My idea seems to have been stolen

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November 23rd, 2012 9:54 pm

Recently I have noticed a HTML5 game that’s getting attention, called Lust Or Bust. In Lust Or Bust, you try and stare at your freind’s hot sister’s tits without getting caught.
For the 24th Mini Ludum Dare, the challenge was to make the most games in the time period. I made 28 games, which you can find here:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/58474219/Wacky%20Little%20Games.zip
More specifically, one of the games I made was THIS game, created a good several months before Lust Or Bust:

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/58474219/Mini%20Pervert.exe

Look familiar, Lust Or Bust players?

It’s called Mini Pervert, and was a quick prototype of a larger project I had designed called Pervert. The goal of the game was to stare at woman’s tits without getting caught. It had an Ogle-Meter in the corner warning you of when she was about to look, and the longer you stared without getting caught, the more points you racked up.

I suspect that the creator of Lust Or Bust found this game on Ludum Dare and ripped off the idea. It’s similar to my game prototype in so many ways, including the unique gameplay mechanic. It’s also possible that great minds think alike; but it seems a bit of a strong coincidence when you compare the two. The time period is also about what it would take for someone to see my game, decide to steal the idea, and develop it into a complete game and publish it.

At twelve thousand downloads last time I checked, the guy who made Lust Or Bust is probably making quite a bit of money. I’m not asking to get the lost revenue back but I WOULD like to make it public where the idea came from.

Something to keep in mind, fellow Ludum Darers: If you put your original idea as a prototype on Ludum Dare, someone might steal it and develop it.

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