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The Fan HD Remakes Yet To Be Banned (redbull.com) 50

An anonymous reader writes: While companies like Valve have given their seal of approval to HD fan remakes and re-imaginings of their classic games, many more are all too eager to wield the ban hammer and shut down these homebrew projects with legal threats. Not all, though, as one writer points out in a new article taking a look at the most promising unofficial remakes underway right now. Some companies see these projects as an opportunity — the creator of Shen Mue HD was recently hired by Yu Suzuki to work on Shen Mue 3 — while others choose to ignore them entirely. Surprisingly, one of these appears to be Konami, which despite a controversial 2015, has shown no interest in shutting down Outer Heaven, a remake of the very first Metal Gear game. As the author points out however, given "the fact that Konami shut down a similar project not long ago – one which had the involvement of original Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter – [it] doesn't bode too well for Outer Heaven's long-term prospects...but we're crossing our fingers that it makes it to the finish line."
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The Fan HD Remakes Yet To Be Banned

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  • by NotDrWho ( 3543773 ) on Tuesday December 29, 2015 @09:00AM (#51201559)

    Hey, if you believe in a major project enough to work on it, knowing that at any time it could be quashed and never see the light of day--then I salute your passion.

    • by dskzero ( 960168 )
      I agree. I can't really remember many major remakes being released unless backed by a heavyweight (IE Black Mesa)
  • Provided it's free and they don't distribute original content directly from the game (e.g if it extends the original content then they provide it as a patch or require you to have the original game to source the original content into a new engine or something)... how can this possibly infringe on copyright. On what bases have these remakes been "shutdown"?

    • Provided it's free and they don't distribute original content directly from the game (e.g if it extends the original content then they provide it as a patch or require you to have the original game to source the original content into a new engine or something)... how can this possibly infringe on copyright.

      This is a joke question right? Stories are covered by copyright. Characters can be both copyrighted and trademarked. And since this is a remake of the game using both the story and characters, they infringe Konami's IP.

      On what bases have these remakes been "shutdown"?

      Copyright and/or trademark law.

    • You don't know how using someone else's copyrighted characters without a license can be an infringement of copyright? Umm, lol.

      • by tepples ( 727027 )

        I think tomxor might have been confused about the extent to which copyright covers characters as such. The statute itself (17 USC and foreign counterparts) is written to cover works of authorship.

        • I think tomxor might have been confused about the extent to which copyright covers characters as such.

          By being intentionally ignorant of many decades of statutory and case law? It's not some new thing that characters in films, games, TV shows, etc. are covered by copyright. It's in fact quite ancient by this point.

          The statute itself (17 USC and foreign counterparts) is written to cover works of authorship.

          Cool story. It has long ago been applied beyond that.

      • by tomxor ( 2379126 )
        I said for free... i don't see how mimicking someone else's product and then releasing it for free is a problem... OSS is a massive example, WINE anyone?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's actually "Shenmue".

  • Konami shut down a similar project not long ago – one which had the involvement of original Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter

    Hayter's haters gonna hate.

  • I'd like to see remakes of their other classic MSX titles: Penguin Adventure, Kings Valley, F1 Spirit, Space Manbow, etc.

    And don't even get me started on Vampire Killer (aka Castlevania). It was hardly the best of the bunch, in the old days...

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