Game publisher Tecmo announced Wednesday that it has sued users of an Internet message board that distributes hacks for its games, including several that remove the bikinis from players in a popular volleyball game.
The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Chicago, accuses Web site administrators Mike Greiling of Eden Prairie, Minn., Will Glynn of Davie, Fla., and others of knowingly infringing on Tecmo’s proprietary software for the games, which run on Microsoft’s Xbox console.
[…] “On behalf of the game industry, the gamers and all future innovations in gaming, the protection of intellectual property is a serious issue that affects everyone in the game industry, and can no longer be ignored,” John Inada, general manager for Tecmo, said in a statement. “Ignoring the situation will ultimately hurt future gaming experiences for both casual and hardcore gamers, which is why Tecmo must take action to protect our intellectual property.”
Some of the most popular game hacks circulating on the site were for “Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball,” which features scantily clad women. The hacks created new “skins” for the characters, rendering them naked.
Earlier Furdlog entry includes a link to a BBC news story: 2003 April 1 – note, the directory of screencaps from the revised game is gone.
Also, compare and contrast with id software: Carmack/id Profile