Lead Counsel In SCOTUS Violent Games Case Lays Out Arguments

October 7, 2010 -

The lead counsel for the video game industry in the upcoming Supreme Court fight against California’s proposed violent video game restrictions outlined the problems with the state’s legal arguments in a recent public appearance.

Speaking at an intellectual property forum at Chicago-Kent University last week, Jenner and Block LLP Partner Paul M. Smith said that no matter how a state defines "extreme" violence in such laws, they will run into constitutional problems with vagueness.

"I've litigated nine cases in a row where states have tried to define the category nine different ways – and they always lose when they make this case because violence is considered a perfectly appropriate and normal part of what we give our kids to see starting from a very young age," he said.

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Advocacy Group Criticizes Games That Exploit Israel-Gaza Conflict

August 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A British advocacy group is criticizing games on Google Play and Facebook that glorify or minimize the tragedies surrounding the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The group, Council for Arab British Understanding, said in a statement to the BBC that these games glorify violence and normalize the conflict.

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The Internet Association Asks The FCC For 'Strong' and 'Enforceable' Net Neutrality Rules

July 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A group of more than two dozen companies doing business in the tech and Internet space have asked the Federal Communications Commission to create strong and enforceable net neutrality rules.

The companies, who are members of The Internet Association, include Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Netflix. The groups say that they want to prevent the segregation of the Internet into fast lanes and slow lanes because it would distort the market, discourage innovation and harm Internet users.

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Oculus Buys Company That Designed Xbox 360 Controller

June 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Oculus has bought Carbon Design, the same company that designed the Xbox 360 controller for Microsoft. The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset makers said that it expects to complete the deal for the Seattle-based company by summer's end.

Carbon has been working with Oculus, who was bought by Facebook earlier this year for $2 billion, for nearly a year on multiple unannounced projects.

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Oculus Files Response to ZeniMax Lawsuit

June 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last month, ZeniMax filed a lawsuit against Oculus, accusing the virtual reality headsets maker of illegally misappropriating their trade secrets in an extensive legal complaint.

Today, Oculus VR filed a response to the lawsuit saying that ZeniMax's lawsuit was "silly" and "money-grabbing."

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Xbox One More Popular on Social Media Than PS4 State-by-State

June 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Forget about retail sales - which current console from Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo is the most popular on social media state-by-state? According to real estate blog Movoto, Microsoft's Xbox One is the most popular based on data culled from Facebook "likes" by state.

Around 22 states had a larger fan count for the Xbox One, compared to the PS4’s 19 states. Not one state went for the Wii U.

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Federal Court Rejects Facebook, Zynga Privacy Lawsuit Appeals

May 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The 9th Circuit Appeals Court declined to review a case that involved claims that Zynga and Facebook violated users' privacy by disclosing their confidential information to advertisers and other third parties. A three-judge panel in San Francisco upheld U.S. District Judge James Ware's dismissal of class actions against Facebook and Zynga.

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Zynga Reports Q1 Loss of $61 Million

April 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Social and mobile game maker Zynga reported a first-quarter loss of $61 million, compared to a $25 million loss from its previous quarter and a profit of $4 million the same period a year ago. Zynga also announced that its founder Mark Pincus, who had already stepped down as its chief executive officer, would leave his role as chief product officer, basically ending his executive duties at the firm. Pincus remains the chairman of the board.

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Poll Results: How Will Oculus Rift Be Affected By Facebook's Acquisition of the Device?

April 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers, "How Will Oculus Rift Be Affected By Facebook's Acquisition of the Device?" A slim majority of our readers believe that the Facebook acquisition of the popular VR gaming technology company is very bad news.

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Poll: How Will Oculus Rift Be Affected By Facebook’s Acquisition of the Device?

April 4, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

This was originally planned to be last week's poll but then Leland Yee, a guy who spoke ill of the moral depravity and illegal behavior exercised within the virtual settings of violent video games, was arrested for allegedly dabbling in real-life moral depravity and illegal behavior including bribes and gun running.

