• Effective October 15th, all Youtube content threads that are posted within the creative media section will be subjected to being moderated before being displayed. Over the past year we've noticed lots of new members and a few old members that come here to advertise (obviously here since we're the largest Kingdom Hearts fan base community why wouldn't you) their Channel to promote new subscribers, likes, and displaying their media. However there is a huge difference between creative constructive media criticism, and borderline advertisement. So please, before you post here, understand how the creative media section works, if you have any questions or concerns regarding this change please reach out, we always like to hear ideas. Few might not like this idea, but it does help keep my section stay organized and not crazy looking, I would like to keep the traditional platform of what the section main purpose is for. It's to help build new and old artistry to an entire whole level.



    Here's how it will work :

    • If you post a thread within the creative media section that is youtube content related to your channel, it will be moved to the "Creative Media Youtube Showing Content thread", a sticky'd thread where members can all over discuss and see everyones content all at once rather than making it self promoting, by making your own thread, if you get my drift. The whole idea behind this is to get members involved in everyones media, and the purpose is to showcase your works, but not self advertisement right? Its all about the constructive criticism and giving everyone the same feedback and layout of how display and showcasing video media should look like.

    • If you have already posted a thread regarding your youtube content, you will not be affected by this change and your thread will be untouched and you can continue to post and discuss accordingly with your peers.


    Social Media Advertisement Content :​

    Now I know lots of new members (out of the blue suddenly became youtube friendly, you're not slick) be-aware that you cannot use the Creative Media section as a gateway to advertise your media without wanting, giving and receiving criticism from your forum family. The idea behind the Creative Media is to help showcase and help improve everyones work or arts, whether it's digital, traditional, etc. Not to promote then leave, it's not fair to the community.

Making a Kingdom Hearts Fan Game



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I'm calling it Darkness by Dawn, It's going to be about what happens to Sora and Riku after their battle with Xemnas, but my main question is whether or not I can actually use the characters, I'm not going to make money off of this project.
 

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The short answer is: it's not really legal.

Fan games do happen all the time. But, generally, if it picks up a significant amount of clout, the game gets pulled by the developers or whoever owns the original game IP. This isn't just a Square/Disney thing, many major corporations draw the line on fanworks that are substantial.

So, I'll move this to creativity - and in all likelihood, you can probably work on something for fun under the radar and no one will blink at it, but it's up to you whether or not it's something you want to pour your time into when you A: don't own the IP and B: live with the possibility of that work being for nothing because of legal action from the devs.
 

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Well, while it of course can be any time charged/addressed by the owners of the original series, fan games are still everywhere, in some fandoms they are quite big parts of the community.

For example, Hetalia and Undertale - while the first one is mostly a manga series (which also has 3 official games, but both incomplete as far as I remember) and the second one being an indie game, both were the base of A BUNCH of fanmade games. The fan games themselves even have their own little or BIG fanbases, take Dreamtalia and HetaOni's cases. HetaOni alone is already a huuuge part of the fandom. Earthbound and Yume Nikki are in a similar situation, with a lot of fan games being made for them and a lot getting just so much attention, it's incredible. Being really popular isn't necessarily a reason why a fan game is more likely to be taken down

From what I know, many games stay, even if they use the same characters or the same visuals, because the fan games are stated by the fan-creators to be non-profit and made for entertainment purposes - in other words, to share the fandom fun/love. Some games are taken down if the fan-creator(s) tries to make profit out of them OR if the fan game is made via hacking and directly modifying the game codes (for example, some Pokemon fan games were hunted down by Nintendo and shut down/removed for these reasons). Many of the fan games that stay available on the internet are, in the end, those made from scratch by one's own efforts, since the hacked & modified ones are more likely to be accused of copyright/trademark infrightment

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Forgot to mention this, but many companies have things like "Fan Content Guidelines" or "Guidelines to use our Intellectual Property", so basically the "terms of use"/rules one must follow as a fan creator to stay safe and legal. I wonder if Kingdom Hearts (the franchise) has its rules stated somewhere on their websites, or perhaps Square Enix has those, so you might wanna search around if you find anything like that

oh, and maybe this article will be an interesting or helpful read, so that you become more familiar with how some things works in this fangame world
 
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