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3:00 PM on 05.06.2013

Jimquisition: Lawsuits, Memes, and Tasty Medicine

Warner Bros. and 5th Cell are facing a lawsuit over the inclusion of Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat in Scribblenauts. Preposterous, you say? Greedy, are the meme makers? I say well done them! It's absolutely about time Warne...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 05.03.2013

Aliens: Gearbox defends its right to mislead customers

Both Gearbox and SEGA have responded to a class action suit that alleges customers were lied to during the development of Aliens: Colonial Marines. Both companies are happy to defend themselves and seem unswayed by the threat...

Jim Sterling

9:30 AM on 05.02.2013

Warner Bros. sued over memes in Scribblenauts? Okay!

Warner Bros. and 5th Cell are being slapped with a lawsuit (story via NeoGAF) over the inclusion of a pair of Internet memes in Scribblenauts Unlimited. Both the infamous Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat can be summoned into th...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 05.01.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines gets class action suit for lies

SEGA and Gearbox have been slapped with a class action suit for Aliens: Colonial Marines, accused of lying about the game to get it sold. It was only a matter of time.  Edelson LLC has taken the case, which alleges that ...

Jim Sterling

4:45 PM on 04.22.2013

Tim Langdell's EDGE trademark claim finally quashed

It's taken a few years but Tim Langdell's spurious copyright claims on the word "Edge" have finally ended. Eurogamer reports that a judge in California has passed a Consolidated Cancellation put forward by EA that will c...

Alasdair Duncan

2:45 PM on 04.08.2013

No one knows who owns No One Lives Forever

Part of the problem facing older franchises is that after the dissolution of a developer or publisher, the rights to the IP are inevitably a tangled mess. Such is the case with the humorous spy adventure N...

Alasdair Duncan



Ex-Nintendo chairman Howard Lincoln had big brass balls photo
Ex-Nintendo chairman Howard Lincoln had big brass balls
by Tony Ponce

The Nintendo of today is known for being quiet and humble, making conservative decisions, and doing its best not to intentionally piss potential third-party partners off. Most of the complaints directed at Nintendo's current state can partially be attributed to this behavior -- which isn't to say that it didn't work for the Wii and DS. This wasn't always the case, though. There was a time when Nintendo of America was the biggest, baddest shark of them all, and software developers and retailers were genuinely afraid of the House of Mario.

One of the key figures in establishing Nintendo as a Western powerhouse was Howard Lincoln, the lawyer turned Nintendo executive who was recently the focus of a lovely feature by Not Enough Shaders' Emily Rogers. He defended Nintendo against Universal's "Donkey Kong" lawsuit, became senior vice president of NoA in 1983, then served as chairman from 1994 until his departure in 2000. In his nearly two-decade tenure, he was responsible for some of the most influential decisions in Nintendo's third-party relationship history.

From bringing on both Rareware and Retro Studios as second parties to defending Nintendo during the videogame violence Senate hearings in the early 90s, Lincoln wasn't afraid to take risks. He also wasn't afraid to speak his mind -- some of his words regarding the competition were so brutal that you can still feel the scorch marks years later. Could his actions be part of the reason many third parties became wary of working with Nintendo later on? Possibly, but you can't deny that the man got results.

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6:00 AM on 03.05.2013

Schilling looking to dismiss lawsuit over 38 Studios loan

Curt Schilling has requested a judge throw out the lawsuit against his now-defunct development house. Following the dissolution of 38 Studios, the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation accused Schilling and his busine...

Kyle MacGregor

3:30 PM on 02.12.2013

New Dtoid site feature violates Trademark! Help!

Last week Destructoid rolled out a new feature, as requested on our Uservoice forum, that allowed our editors to group clusters of stories together around a specific product (instead of using related tags or creating a t...

Niero Gonzalez





12:45 PM on 02.11.2013

Attorney: Dead Space 3 resource exploit might be theft

Dead Space 3 features an exploit which allows players to circumvent the game's microtransactions by acquiring infinitely spawning items. While Electronic Arts has no intention of removing the feature, an intellectual pro...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 AM on 02.09.2013

My Little Pony 'Fighting is Magic' fan game has ceased

At least some part of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fandom is taking one on the chin today. The group of fans working together to produce a fighting game based on the plucky ponies has been struck by a cease an...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:00 PM on 02.03.2013

Valve sued over Steam's inability to sell pre-owned games

The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZVB) doesn't entertain the long-standing idea of digital games remaining bound to the customer. The consumer group is taking a stand and suing Valve over Steam's refusal to le...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 01.29.2013

EA joins HRC coalition to repeal Defense of Marriage Act

Electronic Arts has thrown its lot in with the Human Rights Campaign, a coalition of business allied to help repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. The act, for those not in the know, is bigotry dressed in the coward's garb of t...

Jim Sterling



Congress representatives proposing multiple gaming bills photo
Congress representatives proposing multiple gaming bills
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

And so it begins.

Hot off the heels of Joe Biden meeting with the videogame industry and President Obama asking for research into the effects of violent gaming on young minds comes two bills that have been proposed to congress.

The first comes from representative Jim Matheson with his Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act. The bill will "require ratings label on video games and to prohibit the sales and rentals of adult-rated video games to minors." Businesses that fail to adhere to this bill were it to pass would then be fined in excess of $5,000.

The bill doesn't sound too outlandish, considering that Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft already require that games released on their platform must be cleared through the ESRB first. The real issue would be with indie companies on the PC side, where some platforms don't have to go through the ESRB. It should also be noted that a similar sounding bill was declared unconstitutional back in 2011, as pointed out by Joystiq.

Now it's this other bill that could prove to be a massive headache for game makers and players alike.

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5:30 PM on 01.17.2013

Arma devs freed on bail after 130 days in prison

After spending 130 in a Greek prison, Bohemia Interactive developers Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta have been released on a €5000/$6,672/£4160 bail. The charges against artist Pezlar and creative director Buchta sti...

Alasdair Duncan