Thursday, February 11, 2010

U.S. District Court Denies Motion To Dismiss A Class-Action Lawsuit Against EA And NCAA

U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken has denied a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed by Hagens Berman against EA and NCAA. The Class-action lawsuit, filed on behalf of current and former college athletes, claims that EA used likenesses of current and former college athletes in their NCAA games. The case will be heard in April.

In their attempt to get the case dismissed, EA and NCAA tried using the First Amendment. however, the court recognised that there were similarities between real athletes and those in the game. At this point, EA has not disputed the claims and will have to prove that they did not use the likenesses of college athletes in NCAA games.

Press Release

LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)-- Feb 11, 2010 Recent developments surfaced this week in a class-action lawsuit filed by Hagens Berman against Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) and NCAA. U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken denied a motion to dismiss the case. The class action, on behalf of current and former college athletes, will move forward April 2010.

The decision forces video game maker, EA, along with NCAA, to now prove they did not use the likenesses of actual college athletes in NCAA-branded video games, said lead attorney Rob Carey with Hagens Berman. “EA tried to hide under the First Amendment but the court recognized similarities between real athletes and the game were just too great to be ignored.”

EA did not at this juncture dispute claims made by plaintiff Samuel Keller, former quarterback for Arizona State University. Instead, the company unsuccessfully sought a defense under the First Amendment. Judge Wilken rejected the gaming company’s argument along with NCAA’s, citing that allegations made by Mr. Keller have merit.

EA reported revenue of $1.24 billion during the third quarter ending Dec. 31, 2009 this week. The gaming company also confirmed its decision to discontinue the development of NCAA Basketball video games, telling Game Informer magazine, “we're currently reviewing the future of our NCAA Basketball business."

For more information about the class-action lawsuit against NCAA and EA, visit

About Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro is a nationally recognized class-action and complex-litigation law firm based in Seattle with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Phoenix. Among recent successes, HBSS negotiated a $300 million settlement in the DRAM memory antitrust litigation, the largest antitrust settlement in U.S. history, recovered $340 million on behalf of Enron employees, and was part of the leadership team in the $3 billion Visa/MasterCard settlement. In pharmaceutical litigation, the firm's recent successes include a $350 million settlement with McKesson, more than $200 million with other parties in drug-pricing litigation, and a $150 million settlement regarding Lupron. HBSS represented Washington and 12 other states against the tobacco industry that resulted in the largest settlement in history. For a complete listing of HBSS cases, visit

This Weeks USA PSP Digital Comic Store Update

The USA Playstation Blog has revealed this weeks PSP Digital Comic store update.

* 2000AD Prog # 1666 - $ 1.99
* Cancertown: An Inconvenient Tooth 2 $ 0.99
* Daredevil (1998) # 96 - $ 1.99
* Daredevil (1998) # 97 - $ 1.99
* Donald Duck and the Three Musketeers 1 $ 1.99
* Donald Duck Origami Maestro $ 0.99
* Groom Lake # 3 - $ 1.99
* Groom Lake # 4 - $ 1.99
* Locke & Key: Head Games # 1 - $ 0.99
* Marvel Zombies (2005) # 1 - $ 1.99
* Marvel Zombies (2005) # 2 - $ 1.99
* Marvel Zombies (2005) # 3 - $ 1.99
* Marvel Zombies (2005) # 4 - $ 1.99
* Marvel Zombies (2005) # 5 - $ 1.99
* Scrooge McDuck and the Witchy Business # - $ 0.99
* Tank Girl: The Gifting # 1 - $ 0.99
* Tank Girl: The Gifting # 2 - $ 0.99
* The Incredible Hulk (1999) # 95 - $ 1.99
* The Incredible Hulk (1999) # 96 - $ 1.99
* The Incredible Hulk (1999) # 97 - $ 1.99
* The Incredible Hulk (1999) # 98 - $ 1.99
* The Incredible Hulk (1999) # 99 - $ 1.99
* The Incredible Hulk (1999) # 100 - $ 1.99
* Transformers: All Hail Megatron # 11 - $ 1.99
* Ultraheroes: Gathering # 1 - $ 0.99
* Uncanny X-Men (2003) # 483 - $ 1.99
* Uncanny X-Men (2003) # 484 - $ 1.99
* Uncanny X-Men (2003) # 485 - $ 1.99
* Wolverine (2003) # 32 - $ 1.99
* Wolverine (2003) # 33 - $ 1.99
* Wolverine (2003) # 34 - $ 1.99
* Wolverine (2003) # 35 - $ 1.99
* Wolverine (2003) # 36 - $ 1.99
* Wolverine (2003) # 37 - $ 1.99
* Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse: Calamari Rising # 11 - $ 0.99
* X-Men (2004) # 181 - $ 1.99
* X-Men (2004) # 182 - $ 1.99
* X-Men (2004) 183 $ 1.99
* X-Men (2004) # 184 - $ 1.99
* X-Men (2004) # 185 - $ 1.99
* X-Men (2004) # 186 - $ 1.99
* X-Men: Colossus Bloodline (2005) # 1 - $ 1.99
* X-Men: Colossus Bloodline (2005) # 2 - $ 1.99
* X-Men: Colossus Bloodline (2005) # 3 - $ 1.99
* X-Men: Colossus Bloodline (2005) # 4 - $ 1.99
* X-Men: Colossus Bloodline (2005) # 5 - $ 1.99
* X-Mickey: The Carousel # 6 - $ 1.99

