Indy Dev Calls Zynga Out Over Plagiarism

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Indy Dev Calls Zynga Out Over Plagiarism

Zynga is well-known for ripping off game concepts and styles, but one developer isn't going to sit quietly while this happens.

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Oh, this is brilliant.
Developer fiiiiiiight! *Throws discs at passerbys*

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Genius. Utter utter genius.

I wonder if this is what they meant when they said they were looking to go into the online gambling business.

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Regardless, how does Zynga not get sued?
I mean, it's not like they're in a place where people don't like to sue other people for the dumbest things imaginable .

Chrono212:
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Regardless, how does Zynga not get sued?
I mean, it's not like they're in a place where people don't like to sue other people for the dumbest things imaginable .

It's working just fine over here. Try re-loading?

I've been waiting for this for a long while. Zynga can BURN.

haha wonderful link of the word "burn"

but really, this is just awesome.

The_root_of_all_evil:
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Genius. Utter utter genius.

in the case of sounding incredibly stupid, who is that in the picture that makes this such "win"?

I never heard of either games before this, but how the hell do they not both plagiarize Sim Tower from like over a decade ago?

gmaverick019:
haha wonderful link of the word "burn"

but really, this is just awesome.

The_root_of_all_evil:
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Genius. Utter utter genius.

in the case of sounding incredibly stupid, who is that in the picture that makes this such "win"?

Chris Hansen from How to Catch a Predator, I believe. XD

vansau:

Chrono212:
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Regardless, how does Zynga not get sued?
I mean, it's not like they're in a place where people don't like to sue other people for the dumbest things imaginable .

It's working just fine over here. Try re-loading?

I'm on an iPhone, which may be the issue.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/.2

That's the page that opens from the page two link in the article.
For me the, admittedly ammusing, 404 page comes up.

OT: Zynga's a plagiarist.

gmaverick019:

in the case of sounding incredibly stupid, who is that in the picture that makes this such "win"?

Chris Hansen. He's the host of "To Catch A Predator" (a TV show that busts pedophiles)

gmaverick019:

in the case of sounding incredibly stupid, who is that in the picture that makes this such "win"?

vansau:

Chris Hansen. He's the host of "To Catch A Predator" (a TV show that busts pedophiles)

When you're less well known than Pedobear (does he have the Brit. Spelling as well?), then you really have to question whether your show made an impact. ;)

Considering Zyngas attitude they'll probably just ignore this unless Nimblebit decides to press the issue legally. Which if they do, Zynga will just draw out the court case till there tiny studio runs out of money to fund it. Rampant capitalism at it's best gentlemen.

I guess you could say
* puts on sunglasses *
Ba-Zynga

These kind of ripoffs happen on a weekly basis. The only difference between those devs and Zynga is that Zynga is pretty big, whereas the other devs are small fries that try to fly below radar.

Nothing surprising here...

Ahahahahaha, brilliant burn!

Yeah, I'm hoping that Zynga gets owned for this. This is about as blatant as it gets.

Chrono212:

vansau:

Chrono212:
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Regardless, how does Zynga not get sued?
I mean, it's not like they're in a place where people don't like to sue other people for the dumbest things imaginable .

It's working just fine over here. Try re-loading?

I'm on an iPhone, which may be the issue.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/.2

That's the page that opens from the page two link in the article.
For me the, admittedly ammusing, 404 page comes up.

OT: Zynga's a plagiarist.

Not the phone. On my Win7 pc here, same 404. Thanks to the guy who gave us the working link. :)

Dexter111:
I never heard of either games before this, but how the hell do they not both plagiarize Sim Tower from like over a decade ago?

I was actually thinking it'd be more like the indie stacking game on XBLA at first. But after seeing it, you're right, it is more like Sim Tower. I think the main difference is that it seems a bit more 'simmish' (as in The Sims) then Sim Tower. The similarities are still there though to the point I don't think it could be called coincidence.

And I'm surprised that I remember actually playing that game way back when.

Also, while this burn is slightly interesting, I don't think it's a big deal. They should really sue Zenga and hard. While it might not be the easiest of things to do, it still really needs to be done. Because that's seriously something that should not be allowed to go on. I'm really starting to think that the apps really need a 'Nintendo Seal Of Quality' type of thing. All these blatent rip-off apps and junk apps really seem to be flooding the market. In fact, all games really need that again.

The_root_of_all_evil:

gmaverick019:

in the case of sounding incredibly stupid, who is that in the picture that makes this such "win"?

vansau:

Chris Hansen. He's the host of "To Catch A Predator" (a TV show that busts pedophiles)

When you're less well known than Pedobear (does he have the Brit. Spelling as well?), then you really have to question whether your show made an impact. ;)

Well, the show hasnt been popular for years and isnt as culturally relevant anymore.

