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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 20:52

Candy Crush Saga maker King has settled its copyright case against 6waves, has received an undisclosed sum of money, and has ensured the closure of 6waves' Farm Epic and Treasure Epic games - two games it claims were infringing on its copyrights.

"We are pleased that this matter has now been resolved," commented King's chief legal officer Robert Miller.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Copyright, Court Cases, Mobile, Mobile P..."
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 20:28

The latest Humble Mobile Bundle, Humble Mobile Bundle 7, offers nine Android games for as little as $5. Those willing to pay at least a buck can score The Tiny Bang Story, Color Zen Premium Color Zen Premium, Heroes of Loot Heroes of Loot, along with the soundtracks to all three games.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Android, DRM-Free, Mobile Phone Games, P..."
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 19:53

Marin County, California District Attorney Ed Berberian's office is co-sponsoring a toy and videogame trade-in program alongside the Center for Domestic Peace and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream in the month of October. The DA's office is co-sponsoring the event because it found great success with a similar buyback program for real guns two years ago. That firearm buy-back program saw people line up to sell an estimated 857 weapons for a total of more than $100,000. The funds for that program came from donations and $40,000 provided by county supervisors.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Admittedly a Stretch, California, Gun Co..."
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 18:55

Steam now supports additional local currencies, according to an announcement made today by Valve Software - as reported by CVG. Local currency in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand are now supported. In late August Steam added support for the Japanese Yen.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Digital Distribution, Steam, Valve"
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 17:31

Activision announced today that, of the $500 million in Destiny copies it shipped to retail (announced last week), an estimated $325 million worth of product has been sold through to consumers. The sales data, which is as clear as a murky swamp, comes from an amalgamation of data from UK's Chart-Track, retail customer sell-through data, first parties and internal estimates from Activision Blizzard.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Activision, Big IP, Business, Video Game..."
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 16:30

One transaction gone horribly wrong leads to four people having their lives ruined - with one of those lives coming to a tragic end over a video game system. That's what happened in Roswell, Georgia when two people who answered a Craigslist ad looking to sell a PlayStation 4. The owner of the PS4, 28-year-old Daniel John Zeitz put an ad on Craigslist looking to sell it.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Creeps, Crime File, Georgia, PS4"
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 15:19

Electronic Arts announced this morning that its "On The House" program will feature PopCap’s incredibly-addictive puzzler Bejeweled 3 this month. To get the game for free, all you need to do is have an Origin account and the Origin client installed. If you have those things already, you can download the game for free from this link. Once you download the game and add it to your game library once, you own if and can download it again whenever you want according to EA.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Electronic Arts, Free Stuff"
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 12:27

A new video from a conservative think tank called American Enterprise Institute featuring scholar Christina Hoff Sommers says that issues related to sexism and misogyny have been brought up mostly by pro-feminist tech writers and those sympathetic to them. Sommers has written several books critical of the current feminism movement including Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women and The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Conservatives, Games & Culture, Gender, ..."
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 12:12

Rust and Gary's Mod creator Garry Newman says that he would have done exactly the same thing as Markus 'Notch' Persson did if given the same opportunity. Newman is referring to the sale of Minecraft and Mojang to Microsoft that was formally announced on Monday.

Some fans have criticized Notch for selling the popular game and the company that makes it for $2.5 billion dollars; some say that they will "never forgive him," or that he has "sold out."

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Game Developers"
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 11:53

Sony announced today that, despite the PS4 selling so well, it still expects to report a net loss of 230 billion yen, or $2.1 billion, for the current fiscal year ending in March 2015. The scope and size of the net loss is a lot larger than what the company predicted back in July: it previously predicted a net loss of 50 billion yen, or $466m.

Sony is pinning this loss on impairment charges of 180 billion yen or $1.7 billion related to its struggling smartphone business

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Business, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Hom..."
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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 16:27

With a little under 60 hours to go, the Kickstarter campaign for "GX3: Everyone Games" has managed to surpass its funding goal of $80,000. As of this writing, the LGBTQ gaming event has managed to raise $82,971 from 814 backers. Formerly known as "GaymerX," GX3 will take place in the San Francisco/Bay Area in November or December of 2015.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Crowd Funding, Events, LGBT Issues"
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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 15:39

Seeing that government regulation was in the wings if it didn't do something, the Interactive Digital Software Association (now known as the Entertainment Software Association, or ESA) decided that the industry needed a self-governing ratings system. To that end, and with the input of the industry, the IDSA established the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and created a set of ratings and descriptors to help consumers in general and parents in particular make educated and well informed purchases. That was 20 years ago - in 1994.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "ESA, ESRB, Milestones, Ratings"
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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 14:30

Nintendo of Japan today issued a formal apology for banning Super Smash Bros. online players while in the midst of trying to clear up a glitch. The game for 3DS, which launched in Japan Sept. 13, contains a glitch related to item usage in an online game mode that doesn't allow it.

According to multiple reports on the glitch, a number of players found a way to use Princess Peach's special ability to pull and throw her turnip item in the 'For Glory' online mode. The problem is that items are supposed to be disabled.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "3DS, Bad Press, Japan, Nintendo"
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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 13:05

2K Games and developer Gearbox have finally finished transitioning the PC version of Borderlands away from GameSpy (for multiplayer features) to Steamworks. The game has been without a working multiplayer mode since the Gamespy multiplayer service shut down on May 31.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Online Games, PC Games, Steam"
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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 12:07

Reclaim Your Game (RYG), an organization dedicated to uncovering the secrets hidden in games (like DRM, and questionable clauses in end-user license agreements, terms of service of agreements, and privacy policies rolled into game releases), has taken the time to dig through The Sims 4, the latest release in EA's popular people simulator for various platforms.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "DRM, Electronic Arts, EULA, PC Games"
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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 21:02

On the heels of announcing that it planned to bring Grand Theft Auto V to Xbox One and PS4 this fall, and to the PC in early 2015 with additional content and other improvements, Rockstar Games has explained in a brief comment on its site, why all of these releases are taking so long. In a comment on the original announcement, Rockstar explained that it is taking the extra time - particularly on the PC release - to ensure that it is "amazing."

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Grand Theft Auto Series, PC Games, Rocks..."
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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 21:00

Speaking recently at the XOXO Festival in Portland over the weekend, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian spoke out about the abuse and threats she has received in recent weeks. Sarkeesian said in her speech at the event (as detailed by the Verge) that many of the people that lob hate and threats at her and others online for their work do so because they believe they are being "noble."

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Cyber-bullying, Discrimination, Gender, ..."
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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 20:58

The uncensored PC version of Left 4 Dead 2 is finally available to consumers in Australia via Steam today (thanks Blue's News). The uncensored version of Capcom's co-op zombie survival shooter sequel now carries an R18+ rating and is for sale - for a limited time - for 75 percent off its normal asking price.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Australia, Big IP, PC Games, Ratings, St..."
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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 20:00

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced today that its service is now available in Scandinavia and Ireland. Campaign creators who want to fund a game, movie, board game, card game, a new type of underwear -- whatever, can get started today. While users in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Ireland can start creating projects on Kickstarter today, the bad news is that they'll have to wait until October 21 for them to be made publicly available.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Crowd Funding, Europe"
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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 19:00

Despite some early rumors making claims that it was happening, Monster Hunter 4 is not coming to the Wii U, according to a VG247 report.

"It's a misprint," said Capcom community rep. Yuri Arauj. "We’re working on a proper message to diffuse this, so we should have something more public and official out soon."

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Big IP, Capcom, Wii U"
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