The player likeness lawsuit against the NCAA, CLC, and Electronic Arts is the culmination of two high profile filings that were combined as led by Sam Keller and Ed O’Bannon (and O’Bannon now heads it up). It alleges improper use of player likeness through various forms of merchandise and media including video games in which the parties in question conspired to avoid paying players for their rights. Some interesting details and claims regarding the case at hand were revealed when EA was reentered as a defendant after initially being dismissed.
EA has won a previous case regarding player likeness with the courts ruling video games are artistic works rather than commercial speech and therefore protected by the First Amendment. The Supreme Court in 2011 established forms of media, producing expressive works of art, are not subject to judgments based on incorporating someone’s name or likeness.
Recent uncovered emails have shown that NCAA representatives were well aware that players in games were based off real-life players. At one point the NCAA and EA had nearly reached an agreement to have actual player names included in the products. The EA Locker / Roster Share feature was a fallback option. With momentum clearly on the plantiffs’ side NCAA reps have begun to publicly express concern over the future of collegiate sports. Continue reading NCAA Player Likeness Lawsuit vs EA Sports *UPDATE*
The second roster update for Madden NFL 13, that will represent the opening week rosters for the regular season, is scheduled to release tomorrow on the Xbox 360 and PS3 for use in Play Now and Online games. Early next week the 53 man rosters will be available to choose from when starting up a new Connected Career. Continue reading Madden NFL 13 First Regular Season Roster Update Details
The second patch for NCAA Football 13 which had been targeted for a late August release has come in early by arriving today. This update addresses some of the early issues reported by consumers regarding gameplay and Dynasty mode and adds the “Uniform Store” where missing ones and fixes will be provided for free with any secondary unis coming at a cost.
The store is currently empty/unavailable and it remains unknown when any additions or corrections will make their way out. Continue on for a look at what has been delivered in the latest patch for NCAA Football 13 and leave any thoughts in the comments! Continue reading Patch #2 Out Now For NCAA Football 13
Developer DICE today released a lengthy list of tweaks, bug-fixes, and significant changes coming to Battlefield 3. The update, which has no set release window, applies to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions.
The most notable improvements include instant vehicle kills for unguided artillery rounds, higher damage for long range hits for numerous weapons, and less lethal spawning locations. In addition, players will no longer take damage for short drops, smoke grenades will explode on impact, and suppressors no longer reduce damage when equipped.
Like this, but better and stuff.
Some fans upset over the problems this update hopes to address recently began a call to arms in the form of Blackout Battlefield. The protesters state EA and DICE “have a very long list of things to work on,” and are calling for websites to shut down and stop covering the game until EA and DICE announce what’s coming.
Now they have it. These changes come alongside more than 100 major and minor changes to Battlefield 3’s core multiplayer gameplay, vehicles, weapons, attachments, and UI, and modes. Community Manager Daniel Matros notes that this is an incomplete list of what will be an even larger set of repairs when the update is finally deployed in the near future.
For the complete list, check out DICE’s Battlelog blog.
Xbox 360 is receiving its annual dashboard update on December 6 according to Larry Hryb aka Major Nelson, this is what he had to say:
While many of you have been involved in the Xbox LIVE Preview Program and have been busy getting an early look at the next Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE features, I wanted to let you know that the official release for the update for all Xbox LIVE members will be Tuesday, December 6th. In this update, free to all console owners, you will see:
- New personal and social features including Cloud Storage for Game Saves and LIVE Profile
- Beacons and Facebook Sharing
- Enhanced Family Settings
- Integrated voice and gesture controls across the dashboard and in apps
- Bing voice search (Available this year in the US, UK and CA)
In addition to all these great dashboard features, starting on December 6th and continuing on an ongoing basis through the holiday months, a wealth of new content will be coming to Xbox 360. New, customized applications for television, movies, internet videos, sports and music will begin rolling out from world-leading providers in more than 20 countries.
One of the most glaring failures relating to NBA 2K12 has been the continued absence of the official website which was advertised as carrying several anticipated features. While online problems have been discussed 2K Sports had left the case of the missing website to remain a mystery. Today the website finally launched but with only limited functionality.
Users log in with the My2K accounts that were required upon first starting up NBA 2K12. Currently operational is viewing of video and screenshot uploads, tracking of friends’ activity, information from ongoing ‘My Player’ careers, the ability to attach/detach Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook accounts, and an area to submit questions to the developers.
In brief testing the uploads of highlight clips and screens did not appear for viewing on the site – maybe there is a backlog as the most recent shown in the ‘community’ area is from five days ago. Online ranked leaderboards are not found (they were previously said to be moved there after taking them out of the actual game) and the portal for managing Online Association is still labeled with the dreaded “coming soon” tag.
Earlier today I posted about several issues being experienced within Dynasty mode in NCAA Football 12 after having spent hours running tests – most of which were related to Online Dynasty. The hope was that some of those could be fixed server side. The “Transfer Failed” error that came up when a coach was fired or had their contract expire was one which seemed to have that potential to be immediately addressed.
EA Sports has pushed a server side fix for the offseason contract error which I confirmed does work by running through a season. At the expiration of the contract I was finally allowed to “Explore other options in the Coaching Carousel” but keep in mind this was just as a sole owner in the dynasty. If anyone goes through a season with multiple owners and still faces the problem be sure to let me know.
Now on to the dealing with the other problems like Teambuilder squads in OD causing consoles to freeze upon download of the file, injuries not carrying over from week to week in OD, and other miscellaneous problems being discussed within the community. There is also the pay-for-feature that allows for using SuperSim on the web that has been down for several days with the explanation being “maintenance” and a return of functionality planned tomorrow.
EA Sports has released details on the launch day patch for NCAA Football 12. While day-one patches are generally utilized to clean up issues and meet compliance standards, this patch is delivering several notable improvements and fixes and even includes a new addition – the ability to edit rosters from within Dynasty mode.
Also announced is that the pay-for-feature that would allow progressing Online Dynasty from week to week from the website is being delayed. That will now be made available sometime in August. The other central feature involved as DLC, super-sim ability for Online Dynasty games from the website, will be ready to go on Tuesday.
Here are the updates involved via the upcoming patch: Continue reading NCAA Football 12: First Day Patch Details
NCAA 12 Demo is expected to arrive for the Xbox 360 around 2am PT and then the PS3 around 4pm PT.
The demo features two separate matchups Continue reading NCAA Football 12 arrives tomorrow !!!!!!!
Depending on what you read and who you believe, there seems to be progress in the NFL labor talks. With an agreement needed by the 14th of July for a full season schedule to take place time is not on everyone’s side. So where are we? Continue reading NFL Lockout Update