just to play devil's advocate - why don't they made sure the rights to the game are in the public domain before they start all this work.
the attorney's for said companies are obligated to do their jobs aren't they?
@iowastate Well, of course they're doing their jobs. I guess my knee-jerk response to your points would be:
Were the Hasbro lawyers asleep at the wheel all this time while the title was being developed? It certainly was pretty late in the game to crack down. This was getting press for some time. What changed? I'd be surprised if the developer didn't at least contact Hasbro early on, if only to feel out the brand owner's stance on such doings. Shame on them if they didn't. Then again, this sort of thing is very, very new and the current guard might not have known any proper protocols -- if there are any -- to handle things of this nature.
So, yes, as practitioners of law they had a moral obligation to their client to do what they deemed prudent, but doing so within days/weeks of release is pretty crumby.
Principle weighs more than the girly trappings of a game I'd probably never have bought. I still see it as an opportunity lost.