News of the Week; December 11, 2019

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Court of Appeals Finds Maryland Law Imposing Political Disclosure Obligations on Online Platforms to be Unconstitutional – Finding Different Treatment of Broadcasters is Justified
  2. Tucker Carlson and the Russification of the GOP
  3. Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security: The network’s furthering of lies from foreign adversaries and flagrant disregard for the truth have gotten downright dangerous.
  4. Bernie Sanders vows to break up huge ISPs and regulate broadband prices
  5. Study Says US Ranked 68th Out Of 100 In Mobile Video Quality
  6. As Trial Begins, Evidence Shows Sprint, T-Mobile Know Merger Will Raise Prices
  7. AT&T raises DirecTV prices again despite losing millions of customers
  8. AT&T Says The Real Problem With The Internet Is We Pay Too Much Attention To Giant ISPs
  9. Lawsuit forces CenturyLink to stop charging “Internet Cost Recovery Fee”
  10. Huawei sues FCC to stop ban on Huawei gear in US-funded networks
  11. FCC proposes new rules and spectrum reallocation that could change the future of auto safety communications – agency seeks comments and input
  12. Another Day, Another Telecom Giant Caught Taking Taxpayer Subsidies They Didn’t Deserve 
  13. Franken FMs – The FCC Asks if It Should Continue to Allow Channel 6 LPTV Stations to Operate as FM Broadcasters
  14. FCC Issues New Radio Frequency Safety Rules, Seeks Comment on Additional Measures
  15. FCC Grants Waivers of Geocoded Location Data Deadline 
  16. FCC Plans Major Overhaul of Suspension and Debarment Rules for its USF, TRS, and Other Funding Programs
  17. FCC Issues New Radio Frequency Safety Rules, Seeks Comment on Additional Measures 
  18. FCC Rules That Unsolicited Ads Sent to Online Fax Services are not Prohibited 
  19. New York Enacts New Telemarketing Law 
  20. 5G Spectrum Auctions in Kinstellar Jurisdictions
  21. Can 5G replace everybody’s home broadband?
  22. Google Fiber ends $50, 100Mbps plan, but 1Gbps is still $70 with no data cap 
  23. CIPPIC and Legal Tech Firm vLex Partnering on LFO-Funded and AI-Fueled Communications Policy Analysis Project 