OT: Zynga doesnt strike me as a company that would care about this, and Im sure will try to turn it around in some way against Nimblebits.

Okay, I hate Zynga as much as the next, but how many games have ripped of an older game before? Suddenly when it's a developer we don't like it's despicable?

But seriously, screw Zynga

Well if you want to get into semantics I am a fan of Yoot Tower myself. Its named after Yoot Saito the designer for SimTower and is basically the post-Maxis direct sequel to his first game.

What do you know? That game was ported it iOS aswell.

Not as stylized as other Tower games but the OG certainly has its appeal. Since it is borne from an Elevator Simulation program its stressed vertical logistics a lot more than others.

Sim Tower is a deeper simulation game than tiny tower, the only thing similar about the two is the genre, Tower Sim, Zynga however has copied all elements of the Tiny Tower game. Tweaking the graphics and maintaining the gameplay.

An updated sim tower would be cool.

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viper3:
Okay, I hate Zynga as much as the next, but how many games have ripped of an older game before? Suddenly when it's a developer we don't like it's despicable?

But seriously, screw Zynga

older by like, a couple a months? lol

Anodos:
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viper3:
Okay, I hate Zynga as much as the next, but how many games have ripped of an older game before? Suddenly when it's a developer we don't like it's despicable?

But seriously, screw Zynga

older by like, a couple a months? lol

is this like that "This is how gaming moves forward! By releasing the same games over and over exactly!" argument?

oops

Is this really plagiarism though? I mean, Notch never really caught any heat for making a game inspired by Infiniminer, and Rovio never got in trouble for developing Angry Birds from the same concept as Crush the Castle.

XMark:
Is this really plagiarism though? I mean, Notch never really caught any heat for making a game inspired by Infiniminer, and Rovio never got in trouble for developing Angry Birds from the same concept as Crush the Castle.

except that Infiniminer disappeared into public domain and was abandoned(not to mention Notch basically remade the game and SERIOUSLY revamped it) and Crush the Castle was a flash game, wich was not exploited economically, not to mention that Angry Birds while adopting the same ish gameplay, put incredible difference in the narrative tone and graphics of the game. the only problem in games is when two games are incredibly similar, both in tone and in gameplay, and are in the same competing market, in this case mobile gaming. this is because to avoid rip offs damaging the produce coming from the original piece. a game by Zinga is far more advertised than this lil Tiny Tower, and seeing as they are so similar, selling Zingas game will affect Tiny Towers sales.

TLDR this is very bad and suable i believe because this particular rip off will damage the original one financially.

this is of course, my amateur opinion. dont take it for fact.

that being said, i still dont think itll be suable. rip off is VERY well accepted, and almost always never leads anywhere.

graverobber2:
I guess you could say
* puts on sunglasses *
Ba-Zynga

http://mirrors.rit.edu/instantCSI/

Good job, my friend, perfect execution!

Eric the Orange:
Considering Zyngas attitude they'll probably just ignore this unless Nimblebit decides to press the issue legally. Which if they do, Zynga will just draw out the court case till there tiny studio runs out of money to fund it. Rampant capitalism at it's best gentlemen.

This.

And judging by the fact that in no news post about this is there any mention of Nimblebit suing Zynga and by the fact that they released that picture (if they were planning legal proceedings one would imagine they would have just kept mum) I would say there's no chance that Zynga will be held accountable on a judicial level. Not instigated by just Nimblebit anyway, for the above reasons.

Embarrassing Zynga publicly seems to have been their only feasible recourse and an entertaining one at that.

The_root_of_all_evil:

gmaverick019:

in the case of sounding incredibly stupid, who is that in the picture that makes this such "win"?

vansau:

Chris Hansen. He's the host of "To Catch A Predator" (a TV show that busts pedophiles)

When you're less well known than Pedobear (does he have the Brit. Spelling as well?), then you really have to question whether your show made an impact. ;)

hahah ah thanks, i do remember the show...oddly i remember his quotes and voice more than actually what he looked like, but definitely lul'd about it once i realized who it was.

Nice. It's high time that a consortium of small developers pooled their legal resources to kick this fucking anal parasite into the dust. If not, then bad pubicity may sway a sufficient amount of Zynga's customers.

Psychemaster:
Second page for those who get 404'd

Is it just me or is Zynga just plain terrible at at least copying things well? The art style in their game is such an ugly, unreadable mess in those pictures that I think it qualifies as being almost as offensive as their general lack of talent and originality.

Eric the Orange:
Considering Zyngas attitude they'll probably just ignore this unless Nimblebit decides to press the issue legally. Which if they do, Zynga will just draw out the court case till there tiny studio runs out of money to fund it. Rampant capitalism at it's best gentlemen.

Sadly, if it comes to a legal dispute then this is exactly what's going to happen. The little guy just doesn't have the funds for a legal battle.

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