Monday, May 19, 2008

East Texas Controller Patent Case Finds for Plaintiff (big surprise), Nintendo Owes $21 Million

Keeping with the sordid history of patent cases in the Eastern District of Texas, Nintendo has lost its patent infringement legal battle with Anascape to the tune of 21 million bucks over patents relating to controller technology. Microsoft was also named, but settled for an undisclosed amount. It is unknown why Sony was not named as well.

Boohoo, Nintendo!

It is amazing to me how the EDT court system just pumps out these infringement cases. How is it possible that plaintiffs can win 70% of the time? I guess everyone is guilty in Texas...

Thursday, May 8, 2008

House of Reps Puts Forth Bill To Require Carding Gamers

The House of Representatives is considering passing the Video Game Ratings Enforcement Act, a piece of legislation that would require game retailers to check the ID of anyone buying an AO or M rated game. As with almost all video game legislation, this is being done in the name of the children. Pass it for the children Congress!

VGREA, Helping to Stiffen Legislative Standards!

I'm going to have to agree with Dale on this one: we already get carded for everything cool anyway, cigarettes, booze, porn, so why not lend video games some street cred and throw that in there too?