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12:45 PM on 07.22.2014

Bungie settles with Halo composer Marty O'Donnell

Back in April, Halo composer Marty O'Donnell said he had been terminated from Bungie "without cause," and proceeded to file a lawsuit against the company on May 1. Bungie went on to deny wrongdoing later that month but has si...

Jordan Devore


11:45 AM on 07.16.2014

Former Panamanian dictator sues Activision over portrayal in Black Ops II

The videogames industry has seen its share of legal actions lately, but the most recent one comes from an unlikely source. Manuel Noriega, the dictator of Panama until 1989, has filed a lawsuit against Activision for appropri...

Brett Makedonski



Video: Lindsay Lohan is suing GTA V creators over use of her likeness photo
Video: Lindsay Lohan is suing GTA V creators over use of her likeness
by Bill Zoeker

Lindsay Lohan has filed a law suit against Rockstar, the creators of Grand Theft Auto V. The suit claims Lohan's likeness is used in the game, without her permission, based on the character of Tracey Jonas. It's a pretty far-fetched claim, and sure not to go far. But it is worth a good laugh.

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1:45 PM on 07.02.2014

Not a joke: Lindsay Lohan sues Rockstar over Grand Theft Auto V

The rumors were true. She's really going for it. Actress Lindsay Lohan has filed a lawsuit against Take-Two and Rockstar Games over a character in Grand Theft Auto V that's said to be based on her likeness without permission,...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 06.20.2014

Philips comes out victorious in Nintendo legal patent battle

For some time now, Nintendo has been locked in a legal battle with Philips over patents registered back in 2011 regarding gesture recognition and motion control. Philips claimed to have patented these ideas long before Ninten...

Brittany Vincent

2:30 PM on 06.06.2014

Marty O'Donnell files lawsuit against Bungie for unpaid benefits

Almost two months ago, longtime music composer for Bungie, Marty O'Donnell, was let go by the studio. According to O'Donnell, the termination was without cause. He may have had his hand forced, but O'Donnell's not going down ...

Brett Makedonski

4:45 PM on 06.02.2014

Sue-thing: EA owes NCAA players up to $40 million

In 2009, former NCAA players sued EA, claiming their likeness was used by EA without their consent and without compensation. EA tried long and hard to have the suit dismissed, but was forced to settle last year, for what was ...

Steven Hansen

7:22 AM on 05.28.2014

Index's former CEO and President arrested for fraud

For falsifying financial records and inflating profits, former Index CEO Masami Ochiai and his wife, former Index president Yoshimi Ochiai, have both been arrested in Japan earlier today, Nikkei reports. Remember how Index wa...

Dale North



ZeniMax sues Oculus VR for misappropriating trade secrets photo
ZeniMax sues Oculus VR for misappropriating trade secrets
by Jordan Devore

The ZeniMax vs. Oculus VR situation has escalated following comments from both sides about how intellectual property and key technology driving the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset may or may not have been worked on while John Carmack was still at ZeniMax-owned id Software prior to his departure to work at Oculus full time as chief technology officer.

Today, ZeniMax and id filed a suit against Oculus VR and founder Palmer Luckey for "illegally misappropriating ZeniMax trade secrets relating to virtual reality technology, and infringing ZeniMax copyrights and trademarks. ZeniMax is also asserting claims for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and unfair competition against the defendants."

Had a feeling this was about to get messy after the recent back-and-forth. According to ZeniMax, "All efforts by ZeniMax to resolve this matter amicably have been unsuccessful." Oculus VR hasn't responded yet, but I'm expecting more comments in line with its prior statements.

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11:00 PM on 05.15.2014

Philips is out to ban the Wii U from sale in the US

Philips is making an attempt to get the Wii U banned from sale in the US on the grounds of patent infringement. The electronics giant has accused Nintendo of replicating specific technology concerning navigation via "pointing...

Brittany Vincent

7:12 AM on 05.05.2014

Oculus responds to ZeniMax intellectual property claims

For those just tuning in, ZeniMax Media sent a formal notice of rights to Oculus VR and new parent company Facebook over intellectual property claims. Long story short, ZeniMax feels that work that happened with them carried ...

Dale North





3:45 PM on 03.26.2014

3D Realms asserts it still owns Duke Nukem in Answer to Gearbox's lawsuit

In response to Gearbox Software filing a Complaint against 3D Realms and Interceptor for unauthorized use of the Duke Nukem trademark, 3D Realms (along with Defendants Apogee Software and Interceptor Entertainment) submi...

Brett Makedonski



What was 3D Realms thinking with the Duke Nukem fiasco? photo
What was 3D Realms thinking with the Duke Nukem fiasco?
by Brett Makedonski

With this week’s news that Gearbox Software has filed a lawsuit against 3D Realms and Interceptor for unauthorized use of the Duke Nukem property, it raises the question – exactly what the hell are 3D Realms and Interceptor doing? The question is multifaceted, both in terms of legality and the current status of the Duke Nukem brand. Of course, there’s no clear answer, because everything they’re doing seems to be ill-advised.

Before we move on any further, it’s worth noting that the only information we have is what Gearbox outlined in its Complaint. Neither 3D Realms nor Interceptor has filed an Answer, meaning that we technically only have one side of the story. Everything is only alleged at this point, and nothing has been proven as fact. However, given the allegations raised by Gearbox, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where 3D Realms is justified in its actions.

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Farts N Crafts: Duke Nukem's Turdy Dogfight photo
Farts N Crafts: Duke Nukem's Turdy Dogfight
by Max Scoville



Following up Friday's debut of "Dumb Idiot Ideas," here's the first episode of another weekly series: "Farts 'N' Crafts."

On this show, I draw horrible pictures of things vaguely related to what's going on in the world of video games. Today's subject is the recent news of Gearbox Software's lawsuit against Interceptor Entertainment and 3D Realms over Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, but more specifically on a comment made by Destructoid community member Red Morgan.

Got ideas for another stupid thing for me to draw? Leave it in the comments. 

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10:30 AM on 02.24.2014

Gearbox files suit against 3D Realms over Duke Nukem IP

Gearbox Software has filed a lawsuit in United States Federal Court against both 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment, alleging that the two colluded to use the Duke Nukem trademark and copyright unlawfully, and ...

Brett Makedonski

9:30 AM on 02.20.2014

Nintendo wins patent infringement case

Licensing companies Technology Properties Limited LLC, Phoenix Digital Solutions LLC, and Patriot Scientific Corporation had a case against Nintendo for infringing on three of their patents relating to processors an...

Dale North