Video Game News: 12/15/2013


This is your Press Start to Begin news brief for December 15th, 2013

  1. A case study in the Journal of Medical Case Reports showed that a man developed deep vein thrombosis and had multiple blood clots throughout his legs. He developed this from playing video games for eight hours a day, four days straight. Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a person is sedentary (does not move at all) for extended periods of time. If this is not treated, it is fatal 30% of the time.
  2. Associate Professor Mark McMahon of Edith Cowan University (ECU)  argued that research showed video games offers a range of social and educational benefits for gamers. He urges caution to parents, however, with free-to-play games as there are a lot of hidden costs to go along with it.
  3. YouTube recently removed a large number of video game play throughs due to a copyright ID infringement detection system. Many video game developers and distributors encourages gamers, if their video was flagged and removed, to contact them so they can help get their video back up.
  4. In the month of November, the Playstation 4 sold 2.1 million units in North America and Europe. The Wii U sold 1.6 million units in North America and Japan. The Xbox One sold over 2 million units.
  5. Replay CEO Paul Trowe faced legal trouble for showing a sex tape to a 16 year old girl. He plead guilty and is now on a two-year probation. It it believed that this is part of the reason why Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe left Replay earlier this week.
  6. Capcom shut down the Ghouls & Ghost: Demon World kickstarter campaign. Capcom claimed this was an infringement of their intellectual property rights. Phantasm Studios, the company behind the campaign, was aware they did not have permission from Capcom to create the game. They did plan on changing the character’s name and some of the graphics if they did not get permission. As of yet, Phantasm Studios did not release a statement to do with this development.

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