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At this point, I couldn't make this stuff up against Electronic Arts even if I wanted to...that's not to mention that I would probably find something a bit more reputable to make up against them than something as ridiculous as plagiarizing a tank from a board game.
Anyways, GameSpot seems to be aiming to reclaim some credibility in the world of video game journalism because they pulled out some legwork and actually laid down an integrity hammer on EA. Apparently EA's free-to-play, Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances uses a tank design that is pretty much an exact replica of Games Workshop's Baneblade armored tank from the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
GameSpot was tipped off to the news after coming across two separate reddit posts, one by the very manly, self-secure user Bro-Jangles and the other by a guy either named after the condition of always being sick or something completely computer related, CoreVirus.
Not only did GameSpot check out and notice the similarities of the tank designs but they took it a step further and actually got in contact with an EA rep who simply told them the following..."We are looking into this and will get back to you." In PR Double-Speak that translates to..."We're gonna fire the scraggly-arsed fellow who ripped off Games Workshop and then say we had nothing to do with it. Good day, I said good day!"
EA does have a license to produce Warhammer games just not in relation to the sci-fi stuff that THQ has the rights to, at the moment.
This news definitely helps restore faith in the video game journalism rink, and at least lets us know that the big dogs can still keep an eye out on the big publishers when they attempt to step out of bounds, or use similar tank designs in free-to-play browser-based MMO games...because you know, casuals need to be aware of these things.
You can learn more about EA's free-to-play Command & Conquer game by paying a visit at the Official Website.