Company mascot a ripoff of 8-bit Link

GuestFebruary 24th, 2013 by Guest

Saber Blast, an alliance marketing tool, has just recently been founded and launched. The goal of the newly created company is to help form alliances between other businesses that create and sell products within the same industry by having them promote each other to help extend their reach, receive feedback from customers, and get real-time statistics of how many and what type of people view items received from these companies such as newsletters and so on. They have, however, chosen an odd mascot to represent the company and its message. In a somewhat perplexing circumstance the company’s mascot bears a strong resemblance to the old 8-bit Link from the original Legend of Zelda. It practically looks like a carbon-copy.

Hit the jump to see what I mean!

The sprite almost completely resembles Link. If you didn’t tell somebody it wasn’t entirely intended to be, they would most likely think it was pulled straight out of the original game. Everything is intact, from the sword to the belt, and even in some pictures the color of the tunic.

While I do understand Sabre Blast’s intention was probably to have something identifiable to the masses to get their message across, I think this act of image theft simply gives them a bad image. While attempting to grab the attention by using a mascot similar to such an iconic image, instead they have possibly hurt themselves. Trying to ride on the popularity of an iconic video game character is probably not the best way to get across one’s message.

What are your thoughts though? Not too bad an idea that could possibly garner them some attention? Or should they have left Link alone? Leave your opinion below in the comments!

Source: Saber Blast

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  • Hylia Watson

    Wow. Just wow.

    • itsameluigi1290

      I agree. Nice name BTW.

      • Hylia Watson

        Thank you. It’s a long story. XD

        • itsameluigi1290

          Well, I could guess Watson is your last name or you like Sherlock Holmes, but neither of those could be right :P

          • The Unicorn Hanger-Outer

            Hip hip, old Watson!

          • itsameluigi1290

            Elementary, my dear Watson.

          • Hylia Watson

            Sherlock by the BBC is an epic thing. XD

          • itsameluigi1290

            I haven’t watched those, but I watched the second movie with Robert Downey Jr., and it was awesome. He’s TOTALLY different from his Iron Man role, it’s crazy.

          • Hylia Watson

            I can’t see Iron Man as Sherlock Holmes.
            It just does not work.

          • itsameluigi1290

            Mhm. I guess because I didn’t see anything else with Sherlock Holmes, I didn’t mind it. Well actually, I DID watch that Veggietales Sherlock Holmes…

          • Hylia Watson

            Actually, I remember that. XD
            Basil Rathbone in the old Sherlock Holmes film series and Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC tv series are Sherlock to me.

          • itsameluigi1290

            Hm, now I’m gonna have to watch those things.

            LOOK WHAT YOU’VE INTERESTED ME IN! (Jk)

          • Hylia Watson

            I do that to people a lot. XD

  • Ryan

    And cue Nintendo’s lawyers in 3… 2… 1…

    • Olamarr

      Phoenix Wright has it covered.

      • itsameluigi1290

        OBJECTION! *Slams desk* Obviously due to the pose of the Link, it does NOT steal any of Nintendo’s handiwork!

        I know that was terrible but I’ve never played Phoenix Wright BEAR WITH ME.

        • The Unicorn Hanger-Outer

          GUILTY!

          • itsameluigi1290

            NOOOOOOO!

    • TehLeetHaxor

      Nintendo isn’t Apple. I doubt they would actually sue over something like this.

      • firecrb

        if I was Nintendo I wouldn’t sue them over the red and blue link, but green link, b***h hell no get the lawyers.

      • blabla

        just for your information. Apple is not the only company that sue other companies all the time. ALL companies are suing each other over small stuff as we speak. We just only hear about it when Apple is doing it because….. well…. it’s Apple; The biggest on the market at the moment.

        • http://twitter.com/mikejcsauer Mike Sauer

          Companies sue companies all the time. It’s how things go. I like how because apple gets so much publicity that it makes them a bad company. I’m sure you’d be suing left and right when people infringe on your COPYRIGHT. That’s what companies DO. You copyright something, someone infringes on that copyright, you sue. Because in the end that could cost you if you let them slide. And, besides, copyright is copyright. So yes, Nintendo has every right to do so. But if they choose not to, they either don’t see this, or it’s not worth their time. Or both.

