James West (zerozephr) wrote in gamesnobs,
James West

Arrr! I'm a real pirate!

I don't know about anyone else, but I believe that Korea should be referred to as the world's headquarters for video game piracy. I mean, looking around on Korean sites and whatnot for info on GP32 games, I see so many stolen ideas, and "barely infringing" items. Take for instace, this. I mean, come on! It's like bad porn that makes puns out of mainstream releases. Then you have Entware's site which has a banner with an image from Spirited Away, for no reason whatsoever. I guess they just thought it looked cool, so they took it and made it their own.

This stuff doesn't fly over here, and considering the Japanese copyright laws, I'd think that Korea would be somewhat similar, but from the looks of it, there's no laws concerning it whatsoever. This kind of stuff will lead to the death of the system here because it's just too kitchy. The companies putting this stuff out are either lazy or cheap, and maybe a combo of both. It's nothing new, look at all pirate versions of the Famicom, but to be honest, I'm kind of a purist when it comes to video game brands, this just shows a lack of creativity which is infuriating to see in any producer or developer.

Whew, that being said, I think the GP32 is great for probably one reason: it's openess. What other system can an independant developer program for cheaply and somewhat easily? I like it, but like most geeky things, it usually dies out here quickly.
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