June 27, 2006 at 12:20 am #23253
Alright, not trying to create any rifts here, just speaking my mind. Why is it that the original makers of Kings Quest took up arms against a company that is trying to continue the greatest adventure game sequence of all time? In case you didn’t know, Pheonix studios is in the process of creating 3 more Kings Quest games for the PC. But before they could come out in public they had to go through this company first and ‘Sierra’ brought war to them. And still to this day, they hide under the name ‘The Silver Lining’ so come on Sierra, cut them a break and give them the name. It’s not like you were going to use that name anyways.
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June 27, 2006 at 12:55 am #23254
As the copyright holder, Vivendi has every right to prevent someone from using their trademarked name (King’s Quest).
I think it’s pretty incredible that they’re allowing the Silver Lining
project to continue. What difference does a name make? We
all know it’s a continuation of the King’s Quest series. I’d much
rather play a game with a slightly changed title than no game at all.
June 27, 2006 at 7:23 am #23255
My name is Neil Rodrigues and I am the Assistant Web Director at The Silver Lining. I was and still am completely involved with the directive staff, during the whole Vivendi incident. We don’t know why VU decided to contact us after 4 years of development (maybe someone showed them our trailer?) but it is completely within their rights to defend their trademark. In fact, legally they could lose their rights to it if they didn’t defend it.
We are extremely lucky that all they wanted us to change was the title, rather than the backstory, characters or anything else. If they wanted us to massively reformat the game to remove all their intellectual property, chances are this game would never see the light of day. However, I do not recommend any other fan group taking the same route we did. We took a risk by creating the game without their permission, and just as they granted us permission, they could have just as easily decided to leave us permanently shut down or worse.
June 27, 2006 at 1:11 pm #23256
‘We all know it’s a continuation of the King’s Quest series.’
No, it is not. And I reckon it’s quite ridiculous to suggest otherwise.
June 27, 2006 at 1:33 pm #23257
I agree with Johann. We have always maintained that our game was the unofficial ninth. Whether fans choose to accept it as official is purely their decision. Even now with VU’s expressed legal permission, we are not the official ninth game in the series.
June 27, 2006 at 11:42 pm #23258
All I meant was that the fans know the game has something to do with
King’s Quest, whether or not Vivendi’s letting you use their
copyrighted name in the title.
If it doesn’t bother you guys (which it seems like it doesn’t), I’m not
sure why the original poster should be so upset about it. 😉
In any case, I’m looking forward to playing the game, whatever it’s called!