DIGITAL

  1. American WeChat Users Getting Banned For Celebrating Hong Kong Election Results
  2. TikTok settles children’s data lawsuit one day after it was filed
  3. The USA is investigating social media app TikTok – what does this mean for social media platforms & transparency?
  4. TikTok CEO Cancels Capitol Hill Meetings Amid Investigation Into Chinese Surveillance, Censorship
  5. TikTok Wraps 2019 With First-Ever Top 10 Lists Of Creators, Videos, Memes
  6. TikTok’s Parent Company Piloting Spotify Competitor ‘Resso’ In Emerging Markets
  7. Russia Blocks All Of Shutterstock Due To ‘Offensive’ Image Involving The Russian Flag
  8. Russian ‘Evil Corp’ Was Behind a Decade of Hacks, U.S. Says
  9. Kingpin of Evil Corp lived large. Now there’s a $5 million bounty on his head
  10. FTC Slaps Cambridge Analytica With An Order Barring The Already Defunct Company From Illegally Collecting Data Ever Again
  11. DHS Sued Over First Amendment-Trampling Social Media Vetting Program
  12. Critics say Facebook’s powerful ad tools may imperil democracy. But politicians love them.
  13. Trolling The Trademark Troll: Lemonade CEO Releases Chrome Extension To Remove Magenta From Websites
  14. Senate Judiciary committee interrogates Apple, Facebook about crypto
  15. Who’s Spreading Disinformation in U.K. Election? You Might Be Surprised
  16. Social media platforms leave 95% of reported fake accounts up, study finds: Fake accounts are easy to buy and make, and platforms are bad at yanking them.
  17. Twelfth Lawsuit Against Social Media Providers for “Materially Supporting Terrorists” Fails–Retana v. Twitter (Eric Goldman)
  18. The Subtweet Defense Wins: Elon Musk Cleared In Defamation Case
  19. Jury sides with Elon Musk in “pedo guy” defamation case
  20. Lawyer Asks Racists To Use Sketchy Millions They Got From UNC To Fund Scholarships For Black Students To Avoid Lawsuit For Bogus Takedown
  21. 3D printing can keep aging Air Force aircraft flying
  22. DOL’s $400M pay-discrimination suit is unconstitutional, Oracle argues
  23. Pinning Copyright Violations on Pinterest
  24. Digital Entrepreneur To Serve 14 Years For Criminal Plot To Wrest Domain Name
  25. Failed plot to steal domain name at gunpoint brings 14-year prison term
  26. ADA Website Compliance: It’s back to the trial court for Domino’s Pizza
  27. Verizon To Lay Off 150 More Employees From ‘Media’ Division
  28. Verizon lays off more Yahoo/AOL employees after another drop in revenue
  29. Verizon Media Pacts With Advisory Chair Serena Williams On Branded ‘Yahoo Shopping’ Series
  30. Verizon reportedly blocks archivists from Yahoo Groups days before deletion
  31. Verizon Is Undermining Efforts To Archive Yahoo Groups…For No Coherent Reason
  32. Sledgehammer or scalpel? EU policy makers and industry debate digital regulation
  33. Europe’s bid to re-nationalise tech
  34. Alibaba and the forty infringers: IP enforcement with China’s biggest online marketplace
  35. France, As Promised, Is First Out Of The Gate With Its Awful Copyright Directive Law: Ignores Requirements For User Protections
  36. Sony Music Entertainment v. Cox Communications: Summary judgment for copyright holders, finding that ISP had specific knowledge of copyright infringement by subscribers on its networks and was contributorily liable.
  37. Revolving Door Revolves Some More: Head Of Copyright Office Leaves To Join MPAA
  38. Why Won’t Creative Future’s Members Comment About This Hollywood Front Group Smearing A Well Respected Law Professor?
  39. Disney’s Decision Not To Renew SecuROM License Bricks ‘Tron: Evolution’
  40. Disney+ Has Gotten 22 Million App Downloads In One Month (Report)
  41. Netflix To Develop Limited Series About The Birth Of Spotify
  42. Netflix Orders Limited Series Chronicling Origins Of Fellow Streamer Spotify
  43. Hulu is finally offering 4K and 5.1 audio on Roku devices
  44. Instagram Will Ask New Users For Birthdays
  45. Instagram Is Finally Asking New Users If They’re Over 13, But Will That Protect It From COPPA?
  46. Mraz Sues Festival Sponsor Over Use of Footage
  47. Building a More Honest Internet: What would social media look like if it served the public interest? (Ethan Zuckerman)
  48. The memefication of knowledge (Andres Guadamuz)
  49. Netflix And Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Brought 17 Million TV Viewers In First 5 Days
  50. Netflix Is Spending $420 Million on Indian Content, CEO Says
  51. Platforms, publishers, and the end of scale
  52. Fewer than 10% of Americans are buying $1,000 smartphones, report says
  53. Apple to speak at CES for first time in decades
  54. Digital Kids’ Content Company ‘Moonbug’ Launches VOD Channel On Apple TV
  55. Devin Nunes’ Virginia SLAPP Suits Causing Virginia Legislators To Consider A New Anti-SLAPP Law
  56. Amazon: Trump used “improper pressure” to block AWS from DOD cloud contract
  57. Amazon Secures Live Champions League Rights In Germany
  58. Amazon Creates a Cost-Effective and Efficient Patent Infringement Remedy for Infringing Products Sold on its Marketplace by Third Parties
  59. Ex-Governor Tries To Silence A Critic With A Bar Complaint; Gains Critic 70,000+ New Twitter Followers
  60. Twitter is funding research into a decentralized version of its platform: The outside research team will be called Bluesky
  61. Twitter Unveils New ‘Retweets’ Account To Fete User Community
  62. Twitter Makes A Bet On Protocols Over Platforms
  63. Snapchat Cameos edit your face into videos
  64. It Doesn’t Take A Genius To Recognize How Dumb Genius’ Lawsuit Against Google Is Over ‘Stolen’ Lyrics
  65. New YouTube policy tries to ban “implied” threats, “malicious” insults
  66. YouTube Asks The FTC To Give Creators Clearer COPPA Guidelines Ahead Of Jan. 1 Enforcement
  67. YouTube asks the FTC to clarify how video creators should comply with COPPA ruling
  68. YouTube’s Revamped Harassment Policy Will Remove Videos With Insults Based On Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation
  69. Michelle Obama, Liza Koshy, Julia Roberts Venture To Vietnam For YouTube Learning Original
  70. YouTube Treads Safe Approach To This Year’s ‘Rewind’, With Series Of Data-Driven Lists
  71. Shane Dawson, MrBeast, James Charles, Jeffree Star In YouTube’s Top Trending Videos Of 2019 Amid More Rewind Lists
  72. Michelle Khare Debuts ‘YouTube Rewind 2019: The Musical,’ Chronicling Creator Community’s Successes And Scandals
  73. Streamys Announces Host-Less Ceremony In Lieu Of ‘Collaborators’ Brandon Rogers, Mark Rober, Emma Chamberlain, Hannah Stocking, And More
  74. Hyperlinks killed the radio star: High Court of England and Wales “Tunes In” to the radio streaming debate
  75. BuzzFeed Loses 3 More Creators, Who Have Exited To Launch Indie Studio ‘Watcher’
  76. BroadbandTV Reorganizes Music Services Under ‘Opposition’ Division
  77. The LawBytes Podcast, Episode 35: Allen Mendelsohn on Canada’s Copyright Site Blocking Saga (Michael Geist)
  78. Hosted copyrights – are you bound by the EU directive?
  79. Canadian Copyright 2.0: A look back at the 2019 statutory review recommendations for guidance on the future of copyright reform in Canada
  80. OSC Orders Approval of Prospectus for Canada’s First Bitcoin Investment Fund
  81. Patenting Blockchain Technologies
  82. Electronic signatures – progress, but don’t throw away your pen
  83. Australia remains closed for business on computer implemented business method patents
  84. Insights: Seven Social Media Trends That Point To A Vexing 2020 For Creators, Brands

