California Legislature holding an informational hearing on video games this morning

August 21, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

The California Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media is holding an informational hearing this morning.  Titled "California’s Video Game Industry: Staying on Top of a Changing Game," the hearing will "examine what the industry looks like and how California can maintain its leadership role in the field and strengthen its position for the future."

From the press release:

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'Duke Nukem' lawsuit settled

August 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The legal battle between Gearbox Software, 3D Realms, and Interceptor Entertainment is at an end. The case has been settled, with Gearbox the "full and rightful" owner of Duke Nukem. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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Leland Yee associate throws him under the bus in federal racketeering case

August 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On July 1, Former California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco - pictured, left) plead guilty to a litany of charges in federal court. Other people associated with a wide-ranging, multi-year corruption sting also plead guilty but one prominent holdout was San Francisco community activist and former Chinatown gang leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow.

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Calif. anti-video game law author Leland Yee pleads guilty to racketeering in federal court

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former California state Senator Leland Yee pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering in federal court on Wednesday. In entering his plea, Yee admitted in court that he "knowingly and intentionally agreed with another person" to take part in an enterprise and commit at least two offenses that affected state commerce.

During his plea hearing U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer asked Yee if he was entering the plea of his own free will because he was guilty:

"Are you pleading guilty of your own free will because you are guilty?" Breyer asked him.

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Report: Leland Yee may take a plea deal in federal corruption case

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former California state senator Leland Yee may be looking for a plea deal, according to several Bay Area reports this morning. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Yee and his attorney are scheduled to appear before San Francisco U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer sometime today for a change of plea hearing, which has been set on the judge's public calendar. The terms of this alleged plea agreement have not been made public.

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Leland Yee's legislative calendar reveals multiple meetings with undercover FBI agents

June 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Information is starting to surface about who former California State Senator and vocal video game critic Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) met with during his tenure in the Senate - including several recorded meetings with people identified as undercover FBI agents posing as unscrupulous characters, according to this Inside Bay Area report.

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Leland Yee seeks delay in federal trial

June 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Sacramento Bee reports that lawyers for former California state senator (D-San Francisco) and long-time video game critic Leland Yee is asking the court to delay his federal trial concerning public corruption, illegal arms dealing and racketeering.

In a filing on Monday evening, lawyers for Yee said the introduction of significant new evidence into discovery would make it difficult to prepare to go to trial on August 10.

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Members of 'gaming group' arrested for multiple swatting incidents

June 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to multiple reports, a San Diego, Calif. teen has been arrested for allegedly engaging in multiple swatting attempts throughout the United States and Canada. The 15-year-old (whose name was not released due to his age) was arrested on Wednesday at his Point Loma apartment, according to the San Diego police department. The teen is being charged with three bomb threats aimed at the Point Loma High School on April 5 and 6, police said. 

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Former Bandai Namco employee sues over discrimination, wrongful termination

June 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A former Bandai Namco employee is suing the company for discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination, according to this My News LA report (by way of Kotaku).  Tony Le, a Vietnamese-American is suing the American arm of the company, the parent company ad several of his old bosses in a lawsuit filed in California.

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Calif. judge rules Leland Yee's schedule and calendar should be released

June 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Daily News reports that a Sacramento Superior Court judge has ruled that the California State Senate must turn over records on appointments and other material related to two former state senators facing federal indictments. The ruling is a reaffirmation of a ruling in April in a case filed against the Senate by a group of journalists under the banner of the Bay Area News Group.

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Judge rules that Leland Yee's state senate office records should be made public

May 1, 2015 - James Fudge

The Sacramento County Superior Court has ruled that documents from former California State Senators Leland Yee (D) and Ronald S. Calderon (D) are public records and should be made available to members of the press, according to the LA Times. Those records include meeting schedules, office calendars, and miscellaneous records from Senate offices of both former lawmakers.

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Former University of Tennessee defensive lineman charged with stealing Xbox and games

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A former University of Tennessee defensive lineman has been charged with stealing an Xbox One and three games, according to a report in The Tribune. Former Tennessee defensive lineman Michael Sawyers is was booked on a felony theft charge and released on $1,000 bond.

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Leland Yee and the Legislative Open Records Act court case

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Sacramento County, California judge has ruled that California’s open-records statute in the constitution does not exclude the California legislature, potentially opening up a Pandora's Box of new information about embattled law makers such as Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), according to the Sacremento Bee.

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'GGautoblocker' creator and 'Online Abuse Prevention Initiative' founder targeted by swatting attempt

April 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Randi Harper, the founder of Online Abuse Prevention Initiative (OAPI) and the creator of the GGautoblocker tool, was the target of a swatting attempt on April 2, according to what she wrote on her personal web site on Friday and what the Oakland Police Department told GamePolitics this afternoon.

