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    A few years ago Too Human developer Silicon Knights sued Epic Game, creators of the Unreal Engine. Their claim was that Epic had withheld key aspects of the engine to ensure their flagship title Gears of War stood out in comparison to its rivals. As the trial moved forward Epic counter sued and demonstrated that Silicon Knights had ripped off their code in an attempt to make their own engine. Result? The Judge has ordered Silicon Knights to pay Epic $4.45 Million in damages; pay $4.68 Million in attorneys’ fees, court costs, and prejudgment interest; recall and destroy all unsold games using the Unreal Engine 3; and to delete all code from their current games based on the Unreal Engine 3. [more info] It seems certain that this lawsuit will destroy Silicon Knights.

    I understand fully that a Star Wars reference has NOTHING to do with this particular gaming news. But, it was the first visual that came to mind when I was trying to figure out how to convey the story to you guys as quickly/concisely as I could. Greedo comes to shoot Han Solo and gets shot himself.

    It all made sense in my head at least.

  • #2
    I see the image flash then I get a broken file symbol. I know that www.goblinscomic.com is having problems with their image uploader. Same problem?

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    • #3
      Ditto on the flashing thing. I can see enough that it's a "Han shot first" looking comic but that's about it.

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      • #4
        worked fine for me, and on a side note everyone "knows" greedo shot first (/tongueincheek).
        PROTECT ME CONE!!!

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        • #5
          I closed my browser and cleared my cache and it now works fine for me, it must have been on my end.

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          • #6
            No issues with the comic here, opened up just fine, and made total sense to my mind Woody. But then I'm one of those who watched the first release of Star Wars back in '77 (yes I know, I'm old :P)
            Normality is in the eye of reality...
            Reality is in the eye of the beholder...
            The Beholder is in the eye of what is normal...

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            • #7
              and this is why you don't sue unless you KNOW you're on solid legal footing.

              GG Silicon Knights, you put yourself out of business.

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              • #8
                Broken picture for me, even after clearing the cache and restarting the browser. /sadface

                *Went away for 5 minutes, came back it works now.

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                • #9
                  I wonder if this will result in used copies of Too Human increase in value. At $2, it's not exactly a terribly risky investment.

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                  • #10
                    I agree that this will probably destroy Silicon Knights, especially since I am not sure that they can even pay the roughly 9 million dollars they lost in the case. Guess it doesn't pay to rip off someones code then try to sue them for withholding parts of it.

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                    • #11
                      Oh Silicon Knights. I have a hard time speaking ill of your mediocre games, when you're responsible for Eternal Darkness and the fantastic Game Cube remake of Metal Gear Solid.

                      That said...occasionally asshattery comes right back around and bites you in the ass. I smell a zapper.

                      XBL Gamertag - DarkXan

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Woody View Post
                        A few years...
                        don't you remember, Woody? Han shot first!

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                        • #13
                          It looks like it still leaves Epic open to suits from other companies that may have licensed the engine however.
                          My bumper sticker: If you can read this then I've acquired weapons' lock.

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                          • #14
                            Well Vassa, I find it telling that this was not a class action suit. And if you look at other "Too Human" contemporary games/developers using the Unreal Engine 3, there didn't seem to be any issues making quality games.

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                            • #15
                              Hey Woody, maybe you can explain it to me. Why were they able to even try to sue Epic Games for not releasing the full details of how their engine worked? I mean, its not like a medicine, where we need to know whats in it to avoid killing everyone we have ever loved.

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