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Sony Offers a bit of Clarity on LBP level issues

Posted by Altered Confusion on November 14, 2008

So Sony has finally issued some info on the disappearing LittleBigPlanet levels. It turns out that they want you to use your imagination, the sky’s the limit, you just have to follow the following rules:

# Ensure that the content you share with other users is suitable for all ages – everybody has access to your level if you publish it
# Please respect other people’s intellectual property rights. For example, don’t use images, brands or logos that you’re not entitled to use.
# If you come across any content that you feel the need to report, then please do it responsibly. Hoax reports will be considered inappropriate behavior.

So let me get this straight because people want to show off their levels of their interpretation of a game, there’s a distinct possibility that they are going to find their level gone. I understand that maybe making a level in which you have to play as Princess Peach and you have to navigate up Mario’s pipe may be a bit risque, but at the same time if you are a huge fanboy of a game and you want to pay tribute, I don’t understand. The creators, to my knowledge, aren’t getting any perks for slaving over the level creator for days and then sharing their level. Sure people will talk of it, but I don’t think there are any transactions going on. I’m not seeing anyone’s PSN wallet bulging over a level done to FF VII.

I also have this thought, if someone creates a truly original level with themes and characters are they then protected by public publishing law, or can the big boys of videogaming go, “Ah, what a brilliant idea, of course we would have thought of it on our own eventually but we’ll just use what we see”?

I am a huge supporter of allowing people to show their creativity, and to show their interpretations of their favorite things. I think that this move is a poor one. What I don’t understand is the fact that no one could imagine someone making something a little less and appropriate. As long as I’ve seen games that let you create things I’ve seen somebody try to make or draw a penis in it, so why was this such a big surprise. There should have been a rating system installed into this game and the levels regulated into age categories, but then again that would be using the rating system which has been trying for years to make people aware of what customers are getting into, but who actually listens to the ESRB (Sadly not enough people).


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