Them's Fightin' Herds (f.k.a. Fighting is Magic):
edited 9th Feb '13 7:22:02 PM by IWasJustPassingBy
edited 9th Feb '13 9:33:26 PM by Scardoll
- Brand confusion: I'm not an MLP fan or Fan Hater, but the one thing I will say is that Fighting is Magic has some high-quality production values, almost indistinguishable from an official product - and that can and will cause a huge headache for Hasbro. Imagine what happens if a pre-teen girl (the intended target of of the show) searches for MLP on YouTube, stumbles on a vid of the game in action and gets upset that her favorite cartoon characters are beating each other up? The girls' parents will see this and odds are pretty good instead of doing research and finding out it's fan-made, they will blame Hasbro for allowing the game to happen at all despite not being licensed. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if that scenario already played out for a Hasbro a few times already and they're cutting it off before a wider release of the game causes more confusion among MLP's intended audience. Not to mention this is a project that probably already has a video game license and the holder of that license will not appreciate Hasbro allowing a fan game to undercut them, even if the officially licensed game is already targeted for the pre-teen audience.
- Covering themselves legally for future cease and desists: Did you know a copyright infringement case can be won by the infringer if they can prove they were unfairly targeted by pointing our other infringing products were left alone? If Hasbro lets Fighting is Magic do it's thing, then they have a rather shaky case if they C&D the next MLP fan-project they want to shut down - especially with a high-profile project like Fi M that got coverage on major gaming websites.
edited 10th Feb '13 11:53:22 AM by NeoChaos
edited 10th Feb '13 2:39:18 PM by Nettacki
- Anyone who thinks the comic violence in the game is misrepresents the show has clearly not watched the show. Fluttershy beat the shit of a bear, once. Granted, it was therapeutic, but still. The cast members have suffered a variety of injuries for a variety of reasons. Mostly for comedy. Now, if it was less lighthearted, you might have a point, but the game fits with the show's tone fine.
- The second point is actually entirely wrong, but to humor you, that can also be easily covered by Hasbro acknowledging the game's existence of the game and working something out with the game's creators, or simply acknowledging as a fan-made derivative content of high quality that they approve of, which makes it clear that they'll only let some things slide on a case-by-case basis. This is far from unheard of when it comes to fan games. Lucasfilms, right up until their acquisition by Disney, for example, was known to be very supportive of fan films.
edited 11th Feb '13 3:34:15 AM by Cronosonic
edited 11th Feb '13 5:32:04 AM by MetaSkipper
edited 11th Feb '13 5:43:04 AM by Scardoll
edited 11th Feb '13 5:48:31 AM by Cronosonic
edited 11th Feb '13 5:51:37 AM by Kerrah
edited 11th Feb '13 7:16:07 AM by maxwellelvis
edited 2nd Mar '13 5:18:20 AM by Kerrah
edited 2nd Mar '13 5:52:34 AM by maxwellelvis