Battlestar Galactica Mods Get Frakked By NBCUniversal

adamtm

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Why, just why.

Seriously.

Defending ones IP is one thing, I can almost understand for example Bethesda vs. Interplay from a -strictly- business perspective, but mods?

Bethesda suing MorrOblivion, now this shit?

I think this is a conscious effort to discourage the modding-scene.

By now I'd be completely afraid to mod anything that is based of an IP, even a "dead" one like Stargate or Firefly. You never know if your time is not completely wasted by the time you release it.

We all know the Game of Thrones game is shit, instead they should have paid some modders to mod a campaign into Mount&Blade. But no, first we will release our inferior crap then we will sue anyone that actually improves on our design.

Just buy the damn mod, for a symbolic price, or better yet, hire the dudes that made the mod, apparently they are good enough to challenge your "professional" dev studio that you hired.

IP trolling, the scourge of humanity...
 

adamtm

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I suspect you are right, they plan to make their own tie in game.

What baffles me is that if they are, they are making the same mistake as they did with stargate worlds. That is - "lets make a game about a TV series that ended years ago* when even the spinoffs are now doing badly" Rather than "We have a great TV series that is in full swing, lets make a tie in game now while people are still actively watching"

*its already 2 years. Gah.
To be fair SG:Worlds was in development from like 2005, it was supposed to be a FPS but got changed into a MMO around 2007 (first retarded decision) then they decided to cancel SG1 and later Atlantis and continued on a game that nobody gave a shit about anymore.

In continuity SG:Worlds was supposed to take place during the Lucian Alliance arc, which was already outdated and nobody gave a shit about that so they needed to rewrite everything.

SG:World is the prime example of complete and utter mismanagement of an IP

Hell, the complete SG franchise is the prime example of production mismanagement.
 

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adamtm said:
To be fair SG:Worlds was in development from like 2005, it was supposed to be a FPS but got changed into a MMO around 2007 (first retarded decision) then they decided to cancel SG1 and later Atlantis and continued on a game that nobody gave a shit about anymore.

In continuity SG:Worlds was supposed to take place during the Lucian Alliance arc, which was already outdated and nobody gave a shit about that so they needed to rewrite everything.

SG:World is the prime example of complete and utter mismanagement of an IP

Hell, the complete SG franchise is the prime example of production mismanagement.
Its incredible. Look at star trek and star wars. Now admittedly, most of the games came well after the source material, but still.

X-wing in all its forms, jedi knight, that rts one I can't recall the name of, kotor the list goes on.

Starfleet academy, elite force, bridge commander and so on.

Stargate? we'll make one game I guess. maybe. Or not as the case may be.



Lets make the list.
FPS - no problem, in fact they made a (bad) attempt at one.
RTS - again, doable from the stargate universe.
Flight Sim - no brainer.
Hell, even an X-com esque global/galactic strategy game should have been possible.
 

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thenumberthirteen said:
Also heaven help me if the major studios really crack down on Second Life. I don't know what I'd do if they took away my TARDIS, Stargates, and X-Wing. Then it'd all just be about Furry Bondage sex :(
Wouldn't worry too much about the X-Wing as Lucas has been pretty supportive of the modding scene. Galactic Conquest, the SW based Battlefield 1942 mod was actually encouraged by lucasarts to continue to make it, so long as they don't use the John Williams musical score because they don't hold the rights to it. (WMG does I believe)
 

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LordLundar said:
thenumberthirteen said:
Also heaven help me if the major studios really crack down on Second Life. I don't know what I'd do if they took away my TARDIS, Stargates, and X-Wing. Then it'd all just be about Furry Bondage sex :(
Wouldn't worry too much about the X-Wing as Lucas has been pretty supportive of the modding scene. Galactic Conquest, the SW based Battlefield 1942 mod was actually encouraged by lucasarts to continue to make it, so long as they don't use the John Williams musical score because they don't hold the rights to it. (WMG does I believe)
Phew. though a couple years ago Paramount brought the hammer down on Star Trek stuff. I'm just worried the BBC will do the same with all the Whovian things.
 

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Not cool, not cool at all.
I mean, they're just mods. No-one is getting any of "your" money, they're just making something they want to make, for free.
So yeah, douche-y move.
 

Kenjitsuka

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Greeeeeed. Seriously, NBCU is sad. The decision was probably made by some dumb old fart who doesn't even understand half of what was being done.

Bah :(
 

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Short-sightedness in companies makes me sad. That mod has probably created more fans of the show than any of NBCU's marketing campaigns and it didn't cost them a damn penny. They just got a new audience for $0 and they sent out cease and dessist orders to shut the whole thing down. Furthermore, if their stance is seriously that their licensed games can't compete with a damn mod, then that should be raising some little red flags right there.

So yeah, NBCU is a company I won't be investing in anytime soon.
 

yuval152

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Douchebag,i hope he gets thrown of a 70 story building.they're giving him free adverisment & support the game and he removes them?asshole.
 

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I don't really think they have any right to do this. It's not like the mod authors are actually plagiarizing anything. BSG wasn't filmed as a (for example) Freespace Machinima after all--somebody made those models from scratch.
 

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Seriously un-smart move here. Mods often serve as trailers and free advertisement for a series, while also serving as a way for fans to enjoy a world in a previously unaccessible way. Pulling copyright rank on a non-profit mod serves to alienate fans as well as anyone else who might have watched the series after enjoying the mod. Seriously short-sighted move.
 

RedEyesBlackGamer

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RedEyesBlackGamer said:
Why shut it down? They aren't making money off of it.
Your avatar is totally awesome, and I don't even watch that pony show!

OT : What NBC, just because you couldn't make a decent BSG game to save the galaxy, don't hate people who can.
Thanks. Credit goes to staika [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/profiles/view/staika] on making it.
 

harvz

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dear all companies

Your fans are where you make your money, do you really think that parents are going to buy all the merchandise for their children because it seems cool? the answer is no, especially in this case (BSG has a very "alien" feel to everything, especially the ships). here is a good idea, instead of providing a cease and desist, why not allow them to release these mods while profiting of merch that may or may not be directly linked to the mod.

besides, the more positive exposure to the franchise, the better. i can not count the amount of times i have seen someone find something that they love due to a fan creation.