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Box Shot Jack Moves

THQ gets litigious over off-roading boxes, I get confused over rock boxes.

As you might have heard, THQ filed a lawsuit against Activision over box art. Specifically, THQ's people think that the box for Activision's Score International Baja 1000: The Official Game is way too similar to THQ's Baja: Edge of Control.

Take a look for yourself, and keep in mind that THQ's game came out first and has been out for a bit. Activision's will be out soon.

Can you spot ten differences between these two images?



























I'm no lawyer, but I think I see their point. While we're on the topic, I was recently out doing a little shopping when I noticed something pretty similar coming out of the R section.

Deliberately similar? Or a completely random coincidence?



























I can't imagine Konami's Rock Revolution box shot just happened to duplicate the color and feel of the Rock Band 2 box by mistake. I'm guessing that someone said "let's see if we can trick people into thinking this is officially related to this other thing!" Then someone probably said "but that's just wrong and potentially illegal!" Then the other guy said "then forget I said anything and help me pick out a proper shade of blue!"
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Posted by Jeff
As you might have heard, THQ filed a lawsuit against Activision over box art. Specifically, THQ's people think that the box for Activision's Score International Baja 1000: The Official Game is way too similar to THQ's Baja: Edge of Control.

Take a look for yourself, and keep in mind that THQ's game came out first and has been out for a bit. Activision's will be out soon.

Can you spot ten differences between these two images?



























I'm no lawyer, but I think I see their point. While we're on the topic, I was recently out doing a little shopping when I noticed something pretty similar coming out of the R section.

Deliberately similar? Or a completely random coincidence?



























I can't imagine Konami's Rock Revolution box shot just happened to duplicate the color and feel of the Rock Band 2 box by mistake. I'm guessing that someone said "let's see if we can trick people into thinking this is officially related to this other thing!" Then someone probably said "but that's just wrong and potentially illegal!" Then the other guy said "then forget I said anything and help me pick out a proper shade of blue!"
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Posted by JamesF

Wow, two crap games ripping off two solid games.

Posted by mubress

This doesn't really surprise me at all tbh...

Posted by Slunks

Hmm, interesting.

Keep us updated!

Posted by Aska

I can't see this being a coincidence...

Posted by John

Total blue ripp-off.

Posted by DukeTogo

The sad fact is this will most likely fool some people buying one for a gift.  Save your receipts people.

Posted by C_Rakestraw

That's pretty odd. I wonder if was just a coincidence, that they look a lot alike.

Posted by Scooper

Rock Band 2 patented blue.

Posted by Superchris129

THQ got jacked, yo

Posted by Milkman

Yeah, they definitely ripped off the Rock Band 2 box art. But let's face it, that's the only way Rock Revolution is going to sell more than 10 copies.

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Posted by punkxblaze
This just in: Shame doesn't exist anymore.
Posted by Death_Burnout

Good grief!

Posted by MetalGearSunny

Really!? Really!?
Now that's just desperate.

Posted by AngeTheDude

No one should buy Rock Revolution anyway. The BAJA thing is sad though. They could have at least come from a different angle!

Posted by Sweep

"I'm no lawyer, but I think I see their point."

OBJECTION!!

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Posted by 0kAmui0

Both of those also have similar names. Similar name and cover art and some people might get fooled. Especially when a kid sends his parents to by the game.

Posted by PitifullPete

Blue is just the way to go these days.

Posted by OzzerOzby

The blue truck on Activision's game dosen't have lights on the roof, plus there's a dirtbike. Case dismissed.

Posted by Harry

All this is a bit of disgracefulness

Posted by Shadowsquire

0kAmui0 is right. This is basically a way to trick parents into buying the wrong game for their kids. I know my mom would definitely fall for something like that and shes not even that bad with video game names. I just hope that both games just end up changing their covers instead of getting sued. Its never a good day when stuff like this happens.

Posted by BenderUnit22

That's pretty sneaky

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Posted by RHCPfan24

i really feel bad for the clueless parents who buy Rock Revolution for their kids, mistaking it for Rock Band 2.  I am 100% certain it will happen many, many times this holiday season.

Posted by BawlZINmotion
"Both of those also have similar names. Similar name and cover art and some people might get fooled. Especially when a kid sends his parents to by the game."

I completely agree. Actually the art for both sets are so close if you replaced one with the others' name it could easily serve as an alternative cover. 
Posted by Willy105

Sue them.

Sue them all.

Posted by zoozilla

This is NOT the way to start a rock revolution, Konami.

Posted by Muffin_Hunter

Why the hell is the drummer wearing a cowboy hat? That alone is enough for anyone to spot the wannabe here.

Posted by HatKing

This is kinda stupid...I mean the first one is close but they are both Baja Racing Games...and the others are both Rock Band Sim Games.  Like can Lucas Arts sue every person who has ever made a space related movie or game because all of the posters and box arts look simular to the star wars one?  I mean if the stuff is from the same source material it isn't really fair to sue over it.  Think how crazy it'd be if 2K sued EA Sports because the Madden 06 box art looked too close to the ESPN NFL 2K5 cover.  Get my point?  Maybe there was something there and maybe they did copy a little bit but really...who cares?

Posted by MrKlorox

@Muffin_Hunter : Yeah, because no drummers ever wear cowboy hats. Especially not Vinnie Paul, the ex-drummer of Pantera and owner of Big Vin Records.

Posted by Grape

'Rock Revolution's box art is terribly designed. The composition and everything is horrible. Not to mention the incredibly bland logo with it's 'drop shadow' effect. God that game looks horrible, even the gameplay looks backward.

Posted by krazedkaoz

That is just sad that they feel the need to pull this crap.

Posted by xWOBBx

the only similar thing i see in rock revolution is blue,  other then that  nothing really,  not nearly as bad as the baja games

Posted by bingbangboom

At first I agreed that this is very well sinister... but BAJA is not a huge brand nor is the game a huge seller. An argument can be made that how else did they want to show off the game on the cover considering so many games like that look the same?

Copycat?

























I mean look at the new Motor Storm game.

Posted by Muffin_Hunter

@MrKlorox
I don't know who that is and I don't really care. But most people don't think cowboy hat wearin' dudes when they think rock music. It doesn't seem like the best way to pitch the game at all... I mean, really, the Rock Revolution cover just screams Rock Band TOO!!!

Posted by Valkyrie83

HAHA, those look similar as well. I had people LAUGHING their asses off last night at GameStop during the Fallout 3 launch over this whole debacle; very humorous indeed!

Posted by AURON570

haha nice

Posted by Nintendude

I couldn't care less if they look similiar, it's just a damn box art. Anyway, nice find never realized that myself.

Posted by Junpei

sad thing is... it works

Posted by KimFidler

Wait a second.  Is that drummer wearing a cowboy hat?

Posted by TheGreatGuero

That's pretty lame. Though the original game has the better box art in both cases, at least.

Posted by Muffin_Hunter
Posted by Gamer_152

Wow, I didn't think box art could make lose confidence in the quality of a game but whether its right or not, there it is in Rock Revolutions. What a sneaky, underhanded trick Konami are trying to get away with.

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Posted by Jerry

Thanks for this.  Had to find a current trademark issue for my Trademark Law class.  I love you, Giant Bomb!