But seriously, you're playing with the big boys here -- you actually have to prove something.
We all know there's a compression utility called Freespace... what we don't know is whether or not that has anything to do with the decision to add 'Descent' to the name of the game.
(Wait! Of course! That obscure US law which requires that you add 'Descent' to all names used in the past... except in other countries, even when they share copyright enforcement...)
In fact, the kind of copyright situation you're describing is *very* rare. It's very, very difficult to prevent someone from reusing a title when works are notably different. That's why we have Wing Commander space games and then a whole set of unrelated Wing Commander flying stories (a book, a movie and another video game).
you also didn't establish anything - you posted a bare assertion "this couldn't possibly be true" because you LACK KNOWLEDGE about how it could have been true
I established that you fanboys had no honest citation for your 'fact' -- which you've proven several times over (one of you even went so far as to say so).
So, my point is, when you say "descent fans" but are referring specifically to Freespace, how does it really describe what you're talking about?
I don't understand what you're asking -- you seem to be going against how descriptive terms work. If my neighbor has a cat, I can identify it as "a cat". Yes, I can be more specific (that black and white cat, that black and white cat with yellow eyes, etc.), but there's no intended offense to all cats in... well, literally calling a spade a spade.
If you feel offended as a Descent fan, then I apologize -- but your real beef is with Interplay, not with LOAF.
well mr LOAF - that's because you're not a software developer or a lawyer
Actually... I can argue with some technicality towards both roles -- though neither would be relevant to this argument.
Edx - drop it before he bans you - this is The World According to BanditLOAF - anyone who disagrees with him gets banned.
Actually, I gave up my moderator status -- I can't ban you, I can just beat you into the ground in a stand-up argument.
he's an irrational dipwad who does disgraces the wing commander community with his presence.
Of course, if you keep trolling, someone else probably will ban you.
I know youve seen tons more stuff than I have, but I was sure this was wrong because I remember learning something different when I read this news article not so long ago. Anyway now Im confused when I went back to check.
Don't practice selective reading. The project the team began in England was originally called Privateer: Darkside (in 1995). There's even a bit about the original project in that same birthday material -- how they started off working on a direct sequel and even rendered some of the original ships (which is where the Talon in P2 comes from).
The game went through many stages, including months of being 'Privateer: The Darkening', just 'The Darkening', 'Privateer: The Darkening' again and then finally, at the last minute, Privateer 2: The Darkening.
And here I understood this that they decided at some point that they needed to tie The Darkening to Wing Commander as a marketing statagy becuase they were scared about not making back the money they had spent on the FMV. IE. That it wasnt meant to be a Wing Commander game originally. So okay, maybe you could say that Privateer wasnt really a Wing Commander either in some sence.
This was much later, after it had been 'The Darkening'. It wasn't just a matter of marketing, though -- for all practical purposes, it *was* Privateer -- it's exactly the same gameplay, developed by the same person. If Sid Meier released "WORLD CONQUEST" with the same gameplay as Civilization, we'd all laugh at it.