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Saturday, Jan 04, 2020

Crytek's Star Citizen Lawsuit Follow-up

A legal memorandum from Crytek asks the courts for a voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit against Cloud Imperium Games they filed two years ago (thanks RiSC1911 on Reddit via Eurogamer). Their complaint was based on CIG's plans to create two games, Star Citizen and Squadron 42, after licensing the CryENGINE for only one game. Now they are seeking to shelve the matter until Squadron 42 is officially released, whenever that might be. Word is:
Crytek seeks to voluntarily dismiss its claims without prejudice to re-filing those claims upon the actual release of Squadron 42. No efforts taken to date will be lost, and no legally cognizable prejudice will occur. Crytek’s requested relief will promote judicial economy by allowing all claims to proceed as a unit once the Squadron 42 claims become fully ripe upon CIG’s release of that game.

This case has been marked by a pattern of CIG saying one thing in its public statements and another in this litigation. For example, at the outset of this case, CIG had publicly claimed it had switched to using the Lumberyard Engine for both Star Citizen and Squadron 42, but was forced to confirm during this litigation that no such switch had taken place. See Crytek’s Response to CIG’s Motion for Bond, Dkt. 74 at 1; CIG’s Reply in support of Motion for Bond, Dkt. 74, at 8 (“Crytek makes much of the fact that the code is the same . . .”). The fact that CIG denied Crytek the credits to which it was due under the parties GLA without actually switching game engines is the basis for Crytek’s “credits claim” in this case.

Linux Battlefield V Bans

A thread on the Lutris Forums has some users reporting they're now banned from playing Battlefield V via DXVK (thanks Slashdot via Ant). Lutris is a game manager for Linux-based systems and DXVK is a Vulkan-based translation layer to allow Direct3D programs to run under Linux via Wine. This sounds similar to past incidents, including one from a couple of years ago where Blizzard was banning players using DXVK to play Overwatch using Linux. At that time the affected players were reinstating after Blizzard investigated. In this case, however, it seems Electronic Arts is not backing off. There's a post from almost two weeks ago that reports getting the following reply after an appeal:

Thank you for contacting us regarding the action that was taken on your account.

The action pertains to the following violation:

Promote, encourage or take part in any activity involving hacking, cracking, phishing, taking advantage of exploits or cheats and/or distribution of counterfeit software and/or virtual currency/items

After thoroughly investigating your account and concern, we found that your account was actioned correctly and will not remove this sanction from your account.

Thank you,
EA Terms of Service

Wanking Simulator Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for Wanking Simulator, the upcoming action/adventure game that is now overdue from its announced Q3 2019 release (thanks DSOGaming). As the name suggests, this is a Windows game about, as Woody Allen once put it, having sex with someone you love. The obvious thought here is you can't make this stuff up, but tell that to developer MrCiastku and publisher Ultimate Games, who offer the following description:
You play as Winston Gay, a man whose house was taken away by the corrupt government after being called out for wanking too loud by his neighbors. Now, Winston is on a mission to make everyone in the town pay a price for taking away his home.

Wanking Simulator is a mix of destruction & wanking - you are thrown into a town called Gay Bay consisting of a church (God bless), a number of houses and a few other places, such as high school, a garage, etc.
The main goal is to destroy as many things as possible before getting caught by the police and collect points by wanking to the chaos we caused.
You are free to go wherever you want and destroy anything you want.
Our protagonist is given unlockable superpowers, such as making gravity weaker, spawning a rifle in your panties, teleport, etc.


Out of the Blue

Looking forward to some playoff football today... Jedi the Jindo is a good TV companion, so we'll settle in on the couch and root for good games. There's also a competitive aspect of this, as I'll also root for my picks in our football pool. There's still time to get in on that if you're interested, feel free to sign up right here to put your sports knowledge and prognostication skills to the test. Speaking of the pool, I'd love it if whomever signed up with the user name Camp Trexler would tell me where that came from, as that's the camp I attended as a kid.

Couch-bound Links: Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.
Links: Dr. Phil’s Son Lists Wildly Decorated Beverly Hills House. Thanks Digg.
Stories: High school teacher caught after allegedly defecating in park multiple times per day for 2 years.
Arkansas Police Officer Catches Parents Shoplifting in Walmart With Kids, Pays for Their Groceries.
Hades, the well endowed electric motorcycle, gets a little more modesty. New meaning to the phrase crotch-rocket.
Science: NASA loses contact with planet-seeking Asteria spacecraft, but hasn't lost hope.
We Just Got More Evidence Our Leading Hypothesis About Alzheimer's Could Be Wrong.
Scientists just found one of the world's largest flowers blooming in an Indonesian jungle. Seymour!
Images: "Say 'Bark' again!"
Media: Why You're Always Fooled By "Based On A True Story." Thanks RedEye9.
The Dodo on Twitter: "This raven acts just like a puppy with his dad 💙." Thanks Kxmode.
Online Job Applications.
Follow-up: Australia fires: Strong winds hamper efforts to control flames.
The Funnies: Free Wi-Fi.
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