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While I was out yesterday meeting Stephan Pastis, I made a stop by one of my old haunts, a video arcade.  The selection keeps getting smaller, with space now going to gambling trainers (coin pushers, light spinners, etc.), mechanical rip-off machines (stacker machines cheat, I've seen it), and electronic games (Connect Four).  They recently pulled the games out of half the area and just set up tables like for parties.  There will soon be no point in setting foot in there again.

Anyway, surprise, they had a new game!  I didn't even know they were still making new arcade games!  It was the Batman driving game by Specular.  Two units linked up.  I decided to check out the attract mode to see what it offered.

Part of the attract mode shows the different Batmobiles you can drive in the game.  You can choose two different skinned versions of the one from the TV show, the one from the Burton movies, the ones from both Shumacher movies, the animated series, Brave And The Bold, the Tumbler and the Bat from the Nolanverse, and the Batmobile from Arkham Asylum.

This is where I get pissy.

The sequence gives some specs of each machine, and tells who created it.  The Batman TV series, it says is designed by George Barris.  The Burton movie one was designed by Anton Furst.  I'm actually getting warm fuzzies from this.  I mean, if I was credited in an arcade game, I'd think it was no end of awesome.

And then, the Arkham Asylum Batmobile.  It is credited to Rocksteady Studios.

Not whoever on the design team came up with it.  Not the design team itself.  The game company.

This is bullshit.

In this modern era of just about everybody getting creative credit, this is glaring.  It's even worse given the history of video games.  Activision was created because a bunch of Atari programmers were upset that they weren't publicly credited with creating their work.  They actually had to start their own company.  Arcade games were easier -- the first arcade game to credit the designer was Gottlieb's Reactor in 1982.  Designer Tim Skelly simply asked to be credited, and Gottlieb said, "Why not?" and put his name on the title screen.

And here's a video game company using another video game company to take a giant step backwards.  I mean, seriously.  Would it have killed them just to mention the guy or guys?

And Carlos D'anda created the Arkham Asylum Batmobile.

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