Well, he kind of has to embrace piracy. Considering his whole game is a pirated idea from an SNL skit, he would look like a complete hypocrite otherwise.
What where as EA and Activisions games are all totally original, innovative and not derivative of anything?
Name of SNL character-MacGruber
Name of game character-McPixel
MacGruber-Trys to defuse or get rid of bombs before they blow up
McPixel-Trys to defuse or get rid of bombs before they blow up
MacGruber-Name of main character flys out in big text at the end of the skit
McPixel-Name of main character flys out in big text at the end of each level
MacGruber-Has long darkish blonde hair
McPixel-Has long darkish blonde hair
Yes, you're right. EA and Activision's games have been derivative to a certain degree. Being derivative and being a blatant rip off, however, are two completely different things. If he can make a buck from people buying his game, more power to him, but don't ever call him creative, original, innovative, etc. Because he is NOT. He is just a guy who stole someone else's idea and is profiting from it. Oh, and yes MacGruber is a parody of MacGyver. SNL never claimed it to be anything but a parody.
Well perhaps McPixel is a parody of a parody; would that still qualify to you as a "blatant rip off"? SNL definitely profits off of parodies, and I'm sure their fans would think of them as creative, and not consider them stealing someone else's ideas.