Not Cool: This Game on Wired UK Copied an Indie Sensation [Update]

Illustration for article titled Not Cool: This Game on emWired UK/em Copied an Indie Sensation [Update]

I really loved Thomas Was Alone, a charming indie puzzle platformer from developer Mike Bithell. Apparently, the folks who make games for Wired's UK division liked it, too, because they cranked out a game that cribs heavily from Thomas Was Alone.

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Illustration for article titled Not Cool: This Game on emWired UK/em Copied an Indie Sensation [Update]
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CFBDSIR2149 Was Alone doesn't have the endearing narration of Danny Wallace or the excellent soundtrack by David Housden. But the newsgame tied to an article about an orphan planet does parrot the tone, text boxes and get-to-the-exit level design of Thomas. Despite being an unmistakable—and inferior—clone of Bithell's game, no acknowledgement of that inspiration is in the text. The developer of the CFBDSIR2149 game does mention Thomas Was Alone in the comments.

Bithell himself found out on Twitter:

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As of this writing, there hasn't been any change in the article text. No game deserves to be ripped off but it's especially troubling when it happens to an indie release. Everyone go play Thomas Was Alone. It's better anyway.

Update: Mention of Thomas Was Alone—and a link to the game on Steam—as inspiration has been added to the article. All is well.

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Rastervision

It's easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permissions, that's what I always say.

Not to mention, to ask for permission you have to find them. The other way, they find you.

Sounds like a win-win to me.