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Duck Hunt
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Shoot the dog! A fan remade the original Duck Hunt in virtual reality

Imagine playing the original Duck Hunt, but this time the ducks can zip to the left and far right of you and escape into the bushes behind! Some random guy just built that. You can play it today. Sooner or later Nintendo is going to give us...   read

 
 
Overwatch
Earlier this month, virginal, never-touched-a-porn-before Steven Hansen let everyone know that Overwatch porn searches were up 817%. Some of the creators of the sexual imagery are being hit with takedowns for alleged cop...   read

 
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Valve

Ex-employee sues Valve for $3.1m in damages

A former translator for Valve is suing the company for $3.1m. As reported by Polygon, the suit — filed in April — seeks $1m for general damages, a further $1m for loss of earnings, another $1m for special damages, and an extra $...   read

 
 
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Vivendi

Vivendi comically buys more stake in Ubisoft, but don't call it a takeover

Ubisoft has built a nice little empire for itself, but that empire is in danger if parent company Vivendi keeps on buying up stock in it. Back in 2015 the latter owned 6% of the former. That was raised to 15% in 2016, and Ubisoft found...   read

 
 



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Amsterdam 1666

Ubisoft ends lawsuit with Assassin's Creed creator, hands over 1666 Amsterdam

Ubisoft and Patrice Désilets have kissed and made up. Or at least buried the hatchet. Today, the Assassin's Creed creator announced plans to withdraw legal action against Ubisoft after reaching an agreement with the publisher that wi...   read

 
 
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1666: Amsterdam

Ubisoft's canceled 1666 resurfaces as trademark

Patrice Désilets was the creative director of Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft's cash cow from which all its games seem to be modeled (endlessly reproducable open-world systems from now until end, amen). He left the company in 2010 and went...   read

 
 
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Ark

Ark: Survival Evolved developer seemingly forks over $40M to settle lawsuit

Ark: Survival Evolved has found success on both PC and Xbox One since its summer 2015 Early Access launch. However, recent legal matters threaten to heavily cut into those profits, especially if today's purported development proves to ...   read

 
 
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Grand Theft Auto Online

We've spent $500M on GTA Online microtransactions

Rockstar has generated over half a billion - yes, billion - dollars through microtransactions on Grand Theft Auto Online. The news was revealed as part of ex-Rockstar North’s president Leslie Benzie’s $150m lawsuit against ...   read

 
 
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Rockstar lawsuit

Former head of Rockstar North sues developer, alleges $150M in unpaid royalties

Back in January, we reported that Leslie Benzies resigned from his position as the president of Rockstar North after taking a 17-month sabbatical. As it turns out, that isn't entirely how it happened. Benzies insists that Rockstar willfully...   read

 
 
Hostile takeover
Remember when French conglomerate Vivendi gave up ownership in Activision Blizzard? You might struggle to remember the exact moment for a while -- three years is a long time -- but I assume you'll have a flash of realization ...   read

 
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Oh really?
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Uh, those logos look awfully familiar, UCLA School of Law

Listen, I'm no attorney. I don't have a J.D. and I haven't passed the bar. But, I have played entirely too much Rock Band in my life -- enough to recognize four distinct logos. That's why, not-attorney as I may be, it doesn't seem righ...   read

 
 
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Fallout 3

Germany lifts Fallout 3 ban en route to re-release speculation

Germany banned Fallout 3 in 2009 over its violent content (it also missed India and, briefly, was under fire in Australia). Eventually a censored version was offered for German players, but the original, uncensored version is no longer bann...   read

 
 
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Lumberyard

Amazon's new game engine has a 'zombie clause'

Normally, the Amazon Web Services Terms of Service is an interminable slog of legalese and jargon, a veritable Dagobah-esque mire only decipherable by super ambitious law-school kids. And with the addition of Amazon's new Lumberyard game en...   read

 
 
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NBA 2K16
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Tattoo studio sues Take-Two Interactive for $1,144,000

A tattoo studio is suing NBA 2K16 publisher Take-Two Interactive for $1,144,000. According to Hollywood Reporter (via Eurogamer), Solid Oak Sketches filed a copyright on Monday for the tattoos of eight different NBAers - including LeBr...   read

 
 
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Evil publisher fight

Ubisoft and EA clash over 'Ghost' trademark

Publishers Ubisoft and Electronic Arts are primed to go to war over the word "ghost." The former filed a Notice of Opposition with the United States Patent and Trademark Office this Friday, disputing a pair of trademark applications EA file...   read

 
 
