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The Next Twenty Years: What Windows 8's Closed Distribution Means for Developers
In this highly detailed article which originally appeared on his site, programmer and game industry veteran Casey Muratori takes a long, hard look at what the closed game market in Windows 8 will mean for developers not just immediately, but down the road.
10.16.12 | Feature | Casey Muratori | 73 Number of Comments 
Gaikai sued over alleged streaming patent infringement
Delaware-based game streaming patent holder T5 Labs has filed a complaint against Gaikai, alleging that the latter has knowingly infringed on its streaming patent.
10.10.12 | News | Mike Rose | 18 Number of Comments 
U.S. court denies Motorola's German Xbox 360 ban
Microsoft has received some good news in its defence against a Motorola Mobility lawsuit, as a U.S. court has stated that the Google subsidiary cannot enforce an Xbox 360 ban in Germany.
09.30.12 | News | Mike Rose | 5 Number of Comments 
Happy 40th birthday, video games
Around 40 years ago today -- we'll probably never know the exact date -- the first sale of the very first home video game system, Magnavox's "Odyssey," took place, sparking the birth of the video game industry that keeps us employed.
08.27.12 | News | Frank Cifaldi | 24 Number of Comments 
Video game inventor demonstrates multimedia box...in 1973
Home video game inventor Ralph Baer demonstrates the "All Purpose Box" in this rare video from nearly forty years ago, showing how even in the 1970s, video game consoles were thought to have potential beyond games.
08.06.12 | News | Frank Cifaldi | 11 Number of Comments 
DRM firm Uniloc files infringement suit against Mojang's 'Mindcraft'
DRM tech firm Uniloc, which has previously clashed with such high-profile publishers as Activision Blizzard and Sony, has now set its sights on Minecraft developer Mojang.
07.22.12 | News | Mike Rose | 22 Number of Comments 
The Erosion of Creative Freedom? The Battle over Publicity Rights
Rutgers professor and lawyer Greg Lastowka explains why he believes that EA should prevail in its case against Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart, who's suing the company because his likeness has appeared in NCAA Football -- and the considers the broad implications of a loss or a win for Hart.
07.11.12 | Feature | Greg Lastowka | 18 Number of Comments 
Microsoft rejects Motorola settlement offer in Xbox lawsuit
As part Motorola Mobility's lawsuit against Microsoft over alleged patent infringements, Microsoft has rejected an offer which saw the Google subsidiary asking for royalties of 2.25 percent on each Xbox 360 console sold.
06.20.12 | News | Mike Rose | 8 Number of Comments 
A Way to Better Games: Establishing Functional Theory
What will it take to make a real step forward in game design? Keith Burgun argues that we need to develop a standard by which to judge what is and what is not a game, and a way of looking at game design much like formal music theory.
06.19.12 | Feature | Keith Burgun | 80 Number of Comments 
Judge rules in favor of Tetris Company in cloning dispute
In a move that has big implications for video game clone claims, a judge has ruled in favor of the Tetris Company against Mino developer Xio Interactive, stating that Mino is substantially similar to Tetris.
06.18.12 | News | Mike Rose | 17 Number of Comments 
Activision Blizzard opposes Motorola's Xbox ban lawsuit
Activision Blizzard has weighed in on Motorola Mobility's lawsuit against Microsoft over alleged patent infringements, noting that a sales ban for the Xbox 360 S console in the U.S. would cause commercial harm for publishers.
06.11.12 | News | Mike Rose | 30 Number of Comments 
Ubisoft files complaint against author in Assassin's Creed disagreement
Ubisoft is looking to receive a ruling that states that American author John L. Beiswenger's lawsuit against the company earlier this year was "entirely meritless," and to prevent future related claims from the author.
05.30.12 | News | Mike Rose | 4 Number of Comments 
Motorola lawsuit judge recommends Xbox 360 S sales ban in U.S.
Motorola Mobility's lawsuit against Microsoft over alleged patent infringements rages on this week, as a judge recommended that sales of the Xbox 360 S console should be banned in the U.S.
05.22.12 | News | Mike Rose | 21 Number of Comments 
J.S. Joust clone removed from App Store, dev 'never gave permission'
UK developer Ustwo has agreed to pull its J.S. Joust copycat app from the iTunes App Store after taking heat earlier this week. [UPDATE: Joust dev details his correspondence with Sam Pepper.]
05.22.12 | News | Tom Curtis, Mike Rose | 6 Number of Comments 
In-depth: Playing (with) video
In this reprinted #altdevblogaday in-depth piece, BitSquid co-founder Niklas Frykholm looks at the different options developers have for playing video in their games, and their pros and cons.
05.21.12 | News | Niklas Frykholm | 4 Number of Comments 
Understanding the Legal Impact of Publishing Your Game
Jovan Johnson, a California attorney and partner at Johnson & Moo, examines the important legal issues that may arise when you sign your mobile game up with a publisher for distribution, and explains how you can take steps to insulate yourself from negative outcomes.
05.08.12 | Feature | Jovan Johnson | 12 Number of Comments 
Maximum creativity: Open and Closed Mode
In this reprinted #altdevblogaday opinion piece, Climax Games designer Claire Blackshaw looks at Closed and Open Modes in the context of game development, discussing the benefits of Open Mode.
05.07.12 | News | Claire Blackshaw |  
Judge upholds Microsoft's restraining order against Motorola in 'arrogant' lawsuit
A judge has said that he will need more time to consider Motorola's lawsuit against Microsoft over alleged patent infringements, calling the way in which both companies have conducted themselves "arrogant."
05.07.12 | News | Mike Rose | 11 Number of Comments 
Zynga suing French publisher over PyramidVille
FarmVille maker Zynga has filed suit against another company over alleged trademark infringement, this time going after French publisher Kobojo for its social game PyramidVille.
05.07.12 | News | Eric Caoili | 10 Number of Comments 
Motorola wins German sales injunction against Microsoft's Xbox 360
As part of Motorola Mobility's lawsuit against Microsoft over alleged patent infringements, a German court has granted Motorola an injunction against the distribution of various Microsoft products in Germany.
05.01.12 | News | Mike Rose | 5 Number of Comments 
Judge rules in favor of Motorola over Xbox patent claims
A U.S. judge ruled that Microsoft infringed on patents from Motorola Mobility Holdings when it produced its Xbox 360 console, which may lead to imports of the console being blocked from entering the U.S.
04.23.12 | News | Mike Rose | 3 Number of Comments 
Ubisoft sued over alleged infringement of Assassin's Creed storyline
An American author and research engineer has filed a lawsuit against Ubisoft and Gametrailers, alleging that the storyline behind the popular Assassin's Creed features many similarities to one of his novels.
04.17.12 | News | Mike Rose | 31 Number of Comments 
Ubisoft faces patent lawsuit over Rocksmith tech
Guitar Apprentice, a company that provides virtual guitar tutorials to aspiring musicians, has filed a lawsuit against Ubisoft, claiming the company has violated one of its patents with its recent instructional music game, Rocksmith.
04.08.12 | News | Tom Curtis | 2 Number of Comments 
World of Warcraft, Call of Duty accused of violating virtual worlds patent
A company going by the name of Worlds Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Activision, claiming that a number of the publisher's online games violate a patent relating to large-scale virtual worlds.
04.04.12 | News | Tom Curtis | 17 Number of Comments 
Nintendo: 'We refuse to succumb to patent trolls'
Nintendo hit back at "patent trolls" today, after a patent infringement lawsuit from fitness company IA Labs was dismissed by a Maryland U.S. District Court judge.
03.01.12 | News | Mike Rose | 6 Number of Comments 

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