So, yeah.  I went with that for a poll topic instead.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 93

April 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight are joined by Jeremy Powers to discuss suspended California Senator Leland Yee's legal troubles for charges including illegal gun running, corruption, and bribery; and Facebook buying Oculus Rift. It's fun for the whole family! Download Episode 93 now: SuperPAC Episode 93 (1 hour, 13 minutes) 67.6 MB.

John Carmack Talks More About Facebook Acquiring Oculus VR

March 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week former id Software programmer and founder had very little to say about Facebook acquiring the company he recently joined (save that having some financial backing would help them avoid future scaling issues).

But over the weekend, Carmack responded to a post on the blog of Peter Berkman, detailing why he thinks Oculus VR being owned by Facebook isn't such a bad thing. Carmack sympathizes with fans who wanted Oculus Rift to follow a model similar to what Valve did with Steam, he says that virtual reality is too significant a technology to remain at that level.

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Oculus VR Executives 'Surprised' By Negative Reaction to Facebook Acquisition

March 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In an interview with Game Informer, Oculus VR vice president of product Nate Mitchell expressed his surprise to the publication about the general negative reception it received from fans concerning the acquisition by Facebook earlier this week.

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CCP Games Will Continue to Support Oculus Rift

March 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While some developers like Mojang say that they will no longer pursue plans to support Oculus Rift after Facebook announced that it would acquire the virtual reality technology last night for $2 billion, others are saying that they will continue to support the device. One of those developers is Eve Online developer CCP Games. The company tells Eurogamer that it still plans to launch its space combat game Eve: Valkyrie for the consumer version of Oculus Rift, whenever that comes out.

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Mojang Won't Support Oculus Rift After Facebook Deal

March 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Hot on the heels of Facebook announcing that it would acquire Oculus, Minecraft maker Mojang announced that it has canceled talks to support the technology in its popular world building game. Mojang's Markus "Notch" Persson said that he is canceling talks for an upcoming official version of Minecraft for the Oculus Rift.

"We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus," Persson tweeted shortly after the announcement on Tuesday. "I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out."

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Facebook to Acquire Oculus for $2 Billion

March 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Facebook announced this afternoon that it would purchase VR headset maker Oculus for $2 billion with a combination of cash and stock. The company will pay $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares worth about $1.6 billion. Oculus employees will also eligible for an additional $300 million if the company achieves certain targets.

"This is a long-term bet on the future of computing," said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday on a call with analysts. "I believe Oculus can be one of the platforms of the future."

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NSA Denies Any Activity Related to Facebook.. Via Twitter

March 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week it was revealed (through documents from Edward Snowden's cache of NSA internal documents) that the National Security Agency planned to infect millions of computer systems using sophisticated malware. This would allow it to pose as Facebook and other sites in order to intercept data. Today the agency is denying the information in those documents. The agency said today that it does not pose as any U.S. companies and that "what it does is legal."

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'Sparta: War of Empires' Wages War on Facebook

March 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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Israel-based social and mobile game developer Plarium has launched Sparta: War of Empires today. The game, available worldwide via Facebook, is described as a 3D massively multi-player, real time strategy game for Facebook set in Greece during the 5th century BC. The game combines large scale strategic warfare with diplomacy, resource management, and city building.

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Report: Zynga Founder Asked President to Pardon Snowden

December 19, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday we reported that one of the executives attending a meeting between President Barack Obama and the country's top tech company executives suggested that the administration should pardon former NSA contractor Edward Snowden for leaking classified documents about the spy agency's broad spying activities. The president told the executive that he could not pardon Snowden.