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Zynga shareholder lawsuit can proceed, federal court rules

March 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A U.S. District Court Judge in San Francisco has ruled that a lawsuit against social game maker Zynga concerning its December 2011 initial public offering can proceed, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled that shareholders alleging that Zynga  defrauded them "before and after" its Dec. 2011 IPO could proceed with their lawsuit. An earlier version of the lawsuit was tossed out by the same judge 13 months ago.

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Calif. teen arrested for swatting attempts in two states

March 27, 2015 - James Fudge

A thirteen-year-old Camarillo, Calif. boy was arrested on March 17 for allegedly making multiple calls to police departments in Ventura County, Calif., and New Jersey in an attempt to "swat" three different targets. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the teen (whose name was not released because he is a minor) allegedly made three calls reporting violent crimes in progress between January 15 and 20.

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Two men charged for stealing three consoles from a Palo Alto Fry's Electronics at gunpoint

March 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Normally when we report on a robbery at a GameStop or other electronics retailers, the perpetrators manage to escape into the night with their ill-gotten goods, never to be seen again or apprehended by police. But this San Jose Mercury News report details how Palo Alto police finally caught up with two men who allegedly robbed a Fry's Electronics of several consoles at gunpoint on Jan. 28.

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Lilith Games sues uCool for copyright infringement in federal court over 'Heroes Charge'

March 19, 2015 - James Fudge

Sword and Tower game-maker Lilith Games (also known in Shanghai as Lilith Technology) is suing game developer uCool of Menlo Park, California in federal court, claiming that the company's mobile game Heroes Charge violates its copyrights. Court documents for the case were not available as of this writing. The civil case was filed in the California Northern District Court and seeks a jury trial. The case (Lilith Games Co. Ltd. v. uCool, Inc. et al) has been assigned to District Court Judge Donna M. Ryu.

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TSI Launches Kickstarter for 'Seven Dragon Saga'

March 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Tactical Simulations Interactive has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its first game, Seven Dragon Saga. The game is being made by SSI alumni and Gold Box veterans David Shelley and Paul Murray, and a team of developers. While not an officially licensed AD&D role-playing game, Seven Dragon Saga pays homage to and draws inspiration from such classics as Pool of Radiance, Death Knights of Krynn, and Eye of the Beholder.

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Leland Yee Legal Team Seeks Delay in Federal Trial

February 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The attorney representing suspended California state senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) is trying to delay his federal trial for political corruption and racketeering charges. In papers filed with the court on Tuesday, Yee's attorney James Lassart notified U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer that he will seek to push a scheduled June trial to sometime in mid-August.

Lassart told the court in his filing on Tuesday that he needs more time because he's about to start another trial that will keep him busy during much of the spring months.

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California Public Utilities Commission Gives Approval With Conditions To Comcast-TWC Merger

February 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

California has given tentative approval to Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, but there are some strings attached, which the company quickly said were too difficult to adhere to. Generally when California's regulatory approves a major merger, the FCC usually follows in the same path.

The approval with conditions came yesterday from Public Utilities Commission Administrative Law Judge Karl Bemesderfer but Comcast Executive VP David Cohen was quick to criticizing the conditions.

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Proposed California Bill Requires Warrant to Access Digital Data

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A California State lawmaker is making a bold move to fight against law enforcement and federal agencies who want to secure private data without obtaining a warrant from a court first. State lawmaker Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced a new bill called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA).

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Report: Leland Yee Faces New Federal Charges

February 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former California state Senator and long-time video game critic Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) is facing a raft of new charges from the federal government, according to this LA Times report. According to the LA Times a second indictment issued by a federal grand jury adds a number of new charges.

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Report: Former California State Senator Leland Yee Using Campaign Funds For Attorney's Fees

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former State Senator Leland Yee is getting a bit of unwanted attention this week as news reports surface that he is using the money he raised for his run at California Secretary of State last year (he ultimately dropped out of that race) as a legal defense fund. According to a report in the LA Times, Yee has spent $128,000 on attorney's fees from his campaign war chest to defend himself on federal corruption charges.

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Kabam Acquires TapZen and Magic Pixel

January 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile game publisher Kabam has acquired Los Angeles-based studios Magic Pixel Games and TapZen, the company announced today. TapZen and Magic Pixel are best known for their collaboration on the iOS game This Means War. Magic Pixel's credits include iOS titles Outcast Odyssey and Stick to It, and the PS 3 game Carnival Island. TapZen founder and former Zynga chief creative officer Mike Verdu has also joined the company.

