July 2014

News of the Week; July 30, 2014


1. Rovio Files Trademark Lawsuit Against Young Star Toys & Gifts

2. Federal Judge Approves Settlements in NCAA Video Game Lawsuit

3. Sony to pay up to $17.75 million in 2011 PSN hacking settlement: PSN users get free games and PS Plus, ID theft victims get up to $2,500.

4. Report: EA Snuck SecuROM DRM in Free ‘The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection’

5. Should thieves in World of Warcraft be sent to real prisons?: Tory MP Mike Weatherley wants those who swipe valuable items in video games to get the same sentences as burglars

Should virtual theft be treated like real world theft? A UK MP says yes.

Should Stealing in Video Games Be Punishable in the Real World?

6. Square Enix Nixes 3 Years Of Fan Translation Work On PSP, Despite Not Releasing English Version For PSP

7. No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

The Most Sexist Video Game of All Time?: It’s called Catherine, and it reveals a lot about misogynist gaming culture.

8. Pink and Blue Pixel$: Gender and Economic Disparity in Two Massive Online Games (Lehdonvirta, Ratan, Kennedy & Williams)

9. The world of bizarre Japanese dating sims is invading America

10. GaymerX founder says NIS America backed out of sponsorship 

NIS America and GaymerX Kiss and Make Up

Nintendo’s Quest for Inclusivity: Nintendo’s Animal Crossing team speaks about the drive for diversity in its games — even if the company falls short of its goals from time to time.

Nintendo records quarterly loss of nearly 10bn Yen

11. Game developers, watch out! German data protection authorities publish guidelines for mobile apps

12. Surveillance & Society Vol. 12, No. 3 (2014): Special Issue on Surveillance Gaming and Play

Including – 1. “Surveillant Assemblages of Governance in Massively Multiplayer Online Games: A Comparative Analysis”; 2. “Surveillance and Community: Language Policing and Empowerment in a World of Warcraft Guild”; 3. “Getting Played: Gamification and the Rise of Algorithmic Surveillance”; 4. “Games of Drones: The Uneasy Future of the Soldier-Hero in Call of Duty: Black Ops II”; 5. “Creative Misuse as Resistance: Surveillance, Mobile Technologies, and Locative Games”; 6. “The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Google, Ingress, and the Gift of Surveillance”; 7. “’I had no credit to ring you back’: Children’s strategies of negotiation and resistance to parental surveillance via mobile phones”; 8. “Gaming Privacy: a Canadian case study of a children’s co-created privacy literacy game”; 9. “Enclosures at Play: Surveillance in the Code and Culture of Videogames”; 10. “Reporting From the Snooping Trenches: Changes in Attitudes and Perceptions Towards Behavior Tracking in Digital Games”; 11. “Watching Us Play: Postures and Platforms of Live Streaming”; 12. “Diverting and diverted glances at cameras: playful and tactical approaches to surveillance studies”; 13. “Playdates with Big Brother: Playfully Repurposing Surveillance Cameras to Build Communities”; 14. “Surveillance Chess”.

13. Kobra Studios Attacks YouTubers and Deletes Negative Comments, Has Game Taken Down From Steam Greenlight

14. No Man’s Sky: A Vast Game Crafted by Algorithms

15. EA improves revenues and profit in Q1, delays Dragon Age

16. Sony: EA Access wouldn’t provide “value” for PlayStation owners

17. PS4 to get 3D Blu-Ray support

18. Gamer discovers his deceased father’s ghost on an old Xbox game, challenges it to a race

19. Learn how to copy, and know when to steal

20. Gaming Tax Credits: A Developer’s Guide to Free Money


21. Yet Another Court Rules That Digital Data Is Not Property

22. What Is Public?: It’s so simple, right? (by Anil Dash)

23. UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

24. Plagiarism in the Internet age: The issue isn’t copying, it’s attribution

25. Does Internet Addiction Excuse the Death of an Infant?

26. EU regulators to Google: “Right to forget” needs to go worldwide

27. French blogger owes $2,000 in damages for review ‘too prominent’ on Google

28. The Evidence Is In: Patent Trolls Do Hurt Innovation (HBR Blog)

29. USPTO Alice Corp. guidelines provide concrete guidance on abstract ideas

30. Time for digital emancipation (Doc Searls)

31. What’s New in Digital and Social Media Research: What makes commenters less civil, and the rise of digital longform (Nieman Journalism Lab)

32. How Informed Consent Has Failed

33. Data privacy isn’t political — it’s personal

34. We Experiment On Human Beings!

OkCupid reveals it’s been lying to some of its users. Just to see what’ll happen.

