History Main / ShoddyKnockoffProduct

24th Nov '17 5:09:35 AM Andyroid
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* ''Prongles'' are a knock-off of ''Pringles'' potato crisps, with an extreme sports-loving warthog mascot and a suspiciously similar slogan ("Once You Pop... That's Great!"), cooked up by the creators of ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'' as a promotional gimmick.
23rd Nov '17 11:03:59 AM PrincessPandaTrope
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* Sonic Gear, a fan site dedicated to ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' merchandise, has a section dedicated to Sonic bootlegs, including games, plush, clothing, and home decor. [[AccidentalNightmareFuel Some are creepy]], while some are bland.

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* Sonic Gear, a fan site dedicated to ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' merchandise, has a section dedicated to Sonic bootlegs, including games, plush, clothing, and home decor. [[AccidentalNightmareFuel Some are creepy]], while some are bland.bland and [[{{Narm}} some are hilarious]] to look at.
17th Nov '17 5:53:38 PM Keeesquish
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These could very well be used as a target of ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping, especially if they resemble a game that an ignorant relative thinks the recipient likes.

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These could very well be used as a target of ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping, especially if they resemble a game that an ignorant unwitting/ignorant relative thinks the recipient likes.
15th Nov '17 3:16:46 PM AgProv
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* During TheApartheidEra, South Africa was isolated from the western world by sanctions and embargoes. These applied strongly in the entertainment world, meaning film and TV production staff were also strongly discouraged from working for South African producers who were left trying to get the same technical effects as best they could. It's obvious, watching the puppet/marionette children's show ''Series/DieLieweHeksie'' that the technical production staff were heavily influenced by Gerry Anderson's {{Supermarionation}}, and were seeking to copy it as best they could. The puppets have SM-style features built into them - animated mouths for speech, et c, eyes capable of movement and tears, et c. But the local imitation doesn't ''quite'' match the original inspiration in terms of technical competence. Good try, though.
15th Oct '17 3:29:39 PM nombretomado
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* One [[BritishUnis New British University]] has the chutzpah to style itself [=UCLAn=], possibly in the vanishing hope Preston, Lancashire[[note]] '''U'''niversity of '''C'''entral [='''LA'''(n)cashire=] [[/note]], will be confused, by those who failed geography, with the nicer bits of California. The very small inobtrusive "n" after the "UCLA" was the result of OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope. It is possible that its savvier graduates might play this for all its worth on their CV's, hoping employers won't look at the small fine detail.
** Another [[BritishUnis New British University]], formerly the tech college serving Flintshire, wasn't so lucky. It tried to brand itself "Yale College" as one of its original colleges had been founded by a local man, Mr Yale, who later emigrated to New England and founded a university there. Yale College (USA) protested loudly. The university in Wrexham is now Prifysgol Owain Glyndwr.

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* One [[BritishUnis [[UsefulNotes/BritishUnis New British University]] has the chutzpah to style itself [=UCLAn=], possibly in the vanishing hope Preston, Lancashire[[note]] '''U'''niversity of '''C'''entral [='''LA'''(n)cashire=] [[/note]], will be confused, by those who failed geography, with the nicer bits of California. The very small inobtrusive "n" after the "UCLA" was the result of OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope. It is possible that its savvier graduates might play this for all its worth on their CV's, hoping employers won't look at the small fine detail.
** Another [[BritishUnis [[UsefulNotes/BritishUnis New British University]], formerly the tech college serving Flintshire, wasn't so lucky. It tried to brand itself "Yale College" as one of its original colleges had been founded by a local man, Mr Yale, who later emigrated to New England and founded a university there. Yale College (USA) protested loudly. The university in Wrexham is now Prifysgol Owain Glyndwr.
2nd Oct '17 8:20:28 PM jormis29
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/leokimvideo leokimvideo]] often reviews several cheap knock-off (or as he calls them, "Dark Side") toys based on various children's franchises such as WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine, AngryBirds and DespicableMe. To ensure no child ever plays with them, not only does he show why these toys are inferior and dangerous, but he often ends up destroying them as well. His favorite method seems to be [[StuffBlowingUp fitting small bombs in them,]] but he has also been known to smash them up with a hammer, set them on fire, put them in a blender, or even put them in a wood crusher.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/leokimvideo leokimvideo]] often reviews several cheap knock-off (or as he calls them, "Dark Side") toys based on various children's franchises such as WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine, AngryBirds ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' and DespicableMe.''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe''. To ensure no child ever plays with them, not only does he show why these toys are inferior and dangerous, but he often ends up destroying them as well. His favorite method seems to be [[StuffBlowingUp fitting small bombs in them,]] but he has also been known to smash them up with a hammer, set them on fire, put them in a blender, or even put them in a wood crusher.
23rd Sep '17 9:06:49 PM nombretomado
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* Behold, ''VideoGame/FinalCombat'' (Not to be confused with Sachen's ''BattleCity'' knockoff of the same name), a Chinese knockoff of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' that couldn't be more blatant if it tried. To be fair, the Striker does seem like a legitimately new class (albeit lifting ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' assets), but the Rocket, Firebat, Fatman, and Sniper are obvious ripoffs of [=TF2=]'s Soldier, Pyro, Heavy, and... er, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sniper]]. Even the map most of the gameplay videos take place in is a blatant ripoff of Harvest (which is doubly insulting when you remember that Harvest was a ''fan-made map''. Ouch.). Worse yet, closer observation will show that it's actually a ripoff of ''multiple'' games, as the other maps besides the Harvest lookalike are taken from ''VideoGame/BattlefieldHeroes'' and parts of ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'''s de_dust. Just how many stolen assets are actually in this thing?! (Answer: Enough for Valve, usually a fairly laid-back group, to start vigorously pursuing legal action.)

