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Game art copied from elsewhere

Post by Rorthron » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:57 pm

The thread on the Sabre Wulf cases reminded me of the (cough) resemblance between Tim Stamper's Sabre Wulf and Underwurlde art and Brian Froud's Dark Crystal work.

Dark Crystal poster, by Brian Froud

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Sabre Wulf cover, by Tim Stamper

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Underwurlde cover, by Tim Stamper

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Re: Ultimate artwork

Post by Rorthron » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:26 pm

Thete was also this one.

Jack the Giant Killer (1962) movie still

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The Staff of Karnath cover, by Tim Stamper

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Re: Ultimate artwork

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:12 am

They're not the only ones. There are more examples in other games. The Saboteur artwork is very similar to a 80s ninja film artwork that I don't remember now.
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Re: Ultimate artwork

Post by Rorthron » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:34 am

Did you mean this?

Revenge of the Ninja (1983) movie poster

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Saboteur loading screen

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Re: Ultimate artwork

Post by Ralf » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:02 pm

Yes, there was a lot of "unofficial inspiration" while designing game inlays or loading screens in the 80s.

People were more easygoing about copyrights then. Old good times ;)

There was some topic on WOS about it with examples but I can't find it now.
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Re: Ultimate artwork

Post by Rorthron » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:17 pm

I found a couple of WoS threads, but they were quite incomplete and the image links were almost all broken, so I think I'll start a new thread of them here.

The most obvious one is Gryzor.

Predator (1987) movie stills

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Rambo movie still

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Alien movie still

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Gryzor cover

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Re: Game art copied from elsewhere

Post by Rorthron » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:25 pm

I've retitled the thread from "Ultimate art" to "Game art copied from elsewhere", given the subject has broadened.

I've also labelled the images in case the links break in future.

I know this edit is outside the two-hour limit, but I am treating this as a case where you can ask a moderator to make changes.
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Re: Game art copied from elsewhere

Post by Ralf » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:50 pm

Okay, if we are not talking about Ultimate only, we can have some more examples now.

Target Renegade loading screen

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Cover of How to Master Bruce Lee's Fighting System, by Joe Lewis

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Re: Game art copied from elsewhere

Post by RMartins » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:11 pm

That guy, as some serious toe issue in is right foot :D

Back in the day, there was very little art reference, so it was common to get inspiration from movie posters, which were the most common and publiclly available form of art.

Games like Rambo, obviously would use those directly ... but there are a lot more that used Commando (Arnold Schwarzenegger) posters and movie stills from other movies of the same actor.

There weren't that many Connan like body builders back then ... with public photos to server for reference.
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Re: Game art copied from elsewhere

Post by Rorthron » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:34 pm

On that note...

Commando (1985) movie poster

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Navy Moves cover

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