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Musqueam Art Featured in FIFA 23

Today being the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, I came across this article on the CBC. EA collaborated with the Musqueam First Nation in designing and including Indigenous artwork in their latest iteration of FIFA. It may be a very minor gesture, but I found this to be a thoughtful addition to the game. […]

Gambling and Twitch

https://www.npr.org/2022/09/22/1124384092/twitch-bans-some-gambling-content-after-an-outcry-from-streamers [link to the article on Twitch banning gambling] https://kotaku.com/twitch-gambling-scam-pokimane-mizkif-hasanabi-strike-1849554448 [link to article on the scandal that led to these changes] We have looked briefly at gambling in video games in the form of loot boxes in the first few weeks of class, and have discussed how various countries throughout the world ban games that […]

Dance Emotes in Fortnite Stir Up Controversy (Again….)

Our discussion today regarding the ability to copyright certain “signature” moves in games reminded me of Fortnite and some recent controversy that I’d like to share. Fortnite, like many multiplayer games, allows users to “emote” (i.e. the player’s avatar or character will project certain actions like a thumbs-up or dance for other players to see). […]

Video Presentation: Is Streaming Fair Dealing?

Hi everyone! I wrote my final paper on the topic of the legality of streaming. I was originally intended for my presentation to recap the whole issue. Unfortunately, there ended up being a lot more to say than I anticipated. For my presentation, I’ve just provided a brief intro to the issue, then applied the […]

Playing Video Games While Driving?

Hey everyone, Just came across this article about Tesla’s new feature that allows drivers or passengers to play video games in their vehicle. Because of the prevalence of accidents caused by inattentive drivers, having video games in a vehicle accessible to the driver has raised concerns about the possibility that people may be injured or […]

The Law’s New Language?

Hey everyone, I hope your papers are going well. I wanted to share some fascinating research related to legal automation and linguistics that my former professor, Megan Ma, is doing, as I think has some relevance to our course. Her research specifically focuses on the code-ification of legal language, how that diverges from the current […]

False Start: EA Sports College Football Release Date

I figured everyone is likely going through some “News of the Week” withdrawals right now, so I wanted to pass along a funny situation that happened earlier this week. College football reporter Brandon Marcello re-sparked the rumour mill about the potential release date for the EA Sports College Football game last Thursday, tweeting the following: […]

What’s the Point of Video Game NFTs?

It’s fair to say that NFTs are controversial. Depending on where you stand, they’re either a bold new future, a fad, or a pointless scam. Wherever your position, though, there’s not denying that NFTs are a hot commodity. With so many tech start-ups jumping on the NFT bandwagon, it’s not surprising that some of the […]