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* Behold, ''VideoGame/FinalCombat'' (Not to be confused with Sachen's ''BattleCity'' ''VideoGame/BattleCity'' knockoff of the same name), a Chinese knockoff of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' that couldn't be more blatant if it tried. To be fair, the Striker does seem like a legitimately new class (albeit lifting ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' assets), but the Rocket, Firebat, Fatman, and Sniper are obvious ripoffs of [=TF2=]'s Soldier, Pyro, Heavy, and... er, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sniper]]. Even the map most of the gameplay videos take place in is a blatant ripoff of Harvest (which is doubly insulting when you remember that Harvest was a ''fan-made map''. Ouch.). Worse yet, closer observation will show that it's actually a ripoff of ''multiple'' games, as the other maps besides the Harvest lookalike are taken from ''VideoGame/BattlefieldHeroes'' and parts of ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'''s de_dust. Just how many stolen assets are actually in this thing?! (Answer: Enough for Valve, usually a fairly laid-back group, to start vigorously pursuing legal action.)
10th Sep '17 10:12:18 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* WebVideo/{{Phelous}} started his own series of videos called "Bootleg Zones" with The Phayllus not to long ago where he reviews bootleg action figures. Downplayed by the second episode, where it is clear that the show extends to reviewing bootleg products that are of decent quality almost matching (or in some aspects succeeding) the originals. Part of the rating system used for the reviews is how well they fare as a substitute for the originals.

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* WebVideo/{{Phelous}} started his own series of videos called "Bootleg Zones" with The Phayllus not to too long ago where he reviews bootleg action figures. Downplayed by the second episode, where it is clear that the show extends to reviewing bootleg products that are of decent quality almost matching (or in some aspects succeeding) the originals. Part of the rating system used for the reviews is how well they fare as a substitute for the originals.
5th Sep '17 2:31:54 PM Pichu-kun
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* In the ''Diamond and Pearl'' arc of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Team Rocket takes advantage of the Pokétch craze by churning out counterfeit Pokétches, which turn out to have mind control properties over the town's Pokémon. Dawn gets a real Pokétch at the end of the episode.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
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In the ''Diamond and Pearl'' arc of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', arc, Team Rocket takes advantage of the Pokétch craze by churning out counterfeit Pokétches, which turn out to have mind control properties over the town's Pokémon. Dawn gets a real Pokétch at the end of the episode.



* Anime/{{Beyblade}} has a couple of prominent bootleggers, the biggest of which is Hongyi. Their fakes are sold under the name Rapidity and advertised as "compatible" with Beyblade parts. However, quality control is nonexistant, and the metal wheels are lead-based pewter. They deform and break much more quickly than the real thing, and release ''toxic gas'' if heated. The plastic parts, though, are a fair bit closer in quality to the real thing, but still fall short.

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* Anime/{{Beyblade}} ''Franchise/{{Beyblade}}'' has a couple of prominent bootleggers, the biggest of which is Hongyi. Their fakes are sold under the name Rapidity and advertised as "compatible" with Beyblade parts. However, quality control is nonexistant, and the metal wheels are lead-based pewter. They deform and break much more quickly than the real thing, and release ''toxic gas'' if heated. The plastic parts, though, are a fair bit closer in quality to the real thing, but still fall short.



* A virtual version of this is fake event ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'', ever since someone figured out how to create their own mons and inject them into the game. Sometimes, these can be spotted by things like incorrect or missing ribbon, perfect 6ivs, or mistakes in the met location, game, date, etc. Events obtained from a Power Saves or Cyber Saves device are identifiable by always being generated with the same date on the fake wondercard. Others, though, are very good, and can only be spotted by dumping the file and checking the SID (Secret ID) to see if it's correct, incorrect or missing (although some events in earlier generations never had [=SIDs=] to begin with).

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* A ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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virtual version of this is fake event ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'', Pokémon, ever since someone figured out how to create their own mons and inject them into the game. Sometimes, these can be spotted by things like incorrect or missing ribbon, perfect 6ivs, or mistakes in the met location, game, date, etc. Events obtained from a Power Saves or Cyber Saves device are identifiable by always being generated with the same date on the fake wondercard. Others, though, are very good, and can only be spotted by dumping the file and checking the SID (Secret ID) to see if it's correct, incorrect or missing (although some events in earlier generations never had [=SIDs=] to begin with).



