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Jaffe And Sony Named in Suit Over Alleged God of War Plagiarism

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309w ago - It seems God of War may have looked to more than just Greek Mythology for inspiration. Sony and game designer David Jaffe have been sued for copyright infringement.

The suit claims that story elements of God of War were stolen from a pre-existing works of fiction submitted to Sony in 2002. Now here's how it goes:

* The works of fiction were submitted to Sony in 2002
* The first game was released in 2005
* Jaffe once said that the game took three years to develop

Coinkidink? Well, the plaintiffs don't seem to think so. The plaintiffs, Jonathan Bissoon-Dath and Jennifer Barrette-Herzog, cited several examples to how the game stole from their work. Examples of these are:

* Plaintiff's works tell the original story of how a champion saves Athens from destruction by the invading Spartan army that has been sent by Ares... [GoW]... is the story of how a champion chosen by Zeus and Athens saves Athen from destruction by an invading army sent by Ares...

* In plaintiff's original work and God of War, the Champion's family is hacked to death in a one-room building in a small peaceful village. In both stories the Champion feels partially responsible even though he is not really to blame...
 

Intel Nehalem's Market Named Leaked to be Core i7

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315w ago - If the rumors are to be correct, the Intel Core i7 and Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processors will officially be announced August 11 with an expected launch date of Q4 2008.

Nahalem is expected to be initially manufactured with a 45nm process and be available with two, four, or eight cores, for up to 731 million transistors in the quad core variant. A very exciting aspect of the new architecture is the new integrated memory controller, called the Intel QuickPath Interconnect, with DDR3 SDRAM support, which will eliminate the bottleneck that was the front side bus and which had been haunting Intel for years.

This should result in a substantial performance increase despite Intel's competition, AMD, having been using an integrated memory controller in their processors for years.

Another feature of Nahalem will be the re-introduction of Hyper-Threading technology, which was used previously in the Pentium 4 series of processors. Hyper-Threading allows a single core to run an adjacent virtual core, allowing for two threads per actual core, making for potential performance gains. With all the added performance of the upcoming Nahalem processors, power usage is not expected to rise much, providing for greater performance-per-watt efficiency.

Nehalem will come in variants for desktops,...
 

New Prince of Persia Named and Dated for PS3!

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327w ago - A few tidbits of information have sneaked out regarding the new Prince of Persia game, including the title and launch window.

The new game will be known as Prince of Persia: Heir Apparent, according to the latest issue of Game Informer.

Without any other information, we can't even hazard a guess as to what that's supposed to mean, if it means anything at all.

Meanwhile, Ubisoft has confirmed that the game will launch in its third fiscal quarter, meaning we can expect it between October and December. We're penciling it in on our Chrimbo 08 list already.
 

New SCE Worldwide Studios President Named

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327w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment today announced that Shuhei Yoshida, former senior VP at SCEA, will now head Sony's Worldwide Studios as president - effective immediately.

Yoshida fills the shoes of former SCE WWS boss Phil Harrison, who left the company back in February to join Infogrames as Directeur General Delegue.

Yoshida is far from a newcomer. He's been with Sony for well over a decade, first serving as one of the key members in establishing the PlayStation brand, and has been working his way through the upper corporate ranks ever since.

Press Release: SCEI ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT OF SCE WORLDWIDE STUDIOS

SCE WWS Senior Vice President Shuhei Yoshida Assumes Responsibilities

Tokyo, May 15, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced the appointment of Shuhei Yoshida, Senior Vice President, US Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS), as President of SCE WWS, effective May 16, 2008.

Yoshida joined SCEI in 1993, and was one of the initial members in establishing the PlayStation® business. He was appointed Producer of the Product Development Department in April 1996, and joined Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. as Vice President of Product Development in April 2000, where he held various...
 
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