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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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Pokemon Championships

Pokemon World Championship attempted shooting suspects denied bail

Last month, two armed men were arrested for allegedly threatening a mass shooting at the Pokémon World Championship. Now, Kevin Norton (18) and James Stumbo (27) have been denied bail, meaning they will be required to stay in jail fo...   read

 
 
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Shame, shame

FTC comes down on Machinima for 'deceptive' Xbox One marketing

In late 2013, around the time that the Xbox One launched, YouTube content creation group Machinima struck an advertising deal with Microsoft. The marketing campaign would feature videos from Machinima's network of influencers. More specific...   read

 
 
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Unofficial 'amiiqo' can save amiibo data without buying the toys

People are varying degrees of upset over Nintendo's not-unexpected decision to lock content -- even if it's mainly costumes and the like -- behind amiibo pairing. The "amiiqo" is an okay answer to these complaints. The completely unauthori...   read

 
 
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Pixels

Legitimate videos DMCA'd off Vimeo by Pixels movie copyright enforcers

Pixels was a bit of a train wreck, wasn’t it? It currently sits at a meager 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the general consensus on the film is people would rather pour salt into a papercut in their eyeball than have to watch it again. P...   read

 
 
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Gameboy Advance Emulator

Nintendo pulls browser-based GBA emulator

Nintendo have put an end to a browser-based Gameboy Advance Emulator. The emulator didn’t actually have a name, but instead was a Github page that hosted many Javascript versions of popular GBA games such as Pokemon Emerald and Advanc...   read

 
 
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Desura
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Desura owner Bad JuJu files for bankruptcy

A couple of weeks ago, it came to light that digital distributor Desura, and its indie bundle site Indie Royale, has been failing to pay developers on its platforms. Well, it looks like they might not be getting that money at all now, ...   read

 
 
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Don't get cocky
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Expensive dick moderation helped kill the last LEGO MMO

Someone think about the children! Like my own personal brand, LEGO is a family-friendly, name-stealing company. And so the open-ended, Minecraft-like builder LEGO Worlds has some problem what with immature idiots' propensity to build cock. ...   read

 
 
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Oculus

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey accused of fraud

Oculus VR founder, Palmer Luckey, is being sued for breach of contract. According to The Recorder, Hawaiian virtual reality company Total Recall Technologies “seeks compensatory and punitive damages” against Luckey for...   read

 
 
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BBC Drama

Rockstar Games is suing the BBC

Rockstar Games has filed a lawsuit against the BBC. This is because of the Beeb’s upcoming drama Game Changer, which details the early days of the studio and its hit Grand Theft Auto as well as the much-publicised conflict between Roc...   read

 
 
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ImageePoch

Imageepoch has filed for bankruptcy

Keeping track of what’s going on at Japanese developer Imageepoch has been one hell of a ride. Imageepoch was well known for games such as Luminous Arc, 7th Dragon, and Arc Rise Fantasia. Last month the CEO, Ryoei Mikage, just va...   read

 
 
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Emulation

The first commercial 3DS game's been successfully emulated

Emulation’s in a weird legal grey area that’s all kinds of fascinating to me. The actual bit of software designed to play ROMs is legal, but the BIOS file that makes it run? You usually have to acquire them through less legal me...   read

 
 
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Perro

In honor of Sega revisiting their roots with Sonic Mania, here I am yet again revisiting my old drawing folder with a sketch I did of Sonic many years ago

 
Gundy

I still have Platinum Disco stuck in my head and now Ive stumbled upon this little This is all your fault, JuIc3!

 
OrochiLeona

I really liked the Wonder Woman trailer, but the Justice League trailer is *terribly* put Very clumsy and The Barry Allen stuff runs way too long and the one-liners fall completely

 
Khalid Eternal Nigh

Is there a way to embed a tweet into a c-blog or do I have to do a picture of the tweet then post that?

 
CoilWhine

I beat Army of Two The 40th Day on PSP so I downloaded Coded Supposed to be really good so why not? Yea I pirated it but its a Konami game which justifies

 
Khalid Eternal Nigh

Runnin a little bit behind, I think im sick :( Writing up todays c-blog Tried to prep it for last night but ended up passing

 
Dreamweaver

Im in a superhero Should I buy Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Injustice: Gods Among Us? I heard the movie is not that great but they said the same thing about Watchmen and thats one of my favorite As for the game, is the story good?

 
TheAngriestCarp

That Metroid Blast Ball game is On one hand, the controls are pretty nice on a New 3DS for the most You can choose gyro or On the other hand, the music is pretty grating and the shooting feels a bit At least it runs

 
Pixie The Fairy

Given Wonder Woman was the best part of BvS, not much of a surprise her trailer was also better than

 
Steel Squirrel

Keep thinking about Gravity Rush I just got it for $14 and cant wait to dive into From the look of it, it reminds of something unique like Nier and seems to have an equally nice Gotta get this damn weekend freelance work done!

 

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