[MUD-Dev] UO rants

Matthew Mihaly the_logos at achaea.com
Wed Aug 23 01:19:14 New Zealand Standard Time 2000

On Tue, 22 Aug 2000, Jon A. Lambert wrote:

> Matthew Mihaly wrote:
> > 
> So when was the Ultima theme NOT an exploited commercial property? ;-)
> The original rant is probably quite similar to mail that the producers
> of the different StarTreks have receive by fans.

Oh yes, no doubt. However, there can be arguments made for degrees of
exploitation. Star Wars is a commercially exploitable property in all its
forms, but most Star Wars fans I've talked to call the most recent film a
total sell-out.

An interesting thought that I hope Raph will respond to: Raph, you have
been one of the major proponents in past discussions on mud-dev for the
idea that the players partially own the game in some sense. Couldn't the
same be said for the fans of a license like Star Wars or Tolkien or
Ultima? Do you believe any obligation accrues to you as a designer of
licensed property games as a result of this? If you don't believe that the
fans 'own' part of the property in the same way that the players of a mud
own the mud, why not? 

"He that is wounded in the testicles, or have his penis cut off, shall not
enter into the congregation of the Lord." Deuteronomy 23:1

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