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Herman Cain: The Video Game Candidate

Last week, we brought you word that Republican candidate Herman Cain is the gamer's choice for president, mainly because he seemed to have derived his "9-9-9 Plan" for economic recovery on the default settings for Sim City 4. It turns out we were wrong. Cain has publicly (and vehemently) denied any familiarity with the video game.

"First of all, I don't even know what Sim City is," Cain actually said. "Secondly, it's a lie."

Check out the video here.

You know what? I don't like your tone, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. You have officially lost TheFeed's valuable endorsement. In fact, I noticed that if you take the "999 plan" and turn it upside-down, you end up with the "666 plan." Coincidence? Maybe, but it should still be investigated.

TheFeed officially endorses Cthulhu for president. No more years! No more years!

EA Sues EA: Electronic Arts Vs. Energy ArmorEA has filed a suit in California against Florida fitness supply company Energy Armor over the EA logo. Check out the competing logos to the right. Would you be likely to confuse one for the other? Electronic Arts thinks you would. The company writes:

"Energy Armor's use of the Energy Armor EA Mark is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive consumers as to an affiliation, connection, or association between Energy Armor and Electronic Arts,"

Energy Armor manufactures "Negative Ion" products, like magnetic bracelets and other stupid crap uneducated people believe in... oops, I meant "scientifically supported health improvement devices!"  Sorry for the typo.  Anyway, part of EA's marketing strategy seems to be showing pictures of athletes rocking the snake-oil bracelets, and, according to EA, this is where the problem comes in. Energy Armor associating its sports and professional athletes is "similar to how Electronic Arts advertises and markets its EA Sports products," the complaint says.

Source: Gamasutra

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Bethesda's iPhone Game The legal battle surrounding the Fallout MMO continues as a court has denied Bethesda Softworks a restraining order against Masthead. The Fallout MMO, also known as Fallout Online, is being co-developed by Masthead Studios. Bethesda has been attempting to block the progress of the Fallout MMO since 2009.

A U.S District Judge has denied the restraining order requested by Bethesda without even giving Masthead a chance to object. The judge stated:

"Indeed, [Bethesda] was aware as early as February 2011 that Masthead was potentially infringing its copyrights... Yet, Plaintiff waited seven months to apply for ex parte relief."

He added "The Court finds that Plaintiff unreasonably delayed in seeking relief, and that the emergency that allegedly justifies a [temporary restraining order] is self-created."

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New L.A. Noire Screenshots Feature Crime Scenes, Lineups, And Stylish Sauntering

Police in Corpus Cristi Texas have arrested a couple for the awesome crime of stealing meat and video games.

According to The Man, the couple entered a H-E-B grocery store and lifted a bunch of meat. The grocer called the cops, but when they arrived, the couple had fled. A few minutes later, the couple's car was spotted near a Toys R' Us and towed away.

Now carless, the dynamic duo boosted around 10 video games from the Toys R' Us, and walked over to GameStop to try to sell the games. They were arrested, and were thus unable to enjoy a fine barbecue and an evening of game playing.

While the pair isn't exactly Bonnie and Clyde (more like Bonnie and Clod), but their choice of stolen goods reveals enough panache to gain them a mention here on TheFeed. Congratulations, gaming-carnivore couple; you're our internet stars of the day!

Source:  KZTV10

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Minecraft's Notch Challenges Bethesda To A Quake 3 Duel Over

After Bethesda threatened legal action over the name of Notch's next game, Scrolls, he proposed they settle the matter out of court and in the Quake 3 arena. The suggestion was made in jest, but on second thought, the Minecraft creator admitted, Quake 3 wasn't the right game for their dispute.

“If it came to a Quake III tournament, I have a feeling we just might have to change the name,” Notch told Wired.com. He then noted Bethesda owns the brand and probably has professional Quake players on staff.

“In retrospect, Quake III might have been a poor choice.”

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Minecraft's Notch Challenges Bethesda To A Quake 3 Duel Over Notch, the creator of Minecraft has thrown down the Quake 3 gauntlet. He is currently in the midsts of legal battle with Bethesda over his next game "Scrolls." Bethesda's lawyers sent him a letter claiming "Scrolls" infringes on their trademark, "The Elder Scrolls." They fear people will confuse Notch's game with Skyrim. Give us gamers some credit, Bethesda.

Notch, whose real name is Markuss Persson, has proposed a way to solve this problem: a fight to the death.

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California Files Reply Brief In Violent Video Game Supreme Court Case

While she might not be able to knowledgeably discuss frame-rates, latency issues, or fighting game combos, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan recently had some interesting things to say about video games. Kagan and the rest of The Court recently ruled that video games are protected speech under the Constitution in Brown Vs. EMA, a case Kagan calls the most difficult case in the current Supreme Court term.

"I sweated over that mightily," Kagan told The Aspen Daily News.

"It was the case where I struggled most and thought most often I’m on the wrong side of it," she said. "You could see why the government would have wanted to do this and you can see the kind of danger it was worried about, the kind of effects these extremely violent video games have on young people."

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All rise. The court of TheFeed is now in session. The honorable Jake “Fake Judge” Gaskill presiding. It is the opinion of this court that video games are…what’s that?...the Supreme Court already handed down its ruling on California’s violent video game law?...7-2?...Oh, I see. Well, let's get on with it.

