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Author suing Ubisoft incurs backlash from 'Assassin's Creed' fans

Assassin's Creed
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Earlier this week, it was announced that John L. Beiswenger, author of the science fiction novel "Link," is suing Ubisoft over perceived similarities between his book and the game "Assassin's Creed."

While a judge has yet to decide if Beiswenger's claim has any merit, in the court of popular opinion, fans of the games have let their sentiment be known in the form of negative Amazon ratings.

As Destructoid reports, once news of the lawsuit spread, "Assassin's Creed" devotees tracked down the Amazon listing for "Link" and began flooding the product page with one-star (out of 5) reviews.

When Destructoid filed their report Thursday morning, there were 16 "one-star diatribes." As of this writing, now it's 54.

Most of the Amazon reviews make it clear that the reviewers haven't read the book, nor do they even care about it. Instead, he or she is simply angry about the lawsuit.

Many view Beiswenger's lawsuit as an attempt to garner attention and money. If that is indeed the case, at least thus far, the author has gotten a considerable amount of the former.

Matthew Hawkins is an NYC-based game journalist who has also written for EGM, GameSetWatch, Gamasutra, Giant Robot and numerous others. He also self-publishes his own game culture zine, is part of  Attract Mode , and co-hosts  The Fangamer Podcast . You can keep tabs on him via  Twitter , or his personal home-base,  FORT90.com .