> > Apparently 'Ali Baba and 40 Thieves' which claims to be a 1982 Sega game is full of
> > code lifted straight from Pacman with various hacks applied.
> > I haven't verified that myself, but, you know...
> > there's still a bit of a mystery surrounding the protection on that one too.
> True, but by the same token it's not uncommon for bootlegs / hacks to leave in the
> original manufacturer's copyright notices - and there are a couple of cases where
> copyright has been deliberately misattributed.
> WRT Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, it wouldn't surprise me to find that it was a
> straight-up hack of Pac-Man with misattributed copyright. In the absence of flyers,
> etc. to back up its origins and knowing that even PCBs (particularly those from
> Nintendo and Namco / Midway) were produced with bootleg copyrights on them, it's at
> least a possibility.
I'd say the same if there wern't home ports of it. Home port don't usually happen for random arcade hacks.
but for your other point, yes, there are a lot of bootleg PCBs that really try to look like originals, sometimes the even get sold for silly money as 'prototypes'