Gaiman, McFarlane fight over ‘Dark Ages Spawn’

Author and comic book writer Neil Gaiman claims that Valley resident Todd McFarlane owes him money for characters that he says are derived from characters he created in the 1990s for McFarlane’s “Spawn” series. Gaiman testified for three hours Monday in a Wisconsin federal courtroom, saying that he sees no difference between the Medieval Spawn […]

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Nintendo vindicated in controller patent lawsuit

Speaking of Nintendo, the company was cleared today in federal appeals court of another company’s claims that its controllers violated its patents, reversing a jury’s findings of patent infringement and a $21 million judgment. The jury back in 2008 found that the WaveBird and standard controllers for the previous Nintendo console, the GameCube, as well […]

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‘Stargate Resistance’ publisher downplays bankruptcy

FireSky, the publishing division of Mesa-based video game developer Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, says their newly released third-person shooter Stargate Resistance is still being supported despite the company’s bankruptcy, which came even as the game was hitting the market (reported here yesterday). A statement from FireSky, published by Fragland and reprinted on the jump, reveals the […]

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Mesa video game developer axes CEO, files for bankruptcy

Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, the Mesa-based developer of the just-released PC shooter Stargate Resistance (pictured), is seeking bankruptcy protection, according to Maricopa County Superior Court minutes dated barely a week after the game’s launch. What’s more, the company’s board of directors and shareholders have fired chairman and CEO Gary Whiting, who is named in a complaint […]

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No dice: Inmate loses appeal over prison’s D&D ban

Critical fumble! A federal appeals court has denied a man serving a life sentence in prison the right to play Dungeons & Dragons — because the fantasy roleplaying game apparently promotes gang-related activity. By the mighty beard of Odin, that’s one geeky gang! Kevin T. Singer filed a lawsuit against a Wisconsin prison, claiming that […]

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Sci-fi author stands against Google’s digital book compromise

Google may be making a stand against China for the Communist regime’s insistence on censorship, but the technology giant has problems of its own closer to home. Science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin has added her voice to a growing chorus of writers opposed to Google’s controversial plan to digitize millions of books. Always […]

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Kindle update: E-readers expelled from more universities

Just days after Arizona State University settled a lawsuit over its use of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader in the classroom, the U.S. Department of Justice has struck a deal with three other universities, who agreed to set aside the devices until they are easier for blind students to use. At the end of the spring semester, […]

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Discrimination suit settled over ASU’s use of Amazon Kindle

A discrimination lawsuit against Arizona State University’s participation in a pilot program using Amazon’s Kindle DX e-book reader has been settled, The Associated Press reported today. In December, Amazon announced it would add features to the device to address complaints that it excluded blind and vision-impaired users, which led to the lawsuit and shunning of […]

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Marvel fires back in Kirby estate’s bid to reclaim rights

Updating a story from this past fall, The Associated Press is reporting today that Marvel has filed a lawsuit to hold onto the rights to superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. In September, the heirs to comic-book artist Jack Kirby sent copyright-termination notices to companies that have been making comic books, […]

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