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Apple Wants Patent On Video Game-Based iBooks

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the making-your-own-stories dept.

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theodp writes "Patently Apple reports that a new Apple patent application has surfaced describing an application that would record your personal journey through a video game and turn it into a custom comic or iBook when you're done playing. Imagine how thrilled little Billy's Mommy would have been if she only had the chance to read the story of her son's foray into Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas or see how he dealt with BioShock's Little Sisters."

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I have patents on micropenises on dorks (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246024)

I have patents on micropenises on dorks. I expect CmdrTaco, kdawson and 99% of the slashdot crowd to pay their $699 licensing fees, you cock-smoking teabaggers!

Pretty soon they will (0, Redundant)

lawnboy5-O (772026) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246026)

Pretty soon they will be asking for patents on applying for patents!

Re:Pretty soon they will (0, Redundant)

Soilworker (795251) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246130)

I have hated people who think they though about something before everyone else, even when it has obviously been done multiple time.

Those people have a stupidly high elitist ego.

Re:Pretty soon they will (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246176)

I have hated people who think they though about something before everyone else, even when it has obviously been done multiple time.

Maybe we need someone to patent the remark?

Re:Pretty soon they will (0, Redundant)

jewishbaconzombies (1861376) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246332)

I patented it yesterday in fact. LAWYERS AT DAWN BITCH!

Re:Pretty soon they will (0, Redundant)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246552)

I can't tell if you're referring to Apple or the grandparent poster when you say that.

Re:Pretty soon they will (0, Redundant)

Soilworker (795251) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246562)

I can't tell if you're referring to Apple or the grandparent poster when you say that.

here is some hint.

Those people have a stupidly high elitist ego.
stupidly high elitist ego.
elitist ego.

Re:Pretty soon they will (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33248536)

Ah, so your typical /. poster.

Re:Pretty soon they will (1)

DedTV (1652495) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247388)

They thought about patenting the idea before anyone else. As long as the system is broken and lets them get away with this kind of thing, they'd be stupid not try.

Re:Pretty soon they will (2, Insightful)

twidarkling (1537077) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247796)

Just because a system is broken doesn't mean it needs to be taken advantage of. Those that take advantage of it rather than fixing it ARE stupid. And greedy. And scum.

THEY WILL NEVER (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246156)

For I, Grobbolus, the Lord of the third realm and Master of Kapawnga forbade it to them.

A Patent For This? (3, Funny)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246034)

The only thing novel is, well there's nothing novel, and certainly nothing patent worthy.

Re:A Patent For This? (3, Funny)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246114)

Turning a journey through a game into a notebook (iBook) is indeed an enormous invention. Just imagine: Every time you need a new notebook, you just have to play your favourite game! However I wonder how your gameplay affects the created notbook. Will you get a better processor if you achieve higher score? Will the clock speed depend on how fast you played? What will determine the memory and hard disk size?

Re:A Patent For This? (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246384)

insightful? For this? Maybe funny (but then only barely).

I think they are talking about a dead tree book, not one made of chips, PCBs, and PSUs.

Re:A Patent For This? (0, Offtopic)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247244)

Funny doesn't give karma. Some people try to game the system by giving insightful mods to posts that they think are funny.

I wonder if some people take them seriously. It would explain some of the viewpoints I see around here.

Re:A Patent For This? (-1, Redundant)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247958)

I don't care if funny doesn't give karma (it should, though, at least half karma).

What maxwell demon meant (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#33250080)

When I see "iBook", I too still think of an entry-level laptop Mac from the PowerPC era [wikipedia.org] .

Re:What maxwell demon meant (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33250098)

I got that, eventually. See second comment.

Re:A Patent For This? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246180)

Nothing novel? The game play creates a novel!

Re:A Patent For This? (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246398)

And nothing of value will be created.

Re:A Patent For This? (0, Redundant)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246418)

and only now do I see the pun. durp.

Re:A Patent For This? (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246610)

Yeah - comic and game conventions are going to be a blast. "Let me tell you about my character.... or better yet, here's the book!"

