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2012-11-26 03:53:11 PM  

Genju: timujin: Genju: The only decent one was the Another World one. Also, Blades of Steel is on there twice.

Coincidentally, I just bought a copy of that for the Super Nintendo. I'd get the poster, too, but didn't see a way to buy them.

/sorry, Parallax, but I rent and while I could still stencil, I'm too lazy to bother when I know I'll have to paint over it when I leave.

I've beaten that game too many times. Did you ever play Heart of the Alien? The sequel for Sega CD. Way harder.

As punishing as those games are (Heart of the Alien, Blackthorne, Flashback) I just loved them.


Yeah, I beat it frequently back in the day, I just bought it for nostalgia's sake.

/Mah toobah.
 
2012-11-26 03:55:47 PM  
I liked Tron and Bioshock.
 
2012-11-26 04:15:05 PM  

poot_rootbeer: Oh nice, somebody came up with an even worse design for video game packaging than the Sega Master System launch titles.
[www.consolepassion.co.uk image 298x417]


THIS

Also on the too minimalist team. Crap is getting a little old. If something new looked like any of those no one would play or watch (minimalist movie posters).
"OOH LOOK! A two-color bar! That looks like a fighting game to me!" I put a fortune into Street Fighter II, and I wouldn't have recognized that on it's own. Only because it was in an article about minimalist video games that are the most well-known video games in history.

Here's my entry

/The corners of the Tri-Force should touch, dumbass.
 
2012-11-26 04:16:01 PM  

bionicjoe: Here's my entry


Filter ate it.

...<....o.....
 
2012-11-26 04:16:59 PM  
These were pretty dumb, but the Another World one was just great. Also, liked the Final Fantasy one.
 
2012-11-26 04:22:18 PM  

Fish in a Barrel: Why'd they use the Black Mesa symbol when the actual game icon is just as simple and far more recognizable?


Because they want to sell t-shirts without using trademarks.

The crowbar would've fit their dumb theme better.
 
2012-11-26 04:22:23 PM  

GaidinCanuck: Those are a little too minimalist.


No kidding. I couldn't recognize any of them, and I've been playing video games for 35 years. I was hoping for something more along the lines of https://store.qmxonline.com/Star-Trek-The-Original-Series-Art-Prints-- Set-1_p_182.html
 
2012-11-26 04:23:03 PM  
he's described as incredibly talented. I wonder who paid the author to say that.
 
2012-11-26 04:23:55 PM  

ManateeGag: he's described as incredibly talented. I wonder who paid the author to say that.


My mom dumbass..oops.
 
2012-11-26 04:25:12 PM  

theurge14: Fish in a Barrel: Why'd they use the Black Mesa symbol when the actual game icon is just as simple and far more recognizable?

Because they want to sell t-shirts without using trademarks.

The crowbar would've fit their dumb theme better.


Or even a little headcrab.
 
2012-11-26 04:27:54 PM  

theurge14: Fish in a Barrel: Why'd they use the Black Mesa symbol when the actual game icon is just as simple and far more recognizable?

Because they want to sell t-shirts without using trademarks.

The crowbar would've fit their dumb theme better.


I don't think you can trademark lambda.
 
2012-11-26 04:34:18 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: theurge14: Fish in a Barrel: Why'd they use the Black Mesa symbol when the actual game icon is just as simple and far more recognizable?

Because they want to sell t-shirts without using trademarks.

The crowbar would've fit their dumb theme better.

I don't think you can trademark lambda.


But you could if you put it in a circle, which is the full logo:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-26 04:36:14 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: theurge14: Fish in a Barrel: Why'd they use the Black Mesa symbol when the actual game icon is just as simple and far more recognizable?

Because they want to sell t-shirts without using trademarks.

The crowbar would've fit their dumb theme better.

I don't think you can trademark lambda.


A regular Greek letter Lambda, sure - it can't be copyrighted any more than a Roman letter H can.

