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Cheap Imitations

Posted on 9/26/2013 by with 3 comments

Cheap Imitations

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but can we still say the same thing about a game?  Lets put DOTA, League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth as an example, both of them have similar goals, similar battle interface, built system etc.  But we can’t ignore the fact that games like these sprouted like mushrooms due to the popularity of DOTA.  I wonder how Blizzard felt, its like robbing them of their idea and rights.  No matter how they say that their version is a much improved version of DotA and that their game is inspired by that popular MOBA, it is still possess the same elements and the same idea of the whole game.


How bout those endless running game that was popularized by Temple Run, after the game garnered a certain popularity, Subway Surfers, Agent Dash, Pyramid Run, Rail Rush was released.  Falling Fred was done on an endless falling game but c’mon you don’t think we are too dumb not to see that it is geared towards Temple Run.  Apple has already taken action on the clone of the game but that was only after the creator of the said game started sharing them a piece of his mind about the scam.


Copycatting have grown amass especially on the social games, Candy Crush.  While I believe that the system of gaming of Candy Crush has been there for ages, we cannot simply dismiss that Candy Crush is the most popular puzzle game on the social networking site today.  Smiles HD, Gems Journey, Puzzle Craft, Triple Town,  Farm Heroes Saga, Puzzles and Dragons, Doodle Find, Cruel Jewels, Puzzle Quest, Ten Million, and the list goes on of the games that ride on the popularity of Candy Crush.


And what about that popular android games that caught the attention of many?  4 pics one word, where you are presented with a set of 4 pictures with one common thing, try searching Google play and see how many 4 pics one word can you find.  They do not only steal the intellectual property rights of the creator but they also steal possible profits from the original game.  What a shame.


I believe that we should implement a stricter guidelines on these games.  While I understand that rules can limit the creativity of our developers in creating a game, it can also protect them from their idea on being robbed.  It can also pressure some of the developers to create their own original game that we might enjoy.  A variety  of games suited for different types of people, will lessen those satiety effect and will help the gaming industry to prosper further.

3 responses to Cheap Imitations

  1. On September 27th, 2013 at 1:40 am , JaJaBinks2 said...

    I’m afraid I disagree with some of your points here. Although games may have been based off other games, most of them add their own unique spin…Subway Surfers is different to Temple Run, even though they’re both endless runners. Match-3 games have been around for ages, Candy Crush Saga has only been introduced recently. Just because Terraria and Cubeworld were inspired by Minecraft doesn’t mean that they’re the same. You’re right about 4 pics 1 word though, there’s many games that are effectively the same in that case.

  2. On September 27th, 2013 at 1:31 pm , Grady said...

    I’m not sure I agree with stricter guidelines – might be a difficult thing to enforce. To what end would a game be allowed to resemble another game? When does that line get crossed?

    However, you bring up a good point: Stricter guidelines might pressure developers to create more original games and content. I just don’t think it could realistically be governed. Just my opinion!

    Great post. Enjoyed it.

  3. On September 28th, 2013 at 12:57 pm , The Otaku Judge said...

    Companies tend to rip-off whatever is popular. When Street Fighter 2 was all the rage there were countless 1v1 fighters being made. Blizzard cannot be too upset about others pinching their ideas though. WOW could be accused of being a refined Everquest for example.

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