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Devolver Digital claims a self care app plagiarised Gris

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The publisher of the gorgeous platformer tweeted out a comparison video that shows some pretty damning evidence.

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I think it would be fair to say that the whimsical, magical platformer has somewhat of an iconic style. The watercolour environments composed of cool, subdued colours is a really striking aesthetic that I think make the game stand out from its competitors. Side note: If you haven’t played Gris you absolutely should because it’s a wonderful little exploration of escapism and imagination. It’s earned itself a good deal of fans from around the world, but sometimes fans just get a little too attached to their inspirations, as The Fabulous App can no doubt attest to because they’ve allegedly been caught plagiarising Gris for their self-care that uses “science” to track habits and goals.

Devolver Digital, publisher of Gris, Tweeted out the comparisons yesterday, stating “The Fabulous app (@GetTheFabulous) ripped off GRIS and is [a] reminder to all devs to be mindful of big companies and brands stealing creative work from smaller studios”. Beyond the imagery being exceptionally similar, the animation is what really stands out as being stolen. The animation of Gris’ ruffled dress is incredibly done and I can only imagine how long it took the game’s artists to get the movement so fluid naturalistic, so it’s a real shame to see their work so poorly imitated by The Fabulous App.

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Speaking of which, the App which is Fabulous responded to the tweet, saying “Similar to you, we’re a small startup inspired by the things we love. We have removed the video as a pre-emptive action & are investigating. We’ve privately contacted Devolver Digital to resolve this. Any wrongdoing on our part was certainly not intentional,” which kind of sounds like a “sorry we didn’t do our jobs right in the first place,” but at least the situation is being resolved. While they’re investigating this issue, they should maybe spend some time looking into the name “The Fabulous App”. God, what a terrible name.

Last Updated: November 6, 2019

24 Comments

  1. Original Heretic

    November 7, 2019 at 05:48

    Still not as bad a name as Martha.

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  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 7, 2019 at 05:53

  3. Captain JJ

    November 7, 2019 at 05:53

    Gris is “whimsical”?
    Have you played Gris or are you trying to use fancy words? Gris is about depression, so I would hardly call it “whimsical”.
    Yes, it’s a fantastic game, but I’d rather call it profound or emotional.

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  4. Original Heretic

    November 7, 2019 at 05:48

    Still not as bad a name as Martha.

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    • Pariah

      November 7, 2019 at 05:49

    • Pariah

      November 7, 2019 at 05:49

      • Original Heretic

        November 7, 2019 at 05:50

        Cause I’m a Martha Fokker.

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      • Original Heretic

        November 7, 2019 at 05:50

        Cause I’m a Martha Fokker.

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        • Pariah

          November 7, 2019 at 05:51

          So you hate your own name? Gotcha!

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        • Pariah

          November 7, 2019 at 05:51

          So you hate your own name? Gotcha!

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          • Original Heretic

            November 7, 2019 at 19:28

            Um, okay…

          • Pariah

            November 8, 2019 at 04:46

            So Martha Fokker isn’t your name?

          • Pariah

            November 8, 2019 at 04:46

            So Martha Fokker isn’t your name?

          • Pariah

            November 8, 2019 at 04:46

            So Martha Fokker isn’t your name?

  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 7, 2019 at 05:53

  6. Captain JJ

    November 7, 2019 at 05:53

    Gris is “whimsical”?
    Have you played Gris or are you trying to use fancy words? Gris is about depression, so I would hardly call it “whimsical”.
    Yes, it’s a fantastic game, but I’d rather call it profound or emotional.

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    • Pariah

      November 7, 2019 at 10:25

      Just out of interest, does it not comply with the 2nd definition – “acting or behaving in a capricious manner”?

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      • Raptor Rants

        November 7, 2019 at 21:23

        I think in context capricious here is more in line with random happiness or dancing or your mind being miles away in imagination. Not so much depression

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        • Pariah

          November 8, 2019 at 04:46

          Acting on a whim itself is not a positive or a negative thing. It has the potential for both. Is the word whimsical not the adjectival form of whim? I feel like people associate whimsical with like little girls and fairies, but that’s simply contextual, and the word can be applied to a serial killer too, if they behave in that manner.

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        • Pariah

          November 8, 2019 at 04:46

          Acting on a whim itself is not a positive or a negative thing. It has the potential for both. Is the word whimsical not the adjectival form of whim? I feel like people associate whimsical with like little girls and fairies, but that’s simply contextual, and the word can be applied to a serial killer too, if they behave in that manner.

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        • Pariah

          November 8, 2019 at 04:46

          Acting on a whim itself is not a positive or a negative thing. It has the potential for both. Is the word whimsical not the adjectival form of whim? I feel like people associate whimsical with like little girls and fairies, but that’s simply contextual, and the word can be applied to a serial killer too, if they behave in that manner.

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          • Raptor Rants

            November 8, 2019 at 07:44

            In the broadest sense you are right. but whimsical, of which the root is whim, yes, is associated with positive odd behaviour. Not depressive or negative behaviour.

          • Pariah

            November 8, 2019 at 14:36

            Am I weird in thinking that’s somehow insulting to the word? Not allowing its full “potential” to be used, simply because people have associated it with one thing?

            I know it’s not the only example of this, but it always annoys me. It’s probably weird, isn’t it?

        • Pariah

          November 8, 2019 at 07:23

          Of course I also need to ask (separately) is this in reference to the game? Because if so I can’t comment on that aspect, I’ve not played it. Hence my curiosity.

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