There are quite a few WoW
database sites out there. Thottbot
was the first big one that I was aware of; other big sites include Allakhazam
, the Goblin Workshop
, and of course Wowhead
. Then there are some lesser-known contenders (at least to me; it took me a bit to come up with them), like WoWd.org
(I use their news constantly, but never saw the database), GameAmp
, WoW Guru
, and TenTonHammer
(again, I know TTH for news, but didn't know they had a DB).
And now Curse
, long one of the big names in Add-On and news sites, is throwing their hat into the ring with the very capitalized WOWDB
, which appears to be in beta right now. It seems like a pretty complete database; it's got all the items, quests, NPCs, and so on that you would expect from a serious act like Curse. But hold on a minute, doesn't it looks a bit similar to a certain other WoW
of which Curse doesn't seem to be too fond
Curse has contacted us to say that the linked article wasn't written by anyone on their staff-- instead, it was posted by a user of their site, and that they have no ill will towards Affinity Media or Wowhead). Ignore the Wrath of the Lich King-esque
blues for a second, and...oh. Oh dear. Well, at least it's a good design they're copying from, I suppose. See the gallery below for more comparison screenshots. What do you guys think -- is this within the bounds of inspiration and homage, or a blatant rip-off? Update:
Someone named Kody, who claims to be a representative of Curse, has appeared in our comments, and claims that Curse has obtained an "exclusive content contract" with WoWWiki for the use of their information. An interesting claim, especially since most of the content on WoWWiki (written by users
and the GNU Free Documentation License
, and thus available for use to anyone who credits and sources it. We've sent requests to both Kody and WoWWiki for more information.
Another update after the jump.