Google and Cisco Settle With Rockstar

November 20, 2014

This is an alarming trend: two major technology companies have settled with Rockstar (no, not the makers of Grand Theft Auto - another company named Rockstar). In 2011 Rockstar (a patent holding company financed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony) bought up thousands of Nortel Network Corp patents for $4.5 billion.

The company then went about filing lawsuits against some pretty big players including Cisco and Google, among others.

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Joystiq Picks Latest Humble Bundle Weekly Selections

November 20, 2014

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is curated by the fine folks at Joystiq.com, with the charity of note being the Able Gamers charity. The Humble Weekly Bundle Joystiq offers a total of seven games selected by Joystiq for as little as $15.

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Latest 'World of Warcraft' Expansion Puts Subscriber Numbers Up Over 10 Million

November 20, 2014

The Fifth expansion to Blizzard's ultra popular and long-running MMO World of Warcraft is proving to be one of the most popular in recent memory. Warlords of Draenor has driven monthly subscriber numbers for the MMO up to over 10 million, according to a new announcement from Blizzard. Blizzard also said that more than 3.3 million copies of the expansion were sold in its first 24 hours of availability.

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Frontier Developments Details Who Can Get a Refund for 'Elite Dangerous'

November 20, 2014

Last week Frontier Developments announced that they were scrapping offline play in its space exploration game Elite: Dangerous and focusing on "always online" multiplayer. This made a lot of backers and pre-order customers very upset because they actually wanted a single-player experience or they viewed the always connected nature of the game as a form of DRM. Read more

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Microsoft Celebrates Xbox One One-Year Anniversary With Free Goodies and Giveaways

November 20, 2014

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Xbox One, Microsoft will be giving away a handful of freebies and will be giving away major rewards to a few select and randomly chosen Xbox One owners. Anyone who bought an Xbox One between November 22, 2013 and November 11, 2014, and has logged at least 10 hours of usage is eligible. Everyone will get a Year One gamer picture, new Xbox One backgrounds and a Year One image for use as your desktop, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb explained in a new blog post. Read more

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Activision Blizzard Settles With Shareholders Over Vivendi Stock Repurchase Plan

November 20, 2014

Activision Blizzard has settled its lawsuit filed by shareholders after the company bought back a controlling interest in the former majority stakeholder Vivendi in 2013.

In a press release announcing the settlement, which still requires the approval of the Delaware court where the class action lawsuit was filed, the board of directors said the following:

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Apple Changes Labeling on 'Free-to-Play' Games in App Store

November 20, 2014

Apple has kicked the "free" label in its App Store to the curb. Popular free-to-play apps that offer in-game microtransactions will now be labeled with "Get" instead of "Free." While Apple has confirmed the changes with Re/Code, the company hasn't said anything else about why it made the changes in the first place.

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PSA: Free Trial Available Now for 'Destiny'

November 19, 2014

Bungie has released a free demo (or trial depending on what platform you download it on) for its first-person online focused shooter Destiny across all platforms the game is available on. The demo gives players a small taste of the Destiny character creation and progression systems, story mission content, and cooperative and social activities.

On Xbox One and PS4, the Destiny trial requires 20 GB of disk space, while the Destiny demo on Xbox 360 and PS3 requires 6 GB of free disk space.

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Ubisoft: Large Crowds Are Not Responsible for Lower Framerates in 'Assassin’s Creed Unity'

November 19, 2014

Ubisoft is telling customers that "large crowds" in its game Assassin’s Creed Unity are not responsible for diminished frame rates. In a new blog update, the developers of the game said that - based on feedback - it has concluded that technical issues are not tied to large crowd sizes.

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'Final Fantasy XIV' Servers Targeted by Ongoing DDoS Attacks

November 19, 2014

Square Enix issued an advisory warning to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn players that they may experience intermittent connection issues due to an ongoing DDoS attack on the game's servers. While the attacks, which have apparently been ongoing for several days, are causing login difficulties for players, Square Enix says both personal customer information and character data "are not in danger of being exposed."

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Former French Presidential Candidate Calls Assassin's Creed: Unity Propaganda

November 19, 2014

Left Party founder and former 2012 presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon is not happy with Ubisoft's portrayal of historical characters and events related to the "French Revolution" in its latest game. Assassin's Creed: Unity. Speaking to Telegraph, Mélenchon described the game as outright propaganda.

