The Last of Us devs accused of using graphic designer’s Boston transit map without permission [Update]

Tuesday, 25th June 2013 20:12 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

After accusing Naughty Dog of using his Transit Map of the Boston subway system in The Last of Us without permission, graphic designer Cameron Booth has updated his blog noting he has spoken to the developers on the matter.


“I’ve just spoken with Naughty Dog over the phone in a very constructive conversation,” wrote Booth. “Can’t say more at the moment, but it seems as if matters will be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction shortly. I can say that they do acknowledge their error in using my map and were very apologetic for it. I likewise apologized for my initial vitriolic post.”

Original story

According to his post, Cameron Booth said he wasn’t asked permission to use his work in the game, and he says he has reached out to Naughty Dog in order to find out how it ended up being used.

While Sony hasn’t responded to request for comment by GI International, it hasn’t taken long for the Internet mob to ascend on Booth’s Tumblr with pitchforks in hand.

While some say he should have handled the matter privately at first before “lambasting” the developer online, others have told him to be thankful someone uses a “map of a map” he created, and that he should just be happy his “work is good enough for someone to actually want to use and shut the fuck up.”

Gotta love the Internet.

Naughty Dog was recently scolded a bit by Ellen Page. They aren’t having a very good week it seems.



  1. Joe_Gamer

    I don’t want to live in this world anymore…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Crapgamer

    So Naughty Dog stole Ellen Page’s face, and now this…….These guys shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this stuff.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. monkeygourmet


    You’re too beautiful for this world…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. matirishhh

    Seriously? I didn’t even spot that bloody map anywhere. They should give him a free copy and he needs to shut the feck up! Obviously someone smelled good money in this…

    Regarding Ellen Page…she is right…I couldn’t shake the feeling she was playing Ellie through the whole game…

    #4 2 years ago

    Well to be fair, this isn’t the first for naughtydog got caught doing this kind of thing.

    They should just compensate the guy and learn from there mistakes.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    Just googled “Boston transit map”. It’s one of the first entries. It lead to his website. Apparently this is all he does.

    I wonder though, did he ask for permission to use the official logo of the mbta?

    Seriously, how can you care about this? It’s a fucking transit map. If you wanted to make it clear that this is a redesign, maybe you shouldn’t have used the official logo and website on said map?

    @5: Hm?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. redwood

    @steph here is a comparison

    IMO it’s not something to go crazy over.. the “graphic designer” is just trying to get some attention. He should be happy.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. laughing-gravy

    I smell the influence of BS. They tried this crap at the launch of PS3 with games like Resistance etc. I think we can all guess who is behind it.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. MadFingerz

    “Basically, I’m fucking furious.”

    More power to divas.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. wildBoar

    Why would shit like this even be copyrighted? I can’t think of a single reason, isn’t the whole point of a map to inform people?
    Is he afraid people are going to fire up the last of us whenever they’re going to use the subway? … And how the fuck did anyone find out about this?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Stephany Nunneley

    Post updated.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. xxJPRACERxx

    I’m the designer of one of the trash can they use in the game… I want my millions!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. salarta

    I always just love how any time a game is made where it fits personal hype and interests, absolutely any behavior on the part of publishers and developers gets a pass. But the second it’s a company making a game with content they don’t like, suddenly every single thing they do is a cardinal sin.

    Dyack stole code for a couple games from another company, his company went bankrupt, he ended up having to take a lesser role at a different company, but his past crime that he’s already been punished for is still considered so bad that the company that’s hired him and all its employees apparently need to suffer.

    And yet, The Last Of Us using Ellen Page’s likeness and stealing a graphic designer’s Boston transit map is perfectly acceptable and “just whining” because The Last Of Us is a game people are hyping and and considering a masterpiece. And, of course, there’s Tomb Raider.

    It’s obvious, whether or not something a company does counts as wrong has absolutely nothing to do with the actual crime. As far as the public apparently sees things, the only deciding factor for if a crime counts as a crime is if the game the crime was committed for is good or bad in their eyes.

