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The never ending Edgeventures of Tim Langdell


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Products and trademarks:

Products list has been broken down to under 30 titles, most of which have been released in the 1980s or have yet to be released. http://docs.google.com/View?id=dfnb2s7p_1cmhxprcp

Teenage Wasteland: Producer of said show says that Langdell has no involvement.

Bobby Bearing: Developer of game says Langdell does not hold copyright. http://www.develop-online.net/news/32476/T...gainst-Langdell

Marvel Edge: Langdell's involvement stops at trademark.

Malibu Edge: Langdell is no longer a trademark licencor as the title was renamed "The Last Heroes".

"MIRROR'S SPORE", "SOULSPORE" trademark registrations.

Edge Racers game (now simply "Racers") screenshots come from 2008 game Voltage Langdell claims involvement with. No evidence of business relationship. http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=188616

In UK, trademark registrations on Edge 3D, Gamer's Edge, The Edge, Edge Net, Magic Edge, and Edge lapsed, were purged, and refiled after purging. Edge is the only one not considered a dead trademark. Revocation requests are pending against all dead marks.

Edge publications trademark was not registered until 1994, after Edge Magazine was released.

Edge Magazine "evidence" on web page claims that involvement began at issue 1. Issue shown is after issue 88. http://www.the--edge.com/edgemag/

"Edge Magazine USA". http://web.archive.org/web/20000226074004/.../edgegames.com/ http://web.archive.org/web/20010302035123/...gemagazine.com/

First use of Edge Magazine logo years after magazine created logo, including Cafepress store. http://web.archive.org/web/20010202133700/....edgegames.com/

Edge store. http://web.archive.org/web/20010111004700/...m/edgeware.html

Organisations:

Supposed founder of British Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (baias.org, interactive.org.uk), hosted by the--edge.com. No known members or meetings. Postal addresses are mail forwarding/virtual office services, and/or Edge company addresses.

Claims to be founder of Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (interactive.org). No evidence of this.

claims to be founder of International Association for Games Education and Research. Organisation's first meeting was already "postponed" when web site went live, never took place. Journal never published. No activity after announcement of organisation and publishing of website in 2005. http://web.archive.org/web/20050324080210/.../www.iager.org/ http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2005/2005...19_langdell.htm

Claims that Edge Games was at one time EA Europe and Sega Europe, is top 5 European publisher. http://www.intothepixel.com/images/pdfs/20...uror%20Bios.pdf

Legal documents:

Edge Magazine cover fake. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tigsource/3731072579/

The Edge comic cover. http://img.skitch.com/20090814-pdwwwdpjfr2...nkqabeb1y2b.jpg

Restraining order preventing contact with former Edge Studios client Alexandra Jago. http://www.theedgestudios.com/clients.htm https://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/CivilCaseSummary/index.asp SS014653

Misrepresents nature of Mobigame offer.

The Edge Interactive Media Inc. and Edge Games Inc. are Langdell's two companies in the US. He told the state of California that he retired from the former in 2008 and no agent for receiving papers has been provided. The latter was not incorporated until 2005.

Edge Interactive/Edge Games does not exist as a business in the United Kingdom according to Companies House. Only businesses registered with those names have no relationship with known Langdell addresses, were incorporated in past 10 years.

http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/d1c18e72...50268262#result http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/d1c18e72...939/compdetails

http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/d1c18e72...50268313#result

http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/d1c18e72...939/compdetails

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As well as this:

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Which we all know is not a copy of any Edge magazine that's ever been published.

It's beyond me why he even tried to pass that off. He's tried to match the helvetica font, but fucked up the logo, crammed on the picture in the bottom right, and for some reason written "will" in lower case.

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I can't believe I didn't notice this before. Right at the top of the Open Letter:

Now that Apple Inc. has reached its independant conclusion to remove your game bearing the name "Edge" from the US, UK and German iTunes stores due to our registered trademark rights in EDGE and THE EDGE

Wasn't he saying that Mobigame withdrew the title and that Apple and Edge had nothing to do with it? Hasn't Mobigame said that they voluntarily withdrew the title?

