Once a work enters the public domain, it is no longer subject to copyright laws. A publisher can print their own edition of the Beatrix Potter books, a filmmaker can make a film of any of Shakespeare’s plays, and a game developer can adapt any of the characters, scenes, or even whole stories from public domain works.
The amazing-looking He-Man game is still going strong. Head to where the side-scrolling smack-’em-up can be downloaded, on Game Jolt, and you’ll see a stream of comments, requesting new abilities and offering suggestions for extra characters, both from the original 1980s cartoons and entirely unrelated series.
If you didn't already hate LucasArts enough for needlessly canceling Star Wars: Battlefront III, wait until you hear this: They shitcanned it when the game was "99 percent finished," said the co-founder of the defunct studio behind the game.
THQ's in dire straits, financially. Marvel—now a wholly-owned division of Disney—has lots and lots of money. Maybe, if the former buys the latter, they hold hands and make beautiful games together?
With the first two weeks of the NBA season canceled thanks to the lockout, some players have gone looking for alternative employment. Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz, for example, was in a Starcraft pro gaming tournament this past weekend, just barely finishing out of the money.
"If you were a video game console, what would you be?" is not the sort of question one would expect to find on the Facebook page of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, yet here we are.
Today in Speak-Up on Kotaku, commenter GunFlame craves his own super-powered video game special move. If you could have one, which would you choose?
Rare owned by Activision? Could have been!
Now that they're working on Dungeon Siege 3 for Square Enix, are there any other Square Enix series the company would like a stab at? "Chrono Trigger," says CEO Feargus Urquhart.
Had the farce of its development not abruptly dead-ended in May of last year, April 1, 2010 was to have been the date Duke Nukem Forever went to gold master - that is, was at last finished.
Now that Disney will soon be the parent company of Marvel Entertainment, we can begin brainstorming the ultimate video game crossovers between the House of Ideas and the Magic Kingdom.
Depending on the orbit, it takes between four and 20 minutes for information traveling at light speed to get from Earth to Mars. So, we're not going to be playing Killzone against Martians anytime soon.
With LEGO adding a delicious layer of licensing to properties like Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Batman to generally welcome results, we won't be surprised when LEGO Halo becomes a real project or once proud properties like Tomb Raider resort to the LEGO treatment to win new fans.