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German consumer advocacy group accuses Blizzard of deceptive marketing with Diablo III

The debate over Diablo III's always-online requirement doesn't seem to be over for a German consumer advocacy group. The Federation of Consumer Organizations is officially claiming that Blizzard Entertainment used deceptive advertising when marketing Diablo III and has given the company until Jul...

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EU ruling forces digital distribution to allow game transfers, may lead to legal account sales

If you're completely done with your account for a game, you may be tempted to sell it... but doing so usually nets you the wrath of the publisher and a ban on the account, rendering it useless. But that may be changing in the near future. The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled today tha...

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Stargate Worlds is not resting in peace as new lawsuit emerges

Travel back two years to when Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment was filing for bankruptcy and (unsuccessfully) attempting to sever ties with Gary Whiting, Chairman and CEO of the company. Stargate fans watched as their hopes for an MMO were dashed. Fast forward to present day, when Stargate Worl...

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Academic talks MMO legalese and virtual property rights

Virtual item ownership has been a hot topic in MMO circles for a number of years now. Every so often, an academic will publish a paper regarding the legal and societal implications of trading real currency for fake goods, and the latest such academic is Rutgers University law professor Greg Lasto...

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Bethesda appeal denied for Fallout Online, work continues by Interplay

Are you enjoying the game of Fallout Online? No, not the actual online game in which you adventure in a shattered wasteland, but the constant back-and-forth between Interplay and Bethesda over which company is allowed to work on the development. The game has been tied up in court for roughly fore...

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Undead Labs publicly announces profit-sharing plan

It's been a few months since we heard the first details about the upcoming zombie game from the appropriately named Undead Labs, but the most recent news from the official site doesn't cover the game directly. Instead, it covers something that should be far more interesting to people who follow the...

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World of Warcraft in China remains hopelessly mired

In much of the world, current complaints about World of Warcraft center around the resolution of the storyline of the latest expansion and whether or not it's had a negative effect on MMOs as a whole. In China, current complaints about World of Warcraft are more focused on the fact that the game is...

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