Most of Asia has yet to understand the concept of intellectual copyrights, and this goes beyond the video game business. But we're a gaming and hardware site, so we only address what is applicable.
The most recent offense that's got the gaming industry riled up is an upcoming Korean multiplayer shooter called H.A.V.E. Online. Everything the developers have revealed thus far bear a remarkable resemblance to Valve's popular online title Team Fortress 2. The similarities are so obvious, in fact, that South Korean gamers have been verbally attacking the developers, calling H.A.V.E. Online "an embarrassment" to the Korean gaming industry.
Yeah, you tell 'em!
The developer, SK iMedia, kept quiet at first, perhaps hoping the shitstorm would pass. They have finally responded to all this bad press with a vague statement.
"Debating [the game's originality] is like having blind men touching an elephant and describing what it looks like," stated SK iMedia. "We will reveal the gameplay soon. Other than that, we have no comment at this time."
This all started when the studio debuted a promotional trailer. A YouTube video was compiled comparing it to various Team Fortress 2 "Meet the Team" vids. One major difference is that all the guys have been replaced by cute anime girls and toys -- shocking. YouTube comments have claimed the gameplay resembles DICE's Battlefield Heroes more than Team Fortress 2.