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Chinese Theme Park Includes Starcraft and WoW, Pisses on Copyrights
A Chinese theme part called "Joyland" will be opening for business later this year, and in an effort to promote cultural stereotypes, is shamelessly ripping off of established properties; namely, Blizzard's Starcraft and Warcraft.
In fact, the Changzhou-located park doesn't even seem to be making an effort to cover its ass, with areas such as "Terrain of Warcraft" and "Universe of Starcraft." Jeez, they could've at least been clever about it.
Aside from their blatant infringement on Blizzard's copyrights, the logo itself is pretty damn derivative of Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure park in Florida; and their website pretty shamelessly features Assassin's Creed's Altair with absolutely no attribution to Ubisoft.
In case you think this is all a big hoax (I'm going to be an optimist and not completely rule that out), here's a press release as well as photos of the construction from last year. Also, a video, featuring what I can only assume is a cheap Chinese knock-off of Roller Coaster Tycoon.
I have to say though, the idea behind the park is actually pretty cool. It seeks to use "key scenery in cyber-games and rebuild them into reality, enabling visitors to interact between the real and the virtual world". In addition to rides, the park will also feature areas for gaming. It just makes it an even bigger shame that a bunch of idiots are behind it. The saddest part of all though is that they'll probably get away with it too.