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Imprisoned former dictator Manuel Noriega, 80, is suing Activision Blizzard for using his name and likeness in "Call of Duty: Black Ops II." The game was released in 2012 and features a character named Manuel Noriega assisting the CIA, and then the character betrays the U.S. later in the game.
Noriega, the former leader of Panama, is serving a 20-year sentence in Panama, after already serving prison sentences in the United States and France. He is seeking damages and lost profits, claiming his character helped boost game sales. There have been a few high-profile lawsuits regarding video game character likeness, but this one will prove to be especially tricky to prove:
"In the U.S., individuals have what's called the right to publicity, which gives them control over how their person is depicted in commerce including video games," said Jas Purewal, interactive entertainment lawyer, in a statement to BBC. "But Noriega isn't a U.S. citizen or even a resident. This means that his legal claim becomes questionable, because it's unclear on what legal basis he can actually bring a case against Activision."
Oculus is having a hard time keeping its new VR headset limited to the developers that it wants to get these early units. Some of the people who have pre-ordered the headset have been putting those pre-ordered units up for sell on eBay and other places.
People who pre-ordered the second version of the Rift are expected to begin receiving their headsets this week. Oculus has been checking out eBay and cancelling the pre-orders for people who have put them on eBay.
One of those eBay auctions was trying to sell a pre-ordered headset for $5000, keep in mind that the headset originally cost $350. The company recently found out who the guy was selling the pre-order and cancelled his order. The moral of the story here is if you are going to sell one of these on eBay, wait until it get to you to list it.
Gamescom 2014 is only weeks away, with a tease arriving that we could see Dishonored 2 unveiled at the event. NowGamer has come out running with some details from their anonymous insider source, who says that the game is in development at Arkane Lyon, with Harvey Smith as lead.
Dishonored 2 will reportedly feature a new protoganist, but his (or her) identity is still under wraps. Arkane has also been rumored to be thinking of allowing players take the role of empress Emily Kaldwin, which could see the game taking place at a later time period than the original game. Then news from an anonymous tipster said that "Dishonored 2: Darkness of Tyvia" was coming to the PC, PS4 and Xbox One sometime in November 2015.
This tipster said we should expect an unveiling of Dishonored 2 at Gamescom 2014, supplying some alleged PS4 pre-order box art (in the above above). We should find out more on Dishonored 2 in the near future.
The last time we heard about Star Citizen, it had hit $44 million in funding. Nearly two months on, it has acquired another $4 million in funding to top $48 million, with a new bomber unveiled.
The new bomber is a work-in-progress, with the Retaliator to soon receive an in-game commercial, similar to what was created last year for the 2944 Aurora. The next stretch goal is $49 million, which should be hit very soon, where a new plant will be unveiled. That's not a typo, it's not planet, it's an actual plant.
The official description of the upcoming Xi'An Space Plant reads: "Similar to a bonsai tree, the Centennial Bloom is a very famous Xi'An plant indigenous to Eealus III that blossoms for one night every one hundred years".
First we had Respawn Entertainment, founded by the co-founders of Infinity Ward, and now ex developers from the studio have formed Reload Studios, a new studio that is focusing on a VR-based first-person studio.
Reload Studios is based in Los Angeles, and was co-founded by James Chung and Taehoon Oh. There are currently 12 developers working on game development for virtual reality, mobile and home console platforms. Former Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Series Producer, Pete Blumel, Infinity Ward developer Hougant Chen and Disney Animator, Nik Ranieri join the two co-founders at the VR-focused studio.
Chung said in a press release: "When I first saw what the latest round of VR devices could do, I realized these were not just peripherals but brand new platforms that could transform the way we experience, interact with and create media. It was the perfect time to follow my passion and bring together the most talented people I know under one roof to form a development culture that promotes creativity and collaboration". Right now, Reload Studios is working on a VR-enabled first-person shooter that will hit mobile and next-gen systems, something that we should see next year.
For those who don't know, there's $10 million up for grabs at the DOTA 2 "The International" tournament, with some of the biggest names in e-Sports clicking and tapping away at the biggest e-Sports tournament yet.
