Let's save Interplay!




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As soon as I heard that Interplay was selling off it's IPs, I got to wondering one thing: What's gonna happen to Wild 9?

Sure, I could see Earthworm Jim being sold for cashmoney to a middle or big sized publisher. Earth Worm Jim isn't gonna be lost forever But what about Wild 9? What about MDK? What about all those other games that didn't have multiple sequels and a cartoon show?


I assume just for his cameo in the PC version of Toshinden is worth half a million.


I don't WANT to wonder. I WONDER when WB is gonna do something with the Ready 2 RumbleThe Grid and  Mace The Dark Age franchises it owns every day. I wonder when Valis is gonna get a new game every night, for the last 9 years.
To be fair, I do can see how the owners of DC, Looney Tunes, Hanna Barbera, Filmation and holders of the license to Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings...would feel a bit incomplete without also owning Dr Muto.

The owners to these IPs bought them, but they don't really HAVE to do anything with them anyway.  And so it could be with the soon to be owners of these games Interplay is selling.

Games like Heart of Darkness.(But I am told this one in particular isn't for sale)

 





Games like like Boogerman.

Games  like Clayfighter.


Games like Carmageddon.



And yes, even friggin' Redneck Rampage.




So I say, instead of speculating about which  company is gonna own and MAAAAYBE use these games, I propose we use crowdfunding to MAKE SURE somebody gets to use this franchise. And that that somebody happens to be EVERYONE IN THE WORLD.

This is the plan: we pool together the money, buy one or more  of these  IP and then release it under a Creative Commons license.  That way, anyone can create a game based on said IP,in any way or shape or form.

But not only a game. You can make a Boogerman Comic, or a Carmageddon Film, should we acquire the rights for the franchise. You can use a song from Clayfighter in your thing. Make an anime from Redneck Rampage: I don't care.
"Shucks , ah shawr dew hope Sempai Itoko will neuteece meh!"

But that would take some money. I mean, I don't know how much some of these is going for, but I can't imagine anything going for less than 10000. So that's the goal I have in my Patreon: Ten thousand dollars to try and buy the rights to any Interplay IP possible.

And remember that it's a bid. Maybe someone REALLY wants to have the rights to Messiah more than us, and is willing to outbid us. So, maybe we'd need amounts of money closer to the millions. I've already got a Patreon set up, so if you wanna help with this, send it there. If you have no money, but want to help, you can always share the link and tell others. I'm gonna be frank: I haven't ever bid on anything and I don't know if you gotta go someplace or something, so any information on that front would be welcome.

If you like the idea, but don't trust me, you are free to get your own Crowdfunding going, maybe towards a specific franchise? I didn't do that, but you could, and I would openly support you. I'm only doing it myself cuz I seem to be the only one who's though of it.

We have to act now, because there may not be another chance. Whoever owns this stuff could very well own it for the rest of your life.

So let's stand together, let's make it happen, let's save Interplay! #SaveInterplay

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just thought I'd let you know, Interplay never owned the rights to Heart of Darkness. They were a distributor overseas. But my thoughts are with the other games produced by the company. I hope wherever they go the IPs are put to good use.

Batzarro said...

I knew something like that could come up. I'm still not waiting for a reply on exactly which IPs are for sale, and I suspect I'm not just gonna get it.

By the way, thanks.

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