Re:A Patent For This? (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246212)

Actually, this strikes me as a legitimate patent, well it could be depending upon the specifics. It involves a process of turning a players game play into a graphic novel. As stupid as this seems to me, there is at least innovation going on and actual effort needed to make it work.

Re:A Patent For This? (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246368)

are you kidding me? You do a video of the action, break it into frames and go from there. Nothing novel at all.

Re:A Patent For This? (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#33248326)

It's not that simple. Even just choosing the right moment to do it isn't that easy, then there's the text bubbles for speech and thought. The way you put it is almost certain to fail.

Re:A Patent For This? (1)

3vi1 (544505) | more than 4 years ago | (#33248724)

Yeah... BUT CAN APPLE DO IT? Or are they waiting for me to write all the logic / engine API... then going to sue me to death?

Re:A Patent For This? (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33250000)

The point is, this isn't some novel innovation worthy of patenting. Complex != patent-worthy. Unique? Might have a case there. Useful? Never.

Think Ripoff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246508)

I had the same idea (and a few others) back when I was working on a game project that crashed and burned. Things never progressed far enough for it to be implemented but for Apple to pretend they're the source of all innovation and patent this just shows to me how aggressive and greedy they are.

I doubt anyone will believe this but I also created the trademark and concept for "Think Different" and made the mistake of posting it online back when I messed around on 3D Realms forum. If 3D Realms still have archives of the forum from a couple of weeks before the ad agency made their pitch to Apple (which was six months prior to the airing of the first Think Different ad) it should be easy to prove. I strongly suspect their ad agency pinched it from there but I couldn't even afford to speak to a lawyer let alone pursue a case.

Without Wozniak's engineering and other peoples money Steve Jobs would be a burger flipper. So stop trying to crush and gouge the little guy you stubborn greedy selfish fuck.

Re:Think Ripoff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246826)

Try finishing what you start sometime, and maybe you'll find yourself in a position to make such decisions.

Re:Think Ripoff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33247316)

Heh. I'm not going to argue with that.

Re:A Patent For This? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246628)

Except game engines have had this functionality since the 80s. How do you think they test stuff, let alone the self indulgent drivel of watching how bad you actually were at something? You used to be able to download peoples' moves for an entire game and sit back and watch, turn on the video output opting and record the show too. Apple, once again, blatantly copying prior art and trying to pass it off as their own. Had Gaylord himself had any interest in gaming rather than gaying, he'd have known this. Heck, he probably already does, but that won't stop him.

No doubt he thinks all the patent crap that went on with "existing process + internet" can be done with "existing process + iShit"?

Re:A Patent For This? (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#33248338)

I've seen those, I definitely remember replays, but saving the video feed is far easier than rendering it into some sort of functional graphic novel. Even for those that know how to draw, illustrating a graphic novel is difficult at times and getting a computer to make reasonable guesses is definitely not any easier.

Re:A Patent For This? (1)

emkyooess (1551693) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246932)

Let's see. Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 was bundled with Microsoft PhotoStory. The entire The Sims series revolves around this and has stuff built in to help do it. Every Civilization game (and most Sid Meier games in general) have aspects of this. Take a look at the ending credits screen of Sid Meier's Pirates! (the recent version). All that takes beyond this is exporting your results page by page instead of having you click on each button to re-view all the pivotal scenes of your progression. All this is is a less-than-perfect-resolution replay feature.

Re:A Patent For This? (1)

mysidia (191772) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247894)

As long as they are patenting a specific machine/mechanism for transforming a gameplay sequence into a story, and not the general concept of turning a sequence of gameplay into a book.

Prior Art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246056)

The Sims kept an automatic photo album.

WEIRD!!!! (3, Interesting)

future assassin (639396) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246072)

I was playing Need For Speed on my new 3DO machine the other day and when I finished a race I had the replay option which lets me view the whole race from several angles. I could then make a video and turn it into a personal video game comic.

Re:WEIRD!!!! (1)

future assassin (639396) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246364)

Now mind you I would have to use some post processing hardware/software like a camera/screen capture and a video editor. How many of these videos of video games are on youtube? 1000's!