Gamefy, a Chinese e-Sports company, is at the tournament, with the crew walking into the off-limits player's room of Team DK before they played their match, and started filming. The crew then recorded, and broadcasted, Team DK's "core strategy" for not just that match being played, but for the entire $10 million competition.
Team DK ended up winning the match, but their entire strategy has now been leaked out to the world - and worse, their competitors at The International. This has put their chances of winning the competition on much tighter, near impossible odds, as their competitors know their strategy. Gamefy has apologized on their official site, claiming that the footage was uploaded "accidentally".
Woah! Old PlayStation staple and Naughty Dog retiree Crash Bandicoot could well make a comeback, Sony Computer Entertainment's CEO Andrew House has said.
Speaking with Britain's Telegraph newspaper, House remarked that not only is it too soon to be closing the door on old friends like Bandicoot, but that the company has actively been thinking about the possibilities of bringing the character back, along with other franchises such as Spyro. "In concept, it is something we've been thinking about and discussing, and this is a shift for us," House said. "We've started to say that maybe there isn't anything wrong with going back and looking at characters that people still talk about, that were a big part of either their childhood or their youth. I definitely wouldn't close the door on that."
When Crash Bandicoot made his debut on the original PlayStation he was touted as Sony's answer to Nintendo's iconic Mario. And although he may not be quite that level of legendary - Bandicoot spurred platformer after popular platformer along with some well received spinoffs, like karting game Crash Tag Team Racing. As House says, it's certainly a bit of a shift for Sony to be considering such a resurgence, but we're sure fans new and old would welcome back the marsupial.
When we had confirmation that Grand Theft Auto V was coming to the PC, no release date was attached to that news. But, according to PC Gamer, the release date of Rockstar Games' open world mega smash should reach the PC master race on November 14, in Europe at least.
There is a listing on a Danish retailer's website, which has since been altered to December 31, which probably means that it could've posted the real date and has been forced to remove it, throwing up a placeholder date in the meantime. We should consider this a little more real though, as November is a big time for gaming releases since it's the holiday season and all.
What may come as a surprise with few gamers, free porn video website YouPorn is interested to sponsor an E-sports team who are playing either League of Legends, DOTA 2 or HearthStone.
League of Legends, DOTA 2 and HeartStone are few of the games that are played on the professional level in many countries, with a large userbase of players, spectators, fans and even sponsors. The Prize pool is also equally large. Hearthstone Blizzcon Tournament had a prize pool of $250,000. Valve's 'Ther International' 2014 tournament reached a prize pool of a jaw-dropping $10.5 Million. Many smaller events were held in many countries, both as either a city-wide or a national tournament held every year.
YouPorn recently posted a Twitter message (NSFW Warning) asking opinion about the website sponsoring an e-sports team. As one would expect, this attracted a lot of comments, including those who have been asking if YouPorn would be interested in sponsored an E-sports team for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and even for Starcraft 2 team.
Battlefield 4 fans, get your trigger fingers ready for the month-long event that is Battlefest. This event is geared for all BF4 gamers, getting them read for the launch of Battlefield 4's new DLC coming this week, Dragon's Teeth.
The new Dragon's Teeth expansion rolls out this week with five new weapons, a new unlockable gadget in the form of a Ballistic shield, a new game mode, 10 new assignments, and a new Battle pickup. Gamers can now also submit their in-game screenshots for a daily contest known as Battleshots. Battleshots will see a daily winner taking home an AMD Radeon GPU (!), a $50 gift card to the DICE store, and a Battlefield 4 Premium membership for the platform of their choice.
The goodies continue, with the daily contest not the only thing that BF4 gamers have access to, but gamers will also receive a free camo in-game unlock each week, and another double XP weekend early next month. Battlefest also includes weekly community missions and a stunt video competition where the top 12 submissions get selected by DICE for some truly great prizes. These prizes include the nine finalists receiving an AMD video card valued at $300, while the top three winners get voted by fans, each receiving an AMD-powered PC worth over $3,000.