Most outrageous crimes video game companies have been accused of

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  • J B
    J B  1 days back

    Jenna

    you're fabulous.
    keep doin you

    • The Doc Block
      The Doc Block  5 days back

      Them: Stardew Valley is a cute and charming game with fun and addictive gameplay. It offers a similar experience to Harvest Moon while also adding new choices to make everyone's experience unique.


      Me: sTARDEW VALLEY HAS VIOLATED THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS AND AS SUCH IS CLASSIFIED AS A WAR CRIME! WE SHALL NOT SIT IDLY BY AS WAR CRIMES HAPPEN UPON OUR FRONT STEPS!

      • NikolausMieszko
        NikolausMieszko  2 weeks back

        A bit obscure but it's something worth talking about:

        There's a Chinese company called EasyTech that makes strategy games on mobile (specifically ones that take place in historical time periods like the Napoleonic Wars, Three Kingdoms, World War 2, and some others). Their games have a strong following here in Asia and probably even farther than Europe, and every game that has a following has mods made of it, mods up the ass.

        For this one, this is about one of their games, European War 6: 1804. Around this time, modding EW6: 1804 was illegal (I say "at the time" since now, there's an unlocked APK of it which allows modders to y'know, mod the game.), then one modder who I will not name not because of privacy but because I genuinely do not know his name. He made a mod that added a cheat menu over the game (the cheat menu gave you maximum medals and gold; medals are the IAP currency in a lot of EasyTech's games which might've had something to do with what happened next) but didn't really change anything else. But because it made the IAP currency free, and that their game which was unmoddable at the time and that the play store's APK had a lot of protection, EasyTech got understandably pissed about this, but instead of a lawsuit, they managed to get the modder sent to *JAIL* .

        That's right, a modder went to jail for modding a game. I mean, it's kind of understandable since the game was I think recently released and that it would've taken a lot of time to crack, but what I don't think is understandable is sending the modder to jail for it. I don't know, maybe copyright laws are different in China but it's wrong to arrest someone just for modding something.

        SIDENOTE: He's probably one year into his jail sentence. I don't know how long his sentence is but I've heard that it's about 15 to 20 years.

        TL;DR: Modder cracks newly released game, developers understandably get angry and send the modder to jail.

        EDIT: Decided to format it a little. I know this won't be read since it'll be buried under a sea of other comments but if someone does find this, here's a good read for you, enjoy!

        • Ghost Pepper
          Ghost Pepper  3 weeks back

          5:20 isn't a crime though...

          • Exo's proud mama bear
            Exo's proud mama bear  3 weeks back

            Wait in America brass knuckles are illegal but guns aren't? Probably because they are pretty cheap so they can't make money out of it.

            • sort of pink
              sort of pink  3 weeks back

              so.... Jenna _definitely_ has a plan to steal the Hollywood sign, right???

              • M Chimey
                M Chimey  3 weeks back

                I'm sorry the red cross thing is dumb. It's like saying a game breaks traffic violations for having stop signs, or a game is a health and safety hazard for having a fire extinguisher. When you create a real world setting its important to have real world items. Showing a red cross in a game doesn't dilute its meaning, rather it emphasizes its importance in society. If the red cross item was poison they would have a case, but I can't agree here.

                • Satria Sutena
                  Satria Sutena  4 weeks back

                  Took me a while to realise the guy in the middle of the thumbnail was the doctor from stardew valley not a stardew valley-ised version of the unraveled guy

                  • bobby ray
                    bobby ray  2 months back

                    how dont you own a tattoo on your body

                    • Alexander Frederic
                      Alexander Frederic  2 months back

                      I’m not saying you’re factually wrong, but it feels clickbaity to use Stardew Valley as the thumbnail.

                      • Melly B
                        Melly B  2 months back

                        When Polygon does a charity stream, they now need to add 'Jenna will attempt to steal the Hollywood sign' as a stretch goal of some sort.

                        • jarrod nash
                          jarrod nash  2 months back

                          Tattoo's in video games would definetly fall under fair use, since you're coming for the game and not the tattoo. People are only getting away with these lawsuits because no one sees the games industry as legit

                          • Gizmo !
                            Gizmo !  2 months back

                            honestly video game companies have done much worse than using a red cross in a game.