From USA Playstation Blog

UK PSN Update 11/02/10

Seasonal Offers
PS3: Call Of Duty: World At War – Map Pack Bundle [£15.99]
PS3: Fl0wer [£2.39]
PS3: Comet Crash [£4.79]
PS3: UNO [£3.99]
PS3: Tank Battles [£3.19]
PS3: Snakeball [£3.99]
PS3: Nucleus [£3.99]
PSP: Buzz! Brain Bender [£11.99]
PSP: Ape Quest [£4.79]
PSP: Go! Sudoku [£6.29]
PS1: Lilo & Stitch: Trouble In Paradise [£3.19]
PS1: A Bugs Life [£3.19]

Mini's Sale
Bloons [£1.99]
Breakquest [£1.74]
Dracula: Undead Awakening [£1.99]
Field unners [£3.49]
Kahoots [£1.74]
Mahjongg Artifacts: Chapter 2 [£2.49]
Pinball Fantasies [£3.19]
Vempire [£1.74]

Permanent Price Drops
PS3: Crash Commando – Now [£6.29]
PSP: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite – Now [£16.99]
PSP: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest – Now [£11.99]
PSP: Pirates Of The Caribbean: At Worlds End – Now [£15.99]

PS3 Games
Frogger Returns [£3.99]
Switchball [£6.29]
NBA Live 10 – All Star Weekend [Free]
Little Big Planet – Chinese New Year Costumes [Free]
Little Big Planet – Valentine's Day Level Kit [£2.39]
EyePet – Valentimes Pack [£2.39]
EyePet – Winter Sports Pack [£2.39]
Fairytale Fights – Treasure Pack 1 [Free]
Smack Down Vs Raw 2010 – Stone Cole Steve Austin Character [£0.79]
The Saboteur – The Midnight Show [Free]

Heavy Rain

Guitar Hero 5
Breaking Benjamin Track Pack [£4.39]
“Give Me A Sign” By Breaking Benjamin [£1.59]
“Sooner Or Later” By Breaking Benjamin [£1.59]
“Until The End” By Breaking Benjamin [£1.59]

Rock Band
Megadeath – Rest In Peace Album [£7.49]
“Dawn Patrol” by Megadeath [£0.99]
“Five Magics” by Megadeath [£0.99]
“Hangar 18” by Megadeath [£0.99]
“Holy Wars...The Punishment Due” by Megadeath [£0.99]
“Lucretia” by Megadeath [£0.99]
“Poison Was The Cure” by Megadeath[£0.99]
“Rest In Peace...Polaris” by Megadeath [£0.99]
“Take No Prisoners” by Megadeath [£0.99]
“Tornado Of Souls” by Megadeath [£0.99]

The Beatles Rock Band

Army of Two: The 40th Day – Weapon Customisation trailer
Army of Two: The 40th Day – Extraction Mode Trailer
Army of Two: The 40th Day – Co-Op Tactics Trailer
Lego Rock Band – Launch Trailer

Movie Trailer


Valentine Fractal Theme [£1.19]

Dynamic Theme
Trash Panic [£1.59]

PSN ID Avatars

PS1 Classic

Kurulin Fusion [£3.19]
Blood Bowl [£23.99]
Innocent Life [£11.99]
Little Big Planet – Lurve Costume [Free]
Little Big Planet – Lurve Level Kit [£2.39]

The Terminator [£3.99]
This Is Football Management [£3.99]

SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3
Undead Knights



EA Announces That The Battlefield Bad Company 2 Has Been Downloaded Over 2 Million Times

EA Has announced that in just 5 days, the Battlefield Bad Company 2 demo has been downloaded over 2 Million times, combined, on both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. On the PC, EA say "hundreds of thousands of players already signed up". EA say that this demo is coming close to being the most downloaded EA demo ever.

