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Opinion: Why Casual Game Cloning Makes Sense
In this editorial, Colin Anderson, MD of innovative Scottish game developer Denki (Denki Blocks
, Sky/DirecTV interactive TV casual games) takes the casual game industry to task for its complaints about game 'cloning', suggesting it forces developer
| Colin Anderson
Suit Filed Against Sony For Parallel Processing Patent
A new lawsuit has been filed against Sony and its PlayStation 3, this time by the Parallel Processing Corporation, claiming Sony's Cell processor chip design infringes on the company's patent filed in the late 80's.
| Brandon Boyer
The History Of Activision
Nowadays, Activision is a massive worldwide publisher, responsible for Tony Hawk
and Guitar Hero
. But it all started with just four game developers leaving Atari in 1979, and Gamasutra presents a history of the first ever third-party publisher, with insight from company co-founder David Crane.
| Jeffrey Fleming
Working In Japanese Game Development: The Facts
In the first part of an informative two-part Gamasutra series, pseudonymous Japan-based game creator JC Barnett looks at exactly how Western developers can enter Japanese game development, with tips on how to apply, visas, savings, language prerequisites, and more.
| JC Barnett
Building A Successful Game Business: The People
How do you build a successful game business from scratch? In the first part of a high-level feature series, veteran exec Merripen, formerly of Cyberlore and Cryptic Studios, explains why the best game companies "...encourage their business side to flourish with the same creativity and passion seen in their games."
| Clarinda Merripen
Q&A: Netamin's Mackay On The Rise Of The MMOSG
Given the popularity of online games, why aren't more MMO-focused sports games being made? Gamasutra talks to Netamin's Sean Mackay about Ultimate Baseball Online
, the firm's MMOSG that puts 18 human players on the same field in real-time, and uses
| Alistair Wallis
Opinion: Is Your Invention Worth Patenting?
In this extensive opinion piece, Cook & Alex attorney (and former Bungie developer) Konrad Sherinian looks at the costs of patenting ideas, discusses 'trade secrets', and notes how developers can use intellectual property to "establish competitive advanta
| Konrad Sherinian, Staff
Hard Drivin’, Hard Bargainin’: Investigating Midway’s ‘Ghost Racer’ Patent
Did you know that games such as Project Gotham Racing
and Ridge Racer 6
are paying Midway to include 'ghost mode' cars to race against, thanks to a patent in the company's 1989 arcade racer Hard Drivin'
? We analyze the original patent, talk to Midway and licensee Global VR, and examine just how patents impact the biz.
| Kyle Orland
Microsoft Sues Immersion Over Rumble Deal
A new report has revealed that Microsoft is suing touch feedback/rumble technology developer and patent holder Immersion for breach of contract, claiming the company has not paid Microsoft for "certain business and IP licensing arrangements."
| Brandon Boyer
Book Extract: Legend Of The Syndicate
The Syndicate is one of the longest-running MMO guilds of all time, and it's just about to publish a book
discussing its 11-year social history, from Ultima Online
to World Of Warcraft and beyond - Gamasutra has an exclusive in-depth excerpt from 'The Legend Of The Syndicate'.
| Sean Stalzer
Patent Strategy in the Game Industry
There's continuing controversy
over the use of patents in the game biz, so Gamasutra has asked lawyers Boyd and Moersfelder, who regularly represent game companies, to explain what patents are and why you should care - you might be surprised.
| S. Gregory Boyd,Matthew Moersfelder
Defining Adaptive Music
Audio programmer Andrew Clark (Full Auto
series, Pseudo Interactive) attempts to define adaptive music for games, using examples ranging from early efforts via LucasArts' iMUSE engine through modern games such as the Rainbow Six
series, in this Gamasutra feature.
| Andrew Clark
WILL Gets Grant For Anti-School Violence Serious Games
Virtual experience behavior modification gaming provider, WILL Interactive, has announced that the company has received a grant from CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield to introduce a pair of serious games into five D.C. charter schools to address school vio
| Jason Dobson
Introduction to COLLADA
In this extract from COLLADA: Sailing the Gulf of 3D Digital Content Creation
, PlayStation 3 graphics architect Rmi Arnaud and Mark Barnes introduce the open standard technique for exchanging normally incompatible 3D assets.
| Rémi Arnaud,Mark Barnes
WILL Interactive Reveals Hospital Training Game
Virtual experience behavior modification gaming provider WILL Interactive has announced a partnership with Washington Hospital Center to create Anatomy of Care
, a web based training program addressing the need for customer care for hospital staff.
| Jason Dobson
Google Confirms Adscape Acquisition
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As widely rumored, officials from search engine giant Google have now confirmed that the company has acquired video game advertising firm Adscape for an undisclosed sum. [UPDATE
: Analysts weigh in on the state of the in-game ad market, predicting $
| David Jenkins