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Re: Patent concerns



On Sat, 2008-01-19 at 20:42 +1000, Sam Arthur Allen wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Jan 2008 08:09:58 -0500,  Tom "spot" Callaway" wrote:
> > No, the patent is pretty darned specific. Its "targets moving in a
> > straight line" to a "predetermined point or line", and the player
> > having to hit a button at that precise point or line to get points.
> > If you're shooting the target, doesn't apply. If there is cursor
> > motion involved, doesn't apply.
> 
> What a crock of @#$%, I've seen this been done a few times.
> "Parappa the Rapper" on PS1 from 1995 comes to mind, it does *exactly*
> what the above paragraph states.

The Parappa "targets" did not move. They were static, and used a moving
cursor:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1592483888067882190

So no this particular patent doesn't apply, so it isn't prior art. Also
possibly notable is you were rewarded bonus points for ad-libbing more
advanced raps than the game requires, as the person playing
demonstrates. :)

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