A stylized Greek letter Lambda can be copyrighted, much like Honda's stylized Roman letter H.

/see also Superman's S
 
2012-11-26 04:37:15 PM  

GaidinCanuck: Those are a little too minimalist.


This. I couldn't guess a single one without the mouse-over, and with it, very few made sense.
 
2012-11-26 04:38:25 PM  

Uncle Pooky: GaidinCanuck: Those are a little too minimalist.

This. I couldn't guess a single one without the mouse-over, and with it, very few made sense.


You couldn't guess the Zelda one?!
 
2012-11-26 04:38:32 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: I don't think you can trademark lambda.


Um, you can totally trademark the logomark of a lambda in a circle as associated with video games. In fact, Valve already owns the mark. As an example, see where it says the lambda logo is a trademark owned by Valve.
 
2012-11-26 04:43:01 PM  

King Something: A regular Greek letter Lambda, sure - it can't be copyrighted any more than a Roman letter H can.

A stylized Greek letter Lambda can be copyrighted, much like Honda's stylized Roman letter H.

/see also Superman's S


I have only one request from the internet: Please stop doing this. It is like nails on a blackboard.

Seriously people - learn the vast difference between the four major types of Intellectual Property before you decide to post like you are an expert. Its like a lawyer coming onto a geek thread about Debian distros and calling any of them "Windows 8" because "Well, they are all OSes"
 
2012-11-26 04:44:58 PM  

Treygreen13: Uncle Pooky: GaidinCanuck: Those are a little too minimalist.

This. I couldn't guess a single one without the mouse-over, and with it, very few made sense.

You couldn't guess the Zelda one?!


That's a scrolling fail on my part... but in my defense, the top portion sucked so much, I had no motivation to continue.
 
2012-11-26 04:45:36 PM  

Teiritzamna: King Something: A regular Greek letter Lambda, sure - it can't be copyrighted any more than a Roman letter H can.

A stylized Greek letter Lambda can be copyrighted, much like Honda's stylized Roman letter H.

/see also Superman's S

I have only one request from the internet: Please stop doing this. It is like nails on a blackboard.

Seriously people - learn the vast difference between the four major types of Intellectual Property before you decide to post like you are an expert. Its like a lawyer coming onto a geek thread about Debian distros and calling any of them "Windows 8" because "Well, they are all OSes"


i2.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-26 04:55:04 PM  

Felgraf: A bit too minimalist. I personally like a bunch of the stuff at Fangamer...

Like this one.

[cdn.shopify.com image 850x566] (Hotlinked)

Planning on grabbing it at some point.

/Also, its fun to see posters of the less-recognizable, but great games, like Earthbound.
// oh god does this make me a videogame hipster?


Only if you start to hate Earthbound after it becomes too mainstream.
 
2012-11-26 05:08:16 PM  

SuperChuck: Parallax: I think if anyone got a serious husband bulge from these ideas, they could just stencil them on the wall themselves in 30 minutes instead of spending twenty bucks (or whatever) and waiting a week for a poster to arrive.

Husband bulge?


I think someone just watched "Cabin in the Woods" which is a great movie.
 
2012-11-26 05:24:41 PM  

Teiritzamna: Seriously people - learn the vast difference between the four major types of Intellectual Property before you decide to post like you are an expert. Its like a lawyer coming onto a geek thread about Debian distros and calling any of them "Windows 8" because "Well, they are all OSes"


I love it when people tell other people they are ridiculously wrong but never explain how or why they are wrong.

That's really helpful.
 
2012-11-26 05:25:39 PM  
For nerds who no longer live at home, and still have utterly terrible taste.
 
2012-11-26 05:26:34 PM  

Teiritzamna: It is like nails on a blackboard.


I'm copyrighting this.
 
2012-11-26 05:48:42 PM  

meat0918: Felgraf: A bit too minimalist. I personally like a bunch of the stuff at Fangamer...

Like this one.

