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Microsoft Full of Tricksy Hobbitses

posted Saturday Jul 11, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft Full of Tricksy Hobbitses

Microsoft's legal team has taken an interesting tactic in their most interesting lawsuit (to me... right now...). The lawsuit in question is over patent infringement (what's new) for "communicating live while playing the same video game in separate locations." Obviously this is all about Xbox Live and the Live chat option.

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Sony Never Liked UMD

posted Saturday Jul 11, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Sony Never Liked UMD

Remember when Sony lost the lawsuit over the rumble feature in their controllers, and they said that they didn't plan on having a DualShock3 controller, and then when the lawsuit was finalized they brought it out anyway? Well, Sony is having another "we were just kidding" moment with UMD. Naoya Matsui, product planning leader for Sony, said in an interview:

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"Videogames AREN'T Evil" - God

posted Wednesday Jul 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Are you guilty of the 8th Deadly Sin - gaming? If you are, Inspired Media Entertainment has offered you the chance to repent, via the Left Behind RTS and other family-friendly games. They are in the process of building a Christian game portal, AKA "The Arcade on the Mount." Through this portal, Christian gamers will be able to purchase family-friendly games such as the Left Behind and Charlie Church Mouse series.

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Midway Buyout Official

posted Wednesday Jul 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Midway Buyout Official

It is a sad time for videogame companies. We have seen so many legendary companies get gobbled up by other companies (BioWare and Mythic, Zenimax's buyout of id Software), and that was just last week. This week, we get confirmation that Warner Bros. has legal clearance to purchase Midway Games for $33 million, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Aerosmith Shows Their Age

posted Wednesday Jul 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Aerosmith Shows Their Age

Joe Perry, Aerosmith guitarist, wants help naming his upcoming solo album, and he has resorted to the tool all old people who don't understand the Internet use: Twitter. What better way to communicate your thoughts on the title of an album that no one has heard than to use the site whose slogan is "What are you doing?" I do have to admit that the prize is pretty damn cool, though; a guitar from Joe Perry himself.

Do any of you ever respond to these businesses using Twitter for advertising and contests?

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Firefox 3.5 Almost Popular

posted Wednesday Jul 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Firefox 3.5 Almost Popular

Firefox 3.5 went up for download this week, and it was downloaded 5 million times within the first 24 hours. That is a commendable stat, but not as impressive as Firefox 3's launch day which rounded out at 8 million. In fairness, Firefox was going for a world record (that didn't exist) and advertised like CRAZY. This was a pretty quiet launch in comparison, yet nearly as successful.

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