A new blog, The Tetromino is detailing the issues surrounding developing a tetris-like game on the iPhone. It looks to be an interesting read in the months ahead.Read More
This week I got an email from Todd, who wrote to let me know of Apple rejecting his falling blocks game due to legal threats from the Tetris Company. This is what he had to say:
"I wrote my own interpretation of tetris (called Kafablo - instructions and gameplay movie here) for the iPhone because I didn't see any available tetramino games that I liked. In the time it took me to write it I've seen how all the unofficial tetris games get yanked, but since I'd put a fair amount of work into it and my game control scheme is (I think) unique, I went ahead and released mine a couple weeks ago. Sure enough, the lawyers came knocking - now even if I chose to dispute the legality of their claim of copyright infringement, that would take a long time, and Apple (rightfully so) won't keep anything on the App Store that puts them in a position of jeopardy. So I have to take it down. Another win for the lawyers, another loss for creativity, freedom of expression, and competition! If you want a better tetris, too bad!
As far as my letter is concerned, there are no details as to what they think they've copyrighted or why my game is an infringement - the only thing in there (besides the threat of legal action and various legal mumbo-jumbo) is (grammatical error included):
The"Kafablo" game on apple.com violates the copyright in the Tetris game because it is a copy of our client's game and was created and are being reproduced and sold on your web site without our client's prior permission or authorization.
In case anybody is counting, here is the list of falling tetramino
games that I know of (there are probably more) that have been removed
from the App Store:
- teto teto
I can't comment on the other games, but I know mine at least differs from any official tetris: different controls, different sounds, different graphics, completely different name. I'm not sure what they claim to be copyrighting, but that's a subject for further research."
And today I came across this switched article about another tetris-style game …Read More
Following closely from my first OSX application (MServClientOSX), I have finished up version one of porting it over to the iPhone. The guts of the code compiled over without any issue, so all I had to do was implement the different UI.
This doesn't contain the browsing or queuing support that MServClientOSX does - but it allows viewing the currently playing song, skipping to the next song and adjusting the volume.Read More
MservClientOSX is a Mac OSX client for the mserv music server. Version 0.80 supports the following functionality:
Download MServClientOSX 0.80 and copy to your applications folder.Read More
On Monday, I succumbed to the iPhone. I certainly haven't been disappointed - it makes my old windows mobile (running wm6.1) feel like a 386 with windows 3.1.
So this post is being written on it with the wordpress app - really just because I can.
It really is the device I've been wanting for the last few years and it has completely lived up to the hype for me.
More Apple KoolAid down my hatch.Read More