DNF Screenshot Controversy

Been getting emails about this story on The Register throughout the day, where they report that during a recent PlanetCrap thread (the story on The Register was submitted by PC's Andy Smith) George Broussard from 3D Realms announced they would stop unofficial print game guides and wouldn't allow reviewers to use their own screenshots once the game is released (whenever that might be, heh). While going after unauthorized game guides isn't that strange perhaps, the quotes about the screenshots were mostly taken out of context, as an observant PlanetCrap reader wrote

Just a reminder what George actually said, for those too busy to read back:

"You can write whatever the hell you want. Go for it. Slam whatever. But I don't want you taking shots of floors or walls or something stupid and hurting the image of the game with your bad shot taking abilities... We're talking hypothetically here. We all agree that most web reviews post too many shots and usually bad shots. I don't see why they can't use the provided shots (it's been done that way for years in the past). The easiest solution is to prevent shots in the initial release. Sure you can bypass it, but most people probably wouldn't bother. And even things like HyperSnap can be prevented, if you wanna bother. Guess the question is "what do you do when web sites don't respect your wishes?". Don't know....yet."

In the Register, that came out as Broussard "announced plans" to block the use of non-authorized screenshots in web reviews. Pretty dodgy, Andy.


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