EA Patents Direct Character Customization

Legal website Lexology has details on U.S. Patent no. 10,275,947, which it says was issued on April 30, 2019 to Electronic Arts. This explains this is a patent for changing the appearance of user-created video game characters by direct manipulation, rather than by using sliders. This seems a fairly obvious concept, but apparently it was deemed worthy of a patent. Here's word:
U.S. Patent No. 10,275,947 (the ‘947 Patent) relates to simulation video games. Simulation video games are games designed to simulate aspects of real life or a fictional reality as close as possible. A notable example in this genre is the game The SIMS. In this game a player can create a character and configure its appearance by changing its body type, physical attributes, clothing, or accessories. Previously, to make these modifications to each character the user would move a slider along a predefined range of options. The ‘947 Patent details a methods for directly manipulating the selected portions of the character. This direct manipulation improves on the variety of sliders system by simplifying the interface and design process for the user. The need for lengthy menus and sub-menus is abrogated by the direct manipulation using a mouse cursor. The cursor may directly modify hotspot areas of a character such as the character’s nose area. This is an advancement over older methods of character customization.
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Quinn wrote on Jan 8, 2020, 17:56:
Wasn't it Oblivion or maybe Mass Effect that had this already and worked wonky? I remember selecting an area on the face that then glowed red and you could then shape that area the way you liked using your mouse.

Fallout 4 does that, for sure.
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Quinn wrote on Jan 8, 2020, 17:56:
Wasn't it Oblivion or maybe Mass Effect that had this already and worked wonky? I remember selecting an area on the face that then glowed red and you could then shape that area the way you liked using your mouse. According to some below, even more games have this already.

Also, at first glance I thought EA patented their ability to directly manipulate the looks players created. Imagine I log into Red Dead Online and my accidently perfected Rade Šerbedžija look-alike was reset to some ugly hill-billy.

Not either of those, no. I do remember one that worked that way, but I'm having trouble remembering which specific game it was.
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Wasn't it Oblivion or maybe Mass Effect that had this already and worked wonky? I remember selecting an area on the face that then glowed red and you could then shape that area the way you liked using your mouse. According to some below, even more games have this already.

Also, at first glance I thought EA patented their ability to directly manipulate the looks players created. Imagine I log into Red Dead Online and my accidently perfected Rade Šerbedžija look-alike was reset to some ugly hill-billy.
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There have been several games that have done this already. It doesn't work well anyway, I much prefer sliders.
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Riahderymnmaddog wrote on Jan 8, 2020, 15:06:
Well that genius! I do hope you don't plan on infringing on my typing on a keyboard patent

touché
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Riahderymnmaddog wrote on Jan 8, 2020, 15:06:
Drayth wrote on Jan 8, 2020, 14:53:
I'm going to patent logging in to an OS.

Well that genius! I do hope you don't plan on infringing on my typing on a keyboard patent
I’m patenting Ctrl-Alt-Del as we speak.
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It would be shameful if EA mired themselves in patent lawsuits to counter the diminishing returns from loot crates resulting in a negative effect on their positive trajectory with Jedi Fallen Order and Vince Zampella's takeover of DICE LA.
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Drayth wrote on Jan 8, 2020, 14:53:
I'm going to patent logging in to an OS.

Well that genius! I do hope you don't plan on infringing on my typing on a keyboard patent
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I'm going to patent logging in to an OS.
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It's shit like this that demonstrates how laughably broken our patent system can be. This isn't even a novel concept. Hell, I modified Mario's face in SM64 by direct manipulation. Granted, his face bounced back to normal when you let go of it, but still: you didn't do it first, EA.

Patenting a method for something like this--be it typing in a number, moving a slider, or direct manipulation--is silly and hopefully a court will eventually rule as such.

Maybe if the character was represented by an actual genome and you modified it by changing sequences of DNA... Thinking2
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Dirwulf wrote on Jan 8, 2020, 13:45:
You create your avatar in Eve Online this way.

CCP has good grounds for a counter-suit then. (If EA ever decides to sue them)
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You create your avatar in Eve Online this way.
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It might just be a defensive patent, not that I like it.
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 8, 2020, 11:47:
The Half Elf wrote on Jan 8, 2020, 11:44:
How the fuck do you even patent this? And EA sure as fuck wasn't the first to do this.

I am sure this will be challenged in court and inviolated due to prior art.

I think this patent is silly, since it just uses an obvious mechanism in other software used to create landscapes, etc, but do you have any examples of it being used this way in the past for character creation?
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Great! My EA stonk is going to blow up now that we can sue everyone that had already stolen this ideal years ago.
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The Half Elf wrote on Jan 8, 2020, 11:44:
How the fuck do you even patent this? And EA sure as fuck wasn't the first to do this.

I am sure this will be challenged in court and inviolated due to prior art.
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aka_STEVE wrote on Jan 8, 2020, 11:37:
*** so revolutionary ....a UI change ,.... definitely worthy of a patent.



How the fuck do you even patent this? And EA sure as fuck wasn't the first to do this.
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*** so revolutionary ....a UI change ,.... definitely worthy of a patent.


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Now I can copy exactly my lopsided nose, droopy eye and irregular ears.
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