      • itsameluigi1290

        Yeah, Apple sues over minor things. I mean, why? Don’t they have enough money already? They’ve got so many products, it could pass as a whole ORCHARD! *Ba dum tish*

  • Tehlul

    I don’t see the big deal.

  • RukaIzis

    Total rip off much… there decision on an unoriginal mascots probably gonna cost them in the long run.

  • MoethePoe

    Let’s all have a moment of silence to the idiots who are going to get fired because of creating this cheap ripoff.

  • Steele

    last thing we need is a loophole trust in this economy… ohh yeah, one of my favorite series (mech warrior) couldn’t launch because one mech looked like an older games mech, so it bothers me when people make a big deal out of this.

  • Tehlul

    While we’re at it lets sue every company that uses the triad because they “stole” the Triforce from Zelda.
    Aside from the fact that this looks like 8-bit Link I don’t see anyone chalking up some copyright lawsuits.
    So…Get over yourselves I guess.

    • Bubbles7689

      The Triforce wasnt created by the Zelda franchise, just used for their game. I’m pretty sure they created the specific 8-bit design for Link

      • Tehlul

        That’s the joke. Zelda fans, or any fans in general are to blinded by their fandoms and make a huge song and dance about something as ambiguous as this.
        Don’t blow this out of proportion and make this a bigger deal than it already is Zelda Dungeoners.

        • Bubbles7689

          Its not “ambiguous”. I agree that sometimes Zeldadungeon is quick to jump on something that looks similar (I think I remember some German thing a while ago?), but the only real differene between these is that their version doesnt have pointy ears. Look at a picture of Nintendo’s Link when hes facing forwards; its a better comparison than the one the article uses. Why would their mascot need a sword, for whatever he does?

          • WhovianGrrlGamer

            He has a sword because it’s Sabor Blast

          • WhovianGrrlGamer

            Also, if it’s 8-bit, how can it not be ambiguous? I could fifty pictures based on Lenna’s GBA sprite from Final Fantasy V and they could all look so profoundly different that only an FF enthusiast would be able to tell they were all of the same character. So don’t get too crazy I guess, it could be coincidence.

  • itsameluigi1290

    MY EYES! *Shields eyes because of rip-off-ness*

    • Coynn

      *rip-off-NES

      • itsameluigi1290

        I see what you did there. And what you did there was completely awesome.

      • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

        lol

  • I WANT IT

    HEADS SHALL ROLL!!!!!!!!

    • itsameluigi1290

      They will? Cool! I’ll start first. *Takes off head and rolls it on ground* WEEEEEEEEE– *Hits pins* “STRIKE!!!”

      …Ignore everything I just said…

      • WhovianGrrlGamer

        um… yeah, that’s a good idea.

        • itsameluigi1290

          XD lol.

  • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

    Why do they do that? They seriously just can’t come up with their own mascot, so they steal from someone else…. :P That’s annoying.

    • itsameluigi1290

      You should see this package of noodles. Mario is on the front, with mild, subtle changes :/

    • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

      Wow. I got a lot of thumbs up. And I don’t really know why. :D

  • moon

    it’s link you can change his colors but it’s still link

  • N

    I don’t think its that bad. maybe there just fans of zelda. i would do it.

  • midna

    It doesn’t even look that great… If you’re gonna rip something off that blatantly at least ensure it’s lookin’ pimp!

  • john

    doesn’t really look that much like link.

  • Forks

    Sounds like they’re trying to grab attention for their new company by causing a ruckus. It’s working. We here wouldn’t have even heard of the company if it weren’t for their publicity stunt.

  • Vink

    Another company ripping off nintendo.

  • Michael

    Total ripoff! It wouldn’t be odd if Nintendo decided to sue this company XD.

  • Flaming Lemons

    Saber Blast?
    So these are Links with Lightsabers?!
    THOSE MONSTERS!

  • baileygirl99

    NO. So many bad words………so many…..

