Hey peeps, it looks like EA (Electronic Arts) is on the move once again. Now they are going to sue Zynga in one hell of a copyright infringement lawsuit, apparently The Ville made by Zynga is very similar to The Sims Social. I know that all the EA haters are going to say that the lawsuit is pointless and they are not going to win anything. Some other people is going to say... Screw our hate and lets do our duty and be unbiased as a jury in a court of law... (Ya right... lol!)
Look at both games pictures, they look like each other right? Is that copyright infringement???
I know that in video games you can copyright the actual game code, graphics, models, sounds and characters but you cant copyright the mechanics, no one owns the copyright of the First Person Shooter or Strategy mechanics... The line can be a bit blurry sometimes, what exactly is a mechanic???? Is sleeping and eating in The Sims a mechanic or is just some sort of game code dynamic that someone can copyright it? After all, we do sleep and eat in RL, EA just created an artistic expression in the virtual world.
The EA vs Zynga lawsuit sounds like a friggin close call, a very close call!!!! I dont know which side is going to win, right now everything is possible.
I only hope that EA wins the lawsuit.
Why in the hell do you want EA to win the lawsuit against Zynga??? Well, let me tell you something, right now the game industry keeps doing what some people call the 'Copycattery' our 'Cookiecuttery'. They keep making the same game over and over again with only minor changes and then they charge a full price every day. You pick up a new game at the game store and after playing it for 5 minutes you start noticing that the game is very similar to another game you played before.
If EA wins the lawsuit a massive 'precedent' is going to be created! Game companies wont be able to 'Copy Cat' games so easily because someone can sue you very easily. That 'precedent' alone is going to be like a nuke exploding above the gaming industry, is going to have enough power to break the industry stagnation, right now the industry behavior is about doing the same thing over and over again... I call it evil inertia...
Don't get me wrong, I know that EA is not exactly the best of all game companies but sometimes you need to let the bad guy win if you want to achieve a greater good for everyone else. Because in the end, I rather have fewer and more expensive games that actually have some originality and quality on it than a bunch of 'cookie cuts' or 'copy cats'...