In reference to the patent: US8082499
I'm confused, does the patent ONLY apply to the graphical designs shown in Image 1, Image 2, Image 3, Image 4, and Image 5, or does it apply to all/any type of interactive dialogs? If it's the latter, I don't understand because there are plenty of games that used interactive dialog years before SWTOR and Mass Effect was even created.
Like, could you make a game that uses just interactive dialog and not the graphic designs from the patent, or is that still not allowed? Again, there are plenty of games that had this waaay before SWTOR and Mass Effect existed.