In this episode, we are joined by SPECIAL GUEST and EXPERT WITNESS Morgan Webb, of G4 TV’s X-Play. John argues that using a strategy guide when playing a video game is cheating, pure and simple. His friend Josef argues that while it provides an advantage, it’s not out of line to use a guide and constitutes no cheating.
“There is actually a precedent related to video games. The case of Lewis Galoob Toys Inc. v. Nintendo of America Inc. made the Game Genie legal to use. It indicated that using a game genie to modify the code of games did not create derivative works. A court accepted this decision on similar grounds and that is a far higher bar for changing the gameplay than the case today.”
Lewis Galoob Decision
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