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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 00:28

On behalf of everyone at the Entertainment Consumers Association and GamePolitics I'd like to wish all of our wonderful readers a very Happy Easter and Passover.

If you do not celebrate either of those holidays, then we wish you a weekend filled with family, friends, and fun.

If you don't like having fun, think your family is bonkers, and that friends are a pain in the a$$, then I hope you do not get hit by a bus this weekend.

- James and the ECA team.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Holiday"
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 00:09

Indie developer Digital Eel let us know that its crowd-funded 3D space exploration game, Infinite Space III: Sea of Stars is now available via Steam Early Access.

"Even as development continues, we're very excited to be able to share Sea of Stars early with Kickstarter backers and the gaming community at large," the company said today. "Steam's Early Access allows you to play work-in-progress versions of the game (new build updates are automatic), provide critical feedback and actually help shape its creation."

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Indie Developers, Innovative Thinking, S..."
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 00:07

According to a Reddit thread, an exploit in The Elder Scrolls Online allows players to farm unlimited sums of gold. Developer ZeniMax Online Studios has already stepped in to prevent further use of the bug, it's unclear just how much the exploit has thrown off the in-game economy and what can be done to roll back the damage. A similar situation happened with the Diablo III Auction House, which caused trillions in virtual currency to flood the in-game economy.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Fix This!, MMORPG, Virtual Economies"
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 00:02

According to a report on Gematsu, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has registered more than 2 million player accounts. The new number is being attributed to the MMORPG being released on the PS4 this week. Square announced in 2013 that PS3 players would gain full access to the PS4 version at no additional cost.

The revamped title launched last August on PC and PS3, following a beta that garnered more than 1 million sign-ups.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Milestones, MMORPG, Square Enix"
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 00:00

Nintendo is involved in another lawsuit with a familiar adversary, this time over a Wii U patent violation claim. Nintendo Co. Ltd, Nintendo of America and other companies are being accused of patent infringement by a company called Secure Axcess, LLC.

That company claims that its patent issued on February 18, 2003 for "a computer providing multiple display capability where one display presents the current document and another display may show a true display of a previously opened document," was infringed upon by Nintendo.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Court Cases, Patent Trolls, Patents"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 23:35

In Andrew Eisen's latest video he shows off just some of the bugs and glitches you can enjoy yourself by picking a copy of The LEGO Movie Videogame. It's fun for the whole family, unless your family isn't a fan of buggy, glitchy, anger-inducing bugs.

He's got a whole list of them over at his IGN blog.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Andrew Eisen, Funny, Videos"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 19:48

Origin's 'On the House Program' is offering Battlefield 1942 for free this month. The game is free to download and keep, no string attached - except that you have to install and use EA's digital distribution platform. Last month EA gave away Dead Space for free.

EA plans on continuing to release full games, expansions, and more at no cost for the foreseeable future.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Electronic Arts, Free Stuff"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 17:30

"Twenty Years after Doom: John Carmack on the Future of Engineering Virtual Worlds," a talk featuring former id Software co-founder and Oculus CTO John Carmack, will take place at Southern Methodist University's Lyle School of Engineering on April 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM (Caruth Hall Ground Auditorium) in Dallas Texas.

Here's more about the talk from organizers:

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Academia, Events, Game Developers, Texas"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 16:30

The Xbox One and PC versions of Titanfall led US retail software sales in March, according to new figures released by NPD. The popular online-focused action game from developer Respawn and publisher Electronic Arts had "a solid attach rate to the Xbox One," NPD analyst Liam Callahan said.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Video Game Industry/Economics"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 15:33

All 29 defendants in the massive federal corruption case that netted several politicians including California State Senator Leland Yee, a reformed gangster named Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, and many others, appeared in Federal court on Thursday.

The early proceedings are already proving to be very complicated for the court, with so many defendants, lawyers, documents, and evidence collected over five years by the FBI. The judge overseeing the case is trying to set up a system to manage the potentially unwieldy trial.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "California, Court Cases, Leland Yee, Vid..."
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 13:30

A Homosass, Florida man has been arrested for murdering his 16-month-old son early Thursday morning. Citrus County police arrested 24-year-old Cody Wygant and charged him with third degree murder and willful child neglect.

