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5 Lawsuits From The World Of Gaming

As we march forward in this glorious new millennium, one thing remains the same — people love suing the bejeezus out of their fellow man. And in the world of video games, things are no different. To celebrate that litigious fact, as well as just how fun it is to say “litigious”, here are five weird lawsuits pulled from the world of gaming.

Adam Levine/Gwen Stefani vs. Activision

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Back in 2011, the Maroon 5 frontman took Activision to court over his appearance in Band Hero, causing No Doubt to follow suit. The musicians were okay singing their own songs, but once they realized that gamers could essentially use them as digital meat-puppets, singing and dancing other songs in other voices, they were none too pleased. They were unsuccessful, and more importantly, THE DIGITAL MEAT-PUPPETRY CONTINUES.

 

Universal vs. Nintendo

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In 1984, Universal Pictures tried to sue the pants off of Nintendo over the presumed similarities between King Kong and Donkey Kong. The best part of the suit is that Universal essentially defeated themselves, as Nintendo pointed to a 1975 ruling in which the movie studio proved that the movie’s rights were in the public domain, which allowed them to go forward with a remake. Ape-lovers the world over rejoiced, and Donkey Kong would live on as one of the worst drivers in Mario Kart.

 

Blockbuster Video vs. Nintendo

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Back again in the wonderful era known as the ’80s, Nintendo tried to put a stop to video game rentals by suing Blockbuster Video (remember those guys?). They were unsuccessful, because they severely overestimated the ambition of ’80s-era gamers when they worried about unauthorized duplication of game cartridges. But sometimes, you just want to play Lester the Unlikely for 72 straight hours and then pretend it never happened, right?

 

Tim Langdell vs. The World

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Founder of Edge Games, Tim Langdell became notorious in the video game world for trying to block anyone from using even the word “Edge”. U2 guitarist The Edge escaped unscathed, luckily, and the rest of the gaming world continued to make “cuckoo” motions with their hands whenever Tim was around.

 

The Romantics vs. Activision

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A faithful cover of The Romantics’ “What I Like About You” was included in the Guitar Hero expansion Guitar Hero Rocks the ‘80s, which the band had agreed to. But, possibly for the first time ever, the band argued that the cover was TOO good and that people couldn’t tell the difference between the two. The band was unsuccessful, presumably because the last person who enjoyed that song died around the same time as the ’80s themselves.

Which lawsuit would you want to see turned into the next Ryan Murphy miniseries?

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