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Candy Crush Saga settles dispute with CandySwipe “amicably”

Written By Kom Limpulnam on Minggu, 20 April 2014 | 23.00

The independent developer of CandySwipe is withdrawing its opposition to King's Candy Crush Saga after initially accusing the mobile developer of copying its game.

Back in February, after King pursued copyright claims against games with the word "candy" or "saga" in their titles, president of Runsome Apps Albert Ransom wrote an open letter that pointed out the similarities between his game, CandySwipe, and Candy Crush Saga, which was released two years after CandySwipe.

"When you attempted to register your trademark in 2012, I opposed it for 'likelihood of confusion' (which is within my legal right) given I filed for my registered trademark back in 2010 (two years before Candy Crush Saga existed)," Ransom said. "Now, after quietly battling this trademark opposition for a year, I have learned that you now want to cancel my CandySwipe trademark so that I don't have the right to use my own game's name."

Ransom alleged that King purchased the rights to a game called Candy Crusher, which allowed it to challenge his own trademark containing Candy.

However, earlier this week, Ransom replaced the open letter posted to his website with the following message:

"I am happy to announce that I have amicably resolved my dispute with King over my CandySwipe trademark and that I am withdrawing my opposition to their mark and they are withdrawing their counterclaim against mine. I have learned that they picked the CANDY CRUSH name before I released my game and that they were never trying to take my game away. Both our games can continue to coexist without confusing players."

Back in March, The Banner Saga developer Stoic also said it reached an agreement with King, which enables both parties to protect their respective trademarks. King has since abandoned its efforts to trademark the word "candy."

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Putt-Putt and Pajama Sam just as hardcore as Dark Souls according to Steam tags

Earlier this week, Tommo Inc. and Night Dive Studios announced that they're bringing to Steam 28 games from Humongous Entertainment, known for kid-friendly, edutainment and adventure games from the '90s.

Some titles like Putt-Putt Joins the Parade, Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds, and Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside, are already available to download, but you'll be surprised where you'll find them on Steam.

Some users have tagged the Humongous Entertainment games as "Hardcore" using Steam's tagging system, meaning they're now featured alongside games like Dark Souls, DayZ, and Arma III.

While this case is fairly harmless (and funny), it isn't the first time Steam users have abused the tagging system. Shortly after it was introduced, several users tagged Gone Home with "not a game," Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP with "hipster garbage," and Indie Game: The Movie with "Phil Fish sucks." Valve has since introduced a way to downvote and report offensive tags.

If you're nostalgic for the Humongous Entertainment games, there are many more coming in the next couple of months. Here's the Steam release schedule:

April 17

  • Putt-Putt Joins the Parade
  • Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds
  • Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside
  • Spy Fox in: Dry Cereal
  • Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-o-Rama
  • Freddi Fish and Luther's Maze Madness

May 1

  • Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon
  • Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse
  • Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren't so Frightening
  • Spy Fox 2: Some Assembly Required
  • Putt-Putt and Pep's Dog on a Stick
  • Freddi Fish and Luther's Water Worries

May 5

  • Putt-Putt Travels through Time
  • Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell
  • Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat from Your Head to Your Feet
  • Spy Fox 3: Operation Ozone
  • Putt-Putt and Fatty Bear's Activity Pack

May 29

  • Putt-Putt Enters the Race
  • Putt-Putt Joins the Circus
  • Freddi Fish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch
  • Pajama Sam 4: Life Is Rough When You Lose Your Stuff!
  • Spy Fox in: Cheese Chase

June 6

  • Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise
  • Freddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove
  • Pajama Sam's Sock Works
  • Spy Fox in: Hold the Mustard
  • Pajama Sam's Lost & Found

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Batman: Assault on Arkham animated movie based on the games gets a new trailer

A trailer for Batman: Assault on Arkham, an animated feature based on the Batman Arkham games, has been posted to YouTube.

First announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, Batman: Assault on Arkham, is one of DC Universe Animated Original Movies' (generally well-liked) direct-to-video productions. According to the trailer, the movie follows Batman as well as Task Force X, a group of Batman villains also known as Suicide Squad hired by the government to take on dangerous missions. The two are trying to stop Joker, who's still imprisoned at Arkham, from detonating a dirty bomb hidden somewhere in Gotham City.

The movie also features voice actors from the games like Troy Baker as The Joker (who stepped in for Mark Hamill in Batman: Arkham Origins), and Martin Jarvis as Alfred Pennyworth. Kevin Conroy will reprise his role as Batman.

Batman: Assault on Arkham will release digitally and on blu-ray.

For more on the upcoming and last game in the series, check out our previous coverage of Batman: Arkham Knight.

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Microsoft admits it was "definitely a challenge" to get the Xbox One message across early on

Written By Kom Limpulnam on Minggu, 13 April 2014 | 23.01

Today during a PAX East panel called Console Launches: A Post Mortem, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb acknowledged that it was a real challenge getting the Xbox One message across last summer when the console was originally announced.