At around 8:20 a.m. on April 17 paramedics arrived at the suspect's home to find his 16-month old son Daymeon not breathing. The baby was pronounced dead at the hospital later that morning.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Creeps, Crime File, Florida"
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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 00:01

Earlier this week, King - known for such games as Candy Crush and... uh, Candy Crush - opined that all games should adopt the free-to-play business model.

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Author: "Andrew Eisen" Tags: "Free to Play, Podcasts, Polls"
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 20:39

As of this writing there are around 80 minutes left until the crowd-funding campaign for Unwinnable Weekly ends. The campaign to fund a digital weekly edition of Unwinnable hit its initial goal of $35,000 yesterday and hit another milestone of $38,545 in the last couple of hours.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Crowd Funding, Funding, Innovative Think..."
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 20:14

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle Sale is presented by the folks at Devolver Digital, and offers three games for whatever you want to pay. Those games are The Real Texas, Cryptic Sea EP, and Dungeon Hearts, available DRM-free for Windows, Mac and Linux. If you pay $6 or more, you'll also receive Foul Play, Legend of Dungeon and KRUNCH Digital Collector's Edition. KRUNCH Digital Collector's Edition comes with exclusive comic.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Digital Distribution, DRM-Free, Pay-What..."
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 19:59

GOG.com has added language support for a number of titles in its catalog, along with support for Mac OS X on select titles. For starters all of the classic Infinity Engine role-playing games from Hasbro are available for Mac OS X.

Now Mac owners can play such games as Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga, Baldur's Gate 2 Complete, Icewind Dale Complete, Icewind Dale 2 Complete, and Planescape: Torment. Mac users can also run and the cool D&D classic, Temple of Elemental Evil.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Digital Distribution, DRM-Free, Makes Se..."
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 19:51

Sony Online Entertainment passed along a note explaining how EverQuest II players will benefit from an SOE All Access membership when it officially launches next week.

Some of the special benefits EverQuest II players will see in the game starting next week includes seven character slots, a "Member Benefits buff" that provides an additional 15 percent coin loot and 10 percent mount speed, double the alternate currencies earned in game, "members-only" Loyalty items and "all access" to broker, in-game mail, chat and spell tiers.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Free to Play, MMORPG, SOE"
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 18:59

Candy Crush Saga maker King has settled two of its most prominent trademark disputes - one with The Banner Saga developer Stoic Studio and the other with CandySwipe developer Albert Ransom. Both developers acknowledged on their respective web sites that they have worked out their problems with King.

Stoic was in a dispute with King over using the term "Saga" in the title of its game, while Candy Swipe developer Albert Ransom was disputing King's trademark claims because his game's release predated the release of Candy Crush Saga.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Big IP, Good Press, Intellectual Propert..."
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 18:33

XCOM creator Julian Gollop's 'Chaos Reborn' has managed to surpass its Kickstarter crowd-funding goal. The Kickstarter closed at $210,854, well above the $180,000 goal it was originally seeking. The project is based on Gollop's classic 1985 ZX Spectrum game, Chaos: The Battle of Wizards. The turn-based fantasy strategy game puts players in the shoes of a lone wizard with a small but powerful collection of spells.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Crowd Funding, Game Developers, Old Scho..."
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 16:29

Yesterday Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), the seemingly lone voice of dissension in Senate hearings about the proposed $45.2 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, has written a letter to Netflix asking the company to weigh in.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Mergers, Net Neutrality, U.S. Senate"
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 15:27

Online game maker NCsoft has invested an estimated $4.8 million in South Korean web comics firm Lezhin Entertainment, according to GII.

NCsoft said that the ₩5 billion ($4.8 million USD) investment in Lezhin will offer opportunities to leverage its IP in new ways, and that it will also allow Lezhin to leverage its portfolio of intellectual property for creating interactive entertainment.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Business, Korea, NCsoft, Online Games"
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