You Saw It There First (1)

Cycloid Torus (645618) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246912)

No doubt about that.

Re:WEIRD!!!! (3, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246576)

I used to have a text adventure called Journey (I think I still have it in the attic on 5.25" floppies) that generated a text file containing the story of your run through the game when you reached the end (or died).

Re:WEIRD!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33247196)

The Longest Journey does this as well. In this case it is a diary of the story as you go along. I also saw this with Grim Fandango where it would record all the actions you would do and turn it into a screenplay.

Re:WEIRD!!!! (1)

future assassin (639396) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247326)

Now thats more like a book/comic then the 3D0. Also most car racing games have this feature or use to, I believe Ridge Racer on PS1 had that and all the other Need For Speed. I wonder if any of the games gave an option of saving that data to a memory card?

Re:WEIRD!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33248056)

Please find that disk so we can send a copy to the patent office for proof of prior art

Re:WEIRD!!!! (1)

Mex (191941) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246580)

Fight Night 4 allows this too...

Re:WEIRD!!!! (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 4 years ago | (#33261386)

You'll still be able to do that in the future, just you'd get sued doing it.

Just what I always wanted (3, Insightful)

easterberry (1826250) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246122)

All the terrible narrative pacing of video games with none of the gameplay or freedom of choice! Shit. Can I get a video game based jarhead too?

Prior art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246134)

Didn't one of Stardock's 4X games already do this exact thing? Tried to put together a narrative space opera about the entire universe as a whole, even trying to figure out the player's motivations.

Re:Prior art (4, Interesting)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246438)

Not to mention all the adventure games where the game generates some sort of narrative based on player-triggered events. I recently encountered these in Culpa Innata's diary and the new Monkey Island series's save game descriptions, but similar auto-generated "stories" have been in games for a long time.

And don't forget Dwarf Fortress; a rather audacious attempt to procedurally generate entire fantasy worlds complete with lore based in part on your actions. I can't do it justice with a few sentences, so here's someone else's description [giantbomb.com] of the feature:

Legends mode

Legends mode does not fit the criteria of a traditional game; indeed, you don't control anything in it at all. Instead, Legends mode serves as a log of sorts for the entire history of the world you generated, from year 1 to when it stopped generating. In it you can read up on various historical figures (great warriors, kings, or even common folk) as well as read an event log describing various wars, nation expansion, and megabeast (dragons, giants, etc.) activity. You can also view historical maps and watch as civilizations expand as cities are created and destroyed.

Though seen as boring to some, many feel the entire purpose and intent of Dwarf Fortress is to create an generated world full of interesting stories and historicial figures. Legends mode allows you to keep track of all, and serves as link between both Fortress and Adventurer mode. For instance, you may lose your fortress to a certain goblin warlord. By using Legends mode you'd be able to look up the warlord, find out his lineage, how many wars he had been in, and where he currently rules from, and from there you can take an adventurer to kill him out of revenge.

I call prior art (4, Interesting)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246142)

Lucasart's "Grim Fandango" saved a transcript of your game in a marked up HTML format that was a script of your game back in 1998. It's only a tiny step from there to turn it into a comic (add screen captures from the game), screenplay (add stage directions) or an eBook (add narrative), so I'm not sure that Apple's application meets the sufficiently novel requirement of a patent. Oh, wait. It's the USPTO we're talking about, isn't it?

As an aside, given the brilliant humour in the game, its cult popularity and the movie making talents of LucasArts I was quite surprised, and more than a little disappointed that it didn't make it onto the big screen.

Re:I call prior art (1)

unix1 (1667411) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246498)

Actually, if you read the patent application, it's so broad, there is no requirement for screen captures, just text. Here's claim 1:

1. A method, comprising:recording data from a videogame on an electronic device; andinserting one or more portions of the recorded data into a narrative data structure, wherein the narrative data structure comprises a plurality of pregenerated text.

This is basically a text log of the game. There are other claims, of course, that extend this one that add images, dialogue, screenshots, etc. but none of those would be required to infringe.