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Microsoft, Google, and Facebook Call on U.S. Government to Limit Spying Activities

December 9, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Eight software technology companies have called on the United States government to limit its spying activities to specific targets, to overhaul the country's secret spy courts, and let service providers publish more detailed information about surveillance requests from the government. Companies signing the letter include Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, AOL, and LinkedIn. The open letter was sent to President Obama and members of Congress as well as being reprinted in a full-page ad in The New York Times and other newspapers.

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ECA's Extra Life Marathon in Pictures

November 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend a core group from Team ECA based out of our headquarters in Wilton, Connecticut, spent 23 hours setting up and playing video games to support the Extra Life charity. They managed to contribute a substantial amount of the $3,200 in total donations (so far, donations are still coming in) for the Connecticut Children’s Hospital and the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Westchester, NY - both Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

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Zynga Settles With 'Bang With Friends' Maker

October 1, 2013 - James Fudge

In late July Zynga sued a company for making a casual sexual rendezvous app called "Bang With Friends" because its title closely resembled its lineup of "With Friends" game apps including "Words with Friends," and "Chess with Friends." Since the beginning of this year, Facebook users have been able to use the "Bang With Friends" app to choose which one of their friends they’d like to "get with." The app lets you select your friends that you want "benefits" with, but the object of your affection that you’ve sel

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King.com Sues 6waves

August 28, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Candy Crush developer King.com has filed a lawsuit against mobile developer 6Waves, alleging that the company has "blatantly" infringed on two of its games, Pet Rescue Saga and Farm Heroes Saga. The lawsuit, which was in the U.S. district court in San Francisco today, claims that 6Waves copied the color scheme, puzzle design, and UI elements for its games Treasure Epic and Farm Epic.

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Zynga Abandoning Online Real Money Gambling Space

July 26, 2013 -

Zynga is in a bad spot. New information revealed through an earnings statement filed Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shows that the social game maker has lost a lot of daily active players and had a substantial loss in Q3 2013. In its filing Zynga reported that the number of daily average users (DAU) dropped from 52 million to 39 million in the quarter. This is the lowest number of daily active users since the company started tracking those numbers. Roughly 25 percent of its daily user base has stopped playing Zynga games in a single quarter.

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Facebook Bans 'Social Roulette' App

May 14, 2013 -

Facebook has blocked an app that lets users play a game of "Russian Roulette" with their Facebook account. The social suicide game was a little too over the top for Facebook, apparently. Like the real-world game involving a gun with one bullet in it, the app gives participants a one-in-six chance of deleting their Facebook account. Social Roulette was brought to the attention of Facebook by an automated system that deals with "negative user experience."

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EA Shutting Down The Sims Social, SimCity Social and Pet Society in June

April 15, 2013 -

Electronic Arts announced this morning that it is shutting down three games operated by its Playfish Facebook game development studio. The games going offline on June 14 include The Sims Social, SimCity Social and Pet Society. In a statement on its official blog, EA said it was shutting these games down because they no longer get the traffic they did at launch:

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Facebook Brings Big Numbers to GDC

March 27, 2013 -

Facebook was at the Game Developers Conference today in San Francisco throwing around a lot of facts and figures to show that it is still a popular and relevant gaming platform. The company said that over 250 million users are still playing Facebook games each month, accounting for around 20 percent of the social network's daily traffic. Facebook also claims that over 100 game makers generated over $1 million (each) or more last year. Collectively game developers earned over $2 billion in payouts.

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Report: Facebook No Longer Supporting CISPA

March 14, 2013 -

Facebook is no longer listed as a supporter of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), according to this CNET report. Facebook and its CEO were singled out by activist group Demand Progress, who sent an avalanche of emails to CEO Mark Zuckerberg with the message:

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Zynga Vice-President Attempts to Clarify Comments about Copying Games

March 11, 2013 -

Zynga General Manager and Vice President Dan Porter has issued an email which was subsequently posted on Zynga Blog that pushes back against reports that he recently said at an event that the company copied games and that it is an industry wide practice. In his email he attempts to clarify what he claims he actually said and what is widely being reported this morning.

