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Nickname roguebanshee
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Signed On Jan 15, 2001, 13:01
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News Comments > Riot Sues Riot Squad; Riots to Ensue?
15. Re: Riot Sues Riot Squad; Riots to Ensue? Oct 12, 2019, 17:00 roguebanshee
 
Kxmode wrote on Oct 11, 2019, 17:02:
...and so on and so forth. I guess the USTPO takes common word registrations on a case-by-case basis. They may have felt "riot" is not as common a word as "windows."
Part of my point was that trademarks are generally granted unless either the application is not filled out properly or if it is obviously close to an existing and famous trademark (or a trademark the clerk processing the application knows/can easily find).
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Addresses blitzchung Controversy; Reduces Penalties
7. Re: Blizzard Addresses blitzchung Controversy; Reduces Penalties Oct 12, 2019, 14:40 roguebanshee
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 12, 2019, 14:02:
I don't follow esports so I'm curious to know how they have handled this situation in the past, and whether this response deviates from that.
Going through the Rulings tab on the Hearthstone Esports site, I could find no other player in violation of the same rule as Blitzchung.

In Grandmaster there are plenty examples of "Failure to submit decklists in time" ($500 fine), "Disconnect" (Warning if less that 5 minutes, match loss if longer) and "Wrong deck selection" - the players have to tell the casters ahead of time which deck they're going to use for the next match (first time infraction seems to be a warning, second time is match loss).

In Masters there seems to be a lot of "Reporting the wrong match result" going on, which universally leads to a disqualification. There are also some instances of "Unsportsmanlike conduct" which also results in a disqualification.

But Blitzchung seems to be the first to use an official Blizzard interview to voice their political agenda.
 
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News Comments > Riot Sues Riot Squad; Riots to Ensue?
7. Re: Riot Sues Riot Squad; Riots to Ensue? Oct 11, 2019, 15:14 roguebanshee
 
Kxmode wrote on Oct 11, 2019, 14:20:
Ozmodan wrote on Oct 11, 2019, 14:11:
ROFL on any attempt to trademark the word riot. You have to wonder about the lack of intelligence exhibited by Riot Games.

It's not an attempt. They have the word riot trademarked for several categories including esports and video games. USTPO allowed it.
Trademarks are generally allowed until challenged, unless the person awarding the trademark can immedately see something wrong with the application (Trying to trademark something like "Koka Kola" in any context is likely going to lead to a rejection). Once an approved trademark is challenged a court will make a decision on whether it holds or not.

A court might find the trademark Riot holds only applies to their actual logo and and the complete name of the company, but not the word "Riot" used in cunjuction with other words or phrases. A court might also find that "Riot Squad" evokes an asociation with "Riot" and thus could lead to potential market confusion. These two outcomes are NOT mutually exclusive. But there is no guarantee as to what will happen, it all depends on the judge.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard's Hearthstone Champion Ban over Protest Draws Protests
65. Re: Blizzard's Hearthstone Champion Ban over Protest Draws Protests Oct 9, 2019, 16:08 roguebanshee
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 9, 2019, 15:47:
it's all about the Benjamin's baby.
I think you mean "It's all about the Renminbi, baby".
 
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News Comments > Activision Blizzard Faces Hong Kong Backlash
21. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 9, 2019, 16:05 roguebanshee
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 9, 2019, 11:45:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 9, 2019, 11:19:
JTW wrote on Oct 9, 2019, 10:55:
The banned player's stated intent was to use his platform to draw attention to the issue. Whether Blizzard budges or not, he's succeeded.

It's Streisand effect in motion. Blizzard made it worse by even acting, if they had just ignored it maybe nobody would even have noticed.

But you can not fault Activision for doing what companies do here, they are legally required to prevent any harm that comes to their investors.

Yes, but first you'd have to successfully argue that the player's tweet was enough to prove material harm to the company. That's a difficult thing to do. Yet, by their own actions they've done just that. I'd wager the player's case has a stronger legal merit.
It wasn't a tweet, it was a statement made by a player during an official Hearthstone broadcast, and said player was under contract to not make potentially offensive statements for the duration of the tournament. Heck, the VoD of the series was even up on the official Hearthstone Youtube channel for a short while.

At which point Activision Blizzard likely got a strongly worded letter from either Tencent or a Chinese official.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard's Hearthstone Champion Ban over Protest Draws Protests
15. Re: Blizzard's Hearthstone Champion Ban over Protest Draws Protests Oct 8, 2019, 14:31 roguebanshee
 
Darks wrote on Oct 8, 2019, 12:34:
Yea, this guy will be suing Blizz. More to come!!
Not while he's still in Hong Kong, I don't think the local authorities would be favourable to his plight. Also, with the way the contract is written, even if he was in the US a court would likely find in Activision Blizzard's favour if he did sue.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard's Hearthstone Champion Ban over Protest Draws Protests
9. Re: Blizzard's Hearthstone Champion Ban over Protest Draws Protests Oct 8, 2019, 11:59 roguebanshee
 
jacobvandy wrote on Oct 8, 2019, 11:16:
The message is irrelevant, it's their entertainment stage so they're free to make and enforce a rule prohibiting off-topic political statements.
Not only that, Activision Blizzard wants to stay in the very lucrative Chinese market, so a message that directly challenges the Chinese government is almost certainly going to be a no-go. It's essentially a sin in capitalism to not take action when something looks like it could hurt your bottom line.
 