Re:I call prior art (1)

grumbel (592662) | more than 4 years ago | (#33249804)

For images one can look at Leisure Suit Larry 7, that game gave you a new Windows background image depending on the progress you made through the game.

Re:I call prior art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246536)

And Grim Fandango was a fucking good game! Even more with now-a-day standard.

Compare this with all the bad overpriced product sold by apple and you will really miss the 90's.

Re:I call prior art (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247256)

It's the USPTO we're talking about, isn't it?

That's right. I mean, they're totally different. One of them was an HTML page, and this is an "eBook". That's completely different. Right?

Leisure Suit Larry follies (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246146)

Would make an interesting book :)

Will Wright (2, Interesting)

ArbitraryDescriptor (1257752) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246172)

Genuinely surprised this isn't coming from Will Wright, this meta-gaming/user-content-generating stuff is right up his alley. I also thought The Sims already did something along these lines.

Re:Will Wright (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246240)

The Sims did torture porn? Seriously, I might know people that are more screwed up than average, but it seems like everybody I've ever seen play the Sims did so as a way of torturing virtual people. The conclusion I came to was that the Sims was primarily a way of doing all the antisocial and generally psychopathic things one couldn't get away with in real life.

Re:Will Wright (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246360)

Actually, that's just videogames in general.

Re:Will Wright (1)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246486)

Oh, that's so funny because it's so true.

The disturbing thing is, not only will anyone you talk to about the Sims tell you a torture story, but they'll be vastly different torture stories.

Tom Hank's Big (3, Informative)

Josedemuerto (1628083) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246234)

Does know one remember this being an idea from Big, the 1988 Tom Hanks movie?

Re:Tom Hank's Big (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246408)

This is the first thing I thought of, too.

Busting patents with fiction (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#33250122)

Yes, fiction can provide prior art to bust a patent. For example, Charles Hall couldn't patent the waterbed because Robert A. Heinlein had invented it first [wikipedia.org] .

Interesting title (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246242)

Little Johnny's mother wondered what his new comic book "Hot Coffee" was about?

See Billy a la Dick and Jane (2, Funny)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246258)

Imagine how thrilled little Billy's Mommy would have been if she only had the chance to read the story of her son's foray into Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

See Billy shoot the cop.
BLAM!
BLAM!
BLAM!

See Billy beat up hooker.
PUNCH!
KICK!
PUNCH!

See Billy run over pedestrian.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

Re:See Billy a la Dick and Jane (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246626)

See Billy gank that lowbie.
Billy is a dick.
Lame, Billy, lame.

Re:See Billy a la Dick and Jane (1)

DiEx-15 (959602) | more than 4 years ago | (#33251106)

Add a beat to it and you may have the next hit rap song!

oh goodie (1)

jewishbaconzombies (1861376) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246282)

All those genius roundtable discussions we've had on in-game chat will finally get the story-telling immortality they deserve.

Douchenozzle: YOU'RE A FAG.
Player L333T: lulz!
PinkPenis: Dood stopp cheating!
GiantCockMonster: I'm not haxxing you noob.
NoobBoobies: FAG.
Mangina: You're just butthurtz!


Oh this should give the literary world a run for it's money - hooray. Can't wait for them to show on the NYT best-sellers list.

Books that don't need to be written (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246570)

for an audience that can't read.

Well, at least that is close to the segment of the market were Apple tends to be popular. The hipsters.

Lets face it, a book with an audience of 1 will be a major hit with hipsters

Re:Books that don't need to be written (1)

falzer (224563) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247042)

>Lets face it, a book with an audience of 1 will be a major hit with hipsters

Nay, too mainstream.

Re:Books that don't need to be written (1)

jewishbaconzombies (1861376) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247572)

I'll take hipsters over bitter jealous virgin-nerds any day.

"STOP USING THAT Apple's EVIL WAH"

Fuck off.

Re:Books that don't need to be written (0, Troll)

Ironhandx (1762146) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247834)

Congrats, since you're using an apple product I get to assume you're actually a hipster virgin nerd and believe you are rebelling against the "less cool" virgin nerd side of yourself in favor of the hipster.

