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Journey composer says new AFM contract won't solve 'intimidation-based culture'

Earlier this week, the American Federation of Musicians threatened Journey composer Austin Wintory with a $50,000 fine for creating music for a video game. Wintory's actions were allegedly in violation of a contract enacted in October 2012, but a new agreement between the AFM and Microsoft is...

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Microsoft quietly drops subsidized $99 Xbox 360

Microsoft discontinued its subsidized $99 Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle in July 2013, the console manufacturer confirmed with the Wall Street Journal. The low-cost console was introduced in May 2012 and required a two-year Xbox Live commitment of buyers at a rate of $14.99 per month. The bundle...

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Destiny: What we know now vs details in the Activision-Bungie contract

As part of the litigation between Activision and former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella, the publishing giant was forced to reveal terms of its publishing agreement with Bungie to launch its new franchise, Destiny. While it's possible the contract has since been altered from its...

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Facebook and Zynga agree to new terms, create potential for official Facebook games

Facebook and Zynga have worked out a new set of terms in their partnership, enabling both parties to make and promote their own games. Before the alteration, Zynga was required to use Facebook's monetization platform, and Facebook couldn't create its own titles to compete with Zynga's. The latest...

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Minecraft XBLA was profitable within an hour, broke digital sale records

Minecraft is digging its own grave with its latest release on XBLA -- and by "grave" we mean "lavish, gold-plated throne room with indoor pool and grape-feeding robots." Minecraft was profitable within an hour of its launch on XBLA, developer Markus "Notch" Persson tweeted today. That's on top of...

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Ousted Infinity Ward founders 'plan to have an announcement very soon,' lawyer says

"Since being fired by Activision, Jason and Vince have taken steps to regain control over their creative future and plan to have an announcement very soon," Robert M. Schwartz, attorney for ousted Infinity Ward studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella, told IGN. Responding to the claims made...

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LGJ: Read the fine print!

Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq ("LGJ"), a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: CJ Sorg Well, after the incident with Courtney Love and Kurt, it looks like the whole issue of famous musicians in games is back in the press with No Doubt suing...

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AFTRA, SAG negotiate new contracts for video game voice actors

It's fairly unlikely that you, dear reader, have done voice acting in video games, or are a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild or the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. While this news might not directly apply to you, we thought we'd take a moment to celebrate the...

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Subcribe to Comcast, get a Wii for fwii

It surely can't be that easy, can it? Of course not. Sure, according to a press release issued today, Comcast is offering a free Wii system to new subscribers who sign up for its "Triple Play" cable TV, phone, and internet package from now through August 17, 2008. It's also offering some fine print...

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Law of the Game on Joystiq: Crossover Contracts

Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq, a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: The various entertainment industries, from games to movies to books, are replete with crossovers from the other entertainment mediums. Some of these end products have turned...

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