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Sean Goke

The f***ing horrible nfl madden games!

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So im new but i have played madden for years, i stopped playing in 06 and just bought madden 16,....it is fing horrible it looks like the madden i played years ago, i also bought nba 2k16 and omfg, it is amazing.
As game dev fans, even if you dont like sports play it its the best game i have ever played.

Any way would it be liegle to get a bunch of fans together and make a football game for free/personal use?
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Any way would it be liegle to get a bunch of fans together and make a game for free?


So you're asking a question of legality (too bad the subject line comes nowhere near to indicating what your post is about). Moving this to Business/Law.

btw, your question is unclear. Of course it's legal to make a game with anyone you want and to charge whatever price (or lack of price) you wish. Why would you think there's any law against that? Edited by Tom Sloper

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It would not be legal under any circumstances to use real teams, real players, real mascots, etc, if that's what you're asking.


Well there is always a way around that ha, but no just wondering, because Madden makes so much money but does not care about the quality of the game it's been the same even worse for years

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Well there is always a way around that ha,

 

The only legal way around that (and you were asking about legality) is to pay a LOT of money in licencing fees.  It doesn't matter if it's a free game or not.  It also doesn't matter whether or not it's for personal use, though so long as you didn't distribute the game, the chances of getting in trouble over it are next to none.

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Well there is always a way around that ha,

 
The only legal way around that (and you were asking about legality) is to pay a LOT of money in licencing fees.  It doesn't matter if it's a free game or not.  It also doesn't matter whether or not it's for personal use, though so long as you didn't distribute the game, the chances of getting in trouble over it are next to none.
Or just change all the names to something similar like brett farve to jett carve or something lpl as long as the gameplay was better I bet you could get people to not buy Madden anymore until they changed it or some people anyway.
In 02 Madden made the most money off any game I heard. And they own all the rights.that's why 2k can't do it anymore

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We launched the player creator on Steam a year before the game came out, so the fans had enough time to recreate every real player that you could think of.

That's... Genius. Evil genius, no less. Let your playerbase violate copyright so you don't have to.

 

I can't believe I've never thought of that.

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We launched the player creator on Steam a year before the game came out, so the fans had enough time to recreate every real player that you could think of.

That's... Genius. Evil genius, no less. Let your playerbase violate copyright so you don't have to.
 
I can't believe I've never thought of that.
Technically the content-sharing server is disributing infringing content, so the server operator needs to have a DMCA takedown policy in place, and respond to any requests to remove illegal content. It's still somewhat of a grey area, legally, but in the same category as YouTube/etc. IIRC, we opened a sister company in an Asian nation with a lax record on copyright enforcement and host the server from there, just in case :lol:

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We launched the player creator on Steam a year before the game came out, so the fans had enough time to recreate every real player that you could think of.

That's... Genius. Evil genius, no less. Let your playerbase violate copyright so you don't have to.
 
I can't believe I've never thought of that.
Technically the content-sharing server is disributing infringing content, so the server operator needs to have a DMCA takedown policy in place, and respond to any requests to remove illegal content. It's still somewhat of a grey area, legally, but in the same category as YouTube/etc. IIRC, we opened a sister company in an Asian nation with a lax record on copyright enforcement and host the server from there, just in case :lol:
Not enough for a Madden style game, but yeah see there is always a way around it.

Even though with how much money the nfl has in Madden,
if you ever did create a quality game that got a large fan base, id bet you'd have a huge legal battle.
But I bet you could potentially make good money off it.

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it looks like the madden i played years ago

 

That's because it is. All of the sports games are mostly "mods" of previous editions. Occasionally, every few years they make it again from scratch to take advantage of new technology, or at least do a overhaul. Sports games are cash-cows because hardcore fans will buy the new one every year - basically paying full price for a mod with updated player names and stats.

 

You can make unlicensed football games, but you can't make licensed NFL games now unless you're EA. I think they still have an exclusive license with the NFL.

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