Klingon is Covered by Copyright Claims Paramount

Star Trek is a series loved and followed by millions, with everyone and their parents having grown up with the adventures of the starship Enterprise. Sadly a short film made by fans to cover a gap in the universe could be stopped as it would appear that Klingon is covered by copyright.

Klingons are one of, if not the most, well-known races in the star Trek universe. Being a warrior race by nature, it was always referenced (and was a key part of James T Kirks character) that the Federation and the Klingons had gone to war. A fan film created by Alec Peters looked to explore this war but seems like it may never see the light of day due to a copyright claim made by Paramount and CBS, the holders of Star Treks intellectual property.

After being told it wasn’t detailed enough the claim has now been updated to cite several instances where the fan film presses on Star Trek’s copyright. This includes the gold command shirts and even the pointed Vulcan ears, but the claim also goes on to state that the entire Klingon language is covered under copyright.

Is it possible to copyright an entire language (fictional or real world)? Should the fan made the film, which has been funded by a Kickstarter project none the less, be stopped by the copyright claim or should they come to a deal to create the film with the full support of the company?

You can read the full document listing every single copyright infringement in the film here.

Portal vs Half-Life: The Cake is Real!

If there is one thing Valve don’t like its the number 3. With fans waiting for Half-life 3 till it became nothing more than a joke, the eagerly awaited Left 4 Dead 3 being nothing more than rumours and even Team-fortress 2 looking to be the last in the line of releases. The one thing Valve do like doing, messing with physics. Nothing more so than in their ever popular Portal game series (again, a series of only 2 games). Of course, Valve mess with physics no matter what game you play, but physics means nothing when it comes to the cake!

The cake may not be a lie, as you can now even purchase the elusive cake from the Portal game series. When it comes to cake, people will do anything for a slice, from stealing that final slice to using portals and explosive barrels to get the whole thing for themselves.

In the fan-made video see Gordan Freeman from the Half-Life series fights off against Chell from the Portal series in order to gain that ever elusive cake.

It’s always nice to see fans do these kinds of videos, mixing up series and jokes into something that’s not only fun to watch but also good for a quick laugh. Now if you don’t mind, I’m off to grab some cake.

Teaser Released for Fan Made Halo PC Project

Hold onto your Spartan armour fellow PC gamers, because this is one incredible project that you’re not going to want to miss out on! Halo is a great game, I’m a huge fan of the series and have long followed it on various Xbox formats over the years. However, Halo has never been as good as it was when it was released on PC, even if number 2 did require you to install Vista *shudder*.

Now it looks like Halo is set to return to PC albeit in an unofficial capacity, not that I care, the new game looks freaking amazing! The project is called installation 01, and it has been under development for quite some time now, but their new gameplay teaser is enough to spark new excitement into the teams work.

What’s really exciting about this project is the team behind it are doing everything by the book, that means it’s not going to get pulled and trust me, if Microsoft were going to lawyer up, they’d have long since done so.

NOTE: Everything you see here is Work in Progress, anything is subject to change. This is the Pre-Alpha version of the game.

Q: What is this?

A: Installation 01 is a fan game created by Halo fans from all over the world. The aim of this project is to be both an artistic tribute to Halo and a fun way to experience Halo on PC, Mac and Linux free and legally. Our primary goal is to recreate the multiplayer experience of the Halo trilogy, bringing in features from all Halo games to make the ultimate multiplayer sandbox!

Q: When is this being released?

A: Short answer: 8-12 months, no promises.

Long answer: We’d like to include several well-made maps and a solid arsenal of weapons and gamemodes in our first open beta build. Depending on how many more artists and programmers join the team, we are looking at an 8-12 month wait until our first publicly available build. However, there will be more trailers and information released as we progress, and hopefully the teaser trailer we just released will serve as a shining beacon to talented folks in the fan community. The more the merrier, keep reading for information on how to help.

