News of the Week; November 13, 2019

News of the Week; November 13, 2019

GAMES Epic is suing another tester for leaking Fortnite Chapter 2 content Another tester is being sued by Epic Games for leaking Fortnite Chapter 2: Keywords Studio employee was fired day after leak, now faces claim for over $85,000 in damages Activision and EA insiders have been profiting from selling stock during buybacks: CEOs Bobby Kotick and […]

Class 10 – 11/13/19; “Consumers & Users: Cases, Clauses, & Contexts Part 3″ + ” Modifications in Video Games”
News of the Week; November 6, 2019

News of the Week; November 6, 2019

GAMES Blizzard president gives vague apology for Hong Kong protest response Blizzard president J. Allen Brack apologizes for bungled Hearthstone punishment Hong Kong protesters shine, but don’t quite spark at BlizzCon Blizzard’s substance-less BlizzCon statement speaks volumes | Opinion: Allen Brack’s speech rings hollow as company changes no policies, stands by Hearthstone pro’s ban for supporting Hong […]

Class 9 – 11/6/19; “Consumers & Users: Cases, Clauses, & Contexts Part 2” + “Video Game Culture and Negative Behaviours”
News of the Week; October 30, 2019

News of the Week; October 30, 2019

GAMES Valve disables container key sales and trades in CS:GO due to rampant fraud ‘Nearly All’ Counter-Strike Microtransactions Are Being Used for Money Laundering: N”early all key purchases that end up being traded or sold on the marketplace are believed to be fraud-sourced” Valve says. Money laundering prompts Valve to halt CS:GO in-game key sales: “At this […]

Class 8 – 10/30/19; “Consumers & Users: Cases, Clauses, & Contexts Part 1” + “Advertising in Video Games” + “Valve Corporation Legal Cases”
News of the Week; October 23, 2019

News of the Week; October 23, 2019

GAMES In These Partisan Times, The Only Thing That Gets Bi-Partisan Agreement Is That Blizzard Sucks Legislators condemn action against Hearthstone pro in letter to Activision Blizzard CEO Lawmakers express “deep concern” over Blizzard’s Hong Kong protest response US legislators: Blitzchung ban could have “chilling effect” on free speech – Bipartisan letter urges Blizzard to reverse decision […]

UBC Open Education Champions

UBC Open Education Champions

On Tuesday October 22, 2019, the UBC Vancouver Alma Mater Society, the VP Academic and Provost, and the UBC Library held a reception to congratulate faculty and staff for being nominated as UBC Open Education Resource Champions. An open education champion was defined as someone who has made a significant contribution to the use of […]

Class 7 – 10/23/19; “Connecting Ourselves: Gamer Vulnerability in Virtual Realities Part  3” + “Copyright Law and YouTube/Twitch Gameplay” + “Patenting AI-Generated Inventions”

Class 7 – 10/23/19; “Connecting Ourselves: Gamer Vulnerability in Virtual Realities Part 3” + “Copyright Law and YouTube/Twitch Gameplay” + “Patenting AI-Generated Inventions”

Slides and video (such as it is) below. Unfortunately only the first 2/3’s (roughly) of my talk was recorded, nor were either of the student presentations.  The lecture capture team has advised it looks like there was a network interruption in the recording system. We would not have noticed any interruption because the recording system […]

News of the Week; October 16, 2019

News of the Week; October 16, 2019

GAMES US Hearthstone players banned for Hong Kong protest: Team that held up a “Free Hong Kong, Boycott Blizz” sign punished “for engaging in behavior disruptive to” tournament broadcast College Hearthstone team hit with 6-month ban after showing ‘Free Hong Kong’ sign Nintendo NYC Overwatch launch event cancelled by Blizzard Blizzard cancels Overwatch live event at Nintendo World in […]