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It’s not April 1st…is it?

It’s not April 1st…is it?

Sometimes you simply have no choice but to post. This is one such story… Jon

Implications of Forthcoming YouTube Policy Updates on Gaming Content

Implications of Forthcoming YouTube Policy Updates on Gaming Content

YouTube is looking to update their policies so as to better differentiate between real-world violence and gaming violence. In her quarterly letter,  the platform’s CEO said the policy changes look to include fewer restrictions on violence in gaming content and matching interested advertisers with ‘edgier content’. The existing policy has seen a crackdown on violent […]

Video Game Machines Ruled as Slot Machines in Pennsylvania

Video Game Machines Ruled as Slot Machines in Pennsylvania

This just in today: the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently ruled that video game machines called “Pennsylvania Skill”, manufactured and distributed by Pace-O-Matic (POM) are considered “slot machines” under the state law. The Pennsylvania Crime Code, Title 18 Section 5513, provides that it is illegal to manufacture, set up, sell, lease, or own a “slot machine” […]

Video Game Patent Review Not Time-Barred, Fed. Cir. Says

Video Game Patent Review Not Time-Barred, Fed. Cir. Says

Key takeaways  Patent challenger never served in infringement case PTAB should determine proper service before review A patent validity challenge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board wasn’t time-barred because the petitioner was never properly served in a related infringement case, the Federal Circuit ruled. The PTAB should have considered the timeliness of a petition […]

“Sequels”: No More Game Preservation

“Sequels”: No More Game Preservation

In today’s class we spoke about the evolution of Video Games, especially encompassing the development of streaming through Google’s Stadia or Xbox’s X Cloud, but what about the development of Video Games themselves? A recent article I read (link below) was discussing Overwatch 2 and highlighted the blurred line between sequels and expansions. Personally, I […]

Presentation Outline: Digital Legacies – Examining the State of Digital Assets Upon Death

Presentation Outline: Digital Legacies – Examining the State of Digital Assets Upon Death

Have you ever thought about how much “stuff” you own that resides entirely online? Do you attach some sort of real-world value to these assets? Would you feel personal loss if certain digital assets were irretrievably lost? In the event of death – what happens to these digital assets? In this week’s presentation, Ellie, John, […]

Fortnite professional ‘FaZe Jarvis’ has been banned for life by Epic Games for uploading videos of him cheating.

Fortnite professional ‘FaZe Jarvis’ has been banned for life by Epic Games for uploading videos of him cheating.

There has been a lot of conversation over the past week over Fortnite’s ban handed to FaZe Jarvis. FaZe Jarvis is a 17-year-old professional Fortnite gamer for the esports organization ‘FaZe Clan’. He decided on making a youtube video, now deleted, showing the unfair advantages hackers and cheaters have when playing this game – and […]

Racism in Video Game Culture Continued

Racism in Video Game Culture Continued

Hi Guys, Just wanted to follow up on the last week’s presentation with a short video on racism in video games. I was planning on showing a portion of this video during the presentation but due to time constraints ended up cutting it out. The video features a short interview with Terrence Miller, an African […]

Inside the ESRB

Inside the ESRB

Noclip, a video game documentary series on YouTube, recently released a documentary about the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). This is the first time in ESRB’s 25 year history that they have agreed to allow media to enter their doors. “How Does the ESRB Rate Video Games?” gives a sneak peek inside the offices of […]

Tropes vs Women in Video Games – Season 1

Tropes vs Women in Video Games – Season 1

Hey guys! To follow up on my group’s presentation on Wednesday, I thought I’d post a link to the first season of Anita Sarkeesian’s ‘Tropes vs Women in Video Games.” Enjoy!