Told you so

December 23, 2009 · Posted in Copycats 

Back in 2006 when the argument about the wholesale plagiarism of the DB2000 and other HarpoonHQ material was in full swing, fed up with the repeated attempts of multiple parties to trivialize/skirt/mock the issue, I made the following announcement/prediction at the MG forum:

I do hope this will be my last post on this subject, as I have more productive uses of my time.

PlayersDB users, consider yourselves formally notified.

You are using a DB which was blatantly ripped off from the DB2000, a product of untold hours of voluntary work, without any credit to its creator. This is neither supposition nor personal opinion; It is a verifiable and confirmed fact.

Your continued use of the PDB amounts to endorsement of this act. You are condoning intellectual theft against an individual without whose monumental, unselfish work there would be no H3, no ANW and possibly no TNH. Your reward to one of the instrumental figures of Harpoon’s survival so far is to state, by your actions, that his work isn’t worth a damn.

I know of at least one fellow Pooner who had great plans (and real ability) for doing real magic with Harpoon and has been severely disillusioned by what has happened with the DB2K and the PDB. "Why bother", he argues, "when someone down the line some obsessed kid can rape my work and everyone will look the other way". I wish I could tell him it isn’t so.

You can try to rationalize your course of action by trivialising the issue ("It’s just a game, get a life"). You can certainly say "I don’t care, I just wanna play the game" and it’s your right. What you CANNOT say, from now on, is that you didn’t know.

That is all.

As expected, the statement was mocked by virtually everyone. Shortly afterwards the thread was deleted.

Just a few years later, almost all the content creators (more precisely, everyone who is not on AGSI’s payroll or Herman Hum’s lackey) have moved away; not fun to put in real work and make material vulnerable to theft, and knowing no-one will care. The 2000-2006 torrent of high-quality scenarios & databases for H3 has turned to a trickle of decades-old HC-remakes and forum snipe-wars. For all intents and purposes, the H3 community has become a virtual ghost-town.

Karma is a harsh mistress.

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