35. The internet is a politically and culturally loaded tool, particularly when it comes to censorship

36. FISA Court Judges Keep Buying Verizon Stock; Wonder What They Know…

37. An epic battle in streaming music is about to begin, and only a few will survive

38. Uncovering Algorithms: Looking inside the Facebook news feed

39. Google ordered by BC court to block websites: Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Jack (Updated)

40. Instagram’s Forthcoming Photo Messaging App Bolt Could Face Legal Trouble

41. Unlocking Your Cell Phone Is Still Illegal, But Probably Not For Long

42. Microsoft still doesn’t get why the iPhone succeeded

43. Experience James Joyce’s Ulysses in Virtual Reality, Using the Oculus Rift Headset 


44. Rhyme and Punishment: Prosecutors are using rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials. That needs to stop.

45. Artist sues after TV show films Montreal building that he had tagged with graffiti


News of the Week; July 23, 2014


1. Manuel Noriega sues Activision over Call of Duty video game character: The former dictator is seeking lost profits and damages over the game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which featured his likeness

2. Philips Win Patent Infringement Suit Against Nintendo

3. Bungie pays Halo composer $95k over dismissal

4. Grand Theft Likeness: The Story of Lindsay Lohan and Lacey Jonas

5. Riot starts getting tough on toxic LoL players with “instant” bans: Strict penalties for racism, homophobia strengthen attempts at player “reform.”

6. Kickstarter Suspends ‘Areal’ Crowd-Funding Campaign

7. Yogscast to ‘Yogventures’ Backers: We’re Not Obligated To ‘Do Anything’

8. Gamasutra’s Game Developer Salary Survey 2014 Highlights the Gender Gap in Video Games Industry

9. Think the nsa is bad? Games are masters of surveillance.

10. In-app purchases: Joint action by the European Commission and Member States is leading to better protection for consumers in online games

Apple scolded by Europe over in-app purchase protections

EU regulation of free to play games: hot topic or hot air?

11. Retro revival: Warner Bros. options movie rights to Space Invaders game

12. Hunger Games film studio Lionsgate partners with Finland’s Next Games

13. Why the Kim Kardashian Game Is Legitimately Good

14. ESPN dips its cleats into the e-sports pool with Dota 2 partnership

Valve boss Gabe Newell interviewed by ESPN: ‘The Internet is changing what sports is’

Dota 2 team pockets $5 million at The International

15. Civilization 5 mod lets you exploit migrant workers in the ‘first true’ FIFA World Cup sim

16. Modders are developers – it’s time to stop treating them differently

17. Key Sony Gaming Websites Go Down Because They Let Their Domains Expire

18. PlayStation 4 still best-selling console, six months running

19. “Consolidation crush”: 5 drivers of $12.5B games acquisitions

20. Eutechnyx restructuring business

21. Games tax relief gets EU greenlight

22. Microsoft Laying Off 18K Employees, Closing Xbox Entertainment Studios

23. Vivendi Considered Firing Kotick Over Buyout

24. The secret of Minecraft

25. How the team behind The Witcher conquered Poland


26. Pirate Bay traffic has doubled post-ISP blocks

27. Copyright Skeptic: We Don’t Need More Copyright Laws

28. Google processes millions of useless DMCA notices

29. Copyright Board’s new SOCAN user generated content tariff

YouTube, Facebook, Netflix liable to pay for music in Canada rules Copyright Board

30. AEREO – Everything Old is New Again (Mark Cuban Blog)

Copyright Office To Aereo: Quack All You Want, We Don’t Think You’re A Cable Service

31. The Details About the CIA’s Deal With Amazon

32. Snowden Calls On Developers To Champion Privacy By Design

Edward Snowden: ‘If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that’ – video interview

A Convicted Hacker and an Internet Icon Join Forces to Thwart NSA Spying

33. US Supreme Court clarifies law on warrantless cell phone searches. Will the Supreme Court of Canada follow?

34. A manifesto for the future of the ‘right to be forgotten’ debate: The landmark ruling against Google Spain presents the opportunity for a proper debate. Here are five strategies for reframing the ethics of our online lives

35. Over One Million Americans Submit Comments to FCC About Net Neutrality Changes

Did Verizon accidentally admit it’s slowing down Netflix traffic? Level 3 thinks so

Read Netflix’s plea to ban paid “fast lanes” on the internet

36. Welcome to the Hotel California: ISPs Who Won’t Take No For An Answer

37. The Russian Public Has a Totally Different Understanding of What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: And it’s more of a problem than you think.

