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  ARCHIVE FOR: Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Jack Thompson in Contempt of Court? Possible Jail Time?
By LostToys @ 04:30 PM :: General Gaming :: Comment Now
  The lovely girls over at Kotaku are reporting that Jack Thompson, the oh so love-able antagonist of videogame violence, has a contempt of court motion filled on him on behalf of Take-Two Interactive
The motion requests that Judge Ronald Friendman, who sat on the hearing overseeing Thompson's failed attempt to have Bully banned, order the Floida lawyer to appear in court and defend himself against the contempt allegation.

If found in contempt, Thompson could face anything from fines, to censure or even jail time.

I personally hope for public flogging. Mmm ... flogging.


Prey Sells 1 Million Copies: Sequel in Works
By LostToys @ 02:04 PM :: General Gaming :: Comment Now
  Scott Miller is reporting that Prey has sold more than 1 million copies.
Real quick, some good news: Prey is a success. We know that within the first two months it passed one million units sold worldwide. And for a game on two platforms that's pretty darn good. There will be a sequel, and we think we have a interesting follow-up story to tell and some all-new innovations to bring new excitement to the table.

Ghost Recon: Advance Warfigher 2 Announced: Assassin's Creed and Brother's In Arms Delayed
By LostToys @ 01:56 PM :: General Gaming :: Comment Now
  360Monster is reporting that Ubisoft has announced a sequel to Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter.
"Ubisoft today announces the launch in the fiscal fourth quarter [Q1 2007] of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, which will capitalize on the first episode's success (more than 2.4 millions copies sold)." No platforms were announced, but the game will almost certainly be coming to Xbox 360.
The press release also announced the delay of both Assassin's Creed and Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway have both been delayed and will now be released in the next fiscal year (April 2007 to March 2008)

Lik-Sang Not Our Fault, Says Sony
By LostToys @ 12:43 PM :: General Gaming :: Comment Now
  Sony is denying all culpability in relation to the recent closing of Lik-Sang. In a statement issued to GamesIndustry, Sony Computer Entertainment observes a successful suet against Pacific Game Technology, which uses Lik-Sang as one of its trading names, for infringing intellectual property rights.
"Lik-Sang did not contest this case (i.e. they did not turn up and therefore incurred no legal costs). We have been awarded substantial costs against Lik-Sang which have not been paid," the statement claims.

"We would therefore strongly deny that our actions have had anything to do with this website closing (we assume the legal entity is still trading), and would suggest that this release is sour grapes on behalf of Lik-Sang which is aimed to belittle Sony Computer Entertainment and the British judicial system that found against them."

Sony was also aghast that Lik-Sang released confidential consumer information, as it is "contrary to data protection principles around the world."


Pandemic Expands Brisbane-based Developement Studio
By LostToys @ 11:00 AM :: General Gaming :: Comment Now
  Pandemic, most well known for their Battlefront and Mercenaries titles (though I personally love them for Battlezone 2), has announced today that they have expanded their Brisbane, Australia Studio. This brings the total headcount at Pandemic to almost 100 heads.
"Pandemic's Brisbane studio has enjoyed great success with the Destroy All Humans! series and we are excited to build on our tremendous base of Australian talent with the addition of a second team."

Burning Crusade Delayed Until January 2007
By LostToys @ 10:52 AM :: PC: Role-Playing :: Comment Now
  Blizzard announced today that Burning Crusade expansion for World of Warcraft has been delayed until January 2007.
Blizzard Entertainment� today announced that the release date for World of Warcraft�: The Burning Crusade�, the highly anticipated expansion for World of Warcraft, will be in January 2007. By adding a few extra weeks to the development cycle beyond its original target date, Blizzard will be able to extend the closed beta test and further refine the new content that will ship with the game.

�We appreciate the enthusiasm surrounding World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, and we�re excited about putting the finishing touches on all of the new content,� said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. �We feel confident that the extra time spent polishing the game will result in the high-quality experience that our players expect and deserve.�


Lik-Sang Forced Out Of Business by Sony Lawsuits: 'End of the World As We Know It'
By LostToys @ 10:43 AM :: General Gaming :: Comment Now
  Hong Kong based software and hardware exporter, Lik-Sang, has gone out of business. The official Press Release is as follows:
Lik-Sang.com, the popular gaming retailer from Hong Kong, has today announced that it is forced to close down due to multiple legal actions brought against it by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Sony claimed that Lik-Sang infringed its trade marks, copyright and registered design rights by selling Sony PSP consoles from Asia to European customers, and have recently obtained a judgment in the High Court of London (England) rendering Lik-Sang's sales of PSP consoles unlawful.

As of today, Lik-Sang.com will not be in the position to accept any new orders and will cancel and refund all existing orders that have already been placed. Furthermore, Lik-Sang is working closely with banks and PayPal to refund any store credits held by the company, and the customer support department is taking care of any open transactions such as pending RMAs or repairs and shipping related matters. The staff of Lik-Sang will make sure that nobody will get hurt in the crossfire of this ordeal.

A Sony spokesperson declined to comment directly on the lawsuit against Lik-Sang, but recently went on to tell Gamesindustry.biz that "ultimately, we're trying to protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards, due to voltage supply differences et cetera; is not - in PS3's case - backwards compatible with either PS1 or PS2 software; will not play European Blu-Ray movies or DVDs; and will not be covered by warranty".

Lik Sang strongly disagrees with Sony's opinion that their customers need this kind of protection and pointed out that PSP consoles shipped from Lik-Sang contained genuine Sony 100V-240V AC Adapters that carry CE and other safety marks and are compatible world wide. All PSP consoles were in conformity with all EU and UK consumer safety regulations.

Furthermore, Sony have failed to disclose to the London High Court that not only the world wide gaming community in more than 100 countries relied on Lik-Sang for their gaming needs, but also Sony Europe's very own top directors repeatedly got their Sony PSP hard or software imports in nicely packed Lik-Sang parcels with free Lik-Sang Mugs or Lik-Sang Badge Holders, starting just two days after Japan's official release, as early as 14th of December 2004 (more than nine months earlier than the legal action). The list of PSP related Sony Europe orders reads like the who's who of the videogames industry, and includes Ray Maguire (Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Alan Duncan (UK Marketing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Chris Sorrell (Creative Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Rob Parkin (Development Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited), just to name a few.

"Today is Sony Europe victory about PSP, tomorrow is Sony Europe's ongoing pressure about PlayStation 3. With this precedent set, next week could already be the stage for complaints from Sony America about the same thing, or from other console manufacturers about other consoles to other regions, or even from any publisher about any specific software title to any country they don't see fit. It's the beginning of the end... of the World as we know it", stated Pascal Clarysse, formerly known as the Marketing Manager of Lik-Sang.com.

And in melodromatic flare, the statement ends with:

"Blame it on Sony. That's the latest dark spot in their shameful track record as gaming industry leader. The Empire finally 'won', few dominating retailers from the UK probably will rejoice the news, but everybody else in the gaming world lost something today."

Morning Brief - Sid Meier Ruines My Life Edition
By LostToys @ 12:00 AM :: In-House: Morning Brief :: Comment Now
  Sorry for the late morning brief, but yet another Sid Meier game has taken over complete control of my life. I just spent the entire afternoon playing Sid Meier's Railroads!. He makes crack for gamers. Once you start, you really can't get off of it until someone intervenes and deletes your copy of the game.

What games have made you obsessive?


 
 
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