Philflound, on Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:19 AM, said:
PS: What I don't like about the box is that the Men-A-Vision company name has a registered trademark ® at the end of it at the top of the box, but does not have it when it's mentioned on the bottom or the back. Also, if the company was registered, would there be proof of it somewhere in the government records?
That alone doesn't mean anything. Various companies claimed trademarks and such that they never actually filed locally or nationally. I highly doubt anyone would attempt to obtain a copyright/trademark on a pirate hack of a game.
crunchysuperman, on Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:05 AM, said:
If men-a-vision was based in LA and had the box printed in Taiwan, then we have to assume that the owners of the company really are that bad with the English language. The manufacturer would have printed the box as designed by the customer (men-a-vision).
The game clearly came from a Hong Kong or Taiwan-based operation, like all the other pirate junk...hence the poor language. The L.A. thing means very little. Panda Video Games gave an address in Charlotte, NC on the back of their game boxes. No legitimate corporation/LLC/business entity called Panda Video Games ever existed (per corporate records of the state of North Carolina). So that was either a bogus name for something else, or they were operating completely illegally. Same thing with Men-A-Vision...no records whatsoever (I've looked).
It certainly makes sense that both Men-A-Vision and Panda were operating under the radar, since hacking/pirating of games isn't exactly legal.
Albert, on Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:18 AM, said:
It's good to be skeptical. I'm reserving judgment until I have an opportunity to inspect the box firsthand. It'll be fairly obvious if this is a "one-off" box that was made recently. Also, if there is more detail in the artwork on the box (likely since it's much larger than the label), someone would have had to basically recreate that artwork from scratch if they wanted to make a fake box. It does also appear to be a die-cut box (as opposed to hand cut). If the box was offset printed (on top of everything else), someone would have gone through a lot of trouble to produce this single box.
Indeed...and the market of potential customers for Air Raid repro boxes is not very large.