+  Russia caught editing Wikipedia entry about downed Malaysian airliner

38. New York state proposes sweeping Bitcoin regulations—and they’re strict

39. 3 Years Later, Google+ Drops Its Dumb Real Name Rule And Apologizes


40. Pete Seeger on Combinatorial Creativity, Originality, Equality, and the Art of Dot-Connecting


News of the Week; July 16, 2014


1. Mastering the Game: Business and Legal Issues for Video Game Developers (Creative industries – No. 8 – WIPO)

2. In Re Nintendo of Am., Inc.

3. Warner Bros. Censorship of Greenpeace Lego Video Backfires

4. ‘MineORama’ Organizer Cancels Event at Last Minute After Selling $540K in Tickets

5. Minecraft: how a change to the rules is tearing the community apart

6. Soccer Video Game Developed by College Students Proves to Reduce Violence Against Women and Girls

7. Frustration vs. Video Game Violence in Real-Life Aggression

8. Can joy be more ‘adult’ than violence?

9. This free, quick game shares the risks and rewards of coming out

10. Gender Differences in Emotional Responses to Cooperative and Competitive Game Play

11. Blizzard working to improve inclusivity – Morhaime

12. Kim Kardashian Video Game on Track to Earn $200 Million

13. Fan Pirates Game, Accidentally Tells Developer About It

14. Video Games Make a Convenient Scapegoat for Weak Students

15. Google’s Regina Dugan Joins Zynga Board

16. Another Study Suggests Acting Immorally In Video Games Actually Makes Players More Moral

17. ‘Game Journalism Simulator’ is a Real Thing, Apparently

18. Blizzard will launch Diablo III in China

19. Can video games be sports?

20. Where Virtual Meets Real: Ingress, a Mobile Game From Google

21. The Most Expensive Video Games Ever Made

22. After 23 years a new Super Mario World glitch is discovered

23. A Quest for the Secret Origins of Lost Video-Game Levels

24. Where have Japan’s gamers gone?

25. Microsoft CEO commits to Xbox

26. Richard Bartle: “Free-to-play has a half-life”


27. American Bar Association urges against file sharing lawsuits

28. Canadians That Access U.S. Netflix May Be in a Legal Grey Zone, But They Are Not Stealing

29. Aereo: Hey, we’re a cable company after all!

30. The Lost and Found Legacy of Barbara Ringer

31. Why Silicon Valley needs the coder grrrls of Double Union, the feminist hacker space: The lack of women in the tech world isn’t just a pipeline problem–it’s one of rampant sexism.

32. Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble

33. FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases

34. Senator Asks FTC to Look Into Facebook Mood Experiment

Hard Questions About Big Data

35. German Cartel Office Says Google, Other Tech Giants Could Be Regulated Like Utilities

36. Your favorite mobile apps leave a trail of cookie crumbs: We monitor our own smartphone traffic to see how much data apps are giving up.

37. Netflix Performance on Verizon Continues to Decline in June

38. The Most Frustrating And Painful Phone Call We’ve Ever Heard (Comcast/consumer)

39. Google, Canon, Dropbox and Others Pool Patents to Ward Off Trolls


40. A Game as Literary Tutorial: Dungeons & Dragons Has Influenced a Generation of Writers

41. When all you have is a Captain Hammer …

42. The reality show: Schizophrenics used to see demons and spirits. Now they talk about actors and hidden cameras – and make a lot of sense


News of the Week; July 9, 2014


1. NCAA Video Game Settlement Payments Detailed

2. Lindsay Lohan sues makers of GTA V over look-alike complaints

Lindsay Lohan’s ‘GTA 5′ Lawsuit: ‘The Kindest Thing You Could Say Is It’s A Publicity Stunt’

3. Hackers under fire for Mario Kart 8 Wii U modding

4. DRM not the way to fight piracy – Paradox

5. Report: Crytek UK staff not getting paid, leave studio en masse

6. British regulator: EA “misled” by calling Dungeon Keeper free-to-play

UK Advertising Regulator Nixes EA’s Dungeon Keeper Advertisement Due To Microtransactions

7. ‘Male Only’ Hearthstone eSports Competition Angers Gaming Community

Op-ed: E-sports cannot fight segregation with segregation

8. Video Games Didn’t Make Me Gay, But They Did Make Me Proud

9. EA’s Peter Moore Is Wrong About Video Game And Music Distribution

10. Moral Combat: Do Violent Video Games Make Us Reflect On Morality?

11. One Year After Granting Adulthood To Video Gamers, Committee Suggests Australian Government Reenact Ban On R18+ Games

Report: Western Australian Amendment Meddles With R18+ Rating13. Free Video Games Say Pay Up or Wait, Testing Players’ Patience

