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Gaming News: "Zombies in a Mall"
Posted: Wednesday February 27th, 2008 by

The MKR Group, holders of the rights to George A. Romero's "Dawn of the Dead", has filed suit against Capcom Monday (2/25) claiming copyright and trademark infringements, alleging that the 2006 zombie adventure game Dead Rising was "essentially a computer game version of its 'Dawn of the Dead' movies".
Source: Reuters [ more info ]

More details about the case are available via the cited article, but basically MKR is claiming that the similarities between the game and the movies are too close. In Dawn of the Dead a group of survivors hole up in a mall in order to protect themselves against a zombie apocolypse. In Dead Rising a single, camer-weilding reporter follows a news story right into the heart of a zombie outbreak, he charters a helicopter to drop him off at the mall and return in 3 days to pick him up.

Now, maybe I'm biased, but as a lover of all things zombie, I think this lawsuit is ridiculous. It's zombies and malls. Those two things go together like cake and icecream, pirates and booty, ninjas and penguins! But like I said, there's more to this whole mess [ more info ]. Though honestly, I'm not interested in talking about the pitiful money-grabbing that's disguised as trademark, copyright, and patent litigation. I'd much rather just talk about zombies. But again...I'm biased.

Today's Mildly Related Pimpage: Absolutely no one in the comic is wearing one of GU's oh so stylish "Attention Zombies: Eat Me!" shirt available at ZeStuff.Com.

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