MOCA made this short video about the making of TGC, featuring founders Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago.
Losing a parent at just six years of age is unimaginable. You may vaguely remember some of the wonderful memories from that brief time spent together, but the pain surely never goes away. I imagine you cling to those memories dearly, grasping hold of them and praying that over time you won’t forget. For one teenage YouTube commenter (00WARTHERAPY00) that scenario is real. And in the comments section of a piece about whether video games can be a spiritual experience, he told his story:
Journey Screensaver Caps: Broken Bridge - part 1
Thanks for laying our games and being an amazing fan! Some of our former members have split off and are making cool new games, so make sure to follow them as well as TGC.
Also, we keep this non-anonymous to ensure that there are fewer angry messages, but we’ve only received love so far. :)
Aaron, Community Manager
Thanks for playing the game and sharing your thoughts with us. :)
Aaron, Community Manager
Fanart of thatgamecompany’s “Journey”. I love this game so much omg. <3
And if you haven’t played it, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. It is SO GORGEOUS. ;u;It took me 2 years to finish this stupid picture. XD;;;Off and on mind you. I redid the clouds at least four different times and fought with it a whole bunch.But now, I think I am pretty pleased with it. <3I will be selling this as a 11x17in print at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, March 28 - 30. 8>If I have any left overs I will be selling them in my StoryEnvy shop (once it is properly set up).I hope you guys like it! ;u;
If you make something that is “inspired by” Journey which doesn’t resemble images of the game “too closely” (as would be determined by a court of law) nor include the logo, you’ll have no problems.
Think of “inspired by” games and their original counterparts. (Dark Souls and Demons’ Souls, Mighty Number 9 and Mega Man, and the multitudes of other that have been released or are being developed. One of the FEAR games was going to have a different title, but the publisher of the new game purchased the FEAR trademark.)
Sometimes the games get the blessing by the copyright-owning company, sometimes they are taken to court, and the court makes the decision as to whether or not there was copyright infringement.
As for shirts, this design is perfectly legal:
But this design is Trademark/copyright infringement:
(Both are just designs and are not actual shirt printings.)
As far as we know, Sony hasn’t issued takedown notices for products that do not use photos from the game or the logo. But, that can change depending on all sorts of factors inside of Sony.
Thank you for being an awesome fan! :D
We don’t own the copyrights to any games that we made. This question would be for Sony.
That said, as long as you are following copyright and fair use laws (Fair Use http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use#Fair_use_under_United_States_law - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_art#United_States ). Most importantly is the Trademark. Remember to never use the Journey trademark in any fan art that you intend to sell or trade, as it constitutes a blatant trademark violation.
As long as you follow these rules, no company can prevent you from making or selling any fan art. (In the U.S., at least. Some other countries may have more strict rules on fan art. Japan is notoriously lenient on fan art and whatnot.)
So, remember to follow the rules (no trademarks, images/video/audio from the game, or something that looks “too close” to the original source material [as determined by a court of law], et. al) and you’ll be fine. :)
A few snippets of a small painting I did for kicks. I’ve unfortunately never had a chance to play Journey, but the concept and art style have always been striking to me. Maybe I’ll get a chance to play sometime!
Anyway, I really enjoyed drawing these characters. It was refreshing to do something fun after being bogged down for so long. There are many changes in the works now that I can focus solely on my own thing! :D