[cdn.shopify.com image 850x566] (Hotlinked)

Planning on grabbing it at some point.

/Also, its fun to see posters of the less-recognizable, but great games, like Earthbound.
// oh god does this make me a videogame hipster?

Only if you start to hate Earthbound after it becomes too mainstream.


No worries about that happening.

/made myself sad
 
2012-11-26 05:50:57 PM  

SavageWombat: That's not Gauntlet, that's clearly Adventure.


Someone get this freaking duck away from me!
 
2012-11-26 05:56:42 PM  

BattleFrenchie28: meat0918: Felgraf: ***snip***
Only if you start to hate Earthbound after it becomes too mainstream.

No worries about that happening.

/made myself sad


Is Earthbound actually great or is it nostalgia great? I have never played it, nor actually heard of it till I played Super Smash Bros and saw Ness.

//Don't hate me because my parents deprived me of a worthwhile childhood.
 
2012-11-26 06:03:52 PM  

Treygreen13: Fish in a Barrel: Why'd they use the Black Mesa symbol when the actual game icon is just as simple and far more recognizable?

No idea. They could have just put a crowbar graphic there and it would have been different from the HL logo and been indicative of the franchise.


Because their goal wasn't minimalism. It was clever-douchey obscure-ism.
 
2012-11-26 06:06:35 PM  

roc6783: BattleFrenchie28: meat0918: Felgraf: ***snip***
Only if you start to hate Earthbound after it becomes too mainstream.

No worries about that happening.

/made myself sad

Is Earthbound actually great or is it nostalgia great? I have never played it, nor actually heard of it till I played Super Smash Bros and saw Ness.

//Don't hate me because my parents deprived me of a worthwhile childhood.


On a scale of 1-10, 1 being "ok" and 10 being "excellent" it's like a 16.
 
2012-11-26 06:08:25 PM  

Burr: They missed the best one of all..

[upload.wikimedia.org image 200x200]

/grue


Were voting enabled youd have mine.
 
2012-11-26 06:08:48 PM  
Yeah pretty much all of them sucked, but the Duke Nukem one was good for a chortle.
 
2012-11-26 06:10:35 PM  

Ishkur: I love it when people tell other people they are ridiculously wrong but never explain how or why they are wrong.

That's really helpful.


Well we could start with the fact that the OP stated "I don't think you can trademark lambda." and the response indicated "A stylized Greek letter Lambda can be copyrighted, much like Honda's stylized Roman letter H." Since the words at issue are pretty clearly distinct I didn't think too much explanation as to why this is wrong was needed.

But if you want a quick refresher on the differences between the 4 great IP doctrines - no problem:

Patent: Constitutionally enabled IP, meant to cover functional items and processes. Trumps all other forms of IP, in that if something is functional, it cannot be either a trademark (trade dress - see Traffix Devices, Inc. v. Marketing Displays, Inc., 532 U.S. 23 (2001)) or covered by copyright (see 17 U.S.C. 102(b)). Now we can debate the flaws in the Patent system, but it is intended to cover what we normally would consider inventions. They exist to get inventors to disclose their inventions rather than hiding them. To get a patent an applicant must apply to the government and jump through a series of theoretically strict hoops, showing that the invention is novel, non-obvious, useful, and enabled - all of which are complex legal concepts with lengthy and tangled histories. You do not need to copy someone to violate patent law - you can invent something totally on your own and still infringe if that invention is presently patented. Lasts 20 years from the date of filing.

Copyright: Constitutionally enabled IP, meant to cover artistic works. They exist to encourage the production of art by allowing artists to monetize the positive externalizes their art creates. The main requirement of copyright is that the work in question must be fixed in a tangible medium of expression and must be more than a mere idea. This is in part because of the constitutional requirement that a given work be attributable to a specific author. Thus one cannot copyright a word or even most simple pictures or symbols, as there is simply not enough info to tie them to a given author.

