Submitted by LukeWashingTons 1651d ago | news

Minecraft Imitator Hitting Xbox Live Indie Arcade In March

DamnLag - "Well, since we’ve got a Minecraft groove going at the moment, I figure this is as good a time as any to mention FortressCraft. What is it? Well, it’s basically Minecraft with better graphics, texturing and lighting. And for the Xbox 360, no less. Though, the creator claims it’s going to be 'Minecraft meets DwarfFortress meets TransportTycoon meets DungeonKeeper.'" (Minecraft, Xbox 360)

giantchicken  +   1651d ago
Using the avatars is a nice touch, but I smell a lawsuit coming on.
thrasherv3  +   1651d ago

The only way he could be sued is copyright infringement. And he is not infringing anyone's copyright.
Kran  +   1651d ago
You see that little note at the bottom of the menu screen? Do not Distribute?

Well this is EXACTLY what it meant.

And OK. You came up with a BRILLIANT idea for a game. You used it. You made the game. You get lots of money.

Somebody takes that very same idea but "slightly" changes it (e.g. bringing it to an Xbox 360). The person who stole your idea gets money. And you get nothing. Not even a credit mention. Now i dont know about you but I would feel a little p***ed off with that.
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hassi94  +   1651d ago

Yeah but this is not the same code or engine or anything. So he hasn't distributed anything.
Kran  +   1651d ago
Having the same code or not, the game is still tonnes like minecraft, bar the graphics (which thats why theres mods. To make the PC version of Minecraft HD)

Once the game is released, it will have been distributed.

There is a copyright rule when a game cannot look a certain % like another game. And this game pretty much breaks that rule.
dragonelite  +   1651d ago
@kran you a law special with that kind of logic most games wouldn't come out.
Wenis  +   1651d ago
The funny thing is Kran, Minecraft is actually very similar to another game as well, Infiniminer http://img7.imageshack.us/i... and is actually what inspired minecraft, partially at least according to Notch. Secondly, distributing this game has nothing to do with distributing minecraft since... its not minecraft. Yes the game is obviously a blatant rip off but thats it. I mean look how similar racing games are to eachother, but you don't see people issuing lawsuits about that, mainly because they can't.
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HolyOrangeCows  +   1651d ago
Wow, talk about rip offs.

And I don't care about infiniminer; game sucked compared to Micecraft. But this....THIS is practically a carbon copy of Minecraft (without the fun in sight). Hardly even bothered to change the name.

Typical Xbox Indie devs.
FlyWestbrook  +   1651d ago
Pandamobile  +   1651d ago

"I can't come up with an original game idea, so lets just rip off a massively successful indie game"
bodybombs  +   1651d ago
just like 90 percent of anything you can think of nowadays. 10 percent of whatever you see around you is original
danmachine  +   1651d ago
My face is original!
bodybombs  +   1651d ago
nah, im sure somebody had a face before you
rlm41  +   1651d ago
You jelly it aint coming to PS3?
Pandamobile  +   1651d ago
Why would I be jealous when I can play the real Minecraft whenever I want?
SupahJ  +   1651d ago
I'd totally spend $1 on this! Why not?
Mastersnake10  +   1651d ago
Wow, after checking out the footage, I'm actually kind of looking forward to this. Why not make an imitation that improves upon the original when the original doesn't even try to improve itself?
TheIneffableBob  +   1651d ago
Hmm... I wouldn't say better graphics. Fancier graphics, yes; better graphics, no.
hassi94  +   1651d ago
Better technically. Which art style you prefer is a matter of taste and that alone.
dragonelite  +   1651d ago
what dude compare the water and higher res textures on the blocks. But 31 players online seems reall interesting probably be laggy as shit if its on p2p.
ic4ruz  +   1651d ago
Thats just not right......
Corrwin  +   1651d ago
Cease and Desist letter in 3... 2... 1...

Really - there's imitation, and then there's saying the word "Yoink!" while pickpocketing somebody.

I would not be surprised if he gets sued.
H2OAcidic  +   1650d ago
Did you know Minecraft was created from the game Infiniminer? Plus this dev is doing it from scratch.
Corrwin  +   1650d ago

"Zachtronics discontinued development of the game less than a month after its first release. The source code was made public"

Big difference. It would be ok for them to base the game off Infiniminer, but by deriving it from Minecraft they tread shaky legal ground.
H2OAcidic  +   1650d ago
Did you all just find out about this XBLIG? I've been talking to the dev. of the game since December.
HK6  +   1650d ago
A rip-off of a rip-off? What happened to innovation in the gaming industry?
Soyokaze  +   1648d ago
I honestly believe that FortressCraft is BAD for the games industry. Developer and gamer alike. Long story short, it kills Minecraft's unique business model - which could have gone on to work for future indie titles. It makes game designers less able to make innovative games. If you'd care to hear my reasoning, hit the jump: http://wannadev.blogspot.co...

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