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Atari Sub-Contractor Violates GPL, Used ScummVM for Wii Games

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293w ago - In several recent releases, it seems that Atari published games for the Wii based on ScummVM, which was released under the GPL.

Atari contracted Majesco, who contracted a company named Mistic Software with offices in the Ukraine.

When the fact that the GPL was being violated was brought to Atari's attention, they were kind at first until it was discovered that Nintendo doesn't allow open source software to be used with the Wii SDK, so updated documentation mentioning the GPL wasn't an available solution.

So, what happens to the games? To quote:

"There is a period of time in which all current copies have to be sold. Any copies beyond this period or any reprints get fined with quite high fine for each new/remaining copy. The remaining stock has to be destroyed [sic]."

Atari and Majesco seem to have been very cooperative about this whole thing, but had their hands tied by the agreement with Nintendo.
 

PSN Cards Debut in Canada at EB Games and GameStop

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293w ago - Today Sony Computer Entertainment Canada's Senior Public Relations Specialist Kyle Moffatt has announced that PSN Cards are debuting in Canada finally.

To quote: With the Stanley Cup finals ending last week the team at PlayStation Canada figured it would be a great time to bring the prepaid PSN cards to Canada!

The cards, available in $20 and $50 denominations, can now be purchased at EB Games and GameStop locations across the country.

In the coming weeks and months you'll also be able to buy the cards at: Best Buy, Future Shop, HMV, The Source by Circuit City and Rogers Plus entertainment locations with more to come.

It's great time to pick up a PSN card so buy one today and check out some of the great content available like Flower or The Last Guy (two of my favorites) or a PSone classic like Final Fantasy VII or Resident Evil: Director's Cut.

You can also get ready for a game I'm really looking forward to - Fat Princess. Now Canadians can have their cake and play with it too!
 

Video: Insomniac Games' Full Moon Show Available

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294w ago - Today Insomniac Games Community Relations Manager James Stevenson has shared a Full Moon Show video on the PlayStation Blog.

To quote: Wanted to post a little note on here to check out the brand new video episode of the Full Moon Show, Insomniac Games' semi-monthly podcast that gives you a developer's perspective on the games industry.

In this quick video show, we discuss what E3 was like for us, and bring you some exclusive footage of what happens when you let Ratchet loose on the showfloor of E3.

We also wanted to let you know that you can check out last month's audio show, episode 37, Brian Fleming from Sucker Punch on the show to discuss their awesome new game, inFAMOUS.





You can subscribe to the show via our [Register or Login to view links] on our Web site, as well as through iTunes, though if you previously subscribed to season one or two, please click that link and subscribe to the new feed of the show to ensure you receive Season 3 episodes.

That's all for now - Hope you all enjoyed our E3 content, and we're looking forward to seeing everyone at [Register or Login to view links] this year! I'll be in the comments...
 

President Obama: Video Games are a Health Concern

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294w ago - Video games are now a health concern. That's what President Obama is saying anyways.

During a speech to the [Register or Login to view links], President Obama made a comment about video games being a factor in unhealthy lifestyles.

To quote: The second step that we can all agree on is to invest more in preventive care so that we can avoid illness and disease in the first place. That starts with each of us taking more responsibility for our health and the health of our children.

It means quitting smoking, going in for that mammogram or colon cancer screening. It means going for a run or hitting the gym, and raising our children to step away from the video games and spend more time playing outside."
 

Sony CEO: PS3 Motion Controller Can Work with Existing Games

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294w ago - Speaking to [Register or Login to view links], the president and CEO of SCEA Jack Tretton promised that the PS3 motion controller (and its games library) will be far more flexible and diverse than what one would find on Nintendo's machine.

To quote: "Personally, it's very difficult for me to perceive God of War 3 being played with the Wii controller," he said.

"It's a different experience that doesn't lend itself to certain types of games. [But] I think our [motion] controller can be used with every game that's on the system now - and every game we're working on."

In fact, Tretton goes so far as to say compatibility with current PS3 games is "absolutely conceivable."

Without being able to go hands-on with the device, it's hard to judge. Are there sufficient buttons and sticks to make a 1:1 translation between DualShock and the motion controllers? Time will tell...
 
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