There is no requirement to register with the government to gain rights in a copyright - any fixation of a work in a "permanent" medium is protected automatically. Copyright grants a series of rights, but in general all of them require that the junior user copies the rights holder. Thus, as the quote goes, "if by some magic a man who had never known it were to compose anew Keats's Ode on a Grecian Urn, he would be an 'author,' and, if he copyrighted it, others might not copy that poem" Sheldon v. Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp., 81 F.2d 49, 54 (2d Cir. 1936). Copyright, at present lasts for the life of the author +70 years or 95/120 years for corporations.

Trademark
: Not constitutionally enabled - thus there is both federal (through the commerce clause) and state law covering trademark. Trademarks exist to prevent consumer confusion - that is, they exist to offer a clear indication of source for a product. As such, trademarks must be described in terms of the products they are associated with. The same word mark can be associated with multiple products, as long as there is not much of a chance that consumers will get confused (see, e.g., delta airlines vs delta faucets). Additionally, trademarks extend only as far as consumers know of them - thus a mark that is valid in NY may not apply against a product being sold under the same mark in CA. Federal registration does not give a mark holder many more rights, but they do make the geographic reach of a mark cover the entire nation as a matter of law.

Because they exist to prevent confusion, anything can be a trademark as long as consumers see it as a symbol of who makes a product. Single letters, weird logos, even colors (in rare cases) can be trademarks - however a rule of thumb is that the simpler and more common a mark is, the less likely it will be a valid trademark. Trademark holders are required to sue if their mark is being infringed. If they do not, and sit on their hands, it is likely that their mark will be invalidated or - in the worst scenario - declared generic. This has happened to many old trademarks, such as heroin, the escalator, the thermos, etc. As long as the rights holder enforces their mark and consumers see it as a signifier of source, trademarks last forever.

Trade Secret: The red headed step child of IP, trade secret is not constitutionally enabled and is usually created by state law. To be covered by trade secret, the information must be generally not known to the public; this secrecy must grant some economic benefit to the holder and the holder must expend reasonable efforts to maintain its secrecy. The purpose of TS law is to prevent an arms race of corporate espionage. If a trade secret is discovered without wrong-doing (as an example, by reverse engineering the invention) then there can be no violation and usually the trade secret is extinguished. Trade Secret also lasts forever. Many things that are either very difficult to patent/copyright (culinary recipes are an example) or that can easily be kept secret are held as trade secrets.

TL;DR version:
Patents - inventions
Copyright - minimally complex art
Trademarks - symbols or words used to denote the source of a consumer good
Trade Secret - economically valuable confidential info

Notice how these are very different from each other
 
2012-11-26 06:21:02 PM  

Teiritzamna: Ishkur: I love it when people tell other people they are ridiculously wrong but never explain how or why they are wrong.

That's really helpful.

Well we could start with the fact that the OP stated "I don't think you can trademark lambda." and the response indicated "A stylized Greek letter Lambda can be copyrighted, much like Honda's stylized Roman letter H." Since the words at issue are pretty clearly distinct I didn't think too much explanation as to why this is wrong was needed.

But if you want a quick refresher on the differences between the 4 great IP doctrines - no problem:

***snip***


Thank you for that quick, clear explanation. I will now go from unintentionally confusing them to a full blown Rotsky just to mess with pedantic douches.

//I am also a pedantic douche so it's cool for me to say that.
 
2012-11-26 06:23:28 PM  

Teiritzamna: Well we could start with the fact that the OP


tl;dr

Okay, thank you. But I don't really care. I just hate "your wrong!" posts.

To me, you just sound like this guy:
mightyredpen.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-11-26 06:33:58 PM  
The first thing I said when I saw them was, "not this shiat again" because I've seen this before, with other topics, and it's equally dumb. How some people can think this is the epitome of nerd art is beyond me. I think some nerds just totally get off on "HEY! I RECOGNIZE THAT THING!" reactions. That's why 90% of the "parodies" online are just "take character A and insert them in genre/story/video B."