12. TIGA and Google publish extensive report on UK games funding

13. Perfect World and meat supplier acquire Warframe dev

14. Science Still Doesn’t Understand Video Games

15. British tabloid claims games are as addictive as heroin, game journalists respond in kind

16. Freemium games are a chance to teach kids how to manage their money

17. I Won $9 for Wasting Three Hours on a Mobile Game

18. 85 per cent of top grossing apps are games

19. Mobile could push games to $100 billion by 2017 – Digi-Capital


20. The Truth About Tinder and Women Is Even Worse Than You Think

Stop Erasing Women from Tech History

21. The Basic Rules of Dungeons and Dragons Next Have Some Cool Things To Say About Gender Identity

22. Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks (study)

ICO to assess compliance of Facebook study with data protection laws

Canada’s privacy watchdog to press Facebook on ‘emotional’ study

Facebook charged with FTC violations for messing with users’ minds

Will Facebook Backlash Kill Scientists’ Data Dream?

23. British Columbia Privacy Act trumps Facebook’s jurisdiction selection clause

24. Online privacy protection for kids lagging in Canada

25. EU calls for radical copyright reform in light of internet’s disruption

26. The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (film)

27. Can you trademark an internet meme?

28. Apple suffers Siri patent case defeat in China

29. Why More Start-Ups Are Sharing Ideas Without Legal Protection

30. Hollywood Studios Tried To Add File Sharing Sites To New Zealand’s Child Porn Blacklist

31. In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

32. Now on Your Cellphone Bill, Services You Never Wanted

33.   YouTube Outs Web Traffic Slow Pokes

34. I just installed a tool which shows how popular websites are spying on me. The results are horrifying

35. Google Alerts British News Outlets About Deleting Their Links

36. Virtual Currencies: European Banking Authority Publishes Opinion

37. Stop The JerkTech

38. UK tax breaks voted the best in Europe


News of the Week; July 2, 2014

1. Oculus Portrays Accuser as Opportunist, in Lawsuit Over Virtual Reality Technology

Oculus: ZeniMax lawsuit is sour grapes over missed investment opportunity

2. The Future Is Now: Cheating In Online Games Leads To Arrests In Japan

3. First Defendant in 38 Studios Lawsuit Settles for $4.4 Million

4. Ubisoft Found ‘Not Guilty’ in DRM Infringement Case

5. Lindsay Lohan Sues Rockstar Over Grand Theft Auto V

6. Microsoft court order has removed Chess 2: The Sequel’s servers

7. King Candy’s Trademark Attempt at Crushing The Banner Saga

8. Chinese Mobile Games Giant Embroiled in Bribery Scandal

9. Gamblit Gaming Software Gets Certified By U.K. Gambling Commission

10. The legal loophole of advergames: How ads disguised as video games are impacting today’s youth

11. Twitch.tv – 1 million channels and rising

12. Here are the countries bringing in the most video game revenue

13. Building a Warship for the Video Game Generation

14. Killer drone report downplays “PlayStation mentality” of pilots

15. BioWare Reveals First Gay Companion Character in ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’

16. Research: Bad Behavior in Games Can Lead to Pro-Social Behavior In Real Life

17. New Toledo Museum of Art exhibit examines the artistry of video games, and you can play Pac-Man, too

18. 10 Best Video Games Made In Vancouver

19. Aereo “Pauses” Service in Light of Supreme Court Defeat

Supreme Court Uses The Bizarre ‘Looks Like A Cable Duck’ Test To Outlaw Aereo

We’ll Never Know the Internet We Lost

The walls erected by traditional media

Analysis: Aereo’s death leaves cloud computing hanging in the balance

The Aereo Decision – Canadian Content?

Four Unanswered Questions From Aereo’s Supreme Court Loss

Why the Aereo Shutdown Will Be a Disaster for Broadcast TV

20. Facebook’s science experiment on users shows the company is even more powerful and unethical than we thought

Even the Editor of Facebook’s Mood Study Thought It Was Creepy

As Flies to Wanton Boys

Facebook Says It’s Sorry. We’ve Heard That Before.

21. F.T.C. Accuses T-Mobile of Fraud in Billing

22. Google begins removing links under “right to be forgotten” ruling

23. The NSA Revelations All in One Chart

24. Cops must have a warrant to search cell phones, rules Supreme Court

25. Facebook threatened with contempt for fighting NY over user privacy

26. Tinder Is Target of Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Amid sexual harassment allegations, dating app Tinder suspends co-founder

27. The end of the Canadian “iPod tax” saga

28. California Legalizes Bitcoin and Other Cash Alternatives

29. Why More Start-Ups Are Sharing Ideas Without Legal Protection

30. The lost promise of the Internet: Meet the man who almost invented cyberspace