    You know what? I had no interest in The Last Of Us, but I was open to possibly playing in the future. Until now. I think I’m going to stay away from this game completely. And it has nothing to do with the things Naughty Dog has done wrong. I’m going to do it because of the asinine double standard of consumers to condemn and punish one crime even when the person that committed it has already been punished, only to turn around and make excuses for another company’s crimes just because they like the games that company makes.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. YoungZer0

    Oh boy, he mentioned Tomb Raider again.

    A game that had absolutely nothing to do with this story.

    Just can’t help yourself. Like that one dude from Sons of Anarchy who couldn’t stop masturbating.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Sanwiches

    @13, Salarta. Nobodys going to force you to play a really good game. And your concerns ? lol.

    “people are dumb so i wont play this game.”

    You wont change the world with these micro rebel actions.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    @15: I think he just hates famous or good games.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. manamana

    Salarta seems to enjoy comment sections more than games …

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DSB

    @14 Just imagine the day he caves and actually plays the game. Someone’s gonna feel mighty dumb.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. salarta

    @15: I’m not really expecting to change the world by me alone doing things, but hey, I can at least say I did something.

    @17: I just don’t comment much on the games I’ve been playing as I play them. I have a huge backlog I’m going through. I have Neptunia V in a pile with Deadly Premonition, White Knight Chronicles, the Prince of Persia trilogy, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, and I’ll eventually play my copy of inFAMOUS. It took me a year of owning the game before I played Xenoblade Chronicles, too. Oh, and of course I recently played and beat Remember Me, which was an excellent game, as well as Resident Evil: Revelations.

    @18: I’m not claiming The Last Of Us at all sucks, it may be the masterpiece everyone says it is. Who knows, maybe some day I’ll cave and get it really, really cheap. But right now, no.

    Also, I really hope this doesn’t devolve into talking about me instead of the points I make.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. DSB

    @19 I wasn’t referring to The Last of Us, but if you’re gonna demand to be taken seriously, then you should really play games before launching into passionate criticisms of them.

    Having a discussion where one party is informed and the other one isn’t is a bit like trying to talk to a deaf mute. No matter how loud you speak, he still won’t get it. And in your case you’re choosing to be that deaf mute, so I fail to see how that serves the argument in any way.

    I think it’s obvious how that might come off as pretty silly.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. salarta

    @20: How is it that I need to play The Last Of Us in order to judge that the developers using a graphic designer’s Boston transit map without permission is wrong?

    I’m playing dumb a little there. The thing you’re angling at was only named in passing, specifically because it contributes to my views in this matter. But it’s not the core focus of the matter, which is why I didn’t expound at length about it. And yet, mentioning that one thing in passing is enough for people to act like I’m practically ranting about that one thing for paragraphs. And then it’s used to bullshit that somehow, everything I say magically has no merit just because I don’t subscribe to the bullshit demands of people that are merely looking for an excuse to write off the criticisms I make about something they like.

    Just like here, where because people love The Last Of Us, that magically makes Ellen Page into a “whiner” for being concerned that another company used her likeness (which is a critical component of her career, and if used wrong could ruin her life), and that a graphic designer being upset that his map was used without permission somehow makes him into a greedy prick. Yet Dyack does the same thing with computer code, gets appropriately punished for it, and he’s still the worst thing ever. The precedent is that if these consumers personally like the games a company makes, the company gets carte blanche to do anything they want, but if these consumers think the company’s recent games suck, any crime deserves a paddlin’. Goes very well with EA being the worst company in America, as online passes are sure as hell worse than families losing their houses and being kicked out on the streets over bank policies, right?

    If you want to join the others in obsessing over how I mention a game in passing for six words out of five paragraphs, have fun doing it with them or by yourself.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DSB

    @21 You’re dodging the issue again.

    I wasn’t referring to The Last of Us.

    And if you don’t feel like discussing something, then you’re free not to, or you could just refrain from going back to that one game in every post you make, on anything.

    Although the best thing would definitely be to actually play the game so you’d finally know what you were talking about.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Clupula

    @22 – Salarta will never play the games he bitches about, because it would make him realise what a fool he always comes off as.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Clupula

    @10 – Are you aware the NYC skyline is copyrighted?

