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Friday, 06 August 2010 11:28

Activision miffs paintballer

Written by Nick Farell


Tried to steal his identity
Game maker Activision attempted to steal the identity of a leading paintballer and “fired” him from his own game,

Greg Hastings claims that the day after Greg Hastings Paintball came out he got a letter from Activision saying that they felt he had abandoned his franchise. As a result they felt it was best not to pay him and
start making games called Greg Hastings Paintball without Greg Hastings.

Hastings decided he was not going to allow Activision to take his name and image without a fight and he fought it in court.

"They made us spend a whole pile of money and we won unanimously in court," he told Games Radar.

The paintball playing pro had lent his name to two Activision-published games before the fall out. Hastings has since handed his paintball title to Majesco which has just released version two of the game.
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+9 #1 Alexko 2010-08-06 14:20
Wait wait wait, there are paintballing games, now? Isn't the whole point of paintball to simulate gunfights? What's the point of making a video game to simulate a simulation of gunfights when you can make a regular FPS?
 
 
+25 #2 Morse 2010-08-06 14:29
Wow, activision are just out of control. I think the only thing that will effect them would be for one fo their major fracnchises to crash badly. Sadly the kind of united effort to boycott their games that we need is just beyond the gaming population.
 
 
+3 #3 nele 2010-08-06 20:14
Quoting Alexko:
Wait wait wait, there are paintballing games, now? Isn't the whole point of paintball to simulate gunfights? What's the point of making a video game to simulate a simulation of gunfights when you can make a regular FPS?


Well not really. The point of paintball is to have fun, which can't be said of war... I used to play some woodsball with war veterans and they all agreed it's nothing like the real thing.

Mind you, when I say veterans I mean guys who served in Bosnian army or special police units for 3+ years... That was a proper war, none of that high-tech-playstation stuff you see on CNN.

Paintball sims are popular with pro and semi-pro paintball players, as the allow them to devise tactics for speedball tournaments. Of course, it's nowhere near the real thing, but it's usually not easy to find time and schedule practices on specific speedball fields...
 
 
+1 #4 Stewox 2010-08-06 23:27
as it happened with skateboarding and snowboarding :)

not sure for tonyhaw thought , but there was one guy who said he had the worst experience working with Activision for a snowboarding game.
 

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