My name is James. By day I am a freelance copywriter and editor. While the perks of this job are getting to sleep 'til 2pm and working in my underwear, I've learned far more about hemorrhoid cream and proper swimming pool chlorination than I ever care to.
I guess you could say I'm a "former" video game "journalist" (though I wouldn't call myself the J word). I am the former Editor-in-Chief of Binge Gamer and I spent time writing at other blogs. I gave it up because while I love gaming and the gaming industry, I just didn't have the constitution to run my own business.
Not at the age of 23, anyways.
Let's see... apart from that I'm prior service US Army (Military Police), a stand-up comedian, a connoisseur of soft drinks and I once wrestled a cheetah.
MKR Group, the production company that owns the rights to the "Dawn of the Dead" films, is suing Capcom for copyright infringement. MKR Group alleges that "Dead Rising", a game that has you running around a giant mall hacking, slashing, and otherwise dispatching neverending hordes of the undead, is essentially a video game version of "Dawn of the Dead", which has a group of human survivors running around a giant mall while hacking, slashing and otherwise dispatching neverending hordes of the undead.
I don't see any similarity whatsoever.
MKR says it filed the complaint after talks with Capcom over the issue failed. Earlier this month, Capcom filed a case against the Dawn of the Dead producers in a California federal court, seeking an injunction to prevent MKR from suing Capcom for this very thing.
The complaint filed by MKR in a U.S. District Court claims that "both works are dark comedies" in which "absurdly groqesque 'kill scenes' provide unexpected comedic relief."
Um... duh? This really seems like an open and shut case that should go MKR Group's way. I'm not somebody who roots against the video game industry, but when you have to put a disclaimer on your jewel case that reminds consumers that your game is NOT based on Dawn of the Dead, you have a problem.