The Xbox One was "very complex to explain" to consumers, Hryb said. He went on to explain that when you're marketing a product, whether it's an Xbox One or a phone or even a stapler, you need to be very clear to the customer about why they need the product in question.

For the Xbox One, "It was definitely a challenge" in getting that message across, Hryb said. Presumably, Microsoft thinks it has improved its Xbox One messaging to date, but Hryb did not say one way or the other.

During Microsoft's original Xbox One announcement in May 2013, the company focused heavily on the device's entertainment functionality, leading some to think games had been forgotten. Of course this was not true, and Microsoft announced new core games at E3 a month later like Halo for Xbox One and Sunset Overdrive, among others.

Also during the panel tonight, Hryb took a shot at Sony's claim that it will ship 100 games in 2014. "Saying something and shipping something can be two different things," Hryb said.

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From Crash Bandicoot to The Last of Us, new book to celebrate The Art of Naughty Dog

The Last of Us and Uncharted developer Naughty Dog will release an art book to celebrate its 30th anniversary, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog.

The developer is teaming up with Dark Horse Comics to release The Art of Naughty Dog, which will be available later this year. It will track the entire history of Naughty Dog and feature hand-picked and never before released artwork from the developer's past, present, and future. One chapter will also be dedicated to some of the art fans of Naughty Dog games have created over the years.

Andrew Gavin and Jason Rubin founded JAM (Jason and Andy Magic) Software in 1984. After finding publishing support five years later, the developer incorporated as Naughty Dog. Since then, it has sold over 70 million games globally.

According to the PlayStation Blog, Naughty Dog will also have "other celebratory merchandise" available in the next few months.

Last week, Naughty Dog revealed it's bringing The Last of Us: Remastered to the PlayStation 4 this summer.

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Play XCOM creator’s new game prototype for free in your browser

You can now play a prototype for the turn-based RPG veteran game designer Julian Gollop is currently trying to fund on Kickstarter, Chaos Reborn, for free and in your browser.

Just head over to this URL, create a username and password (no email or other information required), and you can start playing against other people. You can also check the prototype Game Play Guide for instructions on installing a downloadable version of the game.

Gollop, who's best known for creating the XCOM series, is looking to update his 1985 strategy game Chaos: The Battle of Wizards. Chaos Reborn will carry on with the original's theme of a group of wizards being forced to fight to the death in an arena. It will feature its own single-player campaign, with a co-op option, along with competitive multiplayer for between two and six players.

At the time of writing, Gollop managed to raise $150,607 from 3,703 backers. In order for Chaos Reborn to be fully funded, he needs to reach a goal of $180,000 by April 17.

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Square Enix Collective opens for submissions, approves “post-human RPG” World War Machine

Written By Kom Limpulnam on Minggu, 06 April 2014 | 23.01

After a successful pilot phase, Square Enix announced that its crowdfunding program, Collective, is now fully open for developers to submit original ideas.

Collective allows creators to post ideas and have gamers vote whether those concepts should become a reality or not. If the idea is approved after 28 days through the feedback platform, Square Enix will help developers prepare a pitch for crowdfunding through Indiegogo.

The first approved project, Tuque Games' "post-human RPG" World War Machine, will begin a crowdfunding campaign via a Collective and Indiegogo page near the end of April.

Crackdown 2 studio Ruffian Games' Game of Glens was one of the first three projects in the Collective pilot phase. Right now, 60 percent of users say they would not back it through crowdfunding.

"The pilot phase went really well, we learned so much during the test month and the teams we worked with; Tuque Games, Kitfox Games and Ruffian Games, have given great and useful feedback," project lead for Collective Phil Elliott said. "Now it's over to you as we open up the platform on an ongoing basis, and see what sort of ideas come in, from developers all around the world and what gamers think of those ideas."

When Square Enix first announced the program it said that creators could have the chance to work with older Eidos IP from the company's back catalog. It now says that the option for teams to use properties like Gex, Fear Effect, and Anachronox will be added at a later date when the details are worked out.

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R.B.I. Baseball 14 appears on Xbox Marketplace with April 9 release date

R.B.I. Baseball 14 will release on Xbox Live Arcade on April 9, according to the product description posted to Xbox.com.

The game's official Twitter account stated that it has not made any official announcements on the release date yet, but that it will very soon.

R.B.I. Baseball 14 brings the series back after a 20-year absence. R.B.I. Baseball 95 was the last entry in the series, which launched in 1994 for the Sega 32X.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is developing R.B.I. Baseball 14 in-house, tasking its own Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) unit to create the game. MLBAM's other duties include managing the official MLB website and websites for the league's 30 teams.

It says that the game will have modern graphics but stay true to the franchise's roots with a classic two-button control style. R.B.I. Baseball 14 will feature all 30 MLB teams and 480 active players with characteristics based on MLB's statistical database. MLB also said you can play through a game in 20 minutes and choose between Exhibition, Season, and Postseason modes.

R.B.I. Baseball 14 is set to release on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and mobile devices.

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