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July 2, 2016 Game News Update - Dev Accidentally Steals from Activision, 3D NES Games

BNR: This has been quite the week for game news- remember that case with G2A and tinyBuild last week? Well, it's not resolved, but G2A has announced that they're taking steps to improve things for developers which is nice. This week, a game was removed from Steam when Activision claimed that it infringed upon their copyright; the game's lead developer didn't believe it initially, until he discovered stolen art assets in his game- assets that he'd not known were in the game. Also, we talk a bit about playing NES games in 3D (and how to go about doing that), the latest game releases and much, much more- check it out in this week's episode of Game News Update.

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Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance Review | Redabble

From a brand new story campaign to quality-of-life improvements and bonus content, Vengeance is the ultimate way to dive into the latest chapter of one of the best modern JRPGs.

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Valve facing £656,000,000 lawsuit over claims Steam is ripping off players

The owner of Steam has been accused of overcharging 14 million PC gamers in the UK and 'shutting out' competition in a new lawsuit.

Dan501d 4h ago

Overcharging? Have these people never heard of sales?

just_looken1d 3h ago (Edited 1d 3h ago )

"Valve, the owner of Steam, is being sued for £656m over claims it is abusing its dominant market position to overcharge players.

The collective action claim has been filed with the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal by digital rights campaigner Vicki Shotbolt.

In the lawsuit, Shotbolt accuses Valve of ‘shutting out’ competition when it comes to buying PC games and DLC, which has led to 14m people in the UK being overcharged for PC games as a result.

The claim is seeking up to £44 compensation for every UK player who has bought a PC game or add-on content from June 5, 2018."

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So they are trying to take the apple/sony/xbox approach were there is only one store without ever using a pc for gaming.

Anyone with a ounce of pc gaming knowledge knows steam did nothing when competition and the launcher war happened but now every publisher that had there own launcher with games only available on that platform are slowing coming back to steam.

This "lawsuit" should be directed to launcher's like rockstar's as they have games only available on there like the gta collection or ubisoft with xdefiant heck epic launcher exclusive games. There is no grounds in which steam has locked down content to there platform except there own games though there are disc versions of those except half life alex.

Pc players still have the best choice on game buying with multiple launcher's and site that offers keys like my fav humble bundle but on the same platform we have the worst drm along with those 3rd part launcher's that need to run in the background.

anast1d 3h ago

How about suing them for the game files that the customer should own?

Michiel19896h ago

yes, let's give storefronts the power to decide over properties they don't own, sounds awesome

anast5h ago

I don't understand. Your comment isn't clear.

Yarblockos17m ago

How thick are you? You know Steam sells other's products, aside from a tiny handful of games, correct??? Nonce

Goodguy011d 2h ago

Steam allows 3rd party apps (which I hate) and...we all know that egs is the one that keeps buying exclusivity lol. A lot of devs and consumers rely on steam hence it's very heavy support.

VariantAEC10h ago

Imagine a child safety advocate switching gears and targeting how a business sells games, weird right? I could be wrong, and maybe old blonds in England with the name Vicki Shotbolt are a dime a dozen... but assuming this is the same Vicki Shotbolt of The Parent Zone, her company The Parent Zone partnered with MS in 2014. That's a long time ago I know, but apparently Shotbolt has ties with the UK government.

I'm not saying anything, but MS doesn't let partnerships like that die.

paulust20021d 1h ago

If I get 44 pound from them I'll only be spending it in the steam store...fucking absurd ..one of the most ethical companies out there and largely due to them not being a public offering imo

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Obsidian CEO responds to worries Xbox could shut them down, too: 'I'm not worried about tomorrow'

A gray cloud loomed over this year's big summer game showcases: Over 16,000 game developers have lost their jobs since 2023, many of whom were casualties of success at companies that reported huge profits this year. One of the largest cost cutters has been Xbox, which in January cut 1,900 jobs at Activision Blizzard and in May shut down four studios: Tango Gameworks, Arkane Austin, Alpha Dog Games, and Roundhouse Games. The closure of Tango was taken especially hard, as the studio was still basking in the light of Hi-Fi Rush, a critical and commercial success by all of Microsoft's metrics.

SimpleSlave1d 18h ago (Edited 1d 18h ago )

I mean, you should be. Because we now know and understand that even if Avowed is a hit it doesn't mean the studio is safe.

I hope that they're able to buy out their own Studio, like Toys for Bob's did, maybe some of their IPs as well, and go the Larian Studios route instead. We still need a sequel to Alpha Protocol after all. So here's hoping for the best.

Listen to your leaders, rather, good luck!

SimpleSlave1d 18h ago

I never said they didn't.

Einhander19721d 18h ago

Ok, fair enough.

As much as we all want another Alpha Protocol only Sega can make that happen.

porkChop1d 16h ago

Honestly, it would be pretty cheap to get the IP rights from Sega. They've done nothing with it and weren't interested in a sequel. But I'd be fine with just a spiritual successor that builds on what they were trying to do with AP.