Microsoft Loses Another Classic Trademark With Xbox Original Voodoo Vince

Microsoft has lost another of its classic trademarks, Voodoo Vince.

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iNFAMOUZ11375d ago

get it back ms please, this game was so much fun back in the day

Gamer7771375d ago (Edited 1375d ago )

They still own the franchise; MS just can't develop and sell another Voodoo Vince game until the trademark is renewed.

snarls20001375d ago (Edited 1375d ago )

if lets say Sony picks up the trademark they could make a game

Naga1374d ago (Edited 1374d ago )

That's actually not true. Microsoft is just as free to develop and sell another Voodoo Vince as they ever were. The only difference now is that the TM (trademark) doesn't currently have the same protections from use by others that it once did. That's all this means.

A lot of people don't realize or understand that a TM exists as soon as you create it - not just when it is officially registered. If I started selling cupcakes down the street and called them something like, say, "Naga's Cupcakes," that's my trademark. If someone then came along and, in an effort to capitalize on my name (my mark of trade) began selling their own cupcakes as "Naga's Cupcakes," I could sue them for trademark infringement. Even though I never officially registered it with the government.

The main reason people register trademarks is simply to secure their rights against those of others and drastically reduce the likelihood or length of litigation that would result from a conflict. In short, it just makes life easier.

So with that said, the story that this article is making out to be a big deal is really not that important. MS could come out with a Voodoo Vince game tomorrow, and it would be their trademark all over again. And in the meantime, it's not like Sony or anyone else could somehow develop the next Voodoo Vince game, because that's someone else's intellectual property. An IP, regardless of trademark or registration, belongs to the one who develops it (or the people to whom they sell the IP rights). The worst thing that could happen right now is someone could come out with a completely unrelated cartoon show that had a character named Voodoo Vince.

TL;DR - Losing an official trademark registration doesn't mean nearly what people think it means. It's not a big deal.

snarls20001374d ago (Edited 1374d ago )

Naga the article even mentioned how if someone else picked up the trademark they could make a new game

Naga1373d ago

@ snarls2000

If the author had some measure of legal training comparable to what I have had in law school, I might second-guess my knowledge and consider recanting my comment. However, it's Dualshockers - not a legal journal. They don't know what they're talking about with this.

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Gamer19821375d ago

Really?? They aren't gonna touch a game like this that will probably sell less than 100k copies. We live in the age of the AA only indie devs can now create games that sell less than 1 million without it being a failure. It's why games like this are easily dropped and why we don't see other cult titles renewed by either Sony or MS.

Nekroo911375d ago

So you're considering Forza Horizon 2 and Sunset overdrive failures, because they havent reached 1 million copies sold... Hell i wont even mention project spark with less than 100k.

MS is supporting these games, and all three of them are great. Its not MS or devs fault that the community suck and they only care about pew pew pew murica

XanderZane1375d ago

DualShocker continues to report on all things negative for the XBox One. This story isn't even relevant right now. How many gamers even remember Voodoo Vince? I never bought that game and it was on the original XBox. M$ went another who generation not thinking about Voodoo Vince, so why is this news? I would be more disappointed if it was PGR, MechAssault or Rallisport Challenge, which were more popular games. This just seems like more click bait. There was news about Quantum Break releasing in June this year. Where is that news on DualShocker? That's more relevant then this crap.

memots1375d ago

I agree with some of the title you mention.
Mostly PGR

I think i would break down and buy my Xbo for that one. Well right now i might get it when Halo 5 comes out. But PGR would be insta buy for me.

Gamer7771375d ago

Dual Shockers is a clickbait site. They write (and title) in a manner that makes their articles seem more impacting to the industry than it actually is.

DragonbornZ1375d ago (Edited 1375d ago )

Well you know the Dualshocker fanbase eats this kind of stuff up. Really Anti MS over thar

chrish19901375d ago (Edited 1375d ago )

Um, I don't normally partake in these types of discussions, but on this occasion I feel compelled to point out that the Xbox One isn't mentioned once in the article.

Abriael1375d ago (Edited 1375d ago )

"M$ went another who generation not thinking about Voodoo Vince"

Really now.

"Why is this news?"

Because it's something that happened, which happens to be the definition of "news."

Whether a piece of news pleases you or not is really inconsequential to its relevance as news.

Oh, and by the way. I checked out that "news" about Quantum Break. All I could find were rumors (which aren't "news") that stated absolutely no source or even an explanation, seemingly originating from this nearly delirious post

I'll pass, thank you.

Dudebro901375d ago

You really have no business calling another site "delirious."

Get some class.

nicksetzer11375d ago (Edited 1375d ago )

This is not really a big deal, they still own the game, and it has been pretty stgnant in the meantime anyway. Maybe their intent in letting them run out is to draw interest from external devs to produce a game in the franchise.

@abrieal "All I could find were rumors (which aren't "news") that stated absolutely no source"

What hypocrisy coming from the guy who post articles about every "insider" comment from neogaf. To the point of personally insulting and banning users from your site when I pointed out how unprofessional, unreliable and unsavory Dodd's info was. Only to find out they were completely fabricated.

Now rumors are suddenly terrible and "pass"worthy?

Gamer19821375d ago

How is it negative?? Is it slating the xbox at all?? This affects it zero percent.. You need to grow up a bit.. This is news for those few people out there who maybe liked the first game who always wondered about a sequel. I mean if they didn't post it who would?? How would you know? No news is not always good news..

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gangsta_red1375d ago

He's poking himself in the bum and the Crocodile man over there is feeling it.

MS needs to get this game back!

x_RadicalAura_x1375d ago

Ironic, considering Phil Spencer considered his most memorable game/gaming moment to be from playing Voodoo Vince with his daughters...

XanderZane1375d ago

That's fine and well. He has never mentioned making a sequel for the game. The Xbox 360 has been out for almost 10 years now and not even a peep about Voodoo Vince or MechAssault for that matter. We did hear something about Blinx, which was also a decent game. I myself actually enjoyed Mad Dash as it reminded me of a 3D version Mystic Marathon in some ways. Every XBox fan probably have their favorite exclusive from back then. I would hope Microsoft would bring back a couple of them. PGR should be a given. The developers of MechAssault were working on a new title, but it was going to be for the PC. Don't know if it was even completed though. There are still too many click bait articles out there.

Nathan1701375d ago

The first Xbox had some of the most unique games I have ever played...
Shame that originality doesn't equal good sales.
RIP Voodoo Vince

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