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Wolfman Walt
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:03 am Reply with quoteBack to top

[ Company -> Article ] - More info on Company: Bethesda Softworks | More info on Company: Interplay | More info on Game: Fallout: Online

According to Kotaku, Bethesda has intent to begin a lawsuit with Interplay over Fallout Online as sourced from Interplay legal documents. According to the article, Bethesda set stipulations for allowing Interplay to use the license which apperently Interplay didn't cooperate with too awful well.

Of these stipulations, it seems the major one is that Interplay had to have began "full-scale" work on the title by April 4th, 2009 as well as Interplay apperently not securing finicial . Should this reach court and Interplay loses, they will lose rights to the Fallout MMO and Fallout will forever remain Bethesda's sole property.

I'm not so sure who I should cheer for in this one.

You can read more at Kotaku: here, including the court papers if you feel the need to add some legalese to spice up your vocabulary.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:26 am Reply with quoteBack to top

On one hand, Interplay needs to die already. On the other, it's kind of depressing it's Bethesda dealing the killing blow.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:24 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Actually it's quite fitting.

Like the barbarian hordes raping what's left of the Roman Empire.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:44 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Aonaran wrote:
On the other, it's kind of depressing it's Bethesda dealing the killing blow.

I've always pictured fallout fans in a circle smacking the living shit out of Interplay, kinda like in the ending of death proof. Now even that pleasure is stolen by Bethesda. Except that IPLY won't die.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:07 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I have a feeling that Bethesda was planning this all along.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:50 am Reply with quoteBack to top

While definitely not happy that it's Bethesda and a more-than-sneaking-suspicion that Bethesda smells the green blood of the Fallout franchise, Interplay needs to pass on.

It's like the Big 3 automakers and many of the banks in the USA - good capitalism/free market economy lets the fat bloated pigs die, and the new hungry guy make his comeuppance (spl?) on the corpses of those who were no longer viable as a company.

So...when is NMA going to go the way of the Buffalo as well - now *that* would be Newsworthy....
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:08 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Bethesda is putting down Interplay, the way they put down Old Yeller. Buckshot to the face.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

POOPERSCOOPER wrote:
I have a feeling that Bethesda was planning this all along.


Of course they were! Why else would they give that incompetent frog any money? He's bankrupted EVERY company he's run; swindled and squandered funds; broken nearly every contract; produced sub-standard products that DIDN'T sell. Why throw 6 million at such a looser?

The answer is in the contract itself. All those rules and requirements, but the real key is the clause that he must uphold the standards and good name of Bethesda. Regardless of what you think of Bethesda, why put that into a contract? Why put the result of failure being the revoking of the rights for a Fallout MMO?

No, they knew Herve could not find a stupid sucker to fund his FOOL project with his track record. They knew Herve would lie, cheat, swindle (look at what happened with GluttonCreeper??), any and everybody; his shady dealings with shadow investment brokerages that don't exist except on paper.

Bethesda played Herve for the fool he is. They gave him that 6 million, a good 1/3rd what he was looking for in April 04, on the full expectations his corrupt ego would void the contract.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:26 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Corith wrote:
POOPERSCOOPER wrote:
I have a feeling that Bethesda was planning this all along.


Of course they were! Why else would they give that incompetent frog any money? He's bankrupted EVERY company he's run; swindled and squandered funds; broken nearly every contract; produced sub-standard products that DIDN'T sell. Why throw 6 million at such a looser?

The answer is in the contract itself. All those rules and requirements, but the real key is the clause that he must uphold the standards and good name of Bethesda. Regardless of what you think of Bethesda, why put that into a contract? Why put the result of failure being the revoking of the rights for a Fallout MMO?

No, they knew Herve could not find a stupid sucker to fund his FOOL project with his track record. They knew Herve would lie, cheat, swindle (look at what happened with GluttonCreeper??), any and everybody; his shady dealings with shadow investment brokerages that don't exist except on paper.

Bethesda played Herve for the fool he is. They gave him that 6 million, a good 1/3rd what he was looking for in April 04, on the full expectations his corrupt ego would void the contract.


What he said.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:41 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Corith wrote:
stuff
who are you again?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:22 am Reply with quoteBack to top

No lie, Herve is either the luckiest idiot ever, or a criminal mastermind, who used both Interplay and Titus as huge money laundering scams or a front for some other activities. Either way, he's a corporate cockroach, and Bethesda are going to have their hands full putting him down for good.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 2:10 am Reply with quoteBack to top

PiP wrote:
Corith wrote:
stuff
who are you again?

A regular poster at NMA.
http://www.nma-fallout.com/forum/

I wrote all the ASP and C# code for Interplay. I also created the jigsaw puzzle and Space Hunt mini games that used to be on the Interplay site. I also functioned a historical adviser and researcher for one of the artists until he left the company.

AND, before that stupid frog tanked the company was selected as a designer for the proposed projects of Fallout Brotherhood of Steel: 2 and Dark Alliance 3.

I was also one of four who dragged Herve pink plump rump into court and forced him to accept the Beth deal under threat of bankruptcy.

http://www.itsuckstobejoe.com/interplay.asp

http://www.itsuckstobejoe.com/interplay2.asp
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 2:48 am Reply with quoteBack to top

yea, I thought I know this name from somewhere..
you've chosen a funny time to visit DAC.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 4:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

PiP wrote:
yea, I thought I know this name from somewhere..
you've chosen a funny time to visit DAC.


I am a spectre, and if you say Interplay three times on a message board, I magically appear . . .
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 4:44 am Reply with quoteBack to top

It's nice to see you post Corith but I must ask what is or happened to gluttoncreeper? The name sounds very familiar but I can't remember what it was related to.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:21 am Reply with quoteBack to top

POOPERSCOOPER wrote:
It's nice to see you post Corith but I must ask what is or happened to gluttoncreeper? The name sounds very familiar but I can't remember what it was related to.


It was the people who were working on the offical Fallout pnp game.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:14 am Reply with quoteBack to top

http://www.gluttoncreeper.com/

DAC hosted the official forum for the official fallout PnP until DaC posters got a little to hostel and wouldn't stop posting how much the design blew. They then started to host there own forum and eventually some legal hupla forced them to change the title (which is now eXodus) to something other than fallout. The game was so far from resembling fallout that I don't think they had to change much more than the name.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:44 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I wonder who would have the better laywers?
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