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Old 02-01-2013, 04:21 PM
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Default "What's the word" - stock photography in games?

In my free time, I'd been toying around with a prototype for a (very vaguely) similar game to "What's the word" (, so it was interesting to see it become so popular.

"What's the word" uses photos from stock photography websites. As far as I understand from their licenses (and asking some of them in emails when I was researching for my prototype), most of the stock photo sites don't allow 'essential' usage like this in games (and a very small minority allows such usage, but with quite expensive 'extended' licenses for more than a certain number of users - around 40$ / photograph).

This difficulty of collecting hundreds of quality photos was a major reason I couldn't go ahead with making the prototype into a full game.

But since "What's the word" can become so visible while using stock photographs, is there something I'm misunderstanding? Is there a relatively simple (and relatively cheap, at most 5-10$ / image) way to legally collect hundreds of photographs?
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