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Aliens: Gearbox defends its right to mislead customers


Studio lashes back at 'frivolous litigation'
May 03
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Warner Bros. sued over memes in Scribblenauts? Okay!


Thief-hating company accused of theft
May 02
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Aliens: Colonial Marines gets class action suit for lies


Gearbox and SEGA targeted for misleading advertising
May 01
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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Tim Langdell's EDGE trademark claim finally quashed


Langdell was in dispute with EA, Future Publishing, and more
Apr 22
// Alasdair Duncan
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...
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No One Lives Forever

No one knows who owns No One Lives Forever


That headline could've been much more confusing
Apr 08
// Alasdair Duncan
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...

Ex-Nintendo chairman Howard Lincoln had big brass balls

Mar 17 // Tony Ponce
If you've ever read David Sheff's Game Over, you would already be familiar with some of Lincoln's earliest success stories. One such tale was how Lincoln got revenge against Tengen and Atari Games for their unlicensed version of Tetris on the NES. Tengen had originally sued Nintendo for refusing to allow Tetris on home consoles. Lincoln noticed a loophole in Tengen's licensing terms with Tetris property holder Mirrorsoft, which he exploited in order to "steal" the rights to publish Tetris on consoles and handhelds, thereby forcing Tengen to recall all copies of its version already on shelves. Lincoln's thoughts on the situation? "We knew we had those bastards by the balls. We knew we were going to make a fortune on this product and they, in turn, were going to get kicked in the head." [embed]248932:47619:0[/embed] During the videogame violence Senate hearings -- sparked in part by the 1992's Mortal Kombat and resulting in the formation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board -- Lincoln took the opportunity to deflect focus away from Nintendo and onto SEGA and retailers that stocked SEGA product. In the above video clip, he held up the infamous SEGA CD title Night Trap as an example of an adult game directly sold to youths. SEGA was furious that Lincoln would be so petty and self-serving during a period when the entire industry needed to band together. Lincoln was not bothered, and he even wrote a poem directed towards then-SEGA president Tom Kalinske: "Dear Tom, Roses are red, violets are blue, so you had a bad day, boo hoo hoo hoo. All my best, Howard." When not getting on people's bad side, Lincoln was strengthening relationships with other third parties. He saw great potential in certain teams to provide the kind of Western software that Nintendo couldn't develop on its own, which led to partnerships with Rareware, Retro Studios, Silicon Nights, LucasArts, and DMA Design (now known as Rockstar North). He even convinced Electronic Arts to publish sports games on the N64. In case you've forgotten, EA had long been nervously opposed to developing on Nintendo hardware; in fact, EA sports titles were one of the big bullet points the Genesis initially had over the SNES. Lincoln would step down as chairman in 2000, and most of the other major players of Nintendo's "old guard" -- first NoA president Minoru Arakawa, executive VP Peter Main, and global Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi -- departed by 2002. Many of Lincoln and old-school NoA's accomplishments have since dissolved, resulting in the different we see Nintendo today. Ms. Rogers strongly implies that the current management is to blame for all those partnerships going the wayside, but I personally think Nintendo was forced to change. It's a shame that Nintendo lost excellent talent, but you have to remember that the company wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders at the start of the century. That was a different age, and Nintendo couldn't be the rampaging bull it once was in this new generation. Nonetheless, we could use another guy like Howard Lincoln at the helm, someone who actively courts Western studios in a bid to expand Nintendo's library and actually succeed. Especially in the wake on publishers' continued refusal to bring any of their upcoming software to the Wii U, a little of the 80s shark mentality couldn't hurt. Howard Lincoln: Kicking Ass Before Reggie Came Along [Not Enough Shaders via NeoGAF]
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Nintendo of America used to be cutthroat and vengeful
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 ...

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38 Studios lawsuit

Schilling looking to dismiss lawsuit over 38 Studios loan


State was aware of situation but didn't act
Mar 05
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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New Dtoid site feature violates Trademark! Help!


