Congratulations to Pliky on winning a copy of Lead and Gold for the trivia contest of December 11th.
Yesterday's trivia question:
Although it wasn't the first multi-player online virtual world, what game is credited for popularizing the massively multi-player online role playing game?
|Lord British was invincible in the Ultima games,|
so players often found creative ways to try
to kill him. This assassination is from Ultima Online.
Ultima Online is still going today, it is currently being cared for by Mythic Entertainment.
Civilization 4 is on sale for $4.99 on ImpulseDriven.com. This is only for Civilization 4 and none of it's expansions. If you purchase from Impulse you will only be able to buy the expansions from Impulse as well. And we cannot recommend buying from ImpulseDriven, as they are owned by Stardock, a company with a bad reputation.
Monday Night Combat is coming to the PC on January 17th, and currently has a pre-order special on Steam. Pre-order now to receive 10% off (making it $13.49) and get access to the upcoming beta.
Here's their trailer.
The BIG Fallout: New Vegas patch was released today for PC.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm set a new PC sales record by selling 3.3 million copies in the first 24 hours. The two previous record holders were also World of Warcraft expansions.
Mass Effect 3 is launching simultaneously on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. This news is interesting, considering that Mass Effect 2 is not yet out for PS3, and Mass Effect is not planned for release on the PS3.
The Supreme Court of the US ruled that Costco could be held liable for selling goods without the consent of the over-seas manufacturer. This is a notable case because of the repercussions it could have on the resale market of games and electronics. In US copyright law, there is something called the "first-sale doctrine," that allows those who purchase copyrighted work to resell it without the creator's consent. The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling stating that US copyright law, including the first-sale doctrine, does not apply to foreign-made goods. Although this case does not set precedent because it is simply the Supreme Court upholding a previous ruling, there are questions of whether it still leaves the door open for more suits like this to follow, perhaps going after stores that resell any product made overseas.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's ridiculous lawsuit alleging infringement by several major corporations on patented concepts such as using a browser for navigating content was thrown out on a technicality. The suit will likely return to court later.
Discussion: Is this a good example of why technology patents should expire sooner, especially if not in use? Do long lifetimes of patents stifle innovation, or protect the research and development investment of patent-holders? How have patents affected game development?
A listing of the lifetimes of patents in several countries.
Send your trivia question answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. Today's contest closes on December 14th at 6pm PT.