and will defend the rights of entertainers to share their works-in-progress without fear of frivolous litigation."

Post Comment
Enter the details of the comment you'd like to post in the boxes below and click the button at the bottom of the form.

36. Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Responses May 3, 2013, 15:21 Beamer
Jivaro wrote on May 3, 2013, 12:27:
I think very nearly everyone feels like they were disingenuous. I am just not sure that constitutes as illegal. I will follow this with some interest, but I am not sure anger and some sort of misguided sense of revenge is a legitimate reason to hope a lawsuit succeeds. I don't want video game companies to stop making preview videos and releasing demos because of liability. Regulation has a way of doing that. Companies don't necessarily always conform to regulation, they just stop doing whatever it is that is being regulated unless it is necessary. It isn't like a lot of marketing and hype doesn't already get thrown out there without actually showing any gameplay.

If Gearbox goes down for this then that will be the result: we'll stop seeing ANY preview footage for any work in progress.

I think a lot of people here are seriously misunderstanding how these previews work:
The game is nowhere near complete. What ends up being completed is a section to be demoed. In most cases everything is faked, because you're a year or more away from going gold. If things such as animations or logic were ready for prime time the game wouldn't take so much longer to finish. So things get faked. It's a small slice and usually not very indicative of how resource intensive the final version will end up being. In some happy cases it's more intensive, and the final version can be polished and refined. In some cases it's much less intensive, and things have to be toned down. But, even though it says "actual gameplay," and it's true because it's technically a game and it's technically being played, you're looking at something that was rapidly worked on to be brought up to a presentable level while the rest of the game looks nothing like it. In some cases all that work ends up being thrown out, because, again, it's faked. Faked stuff can't be applied to the full game, but the artists making the full game will use that footage as the target they shoot for.

There's no solution to this, other than simply not showing games until you're sure everything will look the same, and that point is at best a handful of months before it hits shelves and, at worst, the day it hits shelves.
Music for the discerning:
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
      ;)   ;)   :(   :(   :o   :o   %)   %)   :)   :)   :|   :|   ;P   ;P   X|   X|   :D   :D   More
Login Email   Password Remember Me
If you have a signature set up, it will be automatically appended to your comment.
If you don't already have a Blue's News user account, you can sign up here.
Forgotten your password? Click here.
          Email me when this topic is updated.

Special Codes

  • b[bold text]b
  • i[italic text]i
  • u[underline text]u
  • -[strikethrough text]-
  • c[code text]c
  • +[bullet point]+
  • q[quote text (indented)]q
  • [quote="Author"]quote text (indented)[/quote]
  • [url=Link]text[/url]
  • r{red text}r
  • g{green text}g
  • b{blue text}b
  • m{maroon text}m
  • s{secret text (shows in the background colour)}s

Forum Rules

  1. Disagree all you want but attacks of a personal nature will not be tolerated.
  2. Ethnic slurs and homophobic language will not be tolerated.
  3. Do not post spam, links to warez sites, or instructions on how to obtain pirated software.
  4. Abusing the forums in any manner that could be construed as 'griefing' will not be tolerated.


Blue's News logo