This isn’t directly development-related, but it is noteworthy. On May 8th, Square Enix, makers of Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, etc, hit Chrono Compendium with a cease-and-desist related to ROM hacking and modifications, particularly as it relates to the Crimson Echoes fan project. Square Enix has sent C&D projects in the Chrono community before, but they were always to people that were recreating Chrono in a new engine/platform/whatever, not to groups that were creating ROM hacks. ROM hacks are essentially nothing more than mods, which are standard fare these days. Instead of being appreciative of a community that has thrived despite being largely abandoned for the better part of a decade, Square Enix decided to be LAME and resort to legal threats.
I was actually look forward to playing Crimson Echoes, and I’m very sad to see it go. This is a great example of how screwed up intellectual properties are… anyway, if you have a blog and were/are a fan of the Chrono series, spread the word. I highly recommend *NOT* buying things with the Square Enix label since they are unoriginal dicks who are surviving mostly on name and rehashes of old IP. Good job, Square! Digg the story here.