    #24 2 years ago
  25. YoungZer0

    @21: “And then it’s used to bullshit that somehow, everything I say magically has no merit just because I don’t subscribe to the bullshit demands of people that are merely looking for an excuse to write off the criticisms I make about something they like.”

    As I said a few months ago, it’s not your annoying opinions that bother most people. It’s the fact that you repeat yourself so often. Stop that. Just. Stop. If are interested in a healthy community, stop repeating yourself.

    “which is a critical component of her career, and if used wrong could ruin her life”

    Really? There are hundereds of Porn stars that look like famous actors, or photoshopped naked pictures with the actors face glued on, yet that never scratched their image, nor will it ever. Your logic is highly flawed here. Second, she still doesn’t look like Ellie.

    “Yet Dyack does the same thing with computer code, gets appropriately punished for it, and he’s still the worst thing ever.”

    I can’t be the only one who hasn’t heard a word about this. Wiki doesn’t mention that at all.

    “If you want to join the others in obsessing”

    Yes, clearly we are ones that are obsessed.

    If you expect people to just sit and read your ignorant comments on games you’ve not played, backed up by highly flawed reasons that are not based on evidence but feels, then you might want to look for a different community.

    And if you want to talk about double standards, how about we start with you?

    I mean you basically sat there and tried to rap your head around the fact that the new Sniper in MGS V is wearing a bikini in a warzone. As if MGS games are not full of fanservice. Why are you not mad at Hideo? Why are you giving him a pass? For fucks sake Peace Walker allowed you X-Ray women clothes during cutscenes and date an underage girl. Talk about fucked up shit.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. salarta

    @22: And you either didn’t read the whole comment, or did but choose to pretend otherwise. Doesn’t matter which. I’m going to continue as I always have, saying what I feel I need to say, discussing fair points from the people that raise them and not abiding by excuses. End of discussion.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Clupula

    @26 – So the man who comments about games he never played now thinks it’s wrong for us to comment on posts we didn’t read. Hmmmmmmm…

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Cobra951

    Never mind! Story updated.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Rafa_L

    @13 Man, I do read most of your comments I come across and even when I disagree I mostly respect what you are saying (as with any other person who isn’t rude, troll, etc). If you don’t like what crystal did to tomb raider, don’t buy the game, make your stand, I endorse that, you did your part.

    But this time your speech is completely senseless, “I’ll deliberately not play a game because I don’t agree with the behavior of some consumers that may or may not like this game”, that makes absolutely no sense.

    Anyway, it’s a great game, you should try it out.

    @19 You played revelations?? What about the boycott?

    #29 2 years ago
  30. salarta

    @29: I completely understand people viewing my rant and the decision that came out of it this time as senseless. I would even agree that in many ways it’s a stupid line of thought, but it’s just about as stupid as the behavior I’m seeing out of consumers. :P I’m not saying it’s smart or that it’s even the right course of action, but it makes me feel better and makes just as much sense as what everyone else is saying and doing.

    As for my boycotts, maybe I’m getting soft these days, but I bought Resident Evil: Revelations because it technically stars Jill, therefore buying the game is a sign that Capcom needs to treat its old strong female protagonists with more respect than the crap they pulled with RE6. So, that bit is amended to “only buying Resident Evil games that star Jill and/or Claire until further notice,” which will be lifted immediately if RE7 stars both Jill and Claire and has none of the people from RE6 in it except maybe Sherry.

    I also bought Remember Me, which was published by Capcom, specifically because I’m sick of seeing support for games that treat old strong female protagonists poorly, so Remember Me is a vote for having more strong and respectable female characters in the industry again. Even with Squeenix, I was dead set on never buying another Squeenix game again until a proper Aya Brea game came out and made 3rd Birthday noncanon, but I think I’ll end up caving for FF15. And that’s a big deal for me. People I chat with regularly online were floored that FF15 got that reaction out of me, because they know how much Squeenix has increasingly pissed me off over the past decade.

    I think I said too much about myself this time, but I’m tired and not thinking straight. :P

    #30 2 years ago

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