Game industry news stories


Over the last week, whilst I was in Spain, a number of interesting stories supporting my world view made the news. Here are a few of them.


  1. Warner Brothers has an interesting take on piracy. From magician and sceptical author James Randi’s online blog:

    “I keep getting mentions from readers that the Steve Martin movie “Leap of Faith” appears to have a certain similarity to the text in my book, “The Faith Healers.” Really? When that film came out, I sat through two showings, with increasing rage and dismay. I counted nineteen items that were taken directly from my book, and several instances of the same dialog being used that was quoted in my book. Without those extracts and usages, they would not have had a story at all. The script was most decidedly based upon my book, with the only change being a love-interest worked in.

    What to do? My book wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the credits, and I certainly received no payment of any sort. Well, I was soon disabused of any notion of taking legal action, since I learned that I’d have to look at investing some $20,000 up front, and be prepared to spend some two to three years fighting the battle, with another similar sum being laid out during that time. And, said those I consulted, Warner Brothers has a standing army of lawyers to handle such matters, all skilled in obfuscation and prolongation of legal actions. Also, even if I were to win the case, costs would outweigh any award — a fact that doesn’t bother Warner Brothers, but certainly had to concern me….


    Any thoughts on this, Bruce?

  2. “100 million (possibly) used video games traded annually in the USA. Without a single penny from these transactions going towards the development of these games.”
    Yes, and ? Used books, cars, DVDs and so on have been sold for years. And, oddly enough, you can still find people who write books, make cars or create movies.

    “There is an argument that new game prices are far too high”
    I totally agree here. It should also be highlighted that if videogames were not so expensive, we might have much less piracy…

  3. “Used books, cars, DVDs and so on have been sold for years.”

    I must have missed the sections of Waterstones and HMV where they’re making new books and DVDs fight for shelf space and consumer spend with dog-eared second hand copies.

  4. I agree ten years are out there. Now today IBM has made a partnership to get in the EU smartgrid. This may include the BPL portion of it that will be starting at 400mbs a second per household, here in the USA scheduled for a early 2010 rollout by our (USA) energy secretary Steve Chu.

    We and the UK are trying to get to 1.2 GB by 2012! So if we even get the 400mbs it makes downloading a hugh game very easy.

    The only other obsticle is storage space for the very hardcore. But there are disk upgrades for that. We have the technology and it has been tested. We already have 7.4 billion as Joe Bidden said last Friday budgetted for it.

    Let the greening began!

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