Feb 12
// Niero Gonzalez
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...
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Dead Space 3 thievery

Attorney: Dead Space 3 resource exploit might be theft


IP expert likens resource farming to stealing
Feb 11
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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Bronies

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


...and desisted, while they were at it
Feb 09
// Conrad Zimmerman
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...
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Valve sued over Steam's inability to sell pre-owned games


German consumer group takes secondhand games seriously
Feb 03
// Jim Sterling
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...
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EA joins HRC coalition to repeal Defense of Marriage Act


Publisher does a good turn for gay rights
Jan 29
// Jim Sterling
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...

Congress representatives proposing multiple gaming bills

Jan 18 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Missouri representative Diane Franklin is proposing a violent videogames sales tax to counter the sale of violent games. She's calling for a one-percent sales tax in Missouri on any game that has received a Teen, Mature, or Adult Only rating from the ESRB. Digital Trends went to Amazon's Best Seller list to dig up what Teen rated games could face this tax increase in Missouri and boy there are some super violent games here! You Don't Know Jack, Forza Horizon, Dance Central 3 -- Won't someone think of the children?! Both proposed laws are unlikely to succeed, given past attempts and especially how Diane Franklin has no clue what's she trying to do. House bill proposes fines on retail games without ESRB ratings, prohibition of some sales to minors [Joystiq]Missouri proposes tax on violent video games like Dance Central 3 [Digital Trends]
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Tighter restrictions and even adding extra taxes
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 congres...

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Arma devs released

Arma devs freed on bail after 130 days in prison


Charges still stand against Bohemia pair
Jan 17
// Alasdair Duncan
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...
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2 Legit 2 Quit

The Mario Brothers expand their plumbing business in SF


Half-price plumbers hire half-ethical graphic designers
Jan 14
// Niero Gonzalez
This is completely legit.
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Nintendo blames Germany for dumb Wii U eShop restrictions


18-rated games locked until 11pm each night
Dec 10
// Jim Sterling
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...
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ArmA 3 devs to remain in jail after being denied bail


Buchta & Pezlar's situation seems to have worsened
Nov 16
// Harry Monogenis
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 ...
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Google v Microsoft patent license trial kicks off


A fight over yearly fees
Nov 14
// Dale North
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...
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Silicon Knights to recall and destroy its Unreal 3 games


Too Human, X-Men: Destiny, and more to be culled
Nov 09
// Jim Sterling
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...
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No federal criminal charges for Schilling, 38 Studios


Oct 01
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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US Court: Google can't enforce German Xbox 360 ban in US


Sep 30
// Kyle MacGregor
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. ...
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Owner of 'Gaymer' demands Reddit stop using the word


People own words, even if they're puns everybody thought of
Sep 11
// Jim Sterling
[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 (...
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Millions of Apple UDIDs compromised by alleged FBI hack


America, land of the incompetent violation of personal info
Sep 04
// Jim Sterling
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...
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EA vs. Zynga: EA thanks gamers for support


Aug 07
// Jim Sterling
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...
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EA vs. Zynga: Zynga hits back, says EA is a copycat too


Aug 06
// Jim Sterling
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...
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The DTOID Show: Zynga, Dishonored, and QuakeCon 2012!


Aug 03
// Tara Long
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...
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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...

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The DTOID Show: Aliens, Zynga, Ada Wong in RE6, & PAX


Aug 01
// Max Scoville
Today's episode of The Destructoid Show is brought to you by a flock of magical falcons who carried it here in a net woven out of gossamer spider-silk. Okay, not really. I just wanted to write something interesting. Sega rel...
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Zynga shares plummet, lawsuit coming, gravy train crashes


Aug 01
// Jim Sterling
Farmville creator Zynga is ... buggered. After a few years of living large and sucking as much cash as it could from Facebook users, the proudly "evil" company's bottom is well and truly falling out. Share prices have been fa...
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Steam says you can't mass-sue Valve anymore


Aug 01
// Jim Sterling
Valve has become the latest company to try and avoid a lawsuit by making its users agree not to take it to court. Steam's newest terms of service include the same attempts to prohibit class action suits employed by Sony, Micr...

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