Activision Threatens EA For Agreeing To Publish Game Activision Dropped

from the once-it's-dropped,-it-stays-dropped,-dammit dept

Reader Nick sends in the news of a story that reminds us of The Watchmen saga, whereby Fox got paid for doing nothing, while Warner Bros., who made the movie and took on all the risk, had to pay out. In this case, it involves a video game, Brutal Legend. The game was developed by a development studio named Double Fine, with an agreement by Vivendi Games to publish it. However, after Vivendi Games and Activision merged, the combined company decided to drop a bunch of projects, including Brutal Legend. So, Double Fine did what any development house would have done: went in search of another company to publish it. And it found one, in gaming giant EA.

Except, now, Activision has sent a nastygram to EA saying that it still owns the rights to publish Brutal Legend, and EA is infringing on those rights. Of course, Activision has still made it clear that it actually has no intention of releasing the game, which doesn't match with its current focus. Instead, this is a pretty clear money grab -- trying to get EA to pay up. EA seems to have a good response, though:
We doubt that Activision would try to sue. That would be like a husband abandoning his family and then suing after his wife meets a better looking guy.

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    hegemon13, 17 Feb 2009 @ 6:51am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Tea Party

    Really? Perhaps some constructive points instead of "you're stupid" would give you a wee bit more credibility.

    The points in the article he linked to basically revolved around "don't buy stuff, and don't make any money." You don't see how that might have a negative effect on the economy, which revolves around both?

    Second, it doesn't solve the problem. The real problem is that willingness of the government to take your money and spend it. Get rid of wasteful spending (which encompasses a LOT more than just a silly project here or there), and that is an actual solution. Get involved and fight silly bills and projects. Go to work against the source of the problem. But, if you think that following the points in that article will actually make the government stop taxing, you are incredibly naive. They will just find other ways to get the money. In the end, income tax is the one place where taxes are completely involuntary and the government can dip in and take as much as it wants. If you cut off they're other sources of revenue, expect to see income tax skyrocket.

    I mentioned Huckabee simply because I agree with his philosophy of eliminating involuntary taxes, such as income tax and property tax, and raising voluntary ones, such as sales tax. Yes, it would crush the exconomy short-term, but the long-term benefits would be worth it.

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