Activision Tried to "Steal" Paintballer's Identity

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Perhaps they thought no one would notice? Stealing Hastings' name is a little like stealing the handle off of a grocery cart: the value is negligible, it's of little use to the thief, no one goes looking for it, and how long is it going to take before someone realizes it's gone?...

Ah, Activision. When are you going to learn: evil is only profitable when you're smart enough to make sure people don't notice...

Baldry:
I wonder if this is Activision's theme song?

And to think I once respected Activision.

You sir have made my day, thank you.
OT: Didn't think Activision was this stupid...

The_root_of_all_evil:
Can't we get one positive story about Acti/Blizzard. Just one?

They literally can't be that evil, can they?

I know what you mean, they are borderline cartoonishly evil

as a programmer-in-making, such bad rep would scare me away from working in said company. even if its just a few incidents, its starting to pile up....

then again, im not a money grubbing whore. truly baffling what people tolerate when their paycheck is high enough.

Why aren't I surprised? Although I do think that there is more to the story than this. No one is as stupid as to just try ID theft from someone that famous. Or someone who thinks they're famous.

Nightfalke:

danpascooch:
The big mystery here is that Bungie is joining with Activision, what the hell do they see in this publisher? It's unfrickenbelievable

Simple. See that big building over there with the large dollar sign on the side? That's the Scrooge McDuck Memorial Money Swimming Vault.

also Bungie is doing a publishing only agreement so they keep the their Intellectual Property (whatever the hell they are making) and i think the only real reason for this joint op with activision on bungie's end its to steal talent (wont be that hard)

the sad thing is that they will make all this court money back within 24 hours of black ops coming out.

...This reeks of something else. A franchise that has to be prefaced by "no, really, it exists, I promise" about a paintballer no one has heard of does not smell of a marketable game. I mean, sure, few knew who Tony Hawk was, but that became a marketable game, and very quickly a that. An FPS clone of a game without the bits that make FPS's fun to play seems ridiculous. So, it smells of a personal issue blown out of context.

While I sympathize with Hastings, I have to wonder about the whole issue: why would you make a game of a sport that is supposed to be a simulation of using real guns when you can just make a game ABOUT using real guns?

one...did anyone ever really care about a game where you shoot people and they dont die
two...couldnt they of picked someone else? there are enough people in the paintball world that we have just as much from. just as much being none whatsoever

thanks goodness black ops isnt on my mind, activision should just bankrupt or something.

imnotparanoid:
to think bungie is joining with them! oh god!

/facepalm. Bungie is not joining them, they're exploiting and abusing them. They're taking their money, making their game their way, they're in charge of everything and Acti just gets to pay them and in return get some of the money. It's the best relationship possible, on Bungie's side. Acti is actually getting screwed, which is awesome.

Thats it! lock em up. lol

If they lost in courst, doesn't it mean what they were attempting is illegal? As in, Activision tried to increase revenue through illegal activities? Isn't that like stealing somebody's stuff? Doesn't this mean they're an illegalcompany like Ubrella except better at turning a profit?

HG131:

imnotparanoid:
to think bungie is joining with them! oh god!

/facepalm. Bungie is not joining them, they're exploiting and abusing them. They're taking their money, making their game their way, they're in charge of everything and Acti just gets to pay them and in return get some of the money. It's the best relationship possible, on Bungie's side. Acti is actually getting screwed, which is awesome.

oh, ok then. go bungie!

Fall! Fall you evil giant bastards!!!

Hilarious, fuck Activision though, they really are giving massive corporations a horrible name (not that they didn't have a bad name already). I'm never buying Activision games again...

Vote with your dollars!

I remember that game!

It was awesome

Wolfram01:

Activision and Blizzard don't deserve to be lumped together. They are completely polar opposites in terms of management and the games they make. The only thing in common is that they're owned by Vivendi.

And Bobby Kotick is the CEO, President, and the Board Member Actvision Blizzard. As long as that stands, both are under Kotick's command.

Also, Activision wants to raise the price of games even more.

PhunkyPhazon:
They still have a reputation to tarnish?

^ My thoughts exactly.

Haha, Activision is so comically evil it is funny.

Honestly, they have every bad guy cliche in the book down.

PhunkyPhazon:
They still have a reputation to tarnish?