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News Comments > Martha is Dead Announced
2. Re: Martha is Dead Announced Oct 2, 2019, 13:21 roguebanshee
 
MDB wrote on Oct 2, 2019, 12:04:
WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME???
I was going to ask whether it was Wayne or Kent...
 
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News Comments > Bobby Prince Sues Valve, Gearbox, and Randy Pitchford
20. Re: Bobby Prince Sues Valve, Gearbox, and Randy Pitchford Oct 1, 2019, 06:28 roguebanshee
 
MrDoomPlague wrote on Sep 30, 2019, 17:58:
Honestly, between this and the issues with Dragon Quest and its composer...game companies should push to own perpetual rights to their games music, at least when it comes to reselling the game down the road.
In general, when a musician is contracted to write new music for a game, unless the contract specifies that the musician owns the music, the deloping company will own the music.

This is a case where the musician (Bobby Prince) specifically had written in the contract that he owned the music and was licensing it to the original publisher (Apogee). I doubt that at the time either party expected things to be like they are 20+ years later.
 
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News Comments > Bobby Prince Sues Valve, Gearbox, and Randy Pitchford
16. Re: Bobby Prince Sues Valve, Gearbox, and Randy Pitchford Sep 30, 2019, 17:21 roguebanshee
 
grudgebearer wrote on Sep 30, 2019, 14:57:
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 30, 2019, 11:34:
Took him 3 years to find a scummy lawyer that would take his case, gotta admire his persistance.

Or maybe he spent three years trying to workout an equitable compensations deal for the use of his work, and after being jerked around by Pitchford and Gearbox, had no choice but to seek redress through the court system?
From what I've read on other sites (and can be read in the excerpt here), he did spend quite a while getting jerked around by Gearbox & Randy with empty promises of "you'll get paid".

Also, Valve is being sued because they failed to acknowledge a legitimate takedown notice. This makes them liable for the infringements under the DMCA. Had they heeded the takedown notices, they would not be eligible for this litigation.
 
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News Comments > Epic Games Store September Update Plans
34. Re: Epic Games Store September Update Plans Sep 30, 2019, 06:28 roguebanshee
 
Nucas wrote on Sep 29, 2019, 09:57:
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 29, 2019, 06:01:
Information and facts about how the sausage is made is irrelevant in a stomping feet thead.
i think shopping carts are kind of a solved problem actually
The silly thing about the EGS lacking a shopping cart is that the Unreal Engine Marketplace does have one and it's also accessible through the Epic Launcher.
 
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News Comments > Epic Games Store September Update Plans
21. Re: Epic Games Store September Update Plans Sep 29, 2019, 08:54 roguebanshee
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Sep 29, 2019, 06:58:
There is always a new young gen of gamers just getting started who couldn't care less about the Store Wars since they don't have any old and established libraries yet.
There are also more launchers with stores now than 10 years ago and most of them have exclusive content. EA's Origin, Uplay, and Battle.net (desktop launcher) are all less than 10 years old and all have exclusives (or at least games that require them being installed). Heck, from what I can tell even GOG has a GOG Galaxy exclusive in Gwent.

People growing up as PC gamers in this market are likely going to be less tied to a single client than those with more than a decade's worth of games on Steam. Want to play AssCreed? Open up Uplay. An EA Sports title? Boot up Origin. Fortnite? Start the Epic Launcher.

Launcher exclusives are just a fact of life in the current PC gaming market. Which means that having multiple launchers (and stores) installed is likely going to be the norm going forward. You may be able to buy the games on a different storefront, but you'll need the launcher (+store) to run it.
 
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News Comments > FIFA 20 Kicks Off
5. Re: FIFA 20 Kicks Off Sep 28, 2019, 09:20 roguebanshee
 
Sacrifex wrote on Sep 27, 2019, 20:33:
If anything, EA is doing us a favor by making a containment zone for all of those geniuses to play with each other, and leave us in peace.
The main issue is that as long as these titles and the gambling modes are successful (and not regulated), the companies behind them will try to find ways to incorporate those ideas in all titles.
 
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News Comments > Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect
21. Re: Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect Sep 20, 2019, 18:32 roguebanshee
 
NKD wrote on Sep 20, 2019, 18:02:
Games have gotten more expensive to produce, and cheaper to buy as time goes on.
And the sales targets have been increased dramatically.

Selling 1 million copies of a major title in 1990? Unrealistic.
In 2000? Expected.
In 2019? Way under target.

The price for a product is also tied to the expected sales of that product.

Also, with the various additional purchases offered by major titles, the actual cost of a AAA game can easily turn out to be far in excess of $100.
 
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News Comments > Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect
3. Re: Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect Sep 20, 2019, 12:51 roguebanshee
 
"People in charge of lobbying for the industry says ruling that makes them less money is bad"

News at 11.
 