  • TheRizardon

    It feels like i’ve seen this before…

  • Phosphorus

    He has a sword because it’s called Saber Blast!

    In a YouTube video, Matt Ackerson, the founder of Saber Blast, says, “…Saber Blast is fun…As video game enthusiasts, the team and I built Saber Blast to have game based fun baked into not only its branding, but the design and user experience as well. Online marketing requires a long-term time investment, which is all the more reason to make that time more enjoyable.”

    • WhovianGrrlGamer

      But if it took so long, why couldn’t they have made it look more original? Not being mean, just throwing it out there.

  • george the mighty orangutan

    this guy kinda looks like link too! nintendo should sue the s**t out of the guy who created this too!
    oh…wait a minute…..

    • george the mighty orangutan

      this is the image tried to show lol

  • Alex MacIsaaczx

    Sabre Blast!
    …You shouldn’t of done that….

    • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

      That looks even creepier than the original moon.

  • vaatidorf

    I call ripoff since not only were those almost direct copies of the Link sprite used in the original Zelda, but all three of those color schemes were used in the game.

  • blabla

    How come you all think they’re ripping off characters from TLOZ? I see these kind of articles all the time and just because they may have a small resemblance, you start yelling RIP-OFF!
    However I don’t think this looks like a Link-copy.. I think it looks like an 8-bit mascot PERIOD

    • vaatidorf

      Actually, if you look at the sprites for Link in that position in the original game, the placement of the pixels is almost identical.

  • LinkInMyHead

    And you have no originality or imagination… Im sorry Sabre Blastm I’m out

  • ShadowsofTime

    Link is sacred. No one should still him, much less give his sprite a high-definition resolution. If he’s 8-bit, he should only appear in 8-bit Hyrule, not marketing and other b.s

  • SMOSHOHLIC!

    Not cool!

  • wafflegoat

    Looks like Link with a light saber! Oh, wait…someone already said that..my bad.

  • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

    You shouldn’t have done that.

  • WhovianGrrlGamer

    awww too bad. It probably sounded like a good idea at the time. Don’t hate on them too much though (I mean, hate on them a little but not like whopping much), it’s difficult to come up with stuff from scratch. I mean, even J. K. Rowling ripped off of Tolkien, but she’s only hated on for that by a group of Ringfan Latin scholars. Hate on them a little though, because they’re professionals; they should be better at this kind of stuff.

    • WhovianGrrlGamer

      Actually, after thinking it over, don’t hate on them at all. I mean it’s an 8-bit image how can you tell?

  • Donitus

    Its because his name is Link and they “link’ companies together

  • TwilightOcarina

    Why are the red and blue links playing with Lightsabers? Wrong fandom, Link!

  • Kyle Laitinen

    On the contrary, using a Link-look-alike is quite smart, as, as you said, he IS amongst the more popular/iconic characters, and, as their company goal indicates, is to essentially “combine” other companies. As I see it, it has less to do with them wanting to be noticed than them wanting to show their whole basis; that to promote each other, you have to be promoted by something, such as Link. If than makes any sence to anyone else.

  • Kyle Laitinen

    On the contrary, using a Link-look-alike is quite smart, as, as you said, he IS amongst the more popular/iconic characters, and, as their company goal indicates, is to essentially “combine” other companies. As I see it, it has less to do with them wanting to be noticed than them wanting to show their whole basis; that to promote each other, you have to be promoted by something, such as Link. If than makes any sense to anyone else.

  • mattackerson

    Hiya, my name is Matt Ackerson. I’m the founder of Saber Blast.

    I love video games, I grew up with games like Zelda, Mario, Duck Hunt and many others.

    We didn’t rip off Link. My goal for Saber Blast regarding the visual design is simply to make marketing for startups and other businesses more fun and game-like. I wanted something that could help me grow my company and simultaneously feel like I wasn’t working, but rather, playing a game like I did when I was kid.

    Anyway, if you run a startup or an established business, you should check us out. Our product is pretty cool and useful.