At least thats the explanation my brain came up with first. It was followed by a more plausible explanation that you're like many who have bought apple products and are unsatisfied with your purchase but you paid so much more for it than an alternative product that you feel you must defend it at every turn for it to have value.

Both are equally valid in that they could be true and could not be true. I like forming random opinions about people over the internet, don't you?

Re:Books that don't need to be written (0, Redundant)

twidarkling (1537077) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247862)

The fact that you didn't all-caps Apple in your little shitpost there is pretty telling about how far up Jobs' ass you are. Can't even bring yourself to mar Apple's name while mocking someone else. Sad. Very sad.

Re:Books that don't need to be written (1)

jewishbaconzombies (1861376) | more than 4 years ago | (#33250930)

Only sad if you haven't had sex. You must be very sad.

... Fallout3 does this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246286)

no - I didn't RTFA

oh noes! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246404)

I was working on getting this for my rpg... :(

Personally, I think it's cool. (2, Insightful)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246430)

I think it's pretty cool that now you can get a patent on some stoned "what if" scenario.

"What if we could totally make like a comic book out of my game went? Wouldn't it be totally gnarly if I could make it like a comic book of my shenanigans dude?!"

It's funny those dickholes came up with literally just some idea probably 50,000 people have talked about at one point or another, and then add just a super-high level set of "details" on how to do it, the same details that anyone would come up with if asked how to do it. They like to throw in various specifics like "with an XBox" or "With a PS3" so they can claim it's specific.

Transparent dickholery.

Prior art (1)

MakinBacon (1476701) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246640)

One of the Pokemon games (Diamond and Pearl, I think) presents you with a slideshow consisting of pictures of what you did last time you played the game, along with text captions every time you start up your DS. I would think that this qualifies as prior art.

interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33246714)

I wouldn't mind a copy of my journey through WoW, at least I would have something to read at the end. As it is at the moment, the day they turn the servers of is the day that a piece of a player dies.

does anyone else get captchas that seem linked to the content of my post? 'arenas'

bash: command found, but illegal (1)

by (1706743) (1706744) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246750)

$ wump | tee book.txt

(Actually, I use zsh, which doesn't seem to understand the patent issue with this command.)

"Virtual Sex with..." (3, Funny)

tacarat (696339) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246798)

Dear Penthouse,
I never thought I'd be writing to you, but I just got this new app for my iPad...

Prior Art (1)

OopsIDied (1764436) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246848)

This has been done by Fallout 3 and other games, I'm sure. Don't think it being in an iBook format is special enough to require a patent o.0

Prior art (1)

nebaz (453974) | more than 4 years ago | (#33246868)

I did this manually in 6th grade. We had to write a story, so I wrote a story about when I was playing Adventure (the Atari game). Sure it was more of a story than a straight walk-through, but I did get a ribbon for it.

Prior Art: (1)

E-Sabbath (42104) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247030)

Prior art of this has been discussed as a concept in the City of Heroes forums, repeatedly. Going back six years or so.

How to submit prior art (1)

superxstudios (1142925) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247300)

My video game Wild Earth, published a few years ago, did almost exactly this. Players took photos and then a story was generated after the game using their content. Does anyone know the best way to submit prior art to the USPTO?

Civilization, end of game history recap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33247460)

I recall that Civilization (versions?) gave you a narrative world history at the end of the game, showing you what happened when and where during the game. It also saved the text of that history to a file - I used to take them to school to compare with friends. I've not looked at the patent, but I hope it doesn't put a damper on rewarding elements like this at the end of other games... It was always a treat to see those recaps at the end of a long game! The plumbing is already there obviously, the simply next step would have been to simply edit the text that gets written out to the file, instead of saying "Rome has been founded", say something more narrative using information from the map like, "Rome was founded by in 1262. The region was rich with fields of grain, with mountains eastward and the Persian border to the west."

There would be a patent on this now? Suck.

