Legal Battle in Azeroth

Vivendi, the parent company of Blizzard Entertainment has sued the author of an software tool for the popular online game World of Warcraft, that automates certain actions that the character performs without any effort from the player.  The defendant, who claims to have sold over 100,000 copies of his software, denies that he has infringed on any copyright laws.

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Rockstar's 'Bully' in trouble with Teachers.

An group of teachers is protesting the release of Bully: Scholarship Edition, where players follow a 15 year old boy as he creates mayhem and mischief in a boarding school.  The Canadian Teachers Federation is claiming a link between violence in the video game and possible violence in their schools, although most research has found no causation effect between violent video games, and aggressive behavior in children and teenagers.  The game was also criticized during its original release in 2006 for the Playstation 2. 

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NINTENDO announces their next big ideas at Game Developers Conference.

Nintendo announces news of some of their newest endeavors.  WiiWare™, Nintendo's new downloadable game service, launches May 12 and expands development opportunities for developers the same way Wii™ expanded the world of video game players. Wii Fit™, the upcoming title for Wii, launches May 19 and introduces the Wii Balance Board™ peripheral. And Super Smash Bros.® Brawl be released on March 9th.

 

For more information of these new games click here.

NINTENDO asks the U.S to begin cracking down on the worldwide piracy problem.

Nintendo of America Inc. has asked the U.S. Trade Representative to encourage specific governments around the world to take a more aggressive stance to combat piracy of Nintendo video games and systems.

While China remains the primary source of manufacturing pirated Nintendo DS™ and Wii™ games, Korea has emerged as the leader in distributing illegal game files via the Internet. Despite aggressive anti-piracy actions taken by Nintendo, Brazil and Mexico remain saturated with counterfeit Nintendo software. Meanwhile, Paraguay and Hong Kong continue to serve as major transshipment points for global distribution of illegal goods.

 

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Gotta BE them all!

Nintendo has announced two new Pokémon games for the Nintendo DS.  In Pokémon® Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Pokémon® Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness players will actually get to be the Pokémon as they search through dungeons and play with their friends through Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.  Players will take a test to help them figure out which of 16 Pokémon they will use to play out their adventure.

 

For more information on this new pair of action-packed adventure click here.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards Okami (PS2).

Okami is now the proud owner of two British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards.  Okami came away with awards for Artistic Achievement and Best Original Score.  Most excitingly it has been announced that Okami will soon be released for the Wii.  Fans of the original PS2 version will soon be able to enjoy the game with all new interactivity.

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God of War: Chains of Olympus - Released Today

Kratos takes his fight onto the PSP today in the newest saga of the God of War series.  Prepare to bring the power of Olympus into your hands as you fight your way through hordes of new monsters in this portable gorefest. 

 

For a look at the new television ad, and links to reviews from various websites check out the playstation blog.

CD Projekt Red Announces Enhanced Version of The Witcher

CD Projekt Red has announced that they will be publishing a new, enhanced version of The Witcher. Changes include improvements in load times, additional quests, newly recorded dialogue for the English version, 50 new character models as well as the D'jinii mod editor. The supposed publication date is May 16th. People who already own a copy of the game and have registered it will have the opportunity to download all of the additional content.

More information can be found on the official site..


Jonathan Coulton singing Still Alive in Rock Band


Jonathan Coulton, the one who wrote "Still Alive," performs the beloved song in Rock Band at the Valve Party at the 2008 Game Developers Conference.

Still Alive?

Portal's getting a sequel as the mentioned on this clip on X-Play from G4TV.  Also to tie in with the announcement of Audio Surfer (see our article here) when purchasing on Steam you receive The Orange Box Sound Track.

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