Gamers fight back against John Beiswenger, who is suing Ubisoft for allegedly stealing ideas from his book, by flooding his Amazon listing with a series of 1-star reviews.
Whiny ass cry baby gamers? Nothing new.
Sorry, but if gamers are really doing this out of spite, they're wrong. Hopefully Amazon removes the reviews.
Amazon is *usually* pretty good about removing fake reviews. I say usually because there have been a few individuals I'm acquainted with who have unfortunately had digital stalkers. These fellows would basically troll around everything related to the author and his/her books, posting bad reviews, negative comments. From what I recall, Amazon didn't do anything there except maybe remove ones involving personal insults, profanity and the like. I suppose it depends upon the validity of the reviews themselves, which in the case of poor (stupid) Mr. Beiswenger, most are fake. A whole lot of hate came pouring in starting 4/18, so even the ones trying to sound real pretty obviously aren't. Best guess is Amazon will remove anything from that timeframe, but you never know.
Judging from the book description, it probably deserves a one-star review, but it should be legitimate.
Not that I agree with the plaintiff, he's indeed greedy and stupid, but what is worst? Those "reviewers", extremely immature whiny AC fanboy. The only valid "review" in there is the one in July 29, 2007 (i.e. the first review). The rest of the so called "review" are just from raging fanboy nerd. Notice how all the negative review start from 18 April 2012, and all of them mention AC. There's 1% chance that those "reviewers" actually go buy the book or even read it somewhere. Those can't be called review, just immature nerd raging, period.
Whiny ass cry babies whining about gamers? Nothing new.
The "cry baby gamers" have a point, though. This guy waits until Assassin's Creed is a cultural phenomenon (yes, it is) to file a lawsuit so that he can hit maximum paydirt. Why did he not do so when the first game came out 5 years ago? And his "original" idea was already in book form in the early 80s. Does that not sound hypocritical that he built on (if not outright copied) the idea of genetic memory from another author and then has the balls to sue Ubisoft? It's like me making a fake iPhone and some Chinese iPhone-copier suing me for patent rights violation!
its possible that he didn't know his idea was being used. Not everyone plays games and he probably never knew until recently. Just looking at reviews/descriptions: http://tinyurl.com/86h9rnw , http://tinyurl.com/87ftvma. No way someone could tell from that anything about animus or reliving past lives unless they physically play the game. If he did wait until AC became a hit, that will hurt him more in court than anything else cause he should of taken action then and not now.
I wouldn't say Assassin's Creed is a "cultural phenomenon" because quite frankly it hasn't impacted our culture in any way... maybe AC3 will change my mind. I will probably get so much flack for this but Call of Duty, despite who likes it and who doesn't, IS a cultural phenomenon. They have conventions for it, tournaments, apparel, brand recognition, the games sell gangbusters, and literally everyone has played a seventh generation Call of Duty (4 and onwards). Don't get me wrong Assassin's Creed series is good but it doesn't have the same impact as something like Call of Duty or Mario or even Pokemon.
Dude.. if this guy wins, AC3 will not be released, and he will receive millions in "damages". He waited 5 years, and is now suing them... and has anyone even heard of his book till yesterday? I didn't. Apparently there are some honest reviews of people who read the book and called it terrible,he is trying to cash in because his book failed. He is charging them 5 million for plagarising an idea, and he has no proof. Only one idea they have in common and thats the idea of a machine that lets you relive your ancestors lives. Hes trying to even say they copied the concept of good vs evil, and religion from him. I don't know... but back in time religion was really f***ing big. Unless he is trying to trademark history now. Sure I hate review bombing, but I hope he gets his a** beat in court. This lawsuit is ridiculous.. he waited in order to cash in.
I don't see the big deal. Even if ideas were stolen they could just pay sum of $1 million bucks and walk away or they could run it all the way through court system and see if it goes through. Its not like Ubisoft are going to kill Assassin's creed all of a sudden.
What took him so long to sue Ubi anyway. There are 8 Assassin's Creed games out but it looked like he waited until the series got to its most successful period to maximise his payout.
It's most successful period? Eh....you mean from multi-million seller to multi-million seller? Or am I missing the part where Assassin's creed "spiked"? It didn't "suddenly" become a huge thing.
I think after AC2 was released it "spiked" the first one was dull and relatively unpopular.
it certainly got more popular after ACII.
AC3 has the series highest record of pre orders... its safe to say the popualrity spiked up, also Ubi keeps calling it the companies most ambitious project, and they are going to spend a lot on marketing.
he has tried in the past
These review bombs are pretty good actually... well, the thought out reviews - pointing out that there have been numerous other books with very similar ideas who should be suing this guy. Does make gamers look pretty whiney though.
Really lame review bombing actually... it's just some obscure book no ones read. Especially not the people giving the 1 star reviews - they won't even know if it's a legit complaint since they haven't read it. Would be funny if he won the case.
wait so ancestral memories is "owned" by this guy??? This review bombing is ridiculous but so is thinking your the first person to come up with an idea. I bet that if AC wasn't popular he wouldn't be suing. Also want to point out how Review bombing this is unacceptable but doing the exact same to COD on metarcritic is absolutely fine? Where all these commenter's above me when those articles were around???
lol, his novel is called "Link" and was written in 2003. Can nintendo sue him?
Wait can nintendo sue people on the internet as well?
As a writer, I think this is a bit sad. I've seen ideas I swear I came up with in other places, and I've never had the inclinatin to sue. that's just selfish. Now, I could understand if it looked like a direct copy not just of the idea, but of story concepts and things as well. But if this is just the idea of a machine that can do the same things, that's not nearly enough. It's not worthy of gamers getting upset and flooding his review, though. That's just as bad.
Agreed. I don't think it's possible to know if the Assassin's Creed series ripped off this guy's books- it could've just been a freakish, massive coincidence. But I think the review bombing is stupid.
All publicity is good publicity. I bet this book author is laughing all the way to the bank.
Apparently, the book itself is absolutely terrible as well.
That is mature of them, great job. :sarcasm:
while we're at it, george orwell, koushun takami, and stephen king should be suing suzanne collins because the hunger games rips off 1984, battle royale, and the running man.... /sarcasm i hate frivilous lawsuits, and i hope this john beiswenger guy gets his *** handed to him in court.
the author is a d!ck and deserves negative publicity. I hate this entitlement mindset of suing everybody !
Serves him right. Doesn't he know that video games are more valuable than his books?
The main character of the book "Link", has the abiilty to use a "device" to travel through time in order to save a princess.... I think I'll stop right there......
wow, thats wrong, that guy has a right to sue ubisoft, if hes wrong hes wrong, but he has the right to sue anyone he wants.
Way for them to show how mature they are. C'mon gamers, we're better than this!
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