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Zynga Discontinues 11 Games to Cut Costs

December 31, 2012 -

Zynga will shut down a total of 11 of its social games as it finds new ways to cut costs to fulfill the cost reduction plan announced by CEO Mark Pincus in November of this year. When Pincus made that announcement he said that 13 games would be shut down. The list of games scheduled for closure covers 11 on that list.

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MechaTama31AE: Probably snarky commentary on this: http://www.gamepolitics.com/2014/08/29/principle-player-leland-yee-arms-trading-case-dies08/30/2014 - 8:43pm
Andrew EisenConster - Don't know. Got a link to whatever you're referring to?08/30/2014 - 7:04pm
ConsterWait, what's this about Leland Yee eliminating witnesses?08/30/2014 - 5:50pm
IanCBroke my EA boycott to pick up Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare. Loving it. Still hate EA though. But i like Popcap. Gah.08/30/2014 - 6:01am
MaskedPixelantehttp://m.tickld.com/x/something-you-never-realized-about-guardians-of-the-galaxy Right in the feels.08/29/2014 - 6:56pm
AvalongodAgain I think we're conflating the issue of whether Sarkeesian's claims are beyond critique (no they're not) and whether its ever appropriate to use sexist language, let alone physical threats on a woman to intimidate her (no it isn't)08/29/2014 - 5:04pm
prh99Trolling her or trying to assail her integrity just draws more attention (Streisand effect?). Which is really not what the trolls want, so the only way to win (if there is a win to be had) is not to play/troll.08/29/2014 - 5:02pm
prh99Who cares, just don't watch the damn videos if you don't like her. Personally, I don't care as far as she is concerned as long there are interesting games to be played.08/29/2014 - 4:34pm
Andrew EisenZip - And yet, you can't cite a single, solitary example. (And no one said you hated anyone. Along those lines, no one claimed Sarkeesian was perfect either.)08/29/2014 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenSaint's Row: Gat Out of Hell was just announced for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One making it the 150th game For Everything But Wii U! Congratulations Deep Silver!08/29/2014 - 3:49pm
ZippyDSMleeI do not hate them jsut think its mostly hyperlobe.08/29/2014 - 3:40pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - I'd say that's likely. From my experience, most who have a problem with Sarkeesian's videos either want to hate them in the first place (for whatever reason) or honestly misunderstand what they're about and what they're saying.08/29/2014 - 3:16pm
james_fudgeWe appreciate your support :)08/29/2014 - 2:55pm
TechnogeekIt gives me hope that maybe, just maybe, the gaming community is not statistically indistinguishable from consisting entirely of people that your average Xbox Live caricature would look at and go "maybe you should tone it down a little bit".08/29/2014 - 2:49pm
TechnogeekI just want to say that while I've disagreed with the staff of this site on several occasions, it's still good to see that they're not automatically dismissing Anita's videos as a "misandrist scam" or whatever the preferred dismissive term is these days.08/29/2014 - 2:49pm
E. Zachary KnightZippy, So you can't find even one?08/29/2014 - 1:04pm
ZippyDSMleeAndrew Eisen:Right because shes prefect and never exaggerates... *rolls eyes*08/29/2014 - 12:53pm
SleakerAnd honestly, nearly all of the games she references, or images she depicts I've always cringed at and wondered why they were included in games to begin with, from pinups through explicit sexual depictions or direct abuse. I think it's cheap storytelling.08/29/2014 - 12:35pm
Sleaker@AE - aren't most people fundamentally misunderstanding her at this point? haha.. On a related note I think a lot of the backlash is coming from males that think she is telling them their 'Generic Male Fantasy' is bad and wrong.08/29/2014 - 12:33pm
Andrew EisenAnd no, I don't think the female community would be upset over the performance of a case study in and of itself. Possibly the mostivations behind such a study, the methodology or conclusions but not the mere idea of a case study.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
 

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