News of the Week; November 21, 2018

GAMES Gamer Behind Fatal ‘Call Of Duty’ Swatting Faces At Least 20 Years In Prison After Guilty Plea 2 Milly, Scrubs’ Donald Faison accuse Fortnite of stealing dance moves: “I don’t want to even bash them for all the millions… I just feel like I have to protect what’s mine,” says rapper Fortnite and God of War win […]

Class 11 – 11/21/18; “Controlling the Controllers: Privacy & Cultures” + “The European Union and copyright”

Class 11 – 11/21/18; “Controlling the Controllers: Privacy & Cultures” + “The European Union and copyright”

Video and slides from class. My slides were a bit too large for posting and had to be split into two parts… Jon

News of the Week; November 14, 2018

GAMES Husband and wife ordered to pay $12m to Nintendo for running ROM sites Nintendo wins out in legal battle against ROM sites Nintendo reaches final judgment agreement with ROM site owners: LoveROMS and LoveRETRO owners admit to copyright infringement, agree to $12m judgment Senators ask FTC to investigate malicious ads in apps geared for kids […]

Class 10 – 11/14/18; “Mass Effect-s” + “Mobile Gaming: The ‘Freemium’ Model & The Law”

Class 10 – 11/14/18; “Mass Effect-s” + “Mobile Gaming: The ‘Freemium’ Model & The Law”

Slides and video below. Unfortunately there is another unexplained video outage (still being investigated by UBC IT) part way through, but audio and slides are still there, and in reality that’s what is really needed. Note that in  “Mobile Gaming” slides there is a part that there was not time for during the presentation about […]

News of the Week; November 7, 2018

GAMES Tencent will use police databases to restrict playtime in China Tencent to run player ID checks across its entire portfolio in China: “Healthy gaming” system to expand beyond Honor of Kings in 2019, to allay the government’s addiction fears Riot Games sued over allegations of sexual harassment, pay disparity Current and former employees file […]

Class 9 – 11/7/18; “Controlling Originality” + “Gamify Everything”

News of the Week; October 31, 2018

GAMES Suspect in fatal swatting faces 46 new charges: Tyler Barriss expected to plead guilty to phoning in bomb threats and using police to harass others for years leading up to last December’s death over a Call of Duty argument The Library of Congress just made game preservation a little bit easier Researchers can now […]

News of the Week; October 24, 2018

GAMES Zombie Orpheus cancels contract with GOG over transphobia: JourneyQuest producers pull content, saying “We cannot do business with a company that doesn’t take human rights seriously” Rockstar Games defends itself over working conditions claims Rockstar allows employees to speak out on 100-hour week controversy: Tools programmer Vivianne Langdon kicks things off with assurances she’s […]

News of the Week; October 17, 2018

GAMES John Carmack and ZeniMax have ended their legal dispute Epic sues YouTubers for using and selling Fortnite cheats Epic Games files suit against YouTubers over Fortnite cheats: Lawsuit alleges defendants promoted cheats in videos, violating copyright and terms of use Epic sues two YouTubers over Fortnite cheats: Brandon Lucas and Colton Conter stand accused of promoting […]

News of the Week; October 10, 2018

GAMES Sony sues hacker for manufacturing and distributing jailbroken PS4s: Defendant’s actions “were knowing, deliberate, willful and in complete disregard of SIE’s rights,” Sony claims Sony confirms PlayStation 5 (but doesn’t call it PlayStation 5): CEO Kenichiro Yoshida says it’s “necessary to have a next-generation hardware” PlayStation users will be able to change PSN ID […]