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Sony Fined $18.5 Million in Patent Infringement Suit

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309w ago - Over two years ago, Agere Systems filed a suit against Sony for potential infringement on patents regarding "wireless local area network apparatus."

Looks like the courts ruled in Agere Systems' favor.

Sony has been fined $18.5 million for use of the technology in their devices, such as the Mylo and PlayStation Portable.

Finally, the jury ruled that the patent infringement was willful.
 

PlayStation 3's Million-Seller Video Game Titles

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309w ago - I used the various tools and information from NPD and sites like Chart-Track to compile this list of PS3 games with worldwide sales over one million units, as accurate as I could make it with the latest information I had.

Games listed in order of sales (in millions):

1. Grand Theft Auto IV, Take-Two Interactive - 4.8
2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Activision - 3.7
3. Motorstorm, Sony Computer Entertainment - 3.6
4. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Konami - 3.4
5. Resistance: Fall of Man, Sony Computer Entertainment - 3.2
6. Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft - 2.9
7. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, Sony Computer Entertainment - 2.2
8. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Sony Computer Entertainment - 1.9
9. Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, Konami - 1.6
10. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, RedOctane - 1.6
11. FIFA 08, Electronic Arts - 1.6
12. Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Sony Computer Entertainment - 1.4
13. Need for Speed: ProStreet, Electronic Arts - 1.4
14. Devil May Cry 4, Capcom - 1.3
15. Heavenly Sword, Sony Computer Entertainment - 1.2
16. FIFA 09, Electronic Arts - 1.1
17. WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008, THQ - 1.0

Hope that helps.

Notice: There are other titles, such as Madden...
 

Metal Gear Online Now Has One Million Members

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311w ago - Konami announced that over one million users created a Konami ID to play Metal Gear Online.

To celebrate the achievement, they are launching a rewards campaign on November 25, offering players who sign on the MGO service 10,000 reward points through December 9.

Those who sign on during the timeframe will be automatically entered into a random draw to win 100,000 in reward points.

Press Release: KONAMI ANNOUNCES 1 MILLION MEMBERS FOR Metal Gear ONLINE

Access METAL GEAR ONLINE and Receive 10,000 Reward Points!

EL SEGUNDO, CA - November 3, 2008 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. Konami's online action game, "METAL GEAR ONLINE," has gained over 1 million members worldwide since the launch of the service in June 2008.

To commemorate this achievement, Konami will launch a special campaign, "METAL GEAR ONLINE: Commemorative Campaign," that will officially begin on November 25, 2008, awarding reward points to gamers who access METAL GEAR ONLINE during the promotion. These reward points can be used to purchase new online gear from the in-game reward shop.

During the Commemorative Campaign period of November 25, 2008 from December 9, 2008, all players who own a METAL GEAR ONLINE account (Game IDs) and access METAL GEAR ONLINE will receive 10,000...
 

The Witcher Sells One Million Copies for PC

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311w ago - It's nice to get some figures that can be used to throw in the face of all those who claim PC gaming to be a dying breed.

The Witcher, and the just released Enhanced Edition has just broken the One-Million mark in sales. For those of you who haven't played it, I'd highly recommend it. As far as classic style PC RPGs go, this one is top notch.

The original release had a few pretty bad issues, terrible load times being the worst, but the Enhanced Edition is enhanced in every way.

With fixes and updates for the game as well as load time reduction of about 80%, the few problems with the game are resolved. But the Enhanced Edition does much more than just fix the game, truly earning the it's title.

Two additional campaigns as well as a campaign editor are included, to vastly increase replay value, the game's soundtrack and a cd with music inspired by the game, a short story that The Witcher was based on and a map of the world of The Witcher.

Easily one of the best games of the year, if you haven't already picked it up, do so, for 40 bucks, it's a great deal.
 

EA Reports $310 Million Net Loss, Cuts Workforce by Six Hundred

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312w ago - Word hit today through the grapevine that "massive" layoffs had hit at Electronic Arts. Initially we heard as much as 20 percent of the staff has been let go, but a quick check with Electronic Arts confirms that it was actually 6 percent, or about 600 positions.

"EA is continuing to make progress against our business plan, but we have the constant imperative to keep our costs in line as we grow our revenues and improve our margins," Electronic Arts spokesperson Mariam Sughayer told me. "Decisions that impact people's jobs are always extremely tough but all of the people affected will be treated fairly and respectfully."

"We have begun a cost reduction initiative which will include eliminating approximately six percent of our existing workforce - or approximately 600 positions. We will also reduce hiring and close some open positions that we had previously planned to fill this fiscal year."

"All parts of EA have reviewed their team sizes to adjust employee numbers. The goal is to ensure we're resourced in a way that allows us to continue to grow our revenues while at the same time keeping our costs under control and improving profitability. These changes will be announced to affected staff starting October 30."

"These are challenging economic times around the world, and it's...
 
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