Neoseeker : News : Original Madden programmer wins $11 million from EA for 'virtually identical' games between 1990-1996
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Drogo Baggins Jul 24, 13
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...the jury found that EA's Madden games between 1990-1996, "shared substantial similarity in the plays and formations available to the user." Oh dear, this guy is going to take huge profit considering plays and formations in Madden (or football for that matter) haven't changed.
Huh... Well there you have it. He's gonna be making bank on pretty much any Madden title ever unless I'm missing something.

I declare this story to be cray cray.
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BlackScythe Jul 24, 13
1990-1996? Safe to say they were basically the same with some name changes. After that? I hope no one agrees he deserves anything since there was substaintial changes in hardware.
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Drogo Baggins Jul 24, 13
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1990-1996? Safe to say they were basically the same with some name changes. After that? I hope no one agrees he deserves anything since there was substaintial changes in hardware.
I agree with you, but based on the same premises (the plays and formations being similar) that he won this case, it sounds like he might win further cases. It's incredibly stupid because it's not like he created those plays/formations, but such is life.

I wonder, hypothetically, if he challenges later installments and wins cases against those based on the same premise, will Madden games just cease to exist or what? I mean, those plays/formations aren't exactly going to change any time soon unless my ignorance of football is greater than I thought.

On a related note, I'll bet some programmers of old basketball/hockey/etc games are calling their lawyers right about now.
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