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'Kevin Butler' character not in ads, says Bridgestone

By Steve Watts, Oct 09, 2012 10:00am PDT

Bridgestone has responded to Sony's lawsuit over the appearance of actor Jerry Lambert, claiming that Lambert's character is not "Kevin Butler" at all and denying the possibility of consumer confusion.


"I remember his first big break was a series of Geico commercials."

- the archvile see all 17 comments

Sony suing 'Kevin Butler' actor

By Steve Watts, Oct 08, 2012 9:00am PDT

Sony has filed a lawsuit against Bridgestone Tires and advertising firm Wildcat Creek, for actor and WC president Jerry Lambert's appearances as a character similar to Kevin Butler.


"That's probably what it is. Back when Pierce Brosnan was playing James Bond his contract stated ..."

- Prozium see all 21 comments

No Doubt, Activision settle Band Hero lawsuit

By Steve Watts, Oct 04, 2012 12:00pm PDT

No Doubt and Activision have settled their lawsuits over Band Hero likeness rights, putting an end to a three-year legal feud.


38 Studios won't face federal charges

By Steve Watts, Oct 01, 2012 10:30am PDT

The U.S. Attorney's office has confirmed that it is no longer pursuing any federal action against 38 Studios, though Rhode Island state officials are still checking into the matter.


"I guess that meshes with the "We were talking to EA about funding, when all of the sudden, ..."

- the archvile see all 7 comments

OnLive CEO says 'essential people' being brought back

By Steve Watts, Aug 20, 2012 7:45am PDT

OnLive CEO Ron Perlman talks about why the company reached such dire straits, and how it plans to bring back some employees in waves going forward.


"Steve has a lot of great ideas for things, but he just never finishes them or does enough when ..."

- ibrokn see all 23 comments

Axl Rose case against Activision moving forward

By Steve Watts, Aug 16, 2012 4:30pm PDT

Axl Rose's case against Activision looks to be moving forward, after a California judge indicated he doesn't accept the fraud allegations but could let the breach-of-contract suit be settled at trial.


"It's my basic understanding that the dissolution of the band was well underway by then, so not ..."

- Schnapple see all 19 comments

Rhode Island taking possession of 38 Studios' IP

By Steve Watts, Aug 09, 2012 6:45am PDT

The Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. and Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. have been given court approval to take 38 Studios' game assets, in an effort to resell and make money back on the loan.


"I wonder if it will release with an unsustainable subscription model, and then go free-to-play ..."

- rodneystubbs see all 5 comments

RI governor refutes 38 Studios' claim he scared investors

By Steve Watts, Jul 26, 2012 3:15pm PDT

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee told reporters that he'll be "vindicated" from accusations that his words scared off investors, and said he wants "to get back every taxpayer dollar back that we possibly can."


"Yeah, these are the same people that believed in 38 Studios and Schilling in the first place."

- DragonSire see all 4 comments

Schilling says he's 'tapped out' from 38 Studios collapse

By Steve Watts, Jun 22, 2012 8:15am PDT

Curt Schilling shares thoughts on how much of his own money he poured into 38 Studios, the company's failure to raise capital, and how he says he failed his employees.


"At least it was in business ventures in his outside interests. Hell, when I retire from being a ..."

- Juno see all 40 comments

Microsoft rejects Motorola settlement offer

By Steve Watts, Jun 21, 2012 12:00pm PDT

Microsoft has balked at a settlement offer from Motorola, saying it wasn't made in good faith due to excessive royalties, a failure to account for other patents, and press leaks.


"I wonder if there should a time window when a company can go after another for infringement for ..."

- TheEmissary see all 4 comments

Blizzard forced to offer Diablo 3 refunds in S. Korea

By John Keefer, Jun 21, 2012 7:30am PDT

Troubles with Diablo III in South Korea have forced Blizzard to go against policy and offer refunds to dissatisfied gamers after prodding from the Korean government.


"You have no clue. Runewords were added by the expansion, which was a paid-for addon."

- Curike see all 150 comments

Tetris Company wins clone infringement dispute

By Steve Watts, Jun 20, 2012 2:00pm PDT

The Tetris Company has won a copyright dispute against mobile developer Xio Interactive, which developed a Tetris-like iPhone game called "Mino."


"The moral of this, obviously, is to avoid playing SecondLife."

- tw3kr see all 8 comments

THQ facing class-action suit for uDraw sales claims

By Steve Watts, Jun 20, 2012 12:30pm PDT

THQ's uDraw has been discontinued, but shareholders are pressing a class action suit for the company offering misleading statements about its sales and future.


"Totally agree. Suing a company that can barely keep it's head above water isn't the best idea ..."

- DragonSire see all 8 comments

Aussie Parliament approves R18+ game rating

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 18, 2012 8:00am PDT

Australian players are one step closer to being allowed to blow limbs off virtual foes and bathe in their blood, as the Parliament today passed legislation officially approving the creation of an adults-only 18+ rating.


"Yup. Although I hear that this is also up for discussion already... for all tech sold to ..."

- FesterBlatz see all 12 comments

South Korea bans virtual item trades

By Steve Watts, Jun 15, 2012 8:15am PDT

The South Korean government has banned in-game item trades, wiping out gold farming bots and features like the Diablo 3 auction house in one fell swoop.


"It's something that has come along that needs a good hard look for some possible regulation. ..."

- cetra00 see all 65 comments