Digital Homicide Threatens Steam with Legal Action

First we had them sue Jim Sterling because he said their games were terrible. Then we had legal action being taken over 100 people who criticised them and their games on Steam.

And now, it seems Digital Homicide have taken the next step as well. Why? Because now they’re seeking legal action against Valve/Steam for removing their games from Steam. Here’s their comments on the matter, straight from their recent announcement:

The only thing that prevented me seeking legal counsel for a long list of breach of contracts, interference with business, and anti-trust issues was the fear of losing my family’s income. Since that has been taken away I am seeking legal representation. The case will benefit from a long list of organized documentation of events that have happened over the past 2 years including dates, screenshots, emails, and more on over 100 infractions in need of litigation.

It’s certainly something, isn’t it? Valve’s certainly being accused of a lot of different things here.

But here’s the thing Digital Homicide need to keep in mind.

Suing everyone who dislikes their work or criticises you, or who does anything that might potentially hurt your revenue, is not a good PR move. Instead, it’s a fine way of telling others to say as far away from your products as possible. Think about it. All those YouTube celebrities who’d cover your games? Yeah, they’re not gonna touch them now. No one’s gonna review a game when negative comments are taken as grounds for a lawsuit.

And neither are other digital services or customers. Even if you won against Valve in court, other services would likely refuse to sell your games, because it’s too risky for them.

Yes, trolls on the internet can be annoying or even scary. Yes, criticism can hurt when it comes to a game or product you’ve been making. But responding to that with legal threats is a bad move none the less. It’s the kind of thing that leads to social media meltdowns, thousands more bad reviews and your brand being the centre of negative attention in every media outlet going.

But either way, that’s the latest goings with Digital Homicide and their legal action claims. So what do you think about them threatening Valve with legal action over their games being removed from Steam?


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An Update on the Gaming Reinvented Contest

As you all know, we’ve been running a special contest on Gaming Reinvented for the last month or so. Based around article writing and offering 200 dollars in video games to the winner, this contest has drawn some incredibly entries. From No Man’s Sky variation to Paper Mario Color Splash and the design of the Gamecube, the articles in this contest have been a lot more interesting than we’d ever expected. Indeed, it’s so good I’ve been struggling to think of a clear winner.

Either way, I thought it’d be a bit interesting to let the users judge some of this for themselves. So now, we have a page listing all the entries in the contest and letting you read them in full! Here it is:

Contest Entries

So what ones are your favourites? And if you’re a writer, do you think you’ll be able to beat out the contest?

Post your thoughts here or on social media today!

Suda51 Wants to Remake Killer 7?

If you were around in the Gamecube days, you likely have at least some vague memories of a game called Killer 7. A strange action game based around a group of assassins called the killer 7 (who are manifestations of a man named Harman Smith), the story has them hunting down a group called Heaven’s Smile and finding out about a conspiracy involving Japan and it role in US politics in the process.

It’s a complicated game to explain really. The kind of title that makes you think ‘this is definitely a weird Japanese thing’.

Either way, it became a cult classic in the day, and led to later Suda51 works like No More Heroes.

And now, it seems like Suda51 has an interest in revisiting the title! Why? Because in a recent interview with Hardcore Gamer, he’s quoted as saying that he ‘wants to do something with Killer 7 again’. That’s not the only comment either. Oh no, he also said made this hint about a remake too:

I feel that Killer 7 is the hardest of my games to play. I want to and feel that I need to do something about that. A remake, or remaster or something like that… (Sly grin.)

So yeah, there’s definitely interest in the idea of a remake there. Okay, it’d need to go through Capcom (since they published the original title), but they were supportive of it before. So it’s likely they’d support a remake too, at least if the interest was there.

But what do you think? Would a Killer 7 remake be a good game to have? And if so, what changes do you think the title should receive?