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Weekly News Roundup: Bowser finds new employment, lawsuits galore, and more

Gaming News

Press the pause button and stretch those fingers: it’s time to roundup the news that you might have missed from the world of gaming this week.

Bowser v Bowser

Nintendo of America has hired a member of the Bowser family to take over as the vice president of sales in the United States. The Guardian reported that Doug Bowser, formerly of EA, joined the Nintendo family this week and nearly broke the internet. Everyone had a giggle about the happy coincidence, including Doug Bowser himself. Let’s just hope that this isn’t some long con by King Koopa to finally get his revenge on Mario.

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Rockstar is suing BBC over an unauthorized documentary concerning the Grand Theft Auto series, according to IGN. Here’s what Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, had to say.

Take-Two Interactive has filed a suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled ‘Game Changer’ as it relates to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto video game series.

While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project. Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games. We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary.

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is being sued by Total Recall Technologies, a company in Hawaii, for a breach in contract. Engadget reported that Luckey is accused of using confidential information during the Oculus Rift Kickstarter campaign.

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Some glitches actually improve gameplay. According to Polygon, Jason, the legendary killer from Friday the 13th, refuses to die in Mortal Kombat X: Unstoppable mode. Talk about determination. Although a specific set of circumstances must occur in order for Jason to return from dead, it’s good to know that some characters are living up to their legends.

warcraft orc

Fellow gamers, it looks like our time in the Hollywood spotlight is nearly upon us. Forbes reported that the Warcraft movie has released the first CG renders of its terrifying lead Orc, Orgrim. Set to hit theaters in March of 2016, Warcraft is one of several video game movies prepared to grace the silver screen next year. Sly Cooper,  Ratchet and Clank, Uncharted, and Assassin’s Creed are also scheduled to make their cinematic debut in 2016. Only time will tell which movie will be the first to break the curse of “meh” video game cinema adaptations.


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