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Gaming Plagiarism Controversy Stirs

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Posted June 12, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

A reviewer at gaming site GamePlasma was evaluating recently released point-and-click PC adventure Limbo of the Lost. Something started to look a little familiar to the guy. Check it out:

This screen is from Limbo of the Lost:

This is from Xbox 360 RPG Elder Scrolls: Oblivion:

Do they look similar to you?

Eager message board posters on the internet have cited these sources as further "inspiration" for the game:  Diablo II, Silent Hill 4, Painkiller, Unreal Tournament 2003, Black & White, Unreal Tournament 2004, Thief: Deadly Shadows, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, Crysis, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, World of Warcraft, scenes from the 1997 film Spawn, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Well, at least they were thorough!

In response to the controversy, the game's publisher, Tri Synergy, pulled the game and issued this statement:

Tri Synergy is just as shocked as everyone else is by the recent screenshot comparisons. At no point during our dealings with Majestic Studios up until the point that the comparison was first publicly made by a third party did we have any knowledge of these similarities. Additionally, Tri Synergy will discontinue distribution of Limbo of the Lost in both retail and online outlets.

Bethesda, creators of Oblivion, say their legal department is looking into the matter.

GamePlasma: Limbo of the Lost or Oblivion?

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