Quantcast
Aliens: Gearbox defends its right to mislead customers - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Aliens: Colonial Marines  



Aliens: Gearbox defends its right to mislead customers


8:00 AM on 05.03.2013
Aliens: Gearbox defends its right to mislead customers photo



Both Gearbox and SEGA have responded to a class action suit that alleges customers were lied to during the development of Aliens: Colonial Marines. Both companies are happy to defend themselves and seem unswayed by the threat of legal action. 

"SEGA cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation, but we are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend it vigorously," boasted the publisher. 

Meanwhile, Gearbox had stronger words, calling the suit "frivolous" and defending its use of unrepresentative walkthrough demonstrations. 

"Attempting to wring a class action lawsuit out of a demonstration is beyond meritless. We continue to support the game, and will defend the rights of entertainers to share their works-in-progress without fear of frivolous litigation."

The trouble with this particular lawsuit is, Gearbox and SEGA will probably be absolutely fine because of the narrow focus of the allegation. It focuses purely on the walkthrough, which can indeed be defended as a work-in-progress.

If it had focused on the fact that the game was not the Gearbox production it claimed to be, or that SEGA continues to sell the game with misleading assets, it might have had a better chance. Sadly, Gearbox can indeed sit on its high horse and claim it was showing a work in progress, even though that "work" was not so much "in progress" as it was designed solely to be showcased -- as evidenced by the fact the finished product is completely different

At least Gearbox is proud of what it did, and the savvier customers now know full well that anything the company shows in future could be total bullshit. I guess we can't claim to be mislead in future if the next thing Gearbox makes is a turd.

I'm certainly expecting it, given the standards of acceptability the studio has proudly demonstrated throughout all this.

Sega: The Aliens False Advertising Lawsuit Is "Without Merit" [Kotaku]

 





Sega outs Gearbox for lying in Aliens: Colonial Marines case photo


Sega agrees to settle in Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit photo


Gearbox thinks it should be dropped from the Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit photo


Now Bloody Playing: Aliens: Stasis Interrupted Part 4 photo


Now Bloody Playing: Aliens: Stasis Interrupted Part 3  photo


Now Bloody Playing: Aliens: Stasis Interrupted Part 2 photo


Now Bloody Playing: Aliens: Stasis Interrupted photo


Aliens: Colonial Marines 'Stasis Interrupted' out now photo


Aliens: Colonial Marines campaign DLC uncovered photo


Pitchford encourages Aliens: Colonial Marines PR tactics photo


Aliens: Colonial Marines Updates, Screenshots, & Videos







Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.





timeline following:
Aliens: Colonial Marines



2:45 PM on 09.04.2014
Sega outs Gearbox for lying in Aliens: Colonial Marines case

Sega has released a statement placing the majority of the blame for the misrepresentation of Aliens: Colonial Marines to customers firmly on Gearbox, especially Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford. Sega has alleged that Gearbox did i...more



1:00 PM on 08.13.2014
Sega agrees to settle in Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit

Sega of America has tentatively agreed to pay out $1.25 million to settle a class-action suit brought against it and Gearbox Software that claimed the two companies falsely advertised Aliens: Colonial Marines by using fake ga...more



11:30 AM on 08.01.2014
Gearbox thinks it should be dropped from the Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit

Last year a class action lawsuit was filed against Sega and Gearbox accusing the companies that the press demo shown at E3 of Aliens: Colonial Marines was not indicative of the final product and was misleading. Gearbox has re...more



3:30 PM on 07.31.2013
Now Bloody Playing: Aliens: Stasis Interrupted Part 4

In the thrilling conclusion to a rubbish playthrough of a boring campaign, the noble Jim Sterling fights his way through Stasis Interrupted, fighting more Weyland Yutani mercs, having a close encounter with an alien Queen, and giving up on the last bit because it's dumb. It was going on far too long anyway.more



9:30 AM on 07.29.2013
Now Bloody Playing: Aliens: Stasis Interrupted Part 3

Lisbeth is dead, and we continue our boring journey through space with ... some other person! Witness the terror of aliens that stand around waiting to die. Be amazed by Hicks' magic pants! Feel shock at the comprehension of Weyland-Yutani's Danger Ammo!more



10:15 AM on 07.26.2013
Now Bloody Playing: Aliens: Stasis Interrupted Part 2

Hell yeah, I finally gets a gun! After the crawling and dawdling of the first part of Stasis Interrupted, the next slice of Aliens: Colonial Marines action actually gets some action! Thanks for all the watching and feedback on part one! People are really digging this, which is great. Expect more!more



9:00 AM on 07.25.2013
Now Bloody Playing: Aliens: Stasis Interrupted

I woke up slightly before 5am this morning and thought to myself, "You know what the world needs? Another man with an annoying voice talking to himself while playing videogames on the Internet." So it is that I sold out and ...more



6:00 AM on 07.24.2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines 'Stasis Interrupted' out now

One of the dumbest elements of Aliens: Colonial Marines was the sudden appearance of Corporal Hicks, a move that undid the canon of the movies for no real reason other than the desperate need for a recognizable character. Hic...more



8:00 AM on 07.08.2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines campaign DLC uncovered

Aliens: Colonial Marines is getting downloadable campaign content in the near future, with leaked PS3 trophies revealing all. Stasis Interrupted is the name of the DLC, and it'll be part of the Season Pass some people actuall...more



12:15 PM on 07.01.2013
Pitchford encourages Aliens: Colonial Marines PR tactics

Randy Pitchford is far from ashamed that Aliens: Colonial Marines looked nowhere near as good in real life as it did in highly scripted showcase demos, going so far as to encourage the industry to do it more. According to the...more




First-person shooter

2:00 PM on 09.29.2014
Hotline Miami's masks are a great fit for Payday 2

Overkill Software has teamed up with Dennaton Games for Hotline Miami-themed DLC for Payday 2, which releases tomorrow on Steam for $6.99. Here's more info in the mean time. Besides the screenshot above, there's a mini websit...more



3:00 PM on 09.26.2014
There's a replacement for Destiny's Loot Cave

In its update for Destiny that put an end to the oh-so-effective Loot Cave, Bungie noted that "shooting at a black hole for hours on end isn't our dream for how Destiny is played." That well-known spot is now less desirable ...more



12:30 PM on 09.26.2014
Far Cry 4's Pagan Min teaches a man to scream for help, not text for help

Poor Pagan Min. He tries ruling his regime with a positive influence, but all those terrorists are there to just, ahem, "muck" it up. Maybe his tendencies to take hostages and implement electroshock torture aren't viewed by everyone as "positive," but it's tough to argue with such a snazzy dresser.more



View all First-person shooter






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more