Sunday, 14 August 2016

The Story of Pokemon Uranium... and the Copyright.

The copyright exists.
It's changing fastly... but it exists. And it's hard to think to do a Great Game downloaded by over 1,500,000 players and haven't problems.

This is the story of Pokemon Uranium. It is a free fangame made in RPGmaker XP, released on August 6, 2016, finally done after 9 years.

It's primarily the work of two creators, the pseudonymous "~JV~" (the Game Developer of Pokémon Uranium. He is responsible for programming, scripts, events, maps, fixing bugs, creating and maintaining the Online systems, and more. He lives in Brazil and studies Engineering.) and "Involuntary Twitch" (the Game Designer of Pokémon Uranium. She designs and sprites all of the Pokémon, plans out story events, writes the in-game text, and designs and maintains the website. She lives in the Northeast United States.).

The game takes place in the Tandor region, where the player must collect 8 Gym Badges in order to compete in the Tandor Regional Championship. Along the way, the player must also fill up their Pokedex with entries of more than 190 different species of Pokémon. Dozens of original Pokémon; and even a new Pokémon type befitting the game's name: nuclear.

Over 12,000 followers on Twitter, a forum with over  17,000 members registered, a wiki page made by fans with over 400 pages and numerous articles about it in all the world wide web. One word : viral.

But a viral game like this... can not have an happy ending. After only few days, the lawyers of Nintendo of America contacted the developers and now the link to download the game is removed.

After 9 years to develop a game, only few day of fame. And now several gamers are asking : "Where I can download Pokemon Uranium ?" but the developers are clear : "We will no longer provide official download links for the game through our website. We have no connection to fans who reupload the game file to their own hostrs, and we cannot verify those download links are all legitimate. We advise you to be extremely cautions about downloading the game from unofficial sources."

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