I think the Internet is finally getting sick of this shiat. This is not creative. This is derivative and dumb. It requires no talent, no creativity (someone else created all those symbols and graphics!) and no effort.

/I don't hate everything, but in this case... Yeah, I kinda hate this.
//Not so much "hate" as "expressively dislike", but I see I'm not alone on this one.
 
2012-11-26 06:41:27 PM  
cdn.shortlist.com

They misspelled "adventure"

"somebody get this freaking duck away from me!"
 
2012-11-26 06:45:40 PM  
Of course *now* I see what SavageWombat and Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo posted.

/oops
//slinks off quietly
 
2012-11-26 07:11:54 PM  

SultanofSchwing: roc6783: BattleFrenchie28: meat0918: Felgraf: ***snip***
Only if you start to hate Earthbound after it becomes too mainstream.

No worries about that happening.

/made myself sad

Is Earthbound actually great or is it nostalgia great? I have never played it, nor actually heard of it till I played Super Smash Bros and saw Ness.

//Don't hate me because my parents deprived me of a worthwhile childhood.

On a scale of 1-10, 1 being "ok" and 10 being "excellent" it's like a 16.


Ayup.
 
2012-11-26 07:23:14 PM  

Ishkur: Teiritzamna: Well we could start with the fact that the OP

tl;dr

Okay, thank you. But I don't really care. I just hate "your wrong!" posts.

To me, you just sound like this guy:


Fair enough I suppose - to me the misuse of the terms rankles so much because it tends to go along with people "speaking rectally" as it were. Also, as someone in the field I meant my computer analogy - if someone came into the standard fark thread and casually and consistently mixed up major operating systems he would be crucified (and rightly so).

Cheers tho.
 
2012-11-26 07:25:29 PM  

roc6783: Teiritzamna: Ishkur: I love it when people tell other people they are ridiculously wrong but never explain how or why they are wrong.

That's really helpful.

Well we could start with the fact that the OP stated "I don't think you can trademark lambda." and the response indicated "A stylized Greek letter Lambda can be copyrighted, much like Honda's stylized Roman letter H." Since the words at issue are pretty clearly distinct I didn't think too much explanation as to why this is wrong was needed.

But if you want a quick refresher on the differences between the 4 great IP doctrines - no problem:

***snip***

Thank you for that quick, clear explanation. I will now go from unintentionally confusing them to a full blown Rotsky just to mess with pedantic douches.

//I am also a pedantic douche so it's cool for me to say that.


Your jib sir. It's cut is exemplary.
 
2012-11-26 08:10:42 PM  

Moriel: Quick and dirty, but I think more obvious than most of the ones in that article. 

eldalin.com


"I have the weirdest boner."
 
2012-11-26 08:54:31 PM  
I'm probably the biggest Doom fan in this thread.
I didn't understand the Doom poster.
 
2012-11-26 09:56:49 PM  
I like the Tron one.
 
2012-11-26 10:11:12 PM  
Minimalism sucks.
 
2012-11-26 10:22:51 PM  
I can honestly say every other "minimalist" poster collection I have ever seen was better than that one.
 
2012-11-26 11:54:07 PM  
"My name is Guybrush Threepwood, and I wan't to be a pirate!"
 
2012-11-27 01:31:56 AM  
This link makes me hate minimalism, posters, and video games. Thanks a lot.
 
2012-11-27 03:19:01 AM  
someone explain the metal gear solid one to me. i didn't play any of the titles after it left the NES

/and i did like the one for 'another world'
 
2012-11-27 04:28:01 AM  

babymulch: someone explain the metal gear solid one to me. i didn't play any of the titles after it left the NES

/and i did like the one for 'another world'


i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-27 06:37:34 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: ryant123

I think it's supposed to represent Mars.


Okay, that is more plausible. Good thinking.


I was thinking the fireballs that the Imps shoot at you. My choice for an easily recognizable Doom thing would be a keycard.
 
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