Ars: Patents on video game mechanics to strangle innovation, fun
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Started by: ggiedkeggiedke
Date: 10 Mar 2008 08:48
Number of posts: 1
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But video games are now facing a new challenge when trying to build on past concepts: gameplay ideas are being patented. At first blush, patents on gameplay mechanics are a good idea; they allow the creators of these ideas to profit from them. The issue is that the patents are so becoming so broad, and so prohibitive to fight in court, that very basic ideas are being locked down by a few companies
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