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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 11:48

New Beijing Summer Olympics event: software piracy

By Michael Thompson | Published: March 12, 2008 - 11:20AM CT
ARS Technica

The upcoming summer Olympic Games in Beijing have already sparked much controversy in regards to issues such as air quality, class issues, the oppression of Tibet, and China's refusal to take a stand against the atrocities in Darfur. Now, it looks like software piracy is being added to the list. Some of the games on the Olympics' official web site appear to have been blatantly copied from some independent game developers here in the US.


Developer Cadin Batrack first brought this issue into the public eye when he wrote about how the "Online Games" section of the Olympics web site featured a Flash game which had a number of uncanny resemblances to his own title, Snow Day. According to Batrack, the Olympics' game, Fuwa Fight the Winter Clouds, looks like someone downloaded and decompiled the SWF file from his site, swapped out some of the graphics, and then published it as their own game. Since this information was unveiled, Fuwa Fight the Winter Clouds has been removed, but it appears as if a couple of other games might also be copies.

"Two of the other games on the Olympic site are obvious rip-offs of Ferry Halim's Orisinal games," Batrack wrote. "Compare Obstacle Race on the Olympic site with Ferry’s adorable Arctic Blue, and Leap and Leap, a clumsy copy of Winter Bells. I can’t really tell if these are clones or reskinned versions of Ferry’s files, but those stars in Leap and Leap look pretty damn similar to me."    [ARS Technica....]   [Comments...]


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