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Sen. Barbara Boxer Will Not Seek Reelection in 2016

January 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

One of the most critical voices of NSA mass surveillance in the Senate will not seek re-election in 2016. Senator Barbara Boxer announced in a video for her political action committee (featuring her grandson as the interviewer) that she will not seek reelection to the Senate during the 2016 election cycle. Instead she'll focus her efforts on her political action committee, Pac For Change.

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EA Loses Appeal in Madden NFL 09 Lawsuit

January 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A U.S. Federal Appeals Court has rejected an appeal by Electronic Arts to get a 2010 lawsuit filed by ex-NFL players tossed out of court, Reuters reports (by way of Joystiq).

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'Killzone: Shadow Fall' Class Action Lawsuit Can Proceed, Judge Rules

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

United States District Court Judge Edward Chen for the Northern District Court of California has ruled that a class action lawsuit related to Sony Computer Entertainment's Killzone: Shadow Fall will proceed. In August lead plaintiff Douglas Ladore filed a class action lawsuit against SCE claiming that the company lied about the graphics quality of Killzone: Shadow Fall for PS4 in its marketing materials, PR and public statements. He claims in his lawsuit that the game was advertised to have full 1080p high-definition resolution graphics, but it didn't measure up to those claims.

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Report: Several Counter-Strike: Go Pro Players Banned for Cheating

November 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Redbull report highlighting some tips and tricks to spot cheating in Counter-Strike: Go, several pro players have been banned for cheating and have been kicked out of this weekend's Dreamhack Winter tournament.

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USC Creates Game To Teach Students The Process of Applying for College

November 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The University of Southern California (USC) Pullias Center for Higher Education has developed a new Facebook game called Mission: Admission, which aims to encourage low-income students to attend college by teaching high school students the importance of meeting deadlines and learning the application process of the college.

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Mattsworknamehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-Vx4_prmvo09/01/2015 - 3:18am
MattsworknameTotal bisquit talkes about why teh Deus X pre order systems is garbage.09/01/2015 - 3:18am
MechaTama31Infophile: Kind of like how you're criticizing these theoretical reactions before you've even read any? ;)09/01/2015 - 12:44am
PHX CorpI'll probaly Start the stream around 8PM Eastern08/31/2015 - 10:09pm
PHX CorpOk, see you guys Tomorrow on the GP Facebook Page, I'll be steaming either the first 2 megaman games(Through Megaman Legacy Collection) or Rare Replay as the first game on My twitch.tv page tomorrow While we wait for GP to Come back up later this week08/31/2015 - 10:01pm
james_fudgeAlso check out our Facebook page and chat there! https://www.facebook.com/gamepolitics08/31/2015 - 9:53pm
james_fudgeSee you all on the other side! Find me on Twitter :)08/31/2015 - 9:51pm
james_fudgeAllright, i'll mention this on the GP facebook page08/31/2015 - 9:49pm
PHX Corpand now it's ready to go for everyone08/31/2015 - 9:35pm
PHX Corpok, done http://www.twitch.tv/trustygemtwitch I have to put on one more finishing touch and it is ready to go08/31/2015 - 9:19pm
Andrew EisenFeel free to leave us suggestions on Facebook or Twitter too. We're going to be busy but we'll try our best to keep an eye on 'em.08/31/2015 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenIt's an interesting idea though. If we do anything, we probably won't know until after the site goes offline so keep an eye on GP social media for announcements.08/31/2015 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenYeah, we could use my Twitch chat box too. There's always IRC but we don't currently have a GamePolitics channel.08/31/2015 - 8:57pm
Goth_SkunkThough I think the limit is 9 at a time in the hangout, so anyone who can't get in would be stuck out in the 'on air' portion.08/31/2015 - 8:57pm
Andrew EisenFor the show, I'd like the chat open to anyone who wants to watch.08/31/2015 - 8:55pm
PHX CorpI could Set Up a Temporary chatroom on My twitch.TV page while GP is busy updating the site(since I'll be Fighting Megaman Legacy Collection on Xbox one)08/31/2015 - 8:54pm
Goth_SkunkI don't see a problem with inviting viewers. It's not like I'm advocating this to be an open forum, just something specific to GP members.08/31/2015 - 8:53pm
Andrew EisenThat's why I embed the chat box from my Twitch Page. Can't get chat on the YouTube page to work either.08/31/2015 - 8:49pm
Andrew EisenI do but I haven't seen a way to incorporate viewers to chat without specifically inviting them to the event.08/31/2015 - 8:49pm
Goth_SkunkThough I'm surprised you'd not be familiar with this, Andrew. Do you not use Google Hangouts when you do S.P.A.C.?08/31/2015 - 8:45pm

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