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Nintendo hit with $21 million Patent Infringement

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345w ago - Nintendo of America Inc. was ordered to pay a small East Texas gaming company $21 million Wednesday for infringing on a patent while designing controllers for its popular Wii and GameCube systems.

A federal jury found in favor of Anascape Ltd. in the lawsuit that was originally filed in 2006. Nintendo spokesman Charlie Scibetta said the company will seek an appeal and expects the court to reduce the award "significantly."

The jury found that Nintendo infringed on Anascape's patent while designing its Wii Classic, WaveBird and Gamecube controllers.

Scibettra said Nintendo was pleased no infringement was found with the motion-sensing technology used in its wandlike Wii and Nuncheck controllers, which mimic movements by users in games such as tennis and boxing.

Attorneys for Anascape did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Tyler-based Anascape also sued Microsoft Corp. for patent infringements on game controllers but reached an agreement with the company before the start of the trial against Nintendo, The Lufkin Daily News reported.

Microsoft said in a statement that terms of the settlement reached May 1 were confidential.
 

Sony considering external PS3 hard drive?

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346w ago - SCEE boss David Reeves has hinted that Sony may at some point consider releasing Official external PS3 HDD's.

"We launched with 60GB and to reduce the price we went to 40GB. We're not sure we want to stay with that configuration of hard drive, and I think what you're going to see in the future is maybe consumers can choose.

The PlayStation will stay the same, but consumers can choose whichever size of hard drive they want. They can now, or course, because it's not a proprietary hard drive." said Reeves.

To quote: "It might be that we will offer the possibility for people to have a bigger hard drive, but they have that option now.

But it does not mean that we have anything in the works to introduce a different model or bigger hard drive built in," added Reeves.
 

Gamers believe Rockstar is covering up PS3 freezing issue

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347w ago - A thread on the US PlayStation boards (linked above) about GTA IV freezing issues has now reached over 1,600 comments from angry gamers requesting a patch ASAP.

The forum members have been angered further as videos of the game freezing uploaded to YouTube have been removed due to a "copyright claim by Take 2 Games."

Many now believe Rockstar are now trying to cover up the issue. We did however manage to find one video of the game freezing from cooleyre as you can see below... how long it lasts is undetermined though. :P




 

SCEE offering refunds for the wrong CoD4 Region Map Pack

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348w ago - SCEE are offering refunds to those who bought the wrong version of the Region-locked Variety Map Pack.

SCEE say they have updated their call centers on how to handle this and they hope this "clarifies the steps that SCEE are taking to ensure the consumer has a successful and enjoyable experience with the map packs."

To quote: The Store has been updated so that each product states which BLES code it works with.

Furthermore, the forums have been updated to explain how the download works. The call centres have also been updated about how to handle this.

The Store team are refunding those who have the wrong match.

I hope this clarifies the steps that SCEE are taking to ensure the consumer has a successful and enjoyable experience with the map packs.
 

Bring Down the Sky DLC free for PC Mass Effect

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349w ago - BioWare has announced that Bring Down the Sky, the first piece of downloadable content for the hit video game Mass Effect, will be available for PC gamers to download free of charge when the game launches on May 28 in North America and June 6 across Europe.

In Bring Down the Sky it's up to Commander Shepard and the crew of the Normandy to save the day after a Batarian extremist group hijacks a mobile asteroid station in the Asgard system, setting it on a collision course with the nearby colony world of Terra Nova.

The "fully optimized for the PC" Bring Down the Sky is the first in a series of planned DLC that will expand the Mass Effect story and universe.

In order to access the DLC PC Mass Effect players will need to register on the BioWare community.
 
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