                            • Gaymar Omar
                              Gaymar Omar  2 months back

                              Fuck Geneva Convention.

                              • Daniël Huisman
                                Daniël Huisman  2 months back

                                Putting gambling mechanics in videogames for kids.

                                Not paying taxes.

                                Exploiting workers, crunching them into oblivion, causing mental health problems, and firing employees without severance.

                                Selling broken glitchy games at full price, and discontinuing support for "service" games even though people paid for them, breaking their products after sale.

                                Yeah, I really don't think this topic should be addressed in a "quirky Polygon video".

                                I mean, come on: HAHAHA, STARDEW VALLEY VIOLATED THE GENEVA CONFENTION LOL!!! XD

                                This is a serious problem people, and should be treated as such. This is just pathetic. For shame.

                                • Felipemelazzi
                                  Felipemelazzi  2 months back

                                  0:07 "Here are the most outrageous things video games companies have done so far"
                                  Jim Sterling would laugh watching this.

                                  • Nick Rech
                                    Nick Rech  2 months back

                                    If the red cross depicted in the game holds the same meaning in-game, why does that violate the Geneva Convention?

                                    • Lazy Droid
                                      Lazy Droid  2 months back

                                      The Red Cross was removed in earthbound for the US release for a completely different reason than the Geneva Convention. It was because Nintendo did not allow anything even relating to religious imagery in their games of the times

                                      • Joyce Richardson
                                        Joyce Richardson  2 months back

                                        3:40 "cough cough" jake Paul "cough cough"

                                        • ElJetete
                                          ElJetete  2 months back

                                          Did she really start the video with "criminal crimes"?

                                          • Jackie Kerner
                                            Jackie Kerner  2 months back

                                            Neopets broke the Geneva Convention too when it used the red cross on the original art for some of its in game medicine. After getting in trouble, they switched it to green.

                                            • leave me alone
                                              leave me alone  2 months back

                                              The tattoo lawsuit is bullshit though. I know of a lawsuit of a painter that sued a newspaper for taking pics of an event in a room that happened to have his painting hanging. We're gonna start hanging stock photos from the walls, it's ridiculous.

                                              • BiFur
                                                BiFur  2 months back

                                                The last bit reminds me

                                                A selling point of Arma 3 before it came out was that you could wear an enemy's uniform and spy on them.

                                                They got rid of this when they realized that was actually a war crime.

                                                • im baby
                                                  im baby  2 weeks back

                                                  the selling point for a game was a war crime. awesome

                                              • sleepy hed
                                                sleepy hed  2 months back

                                                i thought they were going to have henry kissinger in the video games video

                                                • Amélie J
                                                  Amélie J  2 months back

                                                  WHAT DID HARVEY DO. WHAT DID HE DO

                                                  • shingshongshamalama
                                                    shingshongshamalama  2 months back

                                                    Wow just starting right off with "Fuck EA".

                                                    I approve of this channel.

                                                    • im baby
                                                      im baby  2 months back

                                                      skullgirls also broke the geneva conventions with their character, valentine. the magenta crosses on her outfit used to be red until the developers got into trouble and changed it, and none of her alternate outfits have those magenta details as red on a white background

                                                      good job skullgirls i’m so proud of you guys

                                                      • Frank Da Tank
                                                        Frank Da Tank  2 months back

                                                        from the title I thought it was the most outrageous crimes they got ACCUSED of, but like, didn't actually commit. i may be dumb

                                                        • Jared Gunkle
                                                          Jared Gunkle  2 months back

                                                          criminal... crimes?

                                                          • Game 0ver Girl
                                                            Game 0ver Girl  2 months back

                                                            idk, video games taught me that the red cross means health pickup, which is pretty applicable irl

                                                            • Izzi C
                                                              Izzi C  2 months back

                                                              I'm absolutely one billion percent supportive of Jenna's efforts to steal the Hollywood sign.

