Now Zynga is getting sued for copying The Sims

Discussion in 'Gaming' started by tweakmonkey, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    If you have Zynga stock, I'm sorry. You should've dumped that shit a long time ago. If you thought Facebook was a bad investment... *shudder* I'd guess this one's going to zero.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/101954002/EA-v-Zynga-Complaint-Final

    There's a big ass Zynga building in San Francisco that can clearly be seen from the freeway. I used to play Words with Friends (which they acquired) and have seen the name associated with a lot of these "farm" games, farm meaning they have you gather and play an endless mission and they generate bank doing it.

    Among others maybe, there was then this.. Zynga makes Dream Heights, very similar to Tiny Tower:
    dream_heights_tiny_tower_ripoff.jpg


    Then again if you trace taht back enough you might find this one on Game Boy Advance from 2006:
    the_tower_sp_gameboy_advance.jpg

    or Sim Tower:
    Simtower.gif


    Now it's Sim City they copied...
    http://gameitall.com/?p=3576
    http://kotaku.com/5931661/ea-sues-zynga-says-the-ville-rips-off-the-sims

    A couple more pics from Ars Technica:
    sims-social-personalities.png
    sims-social-villain.png

    But EA still has big lawyer power and is going to court. The funniest thing I read, from TechRadar:
    http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/web/ea-sues-claims-zynga-copied-the-sims-social-1091168

    Just for fun here's that game:
    cityville-unfinished1.jpg

    Clearly EA is copying them when they make a new Sim City game:
    simcity2.gif

    Oh wait that was 20 years ago. More recently:
    simcity.jpg

    Friggin unoriginal businesses... and some people probably see that big building and think, "Yeah, the USA is still doing great". Then again who knows how much of this shit was made in India/China or is financed by other countries/people. Ugh...

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  2. Commissar Smersh

    Commissar Smersh 2020 Staff Member

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    It's a sad day when I'm actually rooting for EA.
  3. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    The copy-cat game has been going on forever. Remember back in the 16bit arcade days when Double Dragon came out, and everybody under the sun released something similar? And then a few years later the Street Fighter 2 clones appeared, which was ironic because Streetfighter itself had been a bit of a Double Dragin rip-off!

    But the difference with Zynga is how flagrant the copies are. They're doing more than just copying the style, they're copying things almost identically with just some minor cosmetic changes. They're going to be sued into oblivion.
  4. mullet1

    mullet1 Junior Member

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    and it's about fucking time.
  5. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    I love sim city, beat the shit of that game, we actually played that game in class in 6th grade
  6. smirnoff

    smirnoff Curmudgeon

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    Fuck facebook and zynga.
  7. Lord Kain

    Lord Kain Keeper of the Timeline Staff Member

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    .. especially Zynga!
  8. ThatHideousStrength

    ThatHideousStrength Junior Member

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    We have this problem in my area... when we have conventions every year, this one Japanese company tries to take pictures of our stuff (and other companies) then a year later, releases a similar product that's just shitty. It's what they're famous for.
  9. Commissar Smersh

    Commissar Smersh 2020 Staff Member

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    Zynga wouldn't have flubbed the SimCity launch.
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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    JZL Ministry of Whack

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