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'BasedGamer' Raises 22 Percent of its Funding Goal

November 19, 2014

The crowd-funding campaign for BasedGamer has raised $11,163 of its $50,000 goal (around 22 percent) with 40 days left to go in the campaign. The campaign for this project started on November 13 and will close on December 28.

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EFF Announces 'Let's Encrypt'

November 19, 2014

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced this week that it is helping to launch a new non-profit organization dedicated to dramatically increasing secure Internet browsing. The new non-profit is called Let's Encrypt and it will eventually offer free server certificates beginning in the summer of 2015.

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Netflix Coming to Australia and New Zealand in Q1 2015

November 19, 2014

The BBC reports that Netflix will expand its reach to Australia and New Zealand in March of 2015. The company said that it will expand to these new regions in the first quarter of next year and will have two new original series - Marco Polo and BoJack Horseman - ready to watch when the service goes live there. Pricing and programming available for Australia and New Zealand will be announced at a later date.

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EA CFO Thinks Microsoft Will Catch Up With Sony After The Holiday Season

November 19, 2014

Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen says that while Sony has hit the ground running in the current generation of console wars with its PlayStation 4 console, he expects Microsoft is catching quickly.

"Clearly Sony has jumped out to a lead with a great console and I think a great pricing strategy," said EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, but "Microsoft is catching up quickly."

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Andrew EisenI'm just waiting to buy a new Gamecube controller for my Gamecube.11/22/2014 - 7:15pm
Wonderkarphttp://kotaku.com/smash-bros-gamecube-adapters-sold-out-online-prices-g-1662162871 Smash Bros Gamecube adapter sold out, online prices go nuts11/22/2014 - 6:50pm
Andrew EisenI bet there's a lovely comedy of errors surrounding that list's journey to the IGDA's page!11/22/2014 - 6:49pm
Andrew EisenAnd the fact that it was curated by some random person on Twitter should have been another.11/22/2014 - 6:48pm
Andrew EisenYep, it's pretty clear that whoever at the IGDA grabbed that list, didn't look at it first. I think the fact that there's over 10,000 names on it should have been a bit of a red flag.11/22/2014 - 6:44pm
Wonderkarppenguin books is on the list. wow.11/22/2014 - 6:43pm
Wonderkarpthats better, though I'd prefer something a little more than a simple tweet, I'll take it.11/22/2014 - 6:37pm
Andrew EisenKate Edwards' Twitter: "like people, tools are imperfect; we've removed it for now."11/22/2014 - 6:35pm
Andrew EisenHard to say with any certainty but it appears it at least understands the tool didn't do what it thought it did.11/22/2014 - 6:34pm
WonderkarpI've yet to find the IGDA responding too the situation other than deleting a link.11/22/2014 - 6:34pm
Matthew WilsonI hope the IGDA understands why its a mistake, that's all I want.11/22/2014 - 6:33pm
Andrew EisenHeh, lawyering up would be grossly overracting! And really silly. Well, if what the IGDA did say was not enough for you, try contacting them and letting them know how you feel.11/22/2014 - 6:31pm
Wonderkarpall I want is an apology from the IGDA. nothing fancy, not even addressed to me. Just something that says, "We messed up. We're Sorry" thats it. Not exactly those words except Sorry. If I was overreacting, I'd be lawyering up.11/22/2014 - 6:29pm
Andrew EisenI get it, I just think you're taking it the wrong way and overreacting.11/22/2014 - 6:27pm
Wonderkarpatleast Matthew understands why I am miffed at that list11/22/2014 - 6:26pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - That I agree with. Linking to that list was silly. Hopefully IGDA will more carefully vet the resources it links to make sure they do what they're supposed to.11/22/2014 - 6:25pm
Andrew EisenNope. No insults.11/22/2014 - 6:21pm
WonderkarpAnd here come the insults. Wanna throw some more?11/22/2014 - 6:18pm
Andrew EisenYou're an English major? Wow.11/22/2014 - 6:16pm
Matthew Wilsonno I am glad they did, but I want this talked about so it does not happen again.11/22/2014 - 6:15pm
 

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