You hadnīt?! ...awful.....in German law enviroment i would advise a lawyer for that.... xD the Sony brand - i always wondered how FASA/Fanpro get the permission to use existibg brands, not even for guns.
Well... no, we never got permission to use existing brand names in our drawings... but you can see the same thing in comics back in the 80s and 90s, too. Companies never bothered to sue anyone for that back then, so we were a lot more free.
Whereas by the mid-2000s, I was working on a WWII video game where they changed all the US military hardware... because the legal department was afraid they'd get sued by Colt and Jeep. Ridiculous.
Yes, was a lot easier i know....i mean, i understand the companys, not shure how good this association with RPGīs or computer games will be on the cassual customers, but it has become a very paranoic scale. On the other hand - i remember Battletech hasnīt mind to much also an so came to the point where they stole complete designs from a Manga series.
Hah, on some early CounterStrike-games, the names of guns must changed to not be more "bad" as other guns - so stupid xD
I agree... but the lawyers and the paranoid execs start double-guessing whether they want their brands 'associated' with the drawing, or the concept of the drawing, or the political stance of the publishers of the book containing the drawing, or whatever. Easier just to say no to everything : P