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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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Australia

Australian Origin's going to have to offer better refunds

Refunds, remember those? Those glorious days where if you decided you didn’t like something, or if it caught fire, ate your family, contributed to global warming or pissed on the carpet, you could just take it back and and pretend it ...   read

 
 
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TxK
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Atari bullying indie developer behind Tempest 2000

Atari thought it was "absolutely rubbish," the Jaguar designer told developer Jeff Minter in 1993. The man felt compelled to pull Minter aside at the console's launch party and let him know how little Atari thought of Minter's latest creati...   read

 
 
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Dictatorsuit

Judge tosses former Panamanian dictator's Call of Duty lawsuit

Earlier this year, Panama's former dictator and friend to the CIA Manuel Noriega sued Activision for the use of his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Not for defamation of character for portraying him a murderous badman, but for putti...   read

 
 
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Revolution 60

Game developer threatened, hacked, doxxed after posting meme

Giant Spacekat (Revolution 60) development head Brianna Wu was forced to leave her home last night after her personal information, including home address, was posted online and she received multiple violent, sexual threats. These ...   read

 
 
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Square Enix

Square Enix is suing SNK Playmore over manga copyright

SNK Playmore recently filed criminal charges against Square Enix, citing copyright infringement. The alleged violation stems from Square Enix's use of SNK characters in the manga High Score Girl. In retaliation, Square Enix today filed...   read

 
 
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Aliens: Colonial Marines

Sega agrees to settle in Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit

Sega of America has tentatively agreed to pay out $1.25 million to settle a class-action suit brought against it and Gearbox Software that claimed the two companies falsely advertised Aliens: Colonial Marines by using fake gameplay demos at...   read

 
 
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Square suit

Cops raided Square Enix after criminal lawsuit from SNK

Osaka police raided a Shinjuku, Tokyo Square Enix office yesterday, the result of a May criminal filing against Square Enix by SNK.  SNK alleges that Square Enix infringed (a lot) on SNK intellectual properties, citing over 100 in...   read

 
 
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GameStop

GameStop fingerprinting customers in Philadelphia

GameStop now requires customers to provide fingerprint scans when trading in merchandise at the retailer's Philadelphia locations, CBS Philly reports. The chain is collecting thumbprints, which are sent to a national database that help...   read

 
 
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38 Studios lawsuit

Judge okays first settlement in 38 Studios lawsuit

A judge has approved the first settlement in Rhode Island's lawsuit over the ill-fated $75 million deal that brought Kingdoms of Amalur developer 38 Studios to the state in 2010. The ruling from Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein...   read

 
 
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Not 'free'

Google will stop calling games with in-app purchases 'free' in Europe

As part of its investigation into unwanted in-app purchases, often by children, the European Commission has laid out guidelines for developers and the app stores themselves to follow. By the end of September, Google will stop listing a...   read

 
 
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Active-fission

Vivendi considered firing Activision's Bobby Kotick over last year's buyout

Last year, Activision Blizzard orchestrated a buyout of then-parent company Vivendi to separate from Vivendi and become an independent company. I wrote this great headline about the split --Active-fission -- and stared with saucer eyes...   read

 
 
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38 Studios

Rhode Island agrees to $4.4 million settlement in 38 Studios lawsuit

Rhode Island has reached a $4.4 million settlement agreement with one of the defendants named in the state's lawsuit over the failed deal, according to court filings released Friday. The suit alleges defendant Moses Afonso Ryan, a law firm ...   read

 
 
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Thanks, laws

Oakland formally lifts 80-year pinball ban

There's a thing anyone who took a US government class in high school from an angry bald man should know: technology outpaces law. Not just technology. Advancement in general. Are Let's Plays illegal? We can only hope.  So Oakland is of...   read

 
 
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Nintendo

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 Nintendo, which resul...   read

 
 
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Nintendo win

Federal appeals court on Nintendo's side in Wii remote patent case

Remember when Nintendo kept getting sued over the Wii remote? Fun times. One such suit was filed by Triton Tech of Texas, LLC in 2010. At that time, the Seattle district court dismissed the suit, deciding that Nintendo wasn't...   read

 
 
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Austin Wintory
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Journey composer facing $50,000 fine from Musicians Union

If you've played the likes of Journey, Monaco, or The Banner Saga, then you'll have heard the wonderful music composed by Austin Wintory. Unfortunately, the Grammy-nominated composer is under fire from his union, the American Federation of...   read

 
 
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Wii U

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 device" like t...   read

 
 
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NOLF

Trademark spotted: No One Lives Forever may live again

No One Lives Forever's rights disappeared last year. Activision said it didn't have them and, in short, no one seemed to have them. Siliconera spotted trademarks for No One Lives Forever, The Operative, Contract J.A.C.K. and A Spy in H.A.R....   read

 
 
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Dumb

Massachusetts town overturns 32 year old ban on arcade games

In 1982, the town of Marshfield, Massachusetts banned coin operated arcade games in public businesses (wow, more like Harshfield), fearing they were robbing children of their money and bringing in riff raff. Somehow, that ban lasted until j...   read

 
 
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Interceptor Entertainment investors have acquired Apogee/3D Realms

The investment group behind Interceptor Entertainment, SDN Invest, has announced that they have acquired Apogee/3D Realms, the developer/publisher responsible for franchises like Duke Nukem, Commander Keen and Rise of th...   read

 
 
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Neo Geo X Gold dispute

Neo Geo X maker calls SNK Playmore a bully

Tommo is continuing its fight with SNK Playmore over the right to sell the Neo Geo X Gold. The company alleges SNK has asked a number of Tommo's retail and distribution partners to stop selling the retro console and supporting products. "Th...   read

 
 
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Nintendo

Nintendo obtains IA Labs' patents in sheriff's sale

Nintendo acquired the entire patent portfolio of IA Labs in a sheriff's sale this week in Montgomery County, Maryland. The transaction came about as the result of unsuccessful litigation on the part of IA Labs. In 2010, IA Labs filed a laws...   read

 
 
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Blizzard wins lawsuit

Blizzard wins $7M in bot suit settlement

Blizzard Entertainment has been awarded $7 million in the settlement of a December 2011 lawsuit against Ceiling Fan Software, GamesIndustry International reports. Ceiling Fan is responsible for a number of World of Warcraft bots, including ...   read

 
 
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