Press Release

STOCKHOLM --(Business Wire)-- Feb 11, 2010 DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio (NASDAQ:ERTS), today announced that Battlefield: Bad Company™ 2 is on pace to become the fastest downloaded demo* in EA history. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 continues to dominate online multiplayer gaming with over 2M demo downloads across Xbox LIVE™ and the PlayStation®Network (combined) in the first five days of availability. The recently launched PC beta has also met great success, with hundreds of thousands of players already signed up. With the huge popularity of the Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network demo and the PC beta,Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is positioned to be the premier first person-shooter of 2010 when it hits stores on March 2nd.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to hear that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is already in the hands of almost 2½ million gamers, and it hasn’t even shipped yet,” said Patrick Bach, Senior Producer on Battlefield: Bad Company 2. “This massive rush to experience the game early is proof positive that action gamers are looking for more. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 delivers on every front. This is intelligent, strategic warfare that our competitors simply cannot replicate.”

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will be in stores on March 2, 2010 in North America and March 4, 2010 in Europe for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the PC. The Limited Edition can be pre-ordered now on all platforms at no extra cost, with participating retailers worldwide (while supplies last).

For more information on DICE, please visit For more information on Battlefield: Bad Company 2 please visit: Or follow us on Twitter at

* Internet connection required. Demo will end on February 25, 2010.

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EATM, EA SPORTSTM, EA MobileTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at

EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile and POGO are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. Battlefield: Bad Company is a trademark of EA Digital Illusions CE AB. “PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies and are used under license from Microsoft. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

This Weeks UK PSP Digital Comic Store Update

Sony's EU Playstation Blog has revealed the comics coming to todays PSP Digital Comic store update.

2000AD Prog #1666 2000AD 18+
Cancertown: An Inconvenient Tooth: Chapter 2 of 6 Insomnia 18+
Daredevil (1998) #96 & #97 Marvel 12+
Donald Duck and the Three Musketeers #1 Disney 3+
Donald Duck Origami Maestro Disney 3+
Groom Lake #3 & #4 IDW 17+
Locke and Key: Head Games #1 IDW 17+
Marvel Zombies (2005) #1-#6 Marvel 12+
Scrooge McDuck and the Witchy Business Disney 3+
Tank Girl: The Gifting #1 & #2 IDW 17+
The Incredible Hulk (1999) #95-#101 Marvel 9+
Transformers: All Hail Megatron #11 IDW 12+
Ultraheroes #1: Gathering Disney 3+
Uncanny X-Men (2003) #483-#485 Marvel 12+
Wolverine (2003) #32-#37 Marvel 15+
Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse #11: Calamari Rising #3 IDW 17+
X-Men (2004) #181-#186 Marvel 12+
X-Men: Colossus Bloodline (2005) #1-#5 Marvel 9+
X-Mickey #6: The Carousel Disney 3+

From EU Playstation Blog

EA Have Released A New Trailer For Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online On The PC

EA Have released a new trailer for Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online. this is a launch trailer that shows off the main features of the game using in-game footage. the trailer also shows of some of the games menus and unique online functions. one particularly unique feature is, when playing other people, when you tee-off you see where your shot and everyone else's, seeing where the ball lands on/off the course.

Sega Reveal Resonance Of Fate Has A UK Release Of 26th March And Release Character/Box Art

Sega has revealed that Resonance of Fate is coming out in the UK on the 26th March for both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Sega has also revealed the UK Boxart for both versions of Resonance of Fate and show the game has been rated 16. Sega has released some character art for the main characters in the game. you can click the speech bubble to read information about each character that was provided by Sega.

Character Art


Fact Sheet

Developer: Platforms: PS3 & Xbox 360
PEGI/ USK: 16+, COB: M Genre: RPG
Ship date: 26th March 2010

Resonance of Fate, is set in a dystopian future where Earth is no longer capable of sustaining life. The tower-like Basel structure, originally built as an experimental life support system, is now the only place mankind can survive. As part of the Private Military Firm, our heroes (Vashyron, Zephyr and Leanne), seek out and complete quests for their clients but are eventually led on a journey that will reveal the dark secrets behind the world they live in. From the studio of heralded RPG developers, tri-Ace, Resonance of Fate adds a fresh spin to the genre with a new cinematic action gameplay system centered around gun-play and a fascinating steampunk-styled world.

