Respinte un sacco di cause contro CoH

NCsoft ha avuto qualche grattacapo con Marvel a quanto sembra riguardo ai diritti d’autore del suo MMORPG “City of Heroes”.

Ma sembra che le accuse siano state respinte dal giudice R. Gary Klausner.
Ecco la news:
Comic book giant Marvel’s legal action against City of Heroes publisher NCsoft Corporation and developer Cryptic Studios has taken a heavy blow this week after a US district court judge in Los Angeles dismissed a number of key claims.

Judge R. Gary Klausner dismissed more than half of Marvel’s claims, NCsoft revealed in a statement this afternoon, including Marvel’s claims that the defendants directly infringed Marvel’s registered trademarks.

Judge Klausner also agreed with the defendants that some of Marvel’s allegations and exhibits should be stricken as “false and sham” because they were not actually created by users of the game but by Marvel itself.

He further dismissed Marvel’s claim for a judicial declaration that defendants are not an online service provider under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which offers a degree of protection in such cases.

Furthermore, he dismissed these claims without leave to amend, meaning Marvel cannot file them again.

The court also cited a 1984 Supreme Court case which holds that the sale of VCRs does not violate copyright law, noting, “It is uncontested that Defendants’ game has a substantial non-infringing use. Generally the sale of products with substantial non-infringing uses does not evoke liability for contributory copyright infringement.”

In other words, the court is satisfied that City of Heroes is primarily a massively multiplayer online role-playing game and not a copyright infringement tool.

While certain claims were allowed to survive the motion to dismiss, the defendants have 10 days in which to answer and dispute them and asset legal defences, and NCsoft and Cryptic Studios are confident of overcoming them.

This latest news of the case comes after the defendants issued an impassioned plea in their motion to dismiss defending the creative freedoms of artists and declaring that if its character creation tools were deemed illegal, so should be the pencil and other creative implements.

Fable 1.5 esiste…ma per PC

Ebbene si, con Fable il discorso non è ancora chiuso, la versione pompata sarà per PC, così dice MS, intanto godetevi gli screenshot.

dal sito ufficiale xbox

Based on the best-selling, award-winning Xbox title, Fable: The Lost Chapters is now fully optimized for the Windows platform, complete with expanded content, greater customization, new quests and enhanced graphics. In this groundbreaking role-playing adventure game from Lionhead Studios, every action determines a character’s skills, appearance and morality. A character’s life story is created from childhood through adulthood and on to old age. One can grow from an inexperienced child into the most powerful being in the world, spoken of by all and immortalized in legend. As additional story and side quests await, so too does the path of righteousness, as well as the life of evil. With every choice, a character transforms into a reflection of his actions and decisions. Age leaves characters wizened and battle leaves characters scarred in the world of Fable: The Lost Chapters.

With experience comes character advancement and physical change. These changes may take the form of expanding muscles, development of a keen eye or even the buzz of magical energies around fingertips. Villagers and NPCs comment on successes, failures, appearances and behaviors. Their many opinions are expressed through applause, mockery, trepidation, panic and even flirtation. With each good deed or creature slain, the world is changed forever. In Fable: The Lost Chapters, gamers decide: “Who will I be?”

The original Fable sold more than 1.4 million copies and was highly acclaimed, earning numerous awards from the industry’s top print, broadcast and online outlets. Fable: The Lost Chapters is being developed by world-renowned Lionhead Studios.

Features:

Experience expanded content. Explore the original worlds and core missions of Fable that thrilled Xbox gamers and discover additional regions, storylines and side quests, as well as optional missions with Fable: The Lost Chapters. In addition, Fable: The Lost Chapters offers the ability to fight new monsters, practice an expanded group of spells, don new armor, wield additional weapons and interact with new expressions.


Witness stunning graphics. Fable: The Lost Chapters is fully optimized for the Windows platform, bringing with it breath-taking graphics that allow you to view the world of Albion at its best.

Forge a hero based on actions. Heroes age and evolve through the actions players choose and the paths they follow ? be it for good, evil or in between. Those who ply the way of the sword will see their muscles bulge. Those who weave the dark arts will witness power crackle at their fingertips. And those who rely on speed and stealth will develop lightning-like reflexes and eagle-eyed accuracy.