                                                              • The Prophet
                                                                The Prophet  3 months back

                                                                Tbh I can't really agree with the last one, because although maintaining a symbol's meaning is important, especially life or death ones, it's only ever used for healing items, which I imagine would either strengthen or at least not weaken the association between the red cross and medical care.

                                                                Though I'm sure I would still recognize it if I only saw it in ads/fundraisers/hospitals/etc, I doubt it would have the same gut reaction that I do now. As long as a symbol is used for its original meaning, I don't have a problem with it

                                                                • Kyle
                                                                  Kyle  3 months back

                                                                  so she posted a video with the red cross in it did polygon violate the geneva convention to

                                                                  • Anonymous Dinosaur
                                                                    Anonymous Dinosaur  3 months back

                                                                    "Like I do before committing any crime "
                                                                    Stop calling me out

                                                                    • Smackerlacker
                                                                      Smackerlacker  4 months back

                                                                      A fake medkit is still a medkit. It is a tool for saving lives, which is exactly what the symbol was designed to indicate.
                                                                      It may be a violation of law, but it is definitely not a violation of the intention of the the symbol. I would argue that, if anything, these fictional uses of the read cross serve to spread knowledge of the symbol and it's meaning, of which most of us would not otherwise be aware.

                                                                      This is just another example of the how the letter of the law has become more important than its intent.


                                                                      I submit that in order to be valid, any and every law must have a clearly stated purpose IN the literature of that law, that enforcement of the law must be possible and practical, and that enforcement of that law must necessarily and ONLY serve that specific intent. Most important of all, that intent must be good and NECESSARY for the benefit of ALL people.

                                                                      Preventing people from putting a red cross on their virtual medical supplies has no purpose or benefit to anyone, anywhere, no matter how you spin it.

                                                                      • Marthinus_
                                                                        Marthinus_  4 months back

                                                                        funny lass. glad i started watching stuff that isn't unraveled on this channel

                                                                        • Kyle Hart
                                                                          Kyle Hart  4 months back

                                                                          Jenna, would you happen to be Gru?

                                                                          • Ems M'n'Ms
                                                                            Ems M'n'Ms  4 months back

                                                                            no offense but this feels like clickbait

                                                                            • hair frizzle
                                                                              hair frizzle  4 months back

                                                                              criminal crimes

                                                                              • ana
                                                                                ana  4 months back

                                                                                The creators of stardew valley are war criminals?
                                                                                Haha


                                                                                Just like Mario....

                                                                                • ahomestucker
                                                                                  ahomestucker  4 months back

                                                                                  wait a second wheres brian david gilbert??

                                                                                  • Shelby Hill
                                                                                    Shelby Hill  4 months back

                                                                                    I understand where the tattoo artist is coming from, but I personally think once you insert a piece of art PERMANENTLY INTO SOMEONES SKIN they should probably own the rights to it too

                                                                                    • Temporal Walker
                                                                                      Temporal Walker  4 months back

                                                                                      Well I learned something new today; had no idea about the red crescent or the red crystal. Had me a nice lil google search. Thanks Jenna!

                                                                                      • Rose Juliette
                                                                                        Rose Juliette  4 months back

                                                                                        "Hey kids want to buy some drugs" - Nintendo

                                                                                        • TheChristmasNinja12
                                                                                          TheChristmasNinja12  4 months back

                                                                                          Please step back from the camera a little

                                                                                          • Emma V
                                                                                            Emma V  4 months back

                                                                                            Neopets violated the Geneva Convention.

                                                                                            • ShootingStarNeo
                                                                                              ShootingStarNeo  4 months back

                                                                                              Neopets violated the Geneva Conventions in the mid-2000's. My Kougra has committed war crimes.

                                                                                              • Raymond Ocdol
                                                                                                Raymond Ocdol  4 months back

                                                                                                One of the journalists that received those EA Mafia Brass Knuckles happened to be Polygon alum Justin Mcelroy and he had a pretty hilarious post about it back in the joystiq days. https://www.engadget.com/2009/04/10/exclusive-things-punched-with-eas-brass-knuckles/ to add to this when the brass knuckles were recalled EA called them "brass curios" to avoid saying that weapons were being sent by mail.