Q: Is this legal?

A: We are abiding by Microsoft’s Fair Use Policy and their Game Content Usage Rules. http://www.xbox.com/en-us/developers/…
Everything in the game is fan created and can be legally downloaded and distributed in accordance with the Game Content Usage Rules. We are not out to make any money, even to cover costs. The work is all a labor of love, our team gets nothing in return except the satisfaction of making the ultimate Halo tribute, and some portfolio building.

Q: How can I help?

A: We are in need of more team members. We are currently recruiting for these positions:
-3D artists
-2D artists
-Programmers
Our current team size is about 20 people giving their free time on-and-off depending on school and work schedules (about half of us are either computer science or art students, with hobbyists and professionals mixed in). We would like to expand, so please comment if you are interested in helping, we will get back to you ASAP!

Q: Where do I go to check for updates on the project?

Want to keep up to date with the project? Check out the official YouTube and Facebook pages.

Predator: Dark Ages is Full of Win!

I can’t stress enough how awesome this new trailer is. I loved the original Predator movies when they launched all those years ago, with the exception of the terrible Alien vs. Predator movie, I’d rather pretend that didn’t exist.

Sci-Fi alien movies almost always focus on modern civilization or future worlds, where guns and laser weapons are prolific, making for a fair fight against the space filth that has landed on Earth. Fortunately, as an antidote to all of this futuristic madness, Director James Busche and producers at Fascinating Pictures are creating Predator: Dark Ages.

Predator: Dark Ages is literally what it sounds like, an epic space monster and Knights! One of the deadliest hunters in the galaxy vs swords and armour, set in the time of the Crusades, and it looks epic! Unfortunately, this isn’t the big blockbuster it deserves to be, but a fan made film, albeit one that’s got some top-notch production values to it. The teaser trailer below should be more than enough to get you excited for the final product and we’ll be following this one closely as it develops.

“Set during the Crusades, the faith & fighting skills of a group of Templar Knights is put to the test when they encounter the Predator. Their battle is the thing Myths and Legends are born from. Starring Adrian Bouchet, Amed Hashimi, Sabine Crossen, Ben loyd-Holmes, Jon Campling, Joe Egan and Philip Lane.”

A major network or film studio needs to throw money at this idea, Predator Thought Time would make a great series!

Star Wars Fan Makes His Own BB-8 Robot

How are you finding the first footage of Star War’s BB-8 robot? Pretty interesting, isn’t he? Well, if you like him a lot, you probably should know that a Star Wars fan out there made a perfect replica and it actually moves!

The first time we saw BB-8 was in the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens movie, where he was running towards or away from something on a desert plateau. Remember? No? Then you can view it again below.

Christian Poulsen, an industrial designer, is the man behind the fan-made BB-8 robot. He made the robot from a Sphero robot ball by cutting it up, painting it and adding a magnet to keep BB-8’s head on the rotating body. The best part about it stand in the BB-8 droid being controlled via Bluetooth with the Sphero app!

If you wish to follow his work and make your own, Poulsen revealed a guide for you to follow.

Regardless of whether you plan on making you own little droid or not, a lot of BB-8 toys and other Star Wars goodies should hit the market as soon as the movie title launches. Excited? I know I am!

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Star Wars Wikipedia

Jak II Developers Excited About Fan Made CryEngine Remake

Jak II is one of the most iconic platformers in gaming history, but the game is getting a little old now. Talented Deviant Artist and YouTuber, Floordan, has been working tirelessly to recreate the Jak II: Renegade game in CryEngine. CryEngine is known for its ultra high-end graphics capabilities and Floordan has already done a great job a recreating the game under the name Jak II: Renegade Reborn.

Game developers, or more precisely, publishers, are often quick to shut down many of these projects, but not this time. Evan Wells, the Naughty Dog co-president, has already expressed his interest in the product, good for you Evan!

Thank you Floordan for providing us with this information.