It seemed bizarre, to say the least, that a company making a generic arcade shooter -- albeit a highly entertaining generic arcade shooter such as Geometry Wars -- would request that others not copy their formula.
Yet it happened. Bizarre Creations asked people making Geometry Wars clones to cease and desist.
The initial letter was sent to the creator of the PC downloadable title Grid Wars. Bizarre stated "We're beginning to feel the effects of the Geometry Wars clones on our sales via Microsoft now and are beginning a process to begin to more robustly protect our copyright and intellectual property.
Therefore, I'd like to ask you in an amicable fashion to stop infringing our IP and pull the game 'Grid Wars' from the internet for download. I hope you understand and are able to do this without us having to take further steps."
The note surely couldn't be topped, of course, by anything less than its clarification, which was recently posted on Bizarre's Web site.