Activision sues Double fine, Invokes Wit of Tim Schafer

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Back when Vivendi and Activision merged to usurp EA’s position as most despised videogame publisher, one of the games they dropped from their publishing schedule was Double Fine’s rock-themed Jack Black vehicle Brutal Legend.

Their reason for dropping the title was that they don’t see it as an exploitable, sequel-churning franchise; and thus not something that fits in to the Activision ethos.

After the game’s very successful and hype-generating E3 showing though, it seems Activision have been munching on sour grapes as they’re now suing Double Fine on the basis that they helped fund the game, and that they’ve suffered irreparable harm in losing it. EA, current publishers of the game pithily responded that Activision’s legal threats were akin to “a husband abandoning his family and then suing after his wife meets a better looking guy.”

Brutal Legend creator Tim Schafer – famous for his work on gems such the Secret of Monkey Island, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango and Psychonauts – had something to say too, in what may be the best response to being sued…ever.  “Hey, if Activision liked it, then they should have put a ring on it,” Schafer said. “Oh great, now Beyoncé is going to sue me too.”

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I think a round of insult swordfighting is in order.

Source : The Associated Press

Last Updated: June 8, 2009

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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