A legal guide to Let’s Play and gaming videos

Let’s Play videos, and gaming videos more generally, are awesome. I started playing Minecraft thanks to Seananners’ very early videos about his love of what was then a quirky indie half-finished game just beginning to gather fans; I’ve played many games (and laughed a lot) thanks to the Let’s Play videos of my friends (and clients) at Yogscast;… Continue reading A legal guide to Let’s Play and gaming videos

Blizzard says no to World of Starcraft mod

  2nd UPDATE: Looks like there is a happy compromise – Ryan has been contacted by Blizzard and it seems he can continue work on the mod provided he changes the name.  Good stuff. A gamer who created a ‘World of Starcraft’ mod for Starcraft 2 has been frowned on by Blizzard.  Unsurprisingly. Modder “Ryan” used… Continue reading Blizzard says no to World of Starcraft mod

Blizzard wins $88m lawsuit against WoW private server owner

Blizzard Entertainment has just won a substantial lawsuit against WoW private server provider Scapegaming, including a crippling award of $88 million in damages. Read on for more on WoW private servers and this case. What was Scapegaming? Scapegaming was a WoW private server, which permitted players to play a modified version of WoW that was… Continue reading Blizzard wins $88m lawsuit against WoW private server owner

Teen admits crashing Playstation site in banhammer revenge

Thanks to Kotaku for this one: a US teen has pleaded guilty to criminal offences over his hacking and crashing of a Playstation web site in 2008, which he did in revenge for being kicked out of a tournament for the PS2 game SOCOM US Navy Seals for using a cheat mod.  Apparently, he carried out his attack by infecting the… Continue reading Teen admits crashing Playstation site in banhammer revenge

Activision pwns King’s Quest fan sequel = important lessons for fan mods and sequels

In a nutshell: the King’s Quest games series was in games limbo, some fans tried to rescue it and make a fan sequel, they did it in the right way legally, but Activision has now decided to shut them down.  Shame.  Still, this is another example a simple but useful lesson for anyone wanting to make a fan-mod/sequel for… Continue reading Activision pwns King’s Quest fan sequel = important lessons for fan mods and sequels