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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

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