Last week, at the start of the year, a bunch of Marvel games were pulled from the shelves from Steam, Xbox, and PlayStation stores including titles like, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Marvel Vs Capcom 3, and a handful of X-men games.
I bring this up because one of the casualties of this legal move was Deadpool, a game that only lasted six months on the digital shelves. This was a shame too because Deadpool was my unofficial Game of the Year for 2013. Deadpool was one of the few games I played in 2013 that I played that actually made me laugh. I wrote about it in full here but the Tl;Dr version was that the game’s run of the mill average plot and combat earned it a 6 or 7/10, but if you like that kind of humor it easily bumped it up to a 7 or 8/10
The reason for this act was because of the legal licensing Marvel had with these companies using the image of Marvel’s creations ended on the last day of 2013. If one were to hazard a guess it might have been because of a recent buyout Marvel had with Disney a while ago.
Between this and the announcement of Sony closing down Gand Turismo 5 and Resistance multiplayer servers soon, we are on the edge of the gaming community needing to sit down and have a serious discussion about the topic of limited gaming licences and production life in an always online world. One of the cornerstones of the internet has been the saying, ‘once it’s online it’s on the internet forever’ and but the that idea is being challenged with these actions. Previously old games lost support when the gaming company stopped the production line that made copies of the game, not asking the stores to take their items off their catalogs lists.
A while ago the Internet Archive published their download link of classic PC and console games from the 70’s and 80’s and I am starting to wonder if we need a service for a AAA games and multiplayer servers that have recently bit the dust.
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