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I can't believe I didn't notice this before. Right at the top of the Open Letter:

Wasn't he saying that Mobigame withdrew the title and that Apple and Edge had nothing to do with it? Hasn't Mobigame said that they voluntarily withdrew the title?

Mobigames voluntarily removed it the first time whle attempting to negotiate with Langdell, then it was available again, then Apple took it off.

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Ah, well, it's good to get that cleared up.

It occurs to me that given that the two Edge companies which hold Langdell's UK trademarks, which have UK postal addresses and are therefore nominally British companies, aren't registered at Companies House in any form, so I'm not sure where he stands legally if he tries to start a trademark infringement action. His defense against Cybernet's countersuit in the US was nearly quashed when it turned out that one of the two companies had been suspended.

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So, now it's come out on the IGDA forum that Langdell had nothing to do with Mythora, and therefore has no legal right to produce a sequel. So there's no evidence that any of the games he's supposedly making are actually being made by anyone connected to him.

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This is calling out for a BBC style "From Russia With Love" documentary. You could have a central narrative thread of absurd, egomaniacal copyright sitter/s, but you could also use it to delve into the general inner workings and personalities of the 8-bit error in the UK of the time of the BBC Micro, the Spectrum and the C64. Considering that period is falling into obscurity the more the 90s generation of gamers have taken hold of the net, I think it'd be really interesting to get a glimpse as how well known developers were to one another, hopefully lots of odd stories etc.

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You know in other industries this would have already made it on TV journalism. It's perfect to pick up, there are tons of people to interview, tons of evidence and things to show going back 30 years. You could have the doc maker chasing Tim down the street, interviewing the woman that got the injunction against him.

Compelling viewing.

I've spoke to loads of people about this, none gamers mostly and they're all gripped with the story.

So who knows a TV journalist looking for a 30 year in the making story about the shady side of trademarks and the dirty side of the industry?

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The UK development community from the late 70s to the early 90s would be a fascinating place to explore, especially when you consider that games feel far less 'UK' these days and things come across as overly corporate. It's like you say, the themes could be explored from a non-gaming point of view. Just a glimpse of an old tech industry or the ramifications of absurd laws, especially given the nature of copyright in the "download everything" mentality of our era.

Maybe Brooker will dedicate an episode to his new game series on it. Or is that a one off?

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It occurs to me that given that the two Edge companies which hold Langdell's UK trademarks, which have UK postal addresses and are therefore nominally British companies, aren't registered at Companies House in any form, so I'm not sure where he stands legally if he tries to start a trademark infringement action.

Companies House is for limited companies only, isn't it? Private companies don't have to be registered there.

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Companies House is for limited companies only, isn't it? Private companies don't have to be registered there.

they do PLCs as well. Also, I enjoy using the websearch to check for REALLY OLD companies, I think company number 00000003 was registered in 1876 or something silly like that.

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Fixed. If he actually consulted a lawyer, he probably wouldn't have responded to the Edge article by publishing "without prejudice" negotiation documents on the web.

Yeah, I just posted because his name is Edgeworth, and there are rumours about him forging evidence. :lol:

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This is calling out for a BBC style "From Russia With Love" documentary. You could have a central narrative thread of absurd, egomaniacal copyright sitter/s, but you could also use it to delve into the general inner workings and personalities of the 8-bit error in the UK of the time of the BBC Micro, the Spectrum and the C64. Considering that period is falling into obscurity the more the 90s generation of gamers have taken hold of the net, I think it'd be really interesting to get a glimpse as how well known developers were to one another, hopefully lots of odd stories etc.

We were mostly very nice to each other.

The industry was very much a village.

And we all met up regularly at the frequent London game shows, starting with the first Personal Computer World show in September 1978.

Starting in the 80s we had game industry conferences in places like Jersey, Malta and Majorca where everyone was in the same hotel for a few days. So we all got drunk together many times.

ECTS started in 1989 at the Business Design Centre. Once again we were all thrown together for several days at the same place. I remember at the first one there was much discussion as to whether Tim Langdell would get away with not paying for his booth. And he did his runner shortly after this. It was at this same show that Alan Miles asked me to become involved in the Sam Coupe project.

Even today it is still pretty much a village. I just spent three days in Edinburgh at the Interactive with a fair section of the game industry and it was very convivial.

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