10.06.2010

I like when cool stuff happens.

So there's this guy named Tim Langdell who founded a gaming company called EDGE GAMES a LONG time ago.  The last time Edge Games published a video game, the year was 1994.  Since then, Tim has made a meager living suing every game company that used the word "Edge" in their releases.  He can do this because he's supposedly trademarked the word "Edge".  Ever heard of the Game "Soul Edge"? Very popular arcade fighting game by Namco.  Guess what the home version is called?  It's not "Soul Edge", it's "Soul BLADE". Guess who's responsible for that change? Yep Tim Langdell. Getting the picture here?

Recently, he sued EA over "Mirror's Edge" (of course).  Probably extremely happy such a large company produced a release with "Edge" in the title.  Since it's been 10 years since his case against Namco, he was probably short on cash. He stood to make a killing on this case!  Unfortunately for Tim, he may have bullied the wrong kid on the playground.  The court believes he lied to the US Patent and Trademark Office.  In addition, the court brought a charge against him, citing that he's been "trolling" the industry for opportunities to license his "trademark". This could lead to "penalties" against him.

Needless to say, the case against EA has been dropped, putting an end to the ridiculous industry ban on the word "Edge". In addition, now this guy is in legal trouble.  The moral of the story is that I love when people get what they deserve.

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