I remember Worlds Inc.. In case you guys were wondering if they even bothered creating something based off their patent, back in early '95, when I was still using Windows 3.1, I installed AlphaWorld and Worlds Chat, two 3D online worlds owned by Worlds Inc.. At that point in time, I thought it was the coolest thing ever.
I have no doubt that their patent is legit and they'll probably win the court case, but the way they decided to enforce their patent this late in the game is just downright foul. They should have come after MMOGs actively upon launch. I guess they used NCSoft as a testbed first to see if they have enough clout to take on Activision Blizzard.
NCSoft is a new company where as Blizzard could easily show use of much the same system prier to this patent. This patent covers any multi player graphical game where a server is used to determine direction and keeps a data base. Given wow was released on November 23, 2004 I don't think this patent dated FEB 20, 2007 has any merit.
[citation][nom]digital anomaly[/nom]I have no doubt that their patent is legit.[/citation]
No, its bogus; even by the patent system's own flawed rules. Its no different than trying to patent the displaying of words on an LCD screen. Its an obvious idea that a device capable of displaying images will display images, or that a network between computers with graphical user interfaces will be presented graphically.
[citation][nom]twelch82[/nom]Why not? Remember, now we're on the "first to file" rather than "first to invent" system.[/citation]
It really only does the world any good if inventions end up invented. The U.S. system for approving patents is remarkably good at keeping inventors suppressed and awarding money to people and corporations that have proved they are good at writing ideas down for things they never intend to realize.
EXTRA! EXTRA! Lawyers went on Strike!
Word is that Lawyers were not getting paid due to game developers have not sold their games.
An investigation on this matter revealed that Players have stop supporting them because they apparently got tired of what they call "patent trolls".
Well at least something good has come out of this.
Unless Worlds, Inc. sues every single game developer in the industry they are not actively protecting their patent and it might be found in default. Then the question rises why did they wait so long to start generating these lawsuits. Ultima Online and Everquest were doing this a decade ago.