Chinese Government Wants To Ban Video Game Commercials On Kids' TV

Video games in China have long had a bad rep, so it’s no wonder that the newest revision to commercial advertising regulations in China features video games. The only problem with these new regulations: they’re targeting something that, at this time, doesn’t really exist.


Danish Publisher Buying Duke Nukem's Original Studio

3D Realms, the beleaguered original developer of Duke Nukem Forever, will be acquired by a Danish firm that had been set to publish a new Duke Nukem game until both were sued last week by Gearbox Software .


Mobster's Daughter Sues, Says Grand Theft Auto V Copies Her Life Story

The daughter of the mobster who brought down John Gotti is suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto V for $US40 million alleging a minor character in the game was based on her life story and it was used without her permission. Karen Gravano says “Antonia Bottino”, (pictured in the background above) whom the player rescues in a random encounter called “Burial”, at the far north of the map. Gravano appeared on the first three seasons of VH1’s “Mob Wives” reality show and her lawsuit says she’s publishing another book about her life soon.


Lawsuit Seeks To Stop New Duke Nukem Game Teased By Original Studio

The studio that spent 12 years unable to finish Duke Nukem Forever and the one that finally did in 2011 are back in court again, this time over a Duke Nukem game for PC and PlayStation that was teased earlier this month.


Kid Shot Dead By Cops, Witnesses Say He Was Holding Wii Remote

Police say that 17-year-old Christopher Roupe was shot and killed because he answered the door pointing a gun. Everyone except the police say he opened the door holding a Wii Remote.


Cease And Desist! Toei Animation Looks To Tackle Chinese Bootleggers

Toei Animation, the Japanese animation powerhouse behind some of our (and hopefully your) favourite animations, has started to investigate and send out cease and desist notices to Chinese companies for copyright infringement.


Indie Creator Of CandySwipe Fumes Over Candy Crush Saga Trademark Move

The maker of a little-known match-3 game involving candy pieces says he’s being steamrollered by the scorched-earth trademark strategy of the casual gaming powerhouse Candy Crush Saga, despite the fact his game and its name are two years older.


'Fraud' Pretends To Be Ubisoft, Tries Cancelling Watch Dogs' Trademark

Well, this is weird. Someone has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to scrub the trademark for Ubisoft’s upcoming Watch Dogs. A request that’s been called “fraudulent”, since it didn’t actually come from Ubisoft.


Candy Crush Makers: We Should Never Have Published 'Cloned' Game

The makers of Candy Crush Saga have issued a lengthy defence of their actions, with regard to a couple of notorious trademark applications and allegations it deliberately cloned a game whose makers reached a deal with another publisher. “Our policy is to protect our IP and also respect the IP of others,” writes Riccardo Zacconi, King’s CEO and co-founder in a statement appended to his company’s corporate site today.


Judge Throws Out $US11 Million Award To Madden's Original Programmer

A US federal judge threw out a jury’s award of $US11 million to the programmer of the original John Madden Football, saying there was no evidence Electronic Arts copied his work for use in future editions of the game without paying royalties to which he would be entitled.