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Guy chokes a kid after being made fun of in Black Ops, we're ... upset {Joystiq}

Oct 1st 2011 4:56AM Life lesson - if you're going to be an example of GIFT at least make sure that the dude isn't someone who knows where you live.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GIFT

Worlds.com aims to sue over the virtual world of Warcraft {WoW}

Mar 12th 2009 2:08AM The patent is for an invention that is not novel (lots of prior art) and not nonobvious (MUD + graphics = his patent).

He's going to lose and the patent is going to be invalidated

Wintergrasp retuning incoming {WoW}

Mar 4th 2009 3:12AM As long as the best path to victory is blow up wall #1, blow up wall #2, blow up keep door, the offense will never split up. What good is it to preserve 10 minutes of your clock when it takes 5 minutes to blow up 2 walls and the keep door?

The Glider outcome and copyright law {WoW}

Feb 4th 2009 7:21PM Blizz suing you for damages over a name? The best they could win is forcing you to change your name. If you're talking about monetary damages, you only get those if you can show harm. For example by selling a bot that ruins that integrity of the game, thus causing some other people to quit and stop paying Blizz their subscription dollars.

In practical terms, since violation of ToS and helping other people violate ToS are already illegal under contract law, there is very little real impact except to the scholarship of copyright law, because in the real world, software devs will still win under contract law.

TalentChic updates for Wrath {WoW}

Jan 12th 2009 2:29PM 51/13/7 is the most obvious dps build if you don't bother reading though theorycrafting sites. In fact even among DW DKs, in my experience very few are 32/39.

Ghostcrawler's tips on Loken {WoW}

Dec 16th 2008 3:16PM In my experience, a lot of people try to make clever plans for simple fights, maybe because they can't do the same simple thing over and over again for 3 minutes without losing focus. I'm sure that the Occulus boss would be the winner over Loken if falling off your drake and splattering/zoning out counted as a Laykeeper kill.

Forum post of the day: A Rogue without a cause {WoW}

Dec 15th 2008 9:25PM Need rogues for the same reason you need any single target DPS specialist - to kill the bosses faster.

Blizzard awarded $6 million in Glider suit {Joystiq}

Oct 2nd 2008 3:05AM Just to clarify, Blizzard makes a contract with every user of WoW. Part of that contract says you can't bot. Glider openly markets itself as a way for people to break the contract, in a way that harms Blizz. This is called "Tortuous interference with contract" and the concept has been a part of our laws since before the Declaration of Independence. Since Blizz was able to showcase what must have been a million+ complaints about bots and a record of people quitting because of the existance of bots, this was pretty much a slam dunk for Blizz on that claim.

For the rest you should just read the opinion.

Niko's voice earned about $100,000 from GTA IV {Joystiq}

May 21st 2008 11:44AM The actor is in a union :P Read the article.

Unfortunately, while "equal pay for equal work" sounds good, in practice the value of an actor on TV or in a movie is a lot more than the value of an actor in a video game. No video game company is going to pay residuals to an actor. This guy probably made more than most of the coders or game designers, who have a much higher impact on sales than any voice actor would in this medium. A game like GTAIV could have the worst VAs in the world and would still sell this much. It imght become even more beloved with a certain level of crappy VA (Ex - Resident Evil 1).

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