Jaffe says Sony should send a “stern letter” to Microsoft

Friday, 5th March 2010 20:32 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


David Jaffe has posted on his blog that Sony should “send a sternly worded legal letter” to Microsoft over the vehicle combat game Scrap Metal, as it is just a bit too close to Twisted Metal.

Furthermore, he feels Sony should do the same with the producers of the upcoming film with Mickey Roarke heading to theaters in 2011 called War of the Gods (Dawn of War on IMDB).

“Sony should [sue] or if I owned the rights to TWISTED METAL and GOD OF WAR, I sure as hell would at the least send a sternly worded legal letter,” he wrote. “Heck, I’d send two legal letters if it were me.

“I mean, first Microsoft puts out a car combat game and calls it SCRAP METAL? Hey, looks like a great game! Right up my alley! Day one purchase for me. But come on guys, isn’t that just a little too close to Sony’s own car combat game TWISTED METAL?

“And then Sony has GOD OF WAR, a game and potential movie about mortals fighting ancient Greek Gods. And then this movie gets announced called WAR OF THE GODS about- yep!- mortals fighting ancient Greek Gods.

“And look: Sony doesn’t- and should not- own the concept of the Greek Myths. Nor should they own the idea of mortal fighting ancient Gods, Greek or any other kind. That’s all public domain stuff. But the TITLE? Sony DOES own that. And GOD OF WAR/WAR OF THE GODS seem a little too close to comfort ya’ll.

“Anyway, like I said, not my fight. I don’t own shit! :)”

Later, Jaffe updated his post telling people to lighten up as his post was all in fun and he is not by any means “sue happy”.

“For the love of FUCK – finally, for the people who are like, ‘JAFFE! GET BACK TO WORK ON YOUR GAME!’…please, let me assure you, I am working very hard,” he wrote. “The team is working very hard. Sony is working very hard. We are all busting ass and- even tho we may not agree on these particular legal issues- we are still eager to entertain each and every one of you with what we’ve got cooking.

“Just like you, I don’t work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even during my day, I take breaks. But as some of you know, I work at home. So while at your job you may hang in the breakroom with your buddies and chat about last nite’s episode of LOST or what game you are playing, I video chat with friends and I blog.

“Fucking sue me. But the point IS, we are working hard on our game and we’re looking forward to showing it to you today on GTTV…oh wait…that’s not us :)

“Ok so that’s my update. Thanks for reading. Later.”

So there you go. Another entertaining post from Jaffe.

Thanks, Eurogamer.



  1. alimokrane

    I have a better idea: David Jaffe Should STFU!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. DJ Deathstar

    ^HAHA exact same reply as everywhere else i’ve seen this story^

    Seriously though old jaffer cake should shut his face!

    #2 5 years ago
  3. ReeceHeywood

    Jesus Christ. *eyes roll*

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    Sort of right though isnt he. I mean, Scrap Metal? Really?
    As for War Of The Gods first time i heard of it/what it was about i thought “God Of War rip-off”, i’m sure loads of people did/will. I’d say Sony should probably do something about that, not really for the game but because a GoW movie is meant to be in the making.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. theevilaires

    Its M$ dude, all they do is copy and buy out everyone because they can’t even design a damn operation system which they are famously known for.

    Scrap metal….get the hell out of here man. How can anyone respect these people really. SONY get off your ass and protect your market share you dumb JAP fat heads. Stop sniffing little girls panties out of vending machines for God sake and wake the fuck up!

    Good flame article BTW too Stephany. :D

    #5 5 years ago
  6. joshua nash

    Mr. Jaffe quit your bitching a get to making a new twisted metal

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Zeus

    The guy who took Rygar: The Legendary Adventure for PS2, added Shenmue/Dragon’s Lair Quick-Time-Events, and called it “God of War” is crying ripoff?