Engage in intense real-time combat. Players collect battle scars as they duel with cunning foes and deadly creatures. They can master an array of deadly weapons as they hone the art of blade-craft, hunt their quarry using subterfuge and stealth, or weave death from the elements as they harness the dark arts of the arcane.
Build a living legend. Through deeds and actions, Fable: The Lost Chapters players build a name for their character across the land. They can recruit allies and followers, gain glory or notoriety, make friends and enemies, the whole time interacting with a living world of people, places and events all reactive to them.
Shape and exploring a living, evolving world. Players champion or manipulate an ever-changing land with competitive and cooperative heroes, dynamic weather systems, and environments teeming with cultures, creatures, citizens and cities.
Hone scores of unique skills and extras. Players master new abilities and add possessions as their character develops. They can master the art of thievery, acquire a family, real estate, clothing or tattoos, and more. Fable: The Lost Chapters expands these offerings, providing the player with even more customization choices.

Never play the same game twice. Once an adventure has been completed, players can forge a new tale full of unexpected twists and turns, with new skills, powers, influences, allies and enemies.

Football Manager 2005 – Grande aggiornamento e patch!

Sports Interactive e SEGA hanno realizzato un corposo aggiornamento per Football Manager 2005, migliorando sensibilmente l’intero gioco.

L’aggiornamento, disponibile gratuitamente da oggi, comprende tutti i cambi di formazione e personale verificatisi nel mondo del calcio dalla pubblicazione del gioco, il 4 novembre 2004, compresa la recente chiusura della finestra dei trasferimenti del 31 gennaio. L’aggiornamento comprende oltre 160mila trasferimenti di giocatori e personale di allenamento e gestione.

“Siamo molto felici di offrire ai nostri fan questo ringraziamento per riconoscere il sostegno che ci hanno mostrato, ed è magnifico che SEGA ci abbia dato il permesso di farlo,” ha dichiarato Miles Jacobson, direttore responsabile di Sports Interactive. “Football Manager è diventato il gioco preferito da tutti i fan del calcio grazie al livello di realismo che offre ai giocatori, e questo aggiornamento può solo migliorare l’esperienza.”

Scarica l’aggiornamento e la patch dal sito web di Sports Interactive: http://www.sigames.com/downloads.php?type=view&id=240

Questa patch non è progettata per la versione giapponese di Football Manager.

Video e immagini di PSO ep.4

Ancora video e immagini per Episodio 4 in questi giorni.

Inoltre ecco i nomi dei nuovi mostri presenti in queste nuove aree:

Buuta

Ba Buuta

Ze Buuta

Yowey

Satelite Lizard

Astark

Dolphon

ecco le immagini:

e un bel videozzo da 39 mega e 11 minutidi durata.

Mirror

The Good

The scenary, texture and detail is quite exceptional compared to the other levels we’ve seen. You can definitely tell SEGA used a good portion of their budget there. The monsters are quite detailed as well. The animation is slick and smooth. The environment most importantly the cactus is quite interesting… making you take damage if you touch it, most likely very deadly in ultimate. In 9-1 of course you see Sue nad Kireek so they’re back and continuing the Sue plotline (Where’s Bernie? Guess he rotted away in Ruins 2.. maybe Montague will appear…) The music definitely has a nice nostagalic feeling to it with the PS III theme in it. Its not too overly exciting music but its nice to hear the PS III part when running through Wilds.

The Bad

The maps are rather repetitive for now. Not many variations. SEGA could really become more innovative with the gates atleast but they’re just stupid laser fences from before.

The Ugly

I think SEGA spent so much portion of their budget on the graphics department that the monster AI department is left to be desired. WILDS = FOREST EXCEPT FOR DOLPHON THE OVERSIZED DELBITER. I mean cmon! Astark is a fucking hildebear. It even roars like one -_- The lizards jellen and zalure themselves if their leader is gone… maybe SEGA got lazy for the beta and is saving the good AI for the retail version I HOPE.

PSO Ep.I&II su PC

Il Sonic Team ha stato annunciato su PC Windows la nuova versione di Phantasy Star Online Episode I&II.
La peculiarità di questa versione è che avrà i salvataggi sul server evitando così parecchi disagi provocati dai codici.

Tutte le informazioni le potete trovare sul sito ufficiale del sonic team.

Oltre a questo durante il Tokyo Game Show della scorsa settimana hanno parlato di PSO Ep.III, ecco qualche immagine della presentazione al pubblico:

Nuova quest in arrivo su PSO PC

Nuova quest in arrivo su Phantasy Star Online PC.

La quest “Soul of steel” è scaricabile e ricordiamo che è già presente nelle quest offline di PSO Episode I&II (Xbox e Game Cube insomma).
La quest sarà disponibile per il download dal 25 c.m.