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  Microsoft Kills Fan-Fiction Based on Xbox 360 Games  
 
 
Posted 2007-08-15 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
The good news is that Microsoft has spelled out how gamers are permitted and prohibited from using Xbox 360 games in machinima and other derivative works. The bad news is that "You can't add to the game universe or expand on the story told in the game with 'lost chapters' or back story or anything like that."

Historically, universe-expanding fan fiction related to TV shows and movies has in some cases extended fan interest in a given property, or has even been incorporated into the property's official canon. Killing fan-fiction (which almost always adds to a property's universe or storyline) pretty much invalidates any of the activities Microsoft has permitted, in my view.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Ordinal Malaprop
August 15, 2007 @ 5:32 pm
     
 
I have never understood why anyone would want to kill fanfic. It's easily distinguishable from the originals, everyone who writes or reads fanfic will go out and buy all of your originals anyway, and, for heaven's sake - they're doing it because they really love your game and the world behind it. They're embedding your creations deeper into popular culture than you could ever do. You want that.

Under that licence, even Red Vs Blue could be prohibited - after all, it's sort of adding to the game story, isn't it?

(Blizzard didn't even take action over World Of Whorecraft as far as I know....)
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
August 15, 2007 @ 7:12 pm
     
 
Yeah, it's astounding, innit it? My guess is Microsoft wants to avoid fans claiming to have influenced official game sequels / prequels / spinoffs.

The wording in the Microsoft document is sufficiently vague as to prohibit Red vs. Blue or most other fan creations the megacorporation might happen to disagree with.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by n0wak
August 15, 2007 @ 9:56 pm
     
 
But without fanfiction we wouldn't have such quality entertainment :(
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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