Plagiarism is obviously not something people in the profession of journalism enjoy very much. To me, plagiarism is like having your mind violated. Someone is taking the idea that you had, the completely original awesomely unique idea that you wanted to share to the entire world, and claiming it for themselves. It’s frustrating. imagine seeing your genius idea being produced by somebody else. I personally would be left angry like, “WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT WAS YOUR IDEA?!?!??! AHHHHHHH!!!!”
In 1976, Ralf Baer, designer of the first commercial games console, the Magnavox Odyssey, had a settlement it Atari after they felt Pong was a rip-off of their game Ping-Pong. There is even more acts of plagiarism in the gaming world. An interesting article to take a look at, which is the same place I got my information, is one from The Guardian entitled “Clone Wars: is plagiarism killing creativity in the games industry?” In the article, they explain how games are created based off of other games but contain minor tweaks in order to avoid plagiarism. This reminds me of all the Farmville like games that change it into the same type of game play but just a different theme or name.
The copy-and-paste method on all computers is a huge contributor to plagiarism. People assume that if the information is out there, they can find it and place it in their essays without sourcing the information. The biggest aid in avoiding plagiarism is to SOURCE SOURCE SOURCE all of the information that you found somewhere else. I found this funny picture to help explain the misconceptions of plagiarism. Enjoy!