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Sunday, Jan 19, 2020

CIG's Star Citizen Rebuttal to Crytek

Eurogamer reports on a new court document (which inspires a warning from Google, so use caution) filed by Cloud Imperium Games in response to Crytek's recent motion to dismiss their own lawsuit (thanks Korrd). The suit concerns whether CIG properly licensed the CryENGINE for Star Citizen and Squadron 42, their upcoming space games. Crytek asked the suit be dismissed without prejudice so it can be reopened in the future. Cloud Imperium is seeking a dismissal with prejudice, which would end the case for good and force Crytek to compensate them for some of their legal costs. Here's some of Eurogamer's summary of the new filing:
Following Crytek's motion to dismiss its own lawsuit, CIG has had its say, and in a strongly-worded court document moved to discredit Crytek's lawsuit. It described it as "meritless in light of CIG's separate licence with Amazon", and insisted GLA expressly grants CIG the right to use CryEngine and to develop Squadron 42.

CIG said in May 2019, Crytek "sheepishly and belatedly" emailed Amazon to ask if it had truly granted CIG a licence covering prior versions of CryEngine as well as Lumberyard. According to CIG, in that email, "Crytek conceded that an affirmative answer would likely tank its Squadron 42 claim." Amazon confirmed it licensed Lumberyard to CIG in 2016 - and that it included CryEngine in that licence.

"CIG's separate licence with Amazon operates as a complete defense against Crytek's remaining claims so they too never should have been brought," CIG says.

"Instead of acting responsibly even at that late moment, Crytek persisted, fought the bond motion, and dithered another seven months before bringing this motion."

PC Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Testing Nears

A post from 343 Industries announces that closed beta testing for the PC edition of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will begin this month (thanks Polygon). To be eligible for an invitation you should have a Halo Insider profile where you have verified your email, opted into communication, opted into PC flighting, and provided an updated DxDiag. Here's word on the plan:
MCC PC Flighting Update
The team is currently working towards having the first Halo: CE PC flight to Rings 1 and 2 by the end of this month with the goal of expanding to Ring 3 in February. For those who are wondering, “What are these rings you are talking about? Do we need to locate the Ark to join these flights?” No, you are safe from the Great Journey with this test. These Rings are different external groups we work with to help validate the builds we are wanting to flight and help us isolate critical issues prior to expanding to large scale flighting. A full breakdown of Flighting Rings and can be found in this previous Flighting Update from last year, HERE.

The content planned for this flight will include both Halo: Combat Evolved (H:CE) and Halo: Reach on PC.

Our goal is to kick off flighting in January for Rings 1 and 2 but it’s possible it could end up slightly delayed. Recently, a new crash has been identified in Halo Wars 2 on PC that is stopping play for keyboard and mouse players. You can read a bit more about that in this thread HERE. To help fix, test, and deploy a new build that fixes this will require the expertise of some of the team members that help us with making flighting possible. Once we have determined the dates and full scope of content for flighting, we will share those details. Continued below is our current scope for content and goals for the next planned PC flight. In the meantime, it’s always good to make sure your Halo Insider preferences are up to date so we have a means of contacting you once flighting is ready to begin.

Halo: ReachFlight Content
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Steam Top 10

Here's the new accounting from Valve of the 10 bestselling titles on Steam for last week:

  1. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
  2. DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT
  3. ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS XIV
  4. ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS XIV
  5. DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT
  6. MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Red Dead Redemption 2
  9. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  10. GTFO

Op Ed

  • Matthew Ball: 7 Reasons Why Video Gaming Will Take Over. Thanks Max.
    "Most media categories are confined by three challenges. First is their finite length. At a certain point, you reach the last page of a book, last episode of a TV show, or end of a podcast. A consumer can re-read/watch/listen to them, but few do – and even then, most will do so only once. Second, elongating requires more investment – another book or episode or podcast needs to be made (which requires equivalent investment to the first book, episode, or podcast, thus solving no real problem). We also know that elongating content for the sake of additional engagement, rather than narrative needs, often erodes the overall quality of the experience (see Netflix’s Marvel series)."

Out of the Blue

Having a fine time with our visiting friends. I planned on whipping up some omelets for breakfast this morning, but it turns out this was not a favored choice for most of the crew. So we shifted gears and I made waffles which worked out fine. This was against the odds, considering I screwed up the recipe by mistaking ounces for cups in adding the flour, which I thankfully caught before it was too late. This was also the first time in about ten years that we actually used the waffle iron, so we couldn't even be sure it would operate properly. But they came out properly, except, of course, for the first one, which is almost always a disaster. The twins went so far as to declare it the best breakfast ever, so I'm pretty high on myself right now.

Waffling Links: Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.
Play: Puzzle Snake.
Link: The Coffee to Water Ratio That Makes a Perfect Brew.
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A Michigan man found $43,000 in a second-hand couch. He returned it all.
Science: Astronomers Discover Stretchy Objects Unlike Anything Else in Our Galaxy. Thanks Max.
Fastest spinning object in the world hits 300 billion rpm.
Neanderthals may have been shallow free divers, suggests a new study.
Images: Then V Now — Old and Present Day New York City The new photos.
Media: What is a Trompe?
WATCH: Thieves steal $145,000 from marijuana money courier’s parked vehicle.
Follow-up: Fellowes Offers "Downton Abbey" Sequel Update.
The Funnies: Arcade Rage.
FoxTrot.
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