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  1. facePuncher7 Founder of the militant wing of the Salvation Army

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    I'm currently working on a game for mobile devices.
    Its a cow racing game. Not cows driving cars, actual cows racing. Its very cartoony and fun, doesn't take itself seriously at all.

    The issue that I foresee arising is in the naming of the product. The whole thing started as a joke, some friends were talking about Gran Turismo and one joked that I should make a cow racing game called Gran Turismoo.

    Gran Turismoo is the working title and I'd like to keep it but fear getting sued.

    The games are in the same genre, technically, but are incredibly different otherwise.
     
  2. facePuncher7 Founder of the militant wing of the Salvation Army

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    Some early gameplay:

    [YT]7oVVa69xPj4?[/YT]
     
  3. Kneepocalypse This is your god now.

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    well, Gran Turismo is an actual term in Italian, but it's so established in the gaming world that adding an "o" to the end of it almost assuredly isn't going to fly.
     
  4. MortalWombat Vombatus Sherdoggus

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    I am not a lawyer, but...


    http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/atmoss/falcon.application_start

    Sony owns the Gran Turismo trademark. I think the idea is funny and the name is great, but I don't see how it's such a great name that you'd want to fight it out with Sony.

    Maybe ask them, on the off chance they say, "yeah, sure, we want you to come up as the top result whenever a user mistypes our name in the app store and to take our potential customers".

    Cow driving. Hehe.
     
  5. facePuncher7 Founder of the militant wing of the Salvation Army

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    Hah, maybe I'll drop them an email.. " dear Mr Sony ".

    The games come a lot further then that vid, I'll try grab some more later.
     
  6. ALAN PARTRIDGE NO LONGER REGISTERED Yellow Card

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    Use the name

    Gran Turdismoo

    they won't be able to touch you
     
  7. scrubido Brown Belt

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    Sony is having bigger problems right now. I think you could fly under the radar.
     
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    I prefer karate face puncher.
     
  9. SuwoopBangin Praise Be Unto The Based

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    lol you'll be fine
     
  10. MortalWombat Vombatus Sherdoggus

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    You could, or you could use the contact us form, like any other animal https://www.sony.com.au/section/contactus

    Or ring up the switchboard and ask to speak to the legal department.


    I just don't think you should be investing in design that could get your game pulled off the app store, or at the very least earn you some sternly worded letters.

    I saw the mass stampede ("test 4") video. Looks like mooyhem.
     
  11. j98 Brown Belt

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    Isnt it covered under fair use as parody?
     
  12. facePuncher7 Founder of the militant wing of the Salvation Army

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    I've had a few people try to convince me of this, and it makes sense to me.

    I just saw a movie entirely based around the mocking of the worlds most powerful dictator, surely I can replace cars with cows???
     
  13. facePuncher7 Founder of the militant wing of the Salvation Army

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    That will be released at some point also, as a spiritual successor to my most popular title - Karate Face Kicker.
     
  14. A.A. Riggs Musta Caught Herself by Surprise

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    Barn Turismoo imo
     
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    Grande Torosmoo


    You can send me my royalty checks, thanks.
     
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  18. Osculater Red Belt

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    Venti Latte
     
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    you should mario cart it, like a cow can drop a deuce & make an enemy slip on it
     
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    Streaking Gutters & Tweaking Udders
     

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