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Monday, March 10, 2008

Beijing Olympics web site blatantly copies game!

There are a few things that the mainland Chinese are good for. Inventing rockets. Exploring the world.

And piracy.

(Oh yeah, and hacking super-secure computer networks.)

Take the latest case. As noted by Slashdot, the official Beijing Olympics website features a game that's a blatant rip-off of another game. Compare "Fuwa Fights the Winter Clouds" with The Pencil Farm's "Snow Day". Check out the screen shots:
Fuwa Fights the Winter Clouds
Fuwa Fights the Winter Clouds screenshot
Snow Day
Snow Day screenshot

I've played both for a bit and the game play is exactly the same! Only the graphics and scoreboard are different. And Beijing Olympics lets you pick different characters.

*Sigh* One billion people and this is the best that they could come up with? I guess that's what happens when you repress people with an iron fist.

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