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News Comments > Batman Arkham Collection and LEGO Batman Trilogy Free on the Epic Games Store
22. Re: Batman Arkham Collection and LEGO Batman Trilogy Free on the Epic Games Store Sep 20, 2019, 06:03 roguebanshee
 
Ventura wrote on Sep 19, 2019, 19:37:
Cutter wrote on Sep 19, 2019, 16:52:
jacobvandy wrote on Sep 19, 2019, 15:59:
Timmeh wrote on Sep 19, 2019, 15:53:
I am just filling up my library with all the free stuff they release every week and not spending any money because the games are cool so why not?


Maybe they aim to stuff your library with so many that the "I want all my games in one place" argument starts to work in their favor.

Yes, except these games are already old and everyone owns them already.

Everyone? I didn't. Any of them. Sorry.

You Epic naysayers are funny. I'm the last person that wanted yet another launcher but let's be honest, this is huge. I don't know what the dollar estimate is on all of these games, but it's gotta be up there.
The two bundles are $50 each.
jacobvandy wrote on Sep 19, 2019, 20:54:
I just noticed it doesn't include the fourth Arkham series game, Origins. I wonder if anybody will miss it?
Technically Origins was released before Knight, so it's the 3rd game that is missing. It was basically City with iirc the only notable addition being the Crime Scene Recreation mode. I know I completed it, but while I can recall a decent amount of plot details from both Asylum and City, for Origins I am drawing a blank on details beyond "tracking down a 'new' villain" and said villain turning out to be the Joker (Origins being a prequel game).
 
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News Comments > FIFA 20 Demo
8. Re: FIFA 20 Demo Sep 11, 2019, 19:37 roguebanshee
 
Kxmode wrote on Sep 11, 2019, 14:17:
Beamer wrote on Sep 11, 2019, 13:57:
Kxmode wrote on Sep 11, 2019, 13:06:
roguebanshee wrote on Sep 11, 2019, 08:49:
Kxmode wrote on Sep 10, 2019, 20:02:
The first hit's free
Fun fact, Valve implemented lootboxes in TF2 almost 1 1/2 year before EA introduced their version to the FIFA franchise.

Yet Valve sees almost no derision for doing that, while everyone else using lootboxes get piles of (deserved) hate piled on them.

Because *hats* are nothing like the straight-up casino gambling found in FIFA titles. It's not even remotely close to the same.

I'd argue that what CS:Go had, though, was ridiculous. I haven't really played many games with loot boxes, probably just CS:Go and Borderlands 2 (if that even counts), but what CS:Go had was infuriating. Win a box, but have to buy a key? A marketplace around selling what you get, with you virtually guaranteed to turn a dollar into 17 cents?

A huge turnoff in that game.

I agree that the Marketplace is a form of gambling that needs regulating. It's a reverse of gambling in the sense that people play to obtain items to be sold on the Marketplace for dozens, hundreds, or in rare cases, thousands of real-world dollars.
A slot machine is still gambling if it pours out tokens that have to be redeemed at a counter near the entrance to the casino. It's not "reverse gambling".

And the Marketplace (ie. where you redeem your "tokens") is an integral part of how Valve's lootboxes work. Valve would almost certainly never have made TF2 F2P in this way if they hadn't also implemented trading via the Marketplace. Especially since they get a cut of every monetary transaction that goes on there.

Sure, the cosmetics you get from the lootboxes in TF2 etc. are different from the "required to play the mode" boxes for the Ultimate Team modes. But where FIFA and similar products have escaped being labelled "legally gambling" in many places due to the inability to cash out, Valve's lootboxes have no such loophole to fall back on because the Marketplace exists. Yet it seems as if legislators are ignoring either that aspect or Valve in their evaluations of lootboxes.

And while there were concerns about various TF2, DOTA2 & CS:GO skin gambling sites in 2015-2017, that was mostly brought up on the scale it grew to due to a couple of the site owners marketing their sites directly to minors (and trying to look like they didn't own those sites in the process). Valve's actions in that situation? Send out C&D letters to the largest sites, then go about their business as usual. You can still find working TF2/DOTA2/CS:GO skin gambling sites if you do a search.
 
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News Comments > FIFA 20 Demo
2. Re: FIFA 20 Demo Sep 11, 2019, 08:49 roguebanshee
 
Kxmode wrote on Sep 10, 2019, 20:02:
The first hit's free
Fun fact, Valve implemented lootboxes in TF2 almost 1 1/2 year before EA introduced their version to the FIFA franchise.

Yet Valve sees almost no derision for doing that, while everyone else using lootboxes get piles of (deserved) hate piled on them.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Sep 11, 2019, 05:49 roguebanshee
 
The way he presents his data reads a lot like he set things up to support a conclusion he had already made.  
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News Comments > Cube World Nears
3. Re: Cube World Nears Sep 7, 2019, 11:58 roguebanshee
 
EricFate wrote on Sep 7, 2019, 10:19:
I'd kind of forgotten this existed. I'm glad he's continued working on it. I wonder if I still have my old alpha copy on a hard drive somewhere.
It's worth noting that owners of the alpha will get Steam keys:

https://twitter.com/wol_lay/status/1170056166665273344
 
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