Microsoft Patents Saving The Name Of A Game

from the yeah,-that's-non-obvious dept

theodp writes “As if there weren’t enough dodgy patents, here’s an excerpt from one granted to Microsoft Tuesday for a Method and apparatus for displaying information regarding stored data in a gaming system: ‘When saving a game, the saved game data may include a descriptive name of the saved game, a graphic representation of the state of the game when the game was saved, a description of the game state when the game was saved, and a date and time that the game was saved.'” I’m trying to figure out if there’s more to this patent, but the more I read, the worse it seems. How is this possibly “non-obvious”?


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Richard says:

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And here I’m looking at my copy of Outcast, the back has a copyright date of 1999 (publisher is Infogrames). Its savegames have little snapshots, and the date. IIRC it also suggests a name, but I might be wrong there. So in essence, Microsoft *may* have extended this prior art by adding an automatically-generated name. Wow. Those guys sure are smart.

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