    That’s original.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. theevilaires

    You would be pissed too if someone is ripping off your ideas. The only thing Jaffe can do is ensure his game is 10x better….like SingStar Vs Lips, FFXIIIps3 Vs FFXIII360, XMB Vs NXE, PS3 Vs 360 :D

    #8 5 years ago
  9. theevilaires

    Zeus that’s 3 games into 1, that’s fair in the world of Video Game biz, look at Borderlands ;) Plus GOW games have non stop over the top gore action that never gets tired….Have you ever played GOW2….that game should have gotten GOTY it released, but I think Halo3 did or something?

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Zeus

    theevilaires, it’s not three games, it’s one game–Rygar for PS2–with an added feature from another game–Shenmue. (I only mentioned Dragon’s Lair because oldschoolers were bound to rightly say it came first, but Shenmue was the first “normal” game to incorporate quick-time events in special segments, as opposed to Dragon’s Lair where they served as the entirety of the gameplay.)

    I’m sure God of War has non-stop tons-a-gore megabooms! but the point is, David Jaffe was obviously “influenced” by Rygar, never admitted as much in an interview, and cries lawsuit when his ideas “influence” other developers.

    Maybe he’d be singing a different tune if Tecmo had taken him to court over God of Rygar.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Dannybuoy

    A letter? Jesus. Send an email.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    It would seem that you’re getting games of the same genre, and games of the same genre which bare nearly the exact same name, probably to try and leech of the others fame (what Jaffe is talking about) confused, Zeus.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. MushroomStamp

    How about just making the next TM a great game and people won’t give a shit about Scrap.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Zeus


    God of War goes far beyond the “same genre” as Rygar. Everything from the Greek architecture and the main character who wars with the Greek Gods (or Titans, in Rygar’s case–hey that’s a big change!) to the chain-based weapons and combo system, to the massive bosses, seem to have been directly influenced by Rygar.

    Rygar’s influence on God of War is infinitely more obvious than GoW’s influence on any of its so-called “clones.” At least the hero of Dante’s Inferno had the decency NOT declare war on Greek gods or swing his primary weapon around a chain, etc.

    I’ll give Al Jaffe this much: he did manage to change the name.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. YoungZer0

    I’m actually surprised he doesn’t complain about Dante’s Inferno, that i would understand.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Old MacDonald

    Microsoft has nothing to do with the title. It was known as Scrap Metal before it was announced for XBLA.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Blerk

    Don’t drink and blog, Mr Jaffe! I thought you’d worked through that phase? He’s always so sensible when he’s on podcasts, too. :-)

    #17 5 years ago
  18. DJ Deathstar

    @16 thats what i was about to say, its being developed by slick entertainment lol, anyways scrap metal is top down with some events focused on racing some on battles. Is it because it features cars and the word metal? How about God of War ripping off the old game War Gods you know cause they pretty much have the same title ;)

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Moonwalker1982

    What a clown….

    In that case..

    Microsoft should write letters to Sony about them ‘stealing’ the idea of achievements called trophies. And alot more. Nintendo could write letters to Sony for ‘stealing’their idea with the six-axis.


    #19 5 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight

    Apparently David didn’t learn anything from his hiatus from the internet. Not sure whose worse with Davids asinine comments or Kotick’s.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. hitnrun

    Yeah Mr Jaffe, that’s what everyone needs, all 3 major companies plus EA and Activision to boot, suing and counter-suing the hell out of each other over every idea that they’ve stolen from one another over the last 25 years.

    Maybe the Scrap people could include a 5 second marquee “Special Thanks to David Jaffe” in their credits, and it would calm the thunderous tides of his ego.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. The_Deleted

    Jaffe has been more than honest about his influences re: God of War. Maybe he’s never played Rygar. It’s not unheard of for different people to have similar ideas.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Mike

    Does TEA ever stfu?

    #23 5 years ago
  24. theevilaires

    Does Mike ever say something worth while and true?

    #24 5 years ago
  25. onlineatron

    Is it just me or has JAffe completely gotten the story of his own game wrong?

    It’s not ‘humans against Gods’ it’s a ‘God/demi-God/Spartan/Titans against Gods’

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Goliath

    This guy is an idiot.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. zoopdeloop

    Lol the guy is joking…that’s Jaffe :)

    #27 5 years ago

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