Trainwreck 100: Tim Langdell

Trainwreck 100

Oh, celebrities: they suck, yet we can’t stop thinking about them. But who is truly the world’s most worthless celebrity? Here at Heavy, we use science to answer these questions. Using a complex series of algorithms that monitor blog mentions, videos, and other Internet and media traffic, we have distilled the world’s celebrities into an orderly list of 100 attention-seeking douchebags. Every day, we’ll debut another entry on the list, counting down to the ultimate celebrity trainwreck.

A trainwreck can be found anywhere – movies, TV, music, sports – but few hail from the realm of video games. Which is funny, because they’re a multi-billion dollar industry that’s only growing over the past decade. So I decided to spotlight a special little trainwreck that shows the business at its worst. By some chicanery, this man serves on the Board of Directors of one of the most prestigious organizations in the games industry, despite having no real credentials as a developer. His “company” is a PO box in a mall that sells games that nobody has heard of and might not even exist. And yet, he has made it his mission to threaten, bully, and sue small game companies over imaginary trademark infringements. Who is this cyber douchebag? Click to find out.

Tim Langdell

Ladies and gentlemen, Tim Langdell. Tim’s been a figure of fun in the gaming press all year for his very public legal drubbings. It all started when he petitioned Apple to remove a game entitled Edge from the App Store, holding a pile of ill-defined copyrights held by his “company” Edge Games as evidence. Things started to fall apart for Tim when crusading journalists revealed that Edge had barely released a single game in the last ten years, seemingly operating on a business model predicated on suing people. This hilarious blog has all you need to see his house of cards fall apart. Tim quickly turned tail and ran when a bigger dog got in the fight – namely EA, who took offense with Tim’s advertising a game called Mirrors By Edge that looked creepily like… first-person platformer (and EA game) Mirror’s Edge. Oops! Usually we put a video here, but instead I invite you to have a play of Edgecrement, a little game starring Mr. Langdell.

Check out the Trainwreck 100 archive here.

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