Law, copyright law, killed the fan-made Goldeneye 007 remake

This story about legal ramifications in gaming, boiled down, in 1:32 minutes.

What’s the fuss?

One Goldeneye 007 fan spent 1400 hours meticulously recreating the 1997 classic, within another game, for people to play for free. Interested? Sorry, copyright law beat you to it.

The situation

If you were a 90’s kid and had access to the Nintendo 64 gaming system, chances are you played the classic game GoldenEye 007 based on the James Bond franchise.

One such fan, going by the name “Krollywood”, painstakingly created the entire game in another game — 2018’s action title Far Cry 5.

Boiling it down

Copyright in video games is a relatively new area of intellectual property (IP) law.

Despite these odds, many of these die-hard gamers aren’t dissuaded from creating similar fan remakes.

Modern games have evolved from being “just games” into a cross-breed of content platforms à la Netflix and social media platforms like Facebook.

  • Allowing players to share their own creations with one another ensures that the game never gets old, elongating player engagement.

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