All rise! This court of DualShockers is now in session.Only a few days ago, we heard that developer No Matter Studios would be changing the name of their Kickstarted game from “Prey for the Gods” to Praey for the Gods. And while their new name is arguably way more interesting in concept and execution, the reason for the change is less savory. Namely, the looming threat of litigation from Bethesda Softworks and their parent company, ZeniMax Media (combined in this article as just “Bethesda”).Why does ZeniMax Media, a publishing giant that has its tendrils in such major studios like Bethesda (Fallout, The Elder Scrolls), id Software (Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein) and Arkane Studios (Dishonored), feel so threatened by this grassroots indie project? Their latest tentpole release – Prey – falls within the previous name “Prey for the Gods” and likely sounded too similar to their backup, stylized name “Præy for the Gods.” … [Read more...] about Lawyer Up: Can Bethesda Stop Developers From Using the Word “Prey”?
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the App Store belongs to Apple, arguably the biggest driver of the term into common parlance. Does Apple own the phrase?It wants to, at least. It's seeking a trademark for the term "App Store" with the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, and rival Microsoft doesn't want to see it win one. Microsoft wants to use the words for its own mobile market, and is hoping the USPTO denies Apple's claim. "Any secondary meaning or fame Apple has in 'App Store' is de facto secondary meaning that cannot convert the generic term 'app store' into a protectable trademark," Microsoft lawyers write in a new motion, as reported by TechFlash.The company wants to argue that the phrase "app store" is a generic, public-domain term Apple can't block its competitors from using. As evidence, it cites the fact that many websites that cover the mobile biz use the phrase "app store" freely to refer to any platform's app market. According to Microsoft, even Apple CEO Steve Jobs said "app store" in an interview to refer to … [Read more...] about Microsoft Disputes Apple’s ‘App Store’ Trademark
Genuine positivity surrounded the announcement of Microsoft's first foray into modern day mobile hardware. In Surface, we had a product that seemed to possess the build quality and production refinement we'd typically associate with an Apple offering, combined with a desktop-level operating system and reasonably powerful specs. Surface - particularly the Intel-powered variant running Windows 8 Pro - looked like a genuine contender. However, the iPad-challenging RT variant didn't look quite so convincing, and now that the final product is in our hands, we'd go further by saying that it is a largely disappointing offering that under-performs in almost every way that matters. Not only that, but it is at least a generation away from competing against Apple's current products - let alone its future hardware. There is some good news, however. In terms of build quality, at least, Microsoft has done pretty well. The slate itself feels good in the hand (though the fanfare surrounding … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface RT review
Zynga just sent a press release officially confirming the rumor we reported on earlier today. Former Interactive Entertainment Business President Don Mattrick has left Microsoft and will take the position of CEO within Zynga itself, which has been in rather serious financial trouble for a while, resulting in substantial cuts and layoffs.Marcus Pincus, Zynga’s founding CEO , will remain at the company as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chieft Product Officer.Mattrick will report directly to the Board of Directors and his appointment was unanimous. He will join Pincus in a newly formed Executive Committee to manage the operations of the company between board meetings.The former Microsoft executive covered his former role at Redmond’s software and hardware giant since October 2010, and but his popularity within the core gaming community has never been too solid due to a series of rather unpopular outings.Now the new president of Interactive Entertainment … [Read more...] about Zynga Officially Confirms Don Mattrick’s Departure from Microsoft, Joins Zynga as Chief Executive Officer (UPDATED)
“It’s time for us to talk about gaming in Windows,” promised Head of Xbox Phil Spencer in December. A little over a month later, Microsoft has finally stepped up to the plate with a slew of big announcements about Windows 10, Xbox and PC gaming delivered at its Redmond campus yesterday morning.The big news for gamers—aside from holograms—is that Windows 10 will not only support multiplayer gaming between Xbox One and PC, but allow you to stream Xbox One games locally to PCs or tablets.Which is all well and good for Xbox fans, but where does that leave PC gamers, especially ones who don’t particularly care about Xbox? “It’s a good question,” said Spencer. “I didn’t want to make today’s presentation all about ‘Hey Xbox One owners, aren’t you glad Windows 10 exists!’ The first thing I was trying to do is just look at some of the social capability we’ve created on console and bring it in a … [Read more...] about Is Windows 10 Good For PC Gamers Or XBone Owners?