Key Features:
Battle System: Battle in fantastic cinematic action as your characters wield firearms in a semi-real time gameplay system

Hero Actions: Pull off spectacular moves and precision attacks through this special mode designed to chain attacks together

Unique Story: Built around a gigantic tower-like machine, the story will delve deep into fate and the machinery that controls it

Beautiful environments: Masterfully crafted environments pepper this title to illustrate the deep tapestry of this dystopian world

Customisation: Customise your characters and give them a unique look within the game and cutscenes
o Extensive Weapon customization allows your character to have specialized weapons from parts unlocked or bought throughout the game
o Change the look of your character by unlocking costumes along the way

Sega Have Released New Screenshots For Empire Total War: Elite Units Of The East

Sega have released new screenshots for the upcoming Empire Total War Expansion, Elite units Of The East. these screenshots are in-game and show various units from the Ottoman Empire and The Maratha Empire.

Empire Total War: Elite Units Of The East

Audio Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

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  • PS3: Famitsu gives Heavy Rain a 37/40. more scores to be released after 5pm GMT

  • there will be day 1 dlc for Battlefield Bad Company 2

  • PC: Myst Online, a mmo, has been re-released and is now free to play.

  • PS3: rumoured footage from Wakebarding HD has been leaked. its suggested this is Creat's next game.

  • PS3: its been reported that a Japanese podcast mentions that Demons Souls 2 is coming out this year in Japan

  • PSP: Dylan Cuthbert says there are no plans for more PixleJunk PSP games. say most people don't hook PSP's to the PSN

  • Nintendo is holding a event on 24th February. something is reportedly going to be revealed.

  • analysts predict that digital sales will increase 34% in 2010. industry to grow 6%. PS3 only console with sales increase

  • EA says they are looking at ways to punish players who quit online games in FIFA 11

  • the first 5th Gen pokemon has been revealed. the silhouette was Zoroark, the evolved form of Zorua.

  • QTE Blog: SouthPeak Announce 3D Dot Heroes Comes Out In The UK On May 14th, Will Be At The Midlands MCM Expo

  • the ESA has revealed that there are more than 120 exhibitors for E3. some absences, High Voltage, NCSoft, 6 trade groups

  • 360: A Final Fantasy XIII Bundle is coming out in Japan. it'll be a white 360+250GB HDD, 2 controllers + FF XIII

  • PS3: Heavy Rain review scores have gone live. plenty of 9/10 - 10/10 with a couple of 7/10

  • QTE Blog: New Zero Punctuation - Borderlands

  • Wii: Marvelous Entertainment have opened World Game Parade to localise western WiiWare games for a Japan Release

  • iPhone: Revolutionary Concepts are releasing Karate Champ, with multiplayer. Manomio are working on a Amigo emulator

  • Disney's gaming division have announced they made a loss of $10M, up from a $45M Loss. Wii+DS games sold best

  • QTE Blog: Sega Have Released A New Trailer For Sonic & Sega All Star Racing

  • QTE Blog: EA Announce That Over 8 Million Games Have Been Sold Since Their Partnership In 2007 With Hasbro

  • PS3: its been reported that a Japanese podcast mentions that Demons Souls 2 is coming out this year in Japan

  • QTE Blog: PopCap Announce The Bejeweled Franchise Is 10 Years Old

  • PS3: Sony has annoucned that the PS3 will get a 3D Gaming Patch and a 3D Blu-Ray Patch in the summer

  • 360: Samurai Shodown Edge of Destiny is set to come out in the USA this spring as Samurai Shodown Sen

  • iPhone: Doom II RPG is out now for $4

  • PC: its reported there are issues with BioShock 2 and WideScreen PC's. it trims the top+bottom of a 4:3 resolution

  • Xbox: DLC For original Xbox Games is already not working with Xbox Live. its reported this started last week

  • Wii: Rock Of The Dead has been announced. it lets you kill zombies by using a Guitar Hero Controller and inputting riffs

  • Activision Blizzard have posted financials, Q4 revenue is down to $1.56B, from $1.6B. Year revenue up to $4.28B from $3B

  • Activision Blizzard announce a new Tony Hawk, Call Of Duty, Guitar Hero, And Spiderman game will come out during 2010

  • Activision are reducing the amount of Music games they release in 2010 to 10, down from 25 in 2009

  • Activision have announced that Singularity and Transformers War For Cybertron was coming out in may 2010

  • Activision have announced that a Blur multiplayer beta will come out in March

  • Xbox: Microsoft say they are 'actively working' to restore DLC. this service should be live until April 15th