    Thanks :)

    • Petovera Sucks

      Just
      some feedback on Petovera, Saberblast, and Matt Ackerson if anyone comes across this post while researching the firm and its owner. I hope my information will save you a lot of time and money by having you RUN, not walk away!

      I have had a nightmare experience with Petovera and Matt Ackerson for
      almost a year now. I paid several thousand dollars to Petovera’s owner
      Matt Ackerson to develop 2 websites for me. The delivery date of these
      sites was around 60 days.

      Unfortunately, near the delivery date, it was clear NO progress had
      been made on my sites. This was confirmed by my project guide at
      Petovera (who has since left the company in part due to Matt Ackerson’s
      lack of ethics related to my projects) who said there was nothing in
      Petovera’s Basecamp aside from the files I myself provided and
      developed.

      The guide also made it clear that Matt Ackerson and Petovera
      outsourced their projects and didn’t have anyone in mind for my
      projects, which according to the Petovera guide, were the largest Matt
      Ackerson had at the time!

      It was clear Petovera and Matt Ackerson did not have the technical or
      managerial abilities for this job, and I was grossly misled about the
      firm’s abilities. I attempted to discuss a refund of my fees, since no
      one had been brought onto the job yet and their understanding of my
      materials and needs were minimal at best at this late stage.

      After much debate, and only after threatening a chargeback, Matt
      Ackerson offered to refund me. However, he would not prepare a formal
      contract termination agreement or a prepayment schedule. His first
      payment came almost a month later and was a laughable $50

      I had offered for Petovera and Matt Ackerson to refund me over time
      since Matt Ackerson told me that a chargeback would destroy his business
      and I did not want to hurt a small business. This was a kind gesture
      with no interest or anything.

      It is now 6 months later from that time and Petovera and Matt
      Ackerson still owe me money for services not rendered. I have had to
      obtain legal counsel in his home state and I honestly do not believe I
      will ever see another dime from Petovera or Matt Ackerson. Less than 10%
      of the refund amount was returned, and I am out several thousand
      dollars with NOTHING to show for it.

      In summary, AVOID Matt Ackerson and his associated firms Petovera and
      Saberblast. I wish I had never opened the email from Petovera where
      Matt Ackerson promised he would really “kill it” on these projects. He
      wasted time, took and kept my money, and has really shown me how much
      someone will take advantage of you when you try to do them a favor.

      • Petovera Sucks

        As a follow-up to my earlier posting, I wanted to report that this
        matter was settled amicably with PetoVera Inc. and the company’s
        founder, Matt Ackerson. I believe at the time the company was dealing
        with business growth and organizational changes that negatively impacted
        them on my particular project. Additionally, I believe the company has
        now developed better systems for handling more complex projects in the
        future.

        As per my personal statement towards Mr. Ackerson, I regret my choice of
        words. Matt Ackerson has always responded promptly whenever I have
        reached out to him with any questions or concerns. I also bear partial
        responsibility for this situation because upon initially terminating our
        project together in the summer of 2012, our companies agreed to an
        amicable resolution. However, I jumped the gun and broke that initial
        agreement, which delayed a full resolution until now. I also regret
        saying that Matt and his company are unethical, it is not the truth.

        As a follow-up to my earlier posting, I wanted to report that this
        matter was settled amicably with PetoVera Inc. and the company’s
        founder, Matt Ackerson. I believe at the time the company was dealing
        with business growth and organizational changes that negatively impacted
        them on my particular project. I am confident that the issues that
        arose with my project were the exception and not the rule. Additionally,
        I believe that the company has now developed better systems for handing
        more complex projects in the future.

        As per my personal statement towards Mr. Ackerson, I regret my choice of
        words. Matt Ackerson has always responded promptly whenever I have
        reached out to him with any questions or concerns. I also bear partial
        responsibility for this situation because upon initially terminating our
        project together in the summer of 2012, our companies had agreed on an
        amicable resolution. However, I jumped the gun and broke that initial
        agreement, as well as the signed agreement with PetoVera Inc, which
        delayed a full resolution until now. I also regret saying that Matt and
        his company are unethical, it is not the truth.

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