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Let's Play

The USPTO updates refusal of Sony's 'Let's Play' trademark application

A few weeks ago, Sony tried to trademark the phrase ‘Let’s Play’. Seeing as it’s a ubiquitous term for commentated gameplay that’s been used since the Something Awful forums coined it back in 2007, it’s n...   read

 
 
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Microsoft

Xbox 360 disc-scratch lawsuit appeal referred to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will decide if Microsoft has a case to answer in regards to a class-action lawsuit that maintains Xbox 360 consoles were scratching discs as the result of a design defect. If this sounds familiar, it is - this is a case th...   read

 
 
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Jonas Savimbi

The family of an Angolan rebel is suing Activision for Black Ops 2

Jonas Savimbi played a pretty important role in Angola’s history. He regularly fought against the Portuguese, who had colonised the country, and then also fought against the new ruling political party, the MLPA, up until his death in ...   read

 
 
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Not my wife!
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Man sues Bethesda over Fallout 4 addiction

Move over, Florida Man, we're getting intentional weirdos. According to the Russian-government-owned news publication RT, a Siberian man is suing Bethesda and its Russian localization crew over his addiction to Fallout 4, which cost him his...   read

 
 
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Shkreli schadenfreude
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League of Legends team chairman and general villain arrested on fraud

It would be difficult to have avoided the name (and mousy little face) Martin Shkreli if you've been online recently. Shkreli, a pharmaceutical executive, made headlines after raising the price of the life-saving drug Daraprim by more than ...   read

 
 
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Nintendo

Nintendo successfully fends off another patent case against Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo's hardware seems to be a magnet for litigation. Everyone thinks the Wii U or the 3DS infringe on their patents, but Nintendo proves time and time again that they don't. The Japanese platform-holder has another successful defense to...   read

 
 
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Itagaki

Buy tickets to see Dead or Alive's Itagaki in court

I say "Dead or Alive's Itagaki" because perhaps you forgot about the brash Team Ninja head. You wouldn't be at fault. Since leaving Team Ninja in 2008 all he's managed to put out is Devil's Third, an incredibly poorly received Wii U game th...   read

 
 
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Carpenter told to sue

John Carpenter didn't sue Hideo Kojima because 'he's a nice guy'

John Carpenter (Ghosts of Mars; Gorgon, the Space Monster) recently talked to Hollywood Reporter about his successful plagiarism suit against French director Luc Besson (Léon: The Professional) whose recent film Lockout rips off Carp...   read

 
 


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UK Law

The new UK Consumer Rights Act guarantees digital refunds

The UK has some fairly decent consumer protection laws, compared to the nonsense I’ve heard happen in other countries. The only problem is that they could be fairly vague, and fighting for your rights often involved getting our hero D...   read

 
 
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Fair Use

American courts say companies must consider fair use when removing videos

Since 2007, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has been in a legal battle with Universal. Lenz v. Universal was filed because of Universal throwing a DMCA takedown notice on a family video of a child dancing to Prince’s Let’s Go...   read

 
 
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Destructoid's former Hardware Editor. Has a, quite frankly, disturbingly large collection of Monsters Inc. merchandise that nobody ever seems to ask him about. Still, he's mostly harmless. --- ...

 


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OrochiLeona

PSN users outside North America cannot buy Juri with in-game currency until next week due to a Submission Error Fucking Capcom

 
StriderHoang

At the Oakland MADE I played Clayfighter/SNES, Mickeys Magic Adventure/SNES, Viewtiful Joe 2/GC, and a whole Steel Battalion Id totally volunteer if my job wasnt such a motivation

 
Silver Luso

Woke up to day, covered in frosty cold itchy To explain: I had a dream where the NX launched with Metroid prime 4 and metroid dread, obviously as well as botw, and that it came bundeled with those said in comments

 
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Riobux

Remember how I did a Ask Me Anything about a year ago? Lets give that a go again to celebrate another year at Any questions, including any about games journalism you want to know, fling them all over me like salt on a

 
Dreamweaver

Who else is afraid to play new videogames? Like I didnt beat Xenoblade Chronicles X and Tokyo Mirage Sessions but Id rather play Resident Evil 5 and 6 again because since Ive already beaten them, I already know I like them (yes, even

 
SirNinjaFace

Am I the only one who love the impulse triggers on the Xbox one controller? That sweet little tickle on my fingers give me

 
Vadicta

A Dunkin Donuts just burnt down in this tiny town where I grew up, and the quotes from locals are just, well: Im gonna miss that place if it dont open A lot of my friends go in there and get that cold coffee, iced coffee I guess its

 
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If only it brought Cosmic Now lets see what these 80 preloaded games

 
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