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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



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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

2:45 PM on 01.14.2013

The Mario Brothers expand their plumbing business in SF

This is completely legit.

Niero Gonzalez





10:15 AM on 12.10.2012

Nintendo blames Germany for dumb Wii U eShop restrictions

Nintendo has confirmed German law as the reason for a stupid restriction that stops European eShop customers buying 18-rated games like ZombiU during the day. Because Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, all of Europe is l...

Jim Sterling

11:00 PM on 11.16.2012

ArmA 3 devs to remain in jail after being denied bail

Bohemia Interactive's Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta have been locked up for some 70 days now, having been arrested while on holiday on the Greek island of Lemnos. The two are accused by the Greek government of espionage ...

Harry Monogenis

3:30 PM on 11.14.2012

Google v Microsoft patent license trial kicks off

Seattle is the battleground where Google and Microsoft will duke it out in a dispute over yearly licensing payment amounts. Google's Motorola feels that Microsoft should be paying somewhere around $4 billion a year for u...

Dale North

8:00 AM on 11.09.2012

Silicon Knights to recall and destroy its Unreal 3 games

Following Silicon Knights' lost legal battle against Epic Games, it has been revealed (via GAF) that the perpetually unlucky studio has been ordered to recall and destroy all unsold copies of its Unreal 3-coded games.  T...

Jim Sterling

5:00 AM on 10.01.2012

No federal criminal charges for Schilling, 38 Studios

Earlier this summer news broke that the Rhode Island U.S. Attorney and FBI would be launching a criminal investigation into the finances of defunct Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning developer 38 Studios. On Friday, a spokesman fo...

Kyle MacGregor

10:00 PM on 09.30.2012

US Court: Google can't enforce German Xbox 360 ban in US

Earlier this summer, Google's Motorola Mobility obtained an injunction against Microsoft from a German court. A Mannheim judge issued a sales ban on several Microsoft devices for the violation of four patents. ...

Kyle MacGregor

11:30 AM on 09.11.2012

Owner of 'Gaymer' demands Reddit stop using the word

[Note: The header image is over Matthew "Gaymer" Brown as seen on Sony's The Tester, not the trademark guy going after Reddit. Sorry if I didn't make that clear enough.] Although "Gaymer" has entered our cultural vernacular (...

Jim Sterling

4:10 PM on 09.04.2012

Millions of Apple UDIDs compromised by alleged FBI hack

Hacking group AntiSec has acquired millions of of UDIDs allegedly collected without permission by the FBI. The group claims it got into an FBI agent's laptop to get the data, which contains 12 million unique identif...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 08.07.2012

EA vs. Zynga: EA thanks gamers for support

Electronic Arts couldn't have asked for a better enemy in Zynga. The social game kingpin is not only in financial trouble, it's also one of the most despised companies in the industry. EA must realize this, and has started su...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 08.06.2012

EA vs. Zynga: Zynga hits back, says EA is a copycat too

The supervillain slapfight of the century was initiated on Friday, with EA announcing that it would take Zynga to court for copying The Sims Social. Today, Zynga has fired its opening salvo in response, accusing EA of copying...

Jim Sterling

8:15 PM on 08.03.2012

The DTOID Show: Zynga, Dishonored, and QuakeCon 2012!

Happy Friday, lovelies! We've got a jam-packed show today, full of all the QuakeCon and copyright infringement news you can handle! We've also got footage of Assassin's Creed III's AnvilNext engine, a list of famous people l...

Tara Long







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EA suing Zynga over copyright infringement
by Jim Sterling

Electronic Arts has announced that it will be twisting the knife into the beleaguered Zynga by taking it to court -- suing the trouble company over its new social game, The Ville. EA alleges that The Ville is a rip-off of The Sims Social. Man, we knew EA was gunning for Zynga, but they brought out the cannons now.

"The core legal issue is our belief that Zynga infringed copyrights to our game, The Sims Social," wrote EA.  "In legal terms, our claim is that Zynga copied the original and distinctive expressive elements of The Sims Social in a clear violation of the U.S. copyright laws.

"The legal reasons are solid. But for creative teams who feel that their hard work and imaginations have been ripped off, there’s obviously an emotional element too."

The full allegation can be read here, as Maxis manager Lucy Bradshaw attempts to garner sympathy in what can only be described as the villain face-off of the century. Seriously, Electronic Arts versus Zynga. What next? Two pedophiles having a fistfight? 

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