*** Counterfeited versions of the Pokémon games are almost indistinguishable in terms of gameplay, but are known for having buggy saving and, in the case of G3, Pal Park incompatibility. The game cartridges themselves can sometimes be very difficult to distinguish from the genuine product, making it a frustrating task to find a G3 game to migrate Pokémon into the newer games.

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*** Counterfeited versions of the Pokémon ''Pokémon'' games are almost indistinguishable in terms of gameplay, but are known for having buggy saving and, in the case of G3, Pal Park incompatibility. The game cartridges themselves can sometimes be very difficult to distinguish from the genuine product, making it a frustrating task to find a G3 game to migrate Pokémon into the newer games.



** The newer DS and 3DS games are more difficult to counterfeit, but bootlegs are still being circulated. Genuine versions of Heart Gold, Soul Silver and the Black and White games have an infrared port atop the game cards used for certain features (such as the Pokéwalker) which are not present on fake versions. Some G5 events had an infrared scanner at the entry used to detect illegitimate copies of the games.

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** The newer DS and 3DS games are more difficult to counterfeit, but bootlegs are still being circulated. Genuine versions of Heart ''Heart Gold, Soul Silver Silver'' and the Black ''Black and White White'' games have an infrared port atop the game cards used for certain features (such as the Pokéwalker) which are not present on fake versions. Some G5 events had an infrared scanner at the entry used to detect illegitimate copies of the games.games.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' practically begged for this to occur, especially after Niantic/Nintendo made a (since withdrawn) announcement that the game would not be launched in China and were very secretive regarding their launch schedule. As the total result of their actions, [[https://www.techinasia.com/pokemon-go-clone-china ripoffs have flooded the Chinese iOS store, as well as the various unofficial android appstores in the country]].



* "''Sepia Go!''" is a Chinese mobile port of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''. It looks exactly like a low-poly version of ''Splatoon'', reuses music from the game, and has official art from it. Early versions even stole character models from the game.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' practically begged for this to occur, especially after Niantic/Nintendo made a (since withdrawn) announcement that the game would not be launched in China and were very secretive regarding their launch schedule. As the total result of their actions, [[https://www.techinasia.com/pokemon-go-clone-china ripoffs have flooded the Chinese iOS store, as well as the various unofficial android appstores in the country]].
* The infamous ''7 Grand Dad'', which is Videogame/TheFlintstonesTheRescueOfDinoAndHoppy, but Mario's head is pasted on Fred's body. The only other difference is the title screen. The game wouldn't be very noteworthy if not for both [[WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}} Joel]] and Music/GiIvasunner, the former reacting to it during a Chinese bootleg stream, and the latter basing his entire channel around doing BaitAndSwitch videos, usually with the "Fleenstones" theme from the title screen. Watch Joel's reaction [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF-xdiL7Nr0 here]].

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* "''Sepia Go!''" is a Chinese mobile port of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''. It looks exactly like a low-poly version of ''Splatoon'', reuses music from the game, and has official art from it. Early versions even stole character Later the creators updated the games to swap out the stolen ''Splatoon'' models from the game.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' practically begged for this to occur, especially after Niantic/Nintendo made
with similar looking clones, however it's still a (since withdrawn) announcement that the game would not be launched in China and were very secretive regarding their launch schedule. As the total result of their actions, [[https://www.techinasia.com/pokemon-go-clone-china ripoffs have flooded the Chinese iOS store, as well as the various unofficial android appstores in the country]].
blatant ''Splatoon'' knockoff.
* The infamous ''7 Grand Dad'', which is Videogame/TheFlintstonesTheRescueOfDinoAndHoppy, ''Videogame/TheFlintstonesTheRescueOfDinoAndHoppy'', but Mario's head is pasted on Fred's body. The only other difference is the title screen. The game wouldn't be very noteworthy if not for both [[WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}} Joel]] and Music/GiIvasunner, the former reacting to it during a Chinese bootleg stream, and the latter basing his entire channel around doing BaitAndSwitch videos, usually with the "Fleenstones" theme from the title screen. Watch Joel's reaction [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF-xdiL7Nr0 here]].
1st Sep '17 7:19:09 PM WillKeaton
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* [[http://www.oldcrank.com/articles/crapophone/Introduction.html Knockoff "Vintage" phonographs]] made in India/China are common on eBay/antique stores. Sometimes, they're correctly labeled and sold as replicas, but some sellers tend to attempt to pass them off as authentic Victor phonographs from the early 20th century. While they look real to the average person, [[http://www.mainspringpress.com/crapo.html experienced collectors can easily identify them as fakes by the shape of the box, materials used, and parts on the player]].

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* [[http://www.oldcrank.com/articles/crapophone/Introduction.html Knockoff "Vintage" phonographs]] made in India/China are common on eBay/antique stores. Sometimes, they're correctly labeled and sold as replicas, but some sellers tend to attempt to pass them off as authentic Victor phonographs from the early 20th century. While they look real to the average person, [[http://www.mainspringpress.com/crapo.html experienced collectors can easily identify them as fakes by the shape of the box, materials used, and parts on the player]].player.]]
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