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Lindsay Lohan sues Rockstar over GTA 5 character likeness

Following months of idle threats, actress Lindsay Lohan has officially filed a lawsuit against Rockstar Games, alleging that the Grand Theft Auto 5 creators borrowed her likeness for the character of Lacey Jonas. According to the suit, Lohan's virtual doppelganger mirrors the actress' struggles...

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Hearing on 38 Studios' potential lobbying violations set for next week

Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis has issued letters to four individuals, requesting their presence in court on July 1 to determine if attempts were made to lobby lawmakers following the costly collapse of game developer 38 Studios. "Our office has been diligently investigating who,...

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Oculus: ZeniMax lawsuit a 'transparent attempt' to profit from Facebook sale

Oculus VR has issued a legal statement denying ZeniMax Media's claims that Oculus Chief Technology Officer John Carmack developed key VR technology while employed at ZeniMax, therefore entitling ZeniMax and its subsidiary id Software to compensation. "ZeniMax's Complaint falsely claims ownership...

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UK court rules against Nintendo in patent infringement case

A UK court has found Nintendo's reasons for creating devices with both a camera and motion-sensing technology "unconvincing," and has ruled against the house that Mario built in a patent infringement case brought forward by electronics company Philips. The decision impacts the Wii and Wii U...

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Valve: Early Access devs may be 'unable to finish their game'

Valve has issued an update to its Steam Early Access FAQ, warning users that some featured games may never reach a completed state. "It's up to the developer to determine when they are ready to 'release,'" an unaltered section of the FAQ reads. "Some developers have a concrete deadline in mind,...

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Report: Former Index president arrested for fraud

Masami Ochiai, former president and CEO of Atlus parent company Index Corporation, has been arrested by Japanese authorities who claim Ochiai fraudulently boosted Index's financial records prior to its sale to Sega Sammy Holdings last year. News of the arrest comes from Japanese business...

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Report: Tech company files complaint to halt Wii, Wii U sales in US

Philips, the personal care, lighting and healthcare technology company, has filed a complaint for patent infringement against Nintendo, according to a document on Scribd. The complaint alleges Nintendo infringes on Philips' patent '379, "Virtual Body Control Device," with the Wii, Wii Remote Plus...

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EVE monument vandals catch the wrath of CCP's banhammer

Mere days after CCP Games unveiled an imposing stone monument to the legions of players who've navigated virtual deep space in EVE Online, the structure was defaced. Now, CCP claims to have found the perpetrators. Though those responsible remain anonymous, CCP community manager "Falcon" has...

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Washington state files suit over unfulfilled Kickstarter rewards

The state of Washington has filed a lawsuit against Altius Management, the company behind the successfully-Kickstarted Asylum Playing Cards. Despite exceeding its initial goal of $15,000 by more than $10,000 in October 2012, rewards have allegedly failed to reach backers' hands. The suit seeks...

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Oculus accused of stealing ZeniMax IP [Update: Carmack responds]

[Update: John Carmack has responded to ZeniMax's claims. "No work I have ever done has been patented," he said. "Zenimax owns the code that I wrote, but they don't own VR."] The Elder Scrolls series publisher ZeniMax Media is seeking compensation for the Oculus Rift VR headset technology...

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