Hi Bryan,
Yes, there is a gray area where copyrights are concerned. For example, a game company like Edos can copyright a game story called Tomb Raider, with a female character named Lara Croft, and so on. However, that doesn't exclude someone coming up with a similar type of game with different characters and slightly different plot. I've done it in my Tomb Hunter series, it is similar to Tomb Raider, but I am well with in the gray area that it is all legal. As long as I don't go around calling my game Tomb Raider, call my main character Lara Croft, and so on I'm safe. Sarah and the Castle of Wichcraft is another one of those games that falls in a gray area. It isn't specifically a Harry Potter game, but it does use a few aspects of the Harry Potter books/movies. If necessary all Phil would have to do is change the names of the ghosts, spells, castle, and he'd be 100% in the clear.


Bryan Peterson wrote:
Ideas themselves, such as general storylines, can't be copyrighted. It's when you start using the names of characters and places that you run the risk of legal trouble. I imagine the main reason people like Phil haven't run into trouble about Sarah and the Castle of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which does use names and locations from copyrighted books, is that we're such a small community. But at the same time that's no guaranteer of safety as THomas found out.
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As for game creation ideas, I think of it this way: How long have games for the blind been produced and by how many companies? Compare this with the number of companies that have been producing games for the sighted and the period of time they have been doing so. Fresh ideas are bound to be hard to come by. It's not because of a lack of creativity.
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Hi,
Not to take you down, but...

Sadly, it seems to me like the sighted come up with every idea that we have before it ever even seemed like an idea. They have millions and still counting of video games released in one country. Thousands for single consoles, sometimes it seems like whatever ideas I think up are copyrighted or used somewhere else.

That's just me. I may not have the spark of creativity that others may have, or I may be right. Just my oppinion.

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i agree with you since i lost my sight that is all i can play is audio games they do remind me of old video games that i enjoy playing but it would be cool to play never before ideals that none of the sighted game maker ever came up with i do wish someone would make a newer version of distnation mars and run for presdinent

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