And y'know that somebody there said "at least we can't get any worse" or "there's nothing to but get better"...great

I don't have ANY respect left for Activision......when I hear the name I just hear the word D-Bag, the company needs to stop being full o'bums

GamesB2:
They need to fire Bobby Kotick already D:

Then maybe Activision can become good once more.

The problem here is that the man has run a very successful company. A poor corporate image is only a problem if people stop buying the product - something that people simply are not currently willing to do it would seem. Besides, just check the latest Fortune listing of successful CEOs in the Tech space. You'll find Kotick figures prominently.

Eclectic Dreck:

GamesB2:
They need to fire Bobby Kotick already D:

Then maybe Activision can become good once more.

The problem here is that the man has run a very successful company. A poor corporate image is only a problem if people stop buying the product - something that people simply are not currently willing to do it would seem. Besides, just check the latest Fortune listing of successful CEOs in the Tech space. You'll find Kotick figures prominently.

He's slowly losing sales.

I'm not getting Black Ops new.

GamesB2:

Eclectic Dreck:

GamesB2:
They need to fire Bobby Kotick already D:

Then maybe Activision can become good once more.

The problem here is that the man has run a very successful company. A poor corporate image is only a problem if people stop buying the product - something that people simply are not currently willing to do it would seem. Besides, just check the latest Fortune listing of successful CEOs in the Tech space. You'll find Kotick figures prominently.

He's slowly losing sales.

I'm not getting Black Ops new.

Again, if people do this en-masse then you will inevitably force a change. It happened with EA but the process took years. Activision is only a few years into their evil overlord phase. My personal policy of not buying an Activision product new was breached when I decided that I had to play StarCraft 2. It is the only new product of theirs I have purchased in nearly two years.

Eclectic Dreck:
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Goddamnit I want Starcraft 2 ):

Also I bought Singularity... it's k cause it was awesome.

Maybe in a few years they'll follow EA's new road... I completely support EA now and try and buy their games new because I like what they're doing.

Personally all this bad press to me, seems to help Activision. When you have something out there so often be it negative or positive people will consider it and say someone says a game they made is horrible because kotick stole the image of mickey mouse, people would buy the game just to see. If Activision was allowed to stay out the media a lot of the issues will drop off and the attention will fall on them to make games that we care about, and then the consumers to decide if the value is worth it or not. Then again this is just my opinion.

How long can Kotick keep his job? The board at activision obviously condones or indeed encourages his management stlye and decisions, but hide behind relative anonimity. Don't expect wholesale changes from acti, event if Kotick goes.

"While that may be true, they can earn more money by being evil."

I feel like this attitude is ultimately short-sighted. Kotick's ideas are extremely profitable in the short term, but the long-term ramifications are hardly beneficial to the industry as a whole. Overstepping, overextending, and overmonetizing - these things generate immense growth right up to the point where it all implodes under the weight of its own greed.

Bobby's part of the "collapse and rebound" cycle, and that's not something we should be reinforcing with our purchases.

In my opinion.

Activision being d-bags:unstoppable.
Activision stopping: Impossible.

well on the surface it seems justice was served

as for me ill stick to playing real paintball (and with team edge won the MSXL st louis 2010 open last sunday)

Imagine Bobby Kotick + Michael Atkinson. It would be the end of gaming as we know it. Somehow I'm sure this isn't the first time Activision has pulled a stunt like this.

Dear Mr. Hastings.

How's it going? Glad to hear you won your legal battle against Activision, even if you did bang on about it a bit. But I hope you don't mind if I ask, who the fucking hell are you and why should we care? Are you just some professional paintballer or something? well fuck, Greg, I think getting a game made about paintballing with your name in the title is pretty sweet. I mean, think about it, in videogames we get to enter virtual words and simulate literally almost anything, and paintballing is just a way of simulating gunfights with some friends or professionally, while having fun outdoors. So you're quite lucky that nobody pointed out to the execs that making a game about paintball completely misses the entire point of both gaming and paintballing.

So, yeah. Good to hear that against all odds and common sense, they made your little paintball game. But Greg, shut up. Activision "stealing your identity"? Greg, no-one but serious paintball enthusiasts, your family, and friends knows or cares who you are, so getting your name in a game title is still kinda cool. Sure, it was a dick move of them to take your franchise and fuck off, but come on now, Greg. someone, somewhere, made a video game about paintball. And while we gamers most likely indulged in a collective facepalm upon hearing this, you have to admit, that's pretty lucky for you.

Activision needs to be on every gamers enemies list.

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