As you've no doubt heard, this is a big week for the games industry, thanks to t but in case you were too busy, I don't know, playing games or something, then you definitely want to check out this week’s episode of Feedback, as Adam Sessler is joined by Casey Schreiner, Stephen Johnson, and Nikole Zivalich to discuss what is arguably the most significant legal decision in gaming history. (For more, be sure to check out Adam's in-depth look at the Supreme Court's decision, and if you have no idea what this whole case is about, brush up here.)

And, as if to honor said decision, the Feedback crew also examines and cross examines the game of the week, the cheeky horror shooter Shadows of the Damned. So if you're into legal jargon and penis-inspired gun puns, you've certainly come to the right place!

Feedback -- Supreme Court Video Game Ruling »

Feedback: Where we still have no idea why the abbreviation SCOTUS makes us chuckle. Hehe. SCOTUS.

The AUDIO MP3 of this episode of FEEDBACK is available here: Right-click and Save.

Supreme Court Gaming Arguments -- The EMA/ESA Presents Their Case

In a major win for the video game industry and Free Speech, the United States Supreme Court has struck down California's game law. It was a 7-2 decision, ruling that California's law forbidding the sale or rental of violent games to minors do not comport with the First Amendment. In short: The Game industry won.

The 92-page decision boils down to the following passage:

"This country has no tradition of specially restricting children’s access to depictions of violence. And California’s claim that 'interactive' video games present special problems, in that the player participates in the violent action on screen and determines its out-come, is unpersuasive."

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California Files Reply Brief In Violent Video Game Supreme Court Case

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of video game age limit laws on Monday. The ruling could have huge implications on the gaming industry. At issue: Brown v. EMA (formerly Schwarzenegger v. EMA), a case that could determine whether or not it's constitutional for states to punish retailers for selling violent and/or sexual games to children. Essentially, the Court is deciding whether or not games are protected speech, in the same way books, movies and music are.

Here's how you should get ready for the ruling:

  1. Read Jake Gaskill's excellent, in-depth series of articles on the case. There are four parts: One, Two, Three, Four.
  2. Get some popcorn ready for Monday morning. That's a "non-argument" day on the Court's calendar, and is the day when the eagerly awaited ruling is expected.
  3. Cross your fingers and hope the government decides to stay out of your favorite hobby.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Midnight Launch Event -- Tanks, Ghillie Suits, And Energy Drinks

Activision and Bobby Kotick may be headed to trial over Call Of Duty, as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that there were enough facts supporting the alleged defrauding of ex-Infinity Ward, now Respawn Entertainment developers, Jason West and Vincent Zampella, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

For those in the dark on the lawsuit, you can catch up with our Fall of Duty stories, but here's the short version:

So now with a fair amount of alleged dirt on everyone supported by the Superior Court, it's only going to make further revelations from these various lawsuits all the more interesting. That is, if this ever goes to trial. I can't imagine EA or Activision wanting a lot of the more gory details to ever go public, but considering what's at stake, a settlement's not going to come easy.

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This week is just getting worse for Sony. Yesterday, we learned of a one billion dollar (that's with a "B") lawsuit filed against the company, and this morning, Bloomberg is reporting that Sony is being subpoenaed by New York's attorney general Eric Schneiderman.

The subpoena is reportedly part of a consumer protection inquiry, so Schneiderman is looking for details on what Sony told customers about the security of their networks, according to Bloomberg's source.

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Cameron Pittman, 20, is TheFeed's hero of the day. The Florida resident was arrested for reportedly trying to rob a store with a PlayStation 3 controller. That's him in the photo above.

It all went down earlier this week in St. Petersburg, when Pittman reportedly walked into the Sun Food Store with a controller in his pocket, which he apparently told the clerk was a gun. While the robbery was going on, the cops got a tip that Pittman was planning to steal from the store, so a police officer walked into the middle of the robbery and quickly apprehended the suspect. Pittman dropped the controller and gave up. Reports that Pittman frantically mashed the "Start" button in an effort to pause the arrest are entirely untrue, as I made that fact up.

Pittman is facing charges of strong-arm robbery and violation of probation from the local police, but he's already been tried and convicted of being totally baller by me.

Source: BayNews9

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

In a complaint filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 creators Jason West and Vince Zampella allege that Activision prepared to fire them while they were developing Modern Warfare 2. The suit contends that the pair's termination after the game's completion was part of Activision's game-plan.

According to the suit, West and Zampella were first promised that it was "impossible" for them to be fired, and that Activision would not release any games "associated with the Modern Warfare brand" or Call of Duty games "set in the post-Vietnam era, near future, or the distant future" without the consent of West and Zampella.

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This Week's New Releases: Madden NFL 11

Robin Antonick, the creator of the first Madden football game, is suing Electronic Arts for tens of millions of dollars he says he owed for royalties as well as, potentially, billions in profits.

In the suit, Antonick says he created the Madden football video game in 1988 when he made the first 11 on 11 video game for the Commodore 64, MS Dos, and Apple II platforms. He says he "developed the game both with programming expertise and knowledge of former Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden's behavior in calling plays in certain game situations."

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