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Xbox One Kinect could be impacted by proposed privacy bill

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Xbox One Kinect could be impacted by proposed privacy bill

Amid the controversies surrounding Xbox One's policies, one that has gotten slightly less attention are the privacy concerns regarding the new Kinect. If a newly proposed privacy bill becomes law, though, Microsoft may have to significantly change how you interact with the device.

Read more: Notifications, required identical service »

"Giving developers the security to develop a game that utilizes the kinect doesn't mean that the ..."
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ITC rules Xbox did not infringe on Motorola patent

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ITC rules Xbox did not infringe on Motorola patent

Microsoft and Motorola have been continuing to trade legal blows over the last few months, and Microsoft recently scored a victory in the long-running patent war. The International Trade Commission ruled yesterday that the Xbox did not violate Motorola's wireless communications patent.

Read more: 'This is a win for Xbox customers' »

"Pretty happy that Google is losing all of these patent cases. It was a tad bit hypocritical to ..."
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Rhode Island looking to sell Amalur intellectual property

Rhode Island looking to sell Amalur intellectual property

The storied saga of 38 Studios' closure seems all but finished, with only a few loose threads left to tie up. One of those is what the state of Rhode Island will do with its stake in the properties, and the state is now reportedly planning to sell off the Amalur franchise. An attorney says that Rhode Island has found an interested party.

Read more: 'Who knows what the value ultimately will be' »

"MONDAY: We talk to the programmer who prepared the video games for sale. "
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Madden NFL breach of contract suit vs. EA to go to trial

Madden NFL breach of contract suit vs. EA to go to trial

A California federal judge has denied an attempt by Electronic Arts to dismiss a breach of contract lawsuit brought by a former employee involving the creation of the Madden NFL franchise. The case will proceed to trial on June 17.

Read more: Royalties at stake »

"yeah, 4th and inches was awesome. I also liked ABC Monday Night Football"
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The 'red flags' of 38 Studios' demise

The 'red flags' of 38 Studios' demise

The collapse of 38 Studios has put the state of Rhode Island in a precarious position. The government offered substantial loans to Curt Schilling's company. Following its bankruptcy, fingers were pointed: who's to blame?

A lengthy feature on The New York Times details the rise and fall of 38 Studios, and how both parties involved bit off more than they could chew. Schilling didn't properly anticipate the challenges of game development, let alone MMORPG creation. Rhode Island, eager to reinvigorate its economy with tech jobs, dove head-first into an investment that had "red flags" from the get-go.

Read more: Schilling and the government chasing a 'dream' »

"You're right that we vote with our money, but this isn't really relevant in a discussion about ..."
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EA wins suit to have 'Edge' trademark canceled

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EA wins suit to have 'Edge' trademark canceled

Edge Games CEO Tim Langdell's hold on the Edge name is no more. A California Court of Appeals has ruled the trademark should be canceled, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has complied.

The USPTO notice (via Polygon) cancels five trademarks with various versions of "Edge" in them that Langdell had used to sue games that attempted to use Edge in the title. He attempted to sue Electronic Arts over the game Mirror's Edge; EA fought back.

Read more: Edge goes on sale on iOS and Android »

"What in the fuck. The court really needs a more streamlined system to strike down patent ..."
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Section 8 developer loses appeal and IP, must pay $7.35 million

Section 8 developer loses appeal and  IP, must pay $7.35 million

Section 8 developer TimeGate Studios thought it was off the hook for a $7.35 million arbitration ruling when it won its appeal last year over a dispute with Southpeak Interactive surrounding the game. Unfortunately for TimeGate, that ruling has been overturned.

Read more: Loss of the Section 8 IP »

"Well if this studio can't create something new I guess it's closing time for this company. ..."
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THQ president: Company doomed by 'massive mistakes'

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THQ president: Company doomed by 'massive mistakes'

THQ's demise was not something that happened because of bad luck or a changing marketplace, but more a result of a "sea of bad decisions," with the uDraw tablet at or near the top of the list, according to company president Jason Rubin.

Read more: A cancelled MMO is not bad luck »

"THQ killed themselves by over-DLC-ing their best games and keeping their special editions ..."
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House bill would prohibit violent game sales to minors

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House bill would prohibit violent game sales to minors

As the political dialogue on video game violence continues in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, state representatives are starting to propose and draft legislation that would place restrictions on the game industry. One proposal would tax violent video games, while a drafted House bill would ban the sale of Adults Only or Mature-rated games to minors.

Read more: $5,000 fine for bill violation »

"I only wish that a law restricting the sale of violent games to minors would work. But it ..."
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'Kevin Butler' actor settles suit with Sony

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'Kevin Butler' actor settles suit with Sony

Actor Jerry Lambert, who played Kevin Butler in a popular run of PlayStation advertisements, has settled the breach of contract suit brought against him by Sony for appearing in a Bridgestone tires ad that promoted the Wii. Per the terms of the settlement, you won't see Lambert promoting anything video game related for a few years.

Read more: Lambert says he created confusion »

""Lambert is still able to portray the "Kevin Butler" character, with Sony's permission." Only ..."
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President Obama proposes CDC study on media violence

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President Obama proposes CDC study on media violence

Following Vice President Biden's round of meetings with various industries, President Obama has unveiled his list of proposals for legislation and executive orders to curb gun violence. Among them is an order for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to research the causes of gun violence, including violent media and video games.

Read more: $10 million in media violence research »

"Games typically cost 10 times a movie ticket. There are typically about 300 movies released in ..."
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Editorial: Taking a seat at the table on gun violence

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Editorial: Taking a seat at the table on gun violence

Following the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, America was hungry for answers. Politicians began seeking ways to stem the violence in our country, and President Obama charged Vice President Biden to head up the effort. Biden promptly organized meetings with various industries and interest groups, including prominent figures from the video game industry.

Read more: Taking our place in the national dialogue »

"Holy shit, you mean when people actually sit and talk about something without spouting off a ..."
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Bohemia developers released on bail from Greek jail

Bohemia developers released on bail from Greek jail

Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, the Bohemia Interactive developers who arrested on charges of espionage in September, have been released on bail. The two are now free to return to their homes in the Czech Republic, after Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras got in contact with Czech PM Petr Necas.

Read more: $6,600 in bail to secure freedom »

"thank god. Now get back to work, I want those ragdolls feeling SNAPPY for when I begin my ..."
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Vice President Biden offers 'no judgment' on game industry

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Vice President Biden offers 'no judgment' on game industry

Following a shooting in Connecticut that left the country seeking answers, the National Rifle Association (NRA) cited media violence, and more specifically video game violence, as a part of the problem. Vice President Joe Biden has been talking to various industry groups, including the NRA, movie and television industries, and retailers. On Friday it was the game industry's turn, and the VP said he came to the meeting without preconceptions or accusations.

Read more: 'We're looking for help.' »

"yeah, that does sound good, maybe with some sour cream as well.."
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Motorola's Xbox ban rejected by US court

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Motorola's Xbox ban rejected by US court

Motorola's bid to ban Xbox 360 sales in the US due to a patent dispute has failed, after a judge ruled that the the patents in question were critical to industry standards. Federal Judge James Robart found that Motorola's patents must offer fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory licenses. Because of that, he ruled that a console ban could not be imposed.

Read more: Licensing fee amount all that remains »

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