So my save games now violate a patent? (1)

Targon (17348) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247718)

Pretty much any save game will hold a record of how you went through a game. Choices you selected, etc. Just look at games like Mass Effect, which transfers MANY of your choices to Mass Effect 2. So suddenly, this must violate the Apple patent because you could go through the save game to see your choices? Ummm, no thank you Apple, prior art comes into play.

iBook? (1)

ohiovr (1859814) | more than 4 years ago | (#33247842)

I thought the electronic toilet seat was out of production.

WoW Novel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33248076)

I can picture it now....
Killed a rat.
Killed a rat.
Killed a rat.
(32,000 pages later)
Killed a rat.
KIlled a rat.
Killed a snake. Ooh, the variety!

pandora88004 (1)

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Marathon had this decades ago (1)

vaporland (713337) | more than 4 years ago | (#33248610)

should be interesting if they try to patent it, Bungie would have prior use

Dwarf Fortress, to name one (1)

mmaniaci (1200061) | more than 4 years ago | (#33249098)

Dwarf Fortress [bay12games.com] logs all of your activity in story form as you play. Also, you can explore your creations in Adventure Mode, which is essentially creating a game from a game. Assuming Apple is smart (stupid?) enough to patent the general concept of using the result of one form of media to create another form of media, most every game will be infringing simply due to the incredible amount of fan-content created.

If you are interested in playing Dwarf Fortress, I highly suggest watching the video tutorials [youtube.com] . They are dated, but they give you a great start

Prior art: Civ (1)

Tei (520358) | more than 4 years ago | (#33249300)

Civ 1 store the evolution of your civilization,and generate in the end a flipbook with it.

Can we burn the idea of patents, please? this is not a "invent", this is just a use of computers.

Up Up Down Down Left Right Copyright B-A-Stard (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 4 years ago | (#33249302)

Meh, patent this crap all you want Apple because I claim copyright on all the actions I take it the games I play.

Your patent will be public domain in 18 years, but with the current state of Copyright law I'll own my game-play-through-comics until everyone on the planet is dead.

Until patent expiration Apple may choose to prevent me from making and selling my own game-play-through-comics,
but that's OK because my copyright will keep them from selling comics I make that infringe.

Prior art: Sleep is dead (1)

Tei (520358) | more than 4 years ago | (#33249324)

This game is based around the idea that you play, and it generate a flipbook with your game.

This is monstruous evil, corporations taking over ideas. Please *DESTROY* the ability to patent this type of stuff.

Re:Prior art: Sleep is dead (1)

SilverCanary (670633) | more than 4 years ago | (#33249486)

Exactly. I was thinking about the exact same thing. I just wanted to add the link for convenience: http://www.sleepisdeath.net/ [sleepisdeath.net]

So once again Jobs jaunts into the stupid (1)

cheezegeezer (1765936) | more than 4 years ago | (#33249408)

So once again the much HATED tosser Jobs jaunts into the realms of the simply insane not only ca he not drive a car without hitting 2 pedals at the same time it seems he is trying to emulate the ill fated Mr Gates and the M$ Corp you people over there will one day heed the warnings and deal with your people before they become a world wide menace

 

Next Up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33250542)

Steve Jobs starts requiring that all users have a tattoo placed on them saying "I'm Steve Job's Bitch".

I suppose this is a completely new and novel approach to fucking over consumers, and Apple just has to protect such a brilliant and wonderful idea, but is it really necessary to issues yet another goddamn software patent?

Abolish software patents already ! (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 4 years ago | (#33250762)

now they are trying to get a patent for what i, MYSELF are going to do.

how many examples of stupidity and greed you need to realize allowing patenting IDEAS is allowing patenting THOUGHT ?

Scam alert (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33253766)

This looks like a thinly veiled scam to threaten Hollywood over the next video game based movie.

bioshock (1)

oliverthered (187439) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255868)

The write up say that killing has been 'linked' to potential for violent behaviour.

But, so far as I can tell they missed an opportunity to criticise the game, for the more sinister and bio-shocking and I believe true reason for the girls.

Clearly they want to turn us all into pedos, in-fact the first comment on the article quite clearly says.

I've been saving them so far...I just couldn't bring myself to kill the first one.

Saving them for what you pedo!

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