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SCEA, Ubi, Disney, EA Face Voice Tech Patent Suit
Texas-based Bareis Technology is suing Ubisoft, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Electronic Arts and Disney, alleging violation of a voice-recognition tech patent.
11.17.09 | News | Leigh Alexander | 3 Number of Comments 
Interview: Ohai Makes A Case For Social MMOs With City of Eternals Facebook MMO
Social gaming startup Ohai has announced Facebook-enabled vampire MMO City of Eternals -- and we talk to co-founders Susan Wu and Don Neufeld about the tech and business of "frictionless MMOs that appeal to everyone in the world."
11.12.09 | News | Christian Nutt | 1 Number of Comments 
Best Of Indie Games: Machines Doing the Robot Dance The Weblog editor Tim W. rounds up the week's top free and commercial indie games, including the debut of long-awaited graphical adventure Machinarium and much more.
10.22.09 | News | Tim W. |  
Edge Back On App Store Despite Trademark Dispute
French developer Mobigame said this week that its iPhone game Edge is returning to the App Store, despite an ongoing dispute with the company that trademarked variations on the word "Edge."
10.07.09 | News | Kris Graft |  
EA, DICE File Complaint To End Trademark Issues Over Mirror's Edge
EA has filed a petition for the cancellation of "Edge" U.S. trademarks held by Tim Langdell's Edge Games, which told Gamasutra the complaint is a "desperate attempt" to win the rights to use the trademark Mirror's Edge.
09.28.09 | News | Kris Graft | 6 Number of Comments 
Turbine, Blizzard, SOE Named In Data-Sharing Tech Patent Infringement Suit
Data sharing patent holder PalTalk is now targeting Sony Online Entertainment, Turbine and Activision Blizzard in an infringement lawsuit related to technology used in multiplayer gaming.
09.15.09 | News | Leigh Alexander | 8 Number of Comments 
Bethesda, id Parent ZeniMax Acquires Prey License
ZeniMax Media, parent company of publisher Bethesda Softworks and newly-acquired developer id Software, now owns the Prey license and has registered numerous rights including films, books, and "entertainment services."
09.07.09 | News | Chris Remo | 5 Number of Comments 
Ludus Florentis: The Flowering of Games
The video game industry is going through a massive sea change, and Divide By Zero's James Portnow sits down to examine just what's going on, from tool simplification to distribution network changes, and what it means for games as a creative medium.
08.27.09 | Feature | James Portnow | 17 Number of Comments 
Nintendo Settles Patent Infringement Suit
Nintendo and Hillcrest Labs settled a suit involving motion-sensing technology used for the Nintendo Wii, in an agreement that removes the Mario house from the threat of an import ban.
08.25.09 | News | Kris Graft |  
Nintendo Files Patent For Football-Shaped Controller Housing
Following a patent involving a blow-up horse controller, another patent from Nintendo describes a peripheral shaped like a football which can house a Wii Remote, intended to increas
08.24.09 | News | Kris Graft | 9 Number of Comments 
20 Years Of Evolution: Scott Miller And 3D Realms
The shareware innovator charts a path through his origins as a programmer in high school all the way to the future of his work with Radar, his new company dedicated to IP formation and evolution.
08.21.09 | Feature | Benj Edwards | 9 Number of Comments 
ESA Spends Over $1.2 Million In Q2 2009 Lobbying
The U.S. ESA trade organization has revealed -- via official filings -- that it spent over $1.2 million in Q2 2009, lobbying government in areas as diverse as immigration, copyright law, and homeland security.
08.19.09 | News | Brandon Sheffield |  
GDC Europe: Do You Need A Publisher For Your iPhone Game?
At GDC Europe, panelists including Ngmoco (Rolando), Chillingo (Zen Bound), and Subatomic Studios (Fieldrunners) discussed the success of the App Store and whether you genuinely need a publisher for your iPhone title.
08.18.09 | News | Simon Carless | 5 Number of Comments 
Sony Computer Entertainment America Files 'Laugh Detector' Patent
Sony Computer Entertainment America recently filed a patent for a "laugh detector" and a system for tracking emotions, which could be applied to TV and film viewing, as well as video games.
08.16.09 | News | Kris Graft | 11 Number of Comments 
EA Files Trademarks For Populous, Wing Commander, And Other Classics
Electronic Arts filed new trademarks for the classic Bullfrog properties Populous and Theme Park, as well as the revered Wing Commander and Road Rash, leading to speculation that a resurrection of the brands is on the cards.
08.11.09 | News | Kris Graft | 6 Number of Comments 
Nintendo Files Patent For Blow-Up Motion-Sensing Horse Saddle
Nintendo has the Wii Balance Board, Zapper, Wheel, MotionPlus, and Vitality Sensor. Missing? An inflatable saddle to simulate horseback riding on a games console -- and Nintendo recently filed a patent for it.
08.10.09 | News | Kris Graft | 6 Number of Comments 
In-Depth: Exploring Ultracade's Alleged Counterfeit Arcade Game Racket
This detailed investigation talks to SNK Playmore, Tecmo, Jaleco and more to investigate claims that parties related to the Ultracade arcade game cabinet sold counterfeited classic arcade games in the West.
08.05.09 | News | John D. Andersen | 7 Number of Comments 
A New Life for Arcades?
In an overview of the current arcade game business, industry consultant Kevin Williams examines the state of the market, probing why, although the Western arcade biz is much changed from its '80s heyday, there's still room for new products.
07.23.09 | Feature | Kevin Williams | 4 Number of Comments 
Analysis: Death of a Spaceman - Game Autosolving & Spacestation Pheta
In this analysis piece, Andrew Vanden Bossche looks at an early precursor to Nintendo's upcoming in-game help system, delving into what made Spacestation Pheta a game design success.
07.14.09 | News | Andrew Vanden Bossche | 4 Number of Comments 
Gamasutra Member Blogs: From Manifestos To Audio
Showcasing highlights from Gamasutra's Member Blogs, we look at common game audio mistakes, paintball skills enhanced by video games, and concepts for a new game developer association.
07.13.09 | News | Chris Remo | 2 Number of Comments 
Nintendo-Patented 'Demo Play' Help Feature Also Coming To DS
An automated walkthrough feature intended to show players solutions to Wii titles will reportedly also be available on the DS, according to media reports.
07.06.09 | News | Leigh Alexander | 2 Number of Comments 
Judge Accuses Microsoft Of Courtroom Shenanigans In Ongoing Xbox Live Suit
New details have come to light regarding an ongoing five-year-old patent infringement lawsuit filed against Microsoft over the technology behind Xbox Live, with a judge butting heads with Microsoft legal.
07.01.09 | News | Kris Graft | 19 Number of Comments 
David Perry Unveils Details on Cloud-Based Gaming Service 'Gaikai'
Industry stalwart David Perry said that his latest project, the cloud-computing service dubbed "Gaikai", will be a robust service that streams data-heavy games with minimal lag, and will use an "entirely different" business model from OnLive.
06.30.09 | News | Kris Graft | 10 Number of Comments 
Analysis: Can Nintendo Take 'Accessibility' Too Far?
In this analysis, Gamasutra news director Leigh Alexander asks whether Nintendo's latest accessibility-oriented move -- a patent for automated walkthroughs -- is a boon or a cop-out.
06.23.09 | News | Leigh Alexander | 23 Number of Comments 
Luxology Releases Modo 401 With Rendering, Animation, Workflow Enhancements
San Mateo-based Luxology has announced Modo 401, the latest full release of its 3D content creation software that adds a number of rendering and animation enhancements.
06.18.09 | News | Leigh Alexander |  

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