Neoseeker : News : Gearbox and SEGA respond to Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit and accusations of false advertising
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SheZow Jul 9, 13
I think this whole deal is a bunch of malarkey. Gearbox and Sega I'm totally on your side. Beat the snot out of them. I hope you win, or if it's over hope you won.
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message4drew May 7, 13
You had me at "sue Activision". ^__^
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bakabaka May 6, 13
I'm going to sue Infinity Ward and Activision because I never ran into Kobe Bryant or any of the other celebrities in their commercials for Call of Duty while playing the game!
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nipsen May 4, 13
Duke Nukem also was not shown on a public demo right ahead of launch, with essentially a very large amount of events and monsters painted into the game, as if they were in the game's engine.

I mean, I've seen a lot of bullshots and trailers that weren't representative of the actual game. But the "live showing" people keep using now, and where they just play the game on stage, that's a reaction to the distrust people have for cutscenes and non-gameplay parts.

So when they actually make an entire level of the game with monster events and so on drawn into the screen - they freeze the camera-angle so it'd be easier to draw the monsters in properly, and so on -- this isn't just a "closed vertical slice" of the game.

Whether someone in production got fooled by a developer team lagging behind, or whether they showed a demo they knew wasn't going to be representative of the game when it launched, etc. Regardless, this is pretty bad. So if someone wants to go ahead with a lawsuit like that, I've no objections whatsoever.

Get Sony at the same time for having people's data unsecured for several years, and for continuing to sell personal information to 3rd parties without explicit permission as well while you're at it...

Now -- if we only could get Jim Sterling to shut up about Colonial Marines, so anyone complaining about it would seem at least half-way legitimate when talking about the game...
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Solid-Snack May 4, 13
quote Nightmare Samurai
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releasing a game that is completely different to what it looked like in previous game footage? that is without merit sir.
So we should be able to sue for Duke Nukem Forever too right?
well duke nukem forever took something like 12 years to make and it was passed to many different dev houses with their own ideas and so on in that time and 12 years is like a century in the games world so its completely unrealistic to expect it to stay the same from start to finish of its production cycle so not really...but hopefully duke gets another chance.
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THM May 3, 13
There is only one way to punish them: Put SEGA and GearBox on the balcklist of the international companies and sanction them ASAP!
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Nightmare Samurai May 3, 13
quote Solid-Snack
releasing a game that is completely different to what it looked like in previous game footage? that is without merit sir.
So we should be able to sue for Duke Nukem Forever too right?
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Solid-Snack May 3, 13
releasing a game that is completely different to what it looked like in previous game footage? that is without merit sir.
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Duncan Idaho May 3, 13
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I think its pretty obvious that SEGA and Gearbox were lying in regards to that game, but I have a reflexive distrust of any class action lawsuit since the only parties that come out of them ahead are the lawyers.
I take insult to the last bit, no one can come ahead of such a demand...
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DragonSlayer45 May 3, 13
Their response is pretty much predictable. If neither company didn't admit to doing anything wrong right after the game released, they are sure aren't going to do now nearly three months later.
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Fairy Girl May 3, 13
I don't seem to recall the gameplay videos for Colonial Marines having the "This is not representative of the final product." tag and Pitchford was going around claiming that the footage was real-time gameplay.

No, Gearbox very clearly misrepresented this game and deserves to be punished for it, one way or another.
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Lesley Pro_04 May 3, 13
quote bbb7002004
I think its pretty obvious that SEGA and Gearbox were lying in regards to that game, but I have a reflexive distrust of any class action lawsuit since the only parties that come out of them ahead are the lawyers.
That's the way it always is with these type of cases, and it's also how the Kardashians got rich: someone in the family was on the defense team for OJ Simpson's murder trial in the mid-1990's.

But enough of that because I find the response by Gearbox and SEGA to be predictable. Anytime someone royally screws up and a case results from it in general, and when a case hasn't really treaded these grounds before (we've had false advertising lawsuits before but not one like this iirc), the response is that the lawsuit is without merit.
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bbb7002004 May 3, 13
I think its pretty obvious that SEGA and Gearbox were lying in regards to that game, but I have a reflexive distrust of any class action lawsuit since the only parties that come out of them ahead are the lawyers.
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DedValve May 3, 13
So when Sega refused to give screens to reviewers or when the game was proven that it was just shit and they stilled showed only videos and screenshots from the E3 demo on their official site after the games release was all without merit?

In other news Kotaku is the most legitimate and non-sensational proffesional gaming news site next to IGN and should be awarded a golden dorito by Goeff Keighley himself.
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