A.I.

  1. Biased Algorithms Are Easier to Fix Than Biased People: Racial discrimination by algorithms or by people is harmful — but that’s where the similarities end.
  2. Addressing indirect discrimination and gender stereotypes in AI virtual personal assistants: the role of international human rights law (Rachel Adams & Nora Ni Loideáin)
  3. Who Owns an AI-generated Invention?
  4. Does the FTC’s Recent Influencer Guidance Address Robots?
  5. Best of 2019: How GoldenEye 007 set a new standard for video game AI
  6. Video: The alchemy and science of machine learning for games
  7. The case for artificial intelligence: 2020 will be the year for broad AI adoption in Canada, argues Sean Lynch
  8. Bringing a balance of arms to communications policy making: CIPPIC and vLex deploy expert knowledge and artificial intelligence to improve the ability of Canadian citizens to make a difference.
  9. Public opinion lessons for AI regulation
  10. Biased Algorithms Are Easier to Fix Than Biased People
  11. How Deepfakes Scramble Our Sense of True and False
  12. Emotion-sensing robot launches to assist space station astronauts
  13. Chatbots – Trends, Predictions and Five Key Legal Issues
  14. An intersection of technology and life sciences: The impact of big data and social media 
  15. The “Ghost Workers” Underpinning the World’s Artificial Intelligence Systems: Ron Orol speaks with Mary Gray, author of a book on the unseen labour that powers the internet 
  16. Competing in an AI-driven world 
  17. AI and healthcare
  18. Cloudy with a chance of neurons: The tools that make neural networks work

PRIVACY

  1. The Afghanistan Papers v. The Pentagon Papers: How A Whistleblower Worked Much Better Than Endless FOIA Litigation
  2. Foreign Companies Can Use 28 U.S.C. § 1782 to Unmask Anonymous Internet Posters
  3. Colorado Appeals Court: Three Months Of Surveillance Via Pole-Mounted Camera Is Unconstitutional
  4. California Supreme Court Closes Warrantless Vehicle Search Loophole
  5. Another Federal Court Says Compelled Production Of Fingerprints To Unlock A Phone Doesn’t Violate The Constitution
  6. NYPD Finally Releases A Body Camera Policy That Gives The Department Plenty Of Ways To Withhold Footage
  7. The FBI Says Your TV Is Probably Spying On You
  8. DOJ Headed By William Barr Asked To Explain Warrantless Bulk Data Collection William Barr Authorized 27 Years Ago When He Was The Head Of The DOJ
  9. Do cookie banners receive different acceptance rates on desktops and on smartphones?
  10. Does the placement of a cookie banner impact user acceptance rate?
  11. Do cookie banners receive different acceptance rates depending upon how many choices are provided to website visitors?
  12. Getting Cookie Consent Right
  13. EDPB Finalizes Guidance on GDPR Applicability Outside EU
  14. The Fate Of EU Legislation Designed To Bolster Data Protection Beyond The GDPR, The ePrivacy Regulation, Hangs In The Balance
  15. Framing a Federal Privacy Standard: Congressional Efforts Continue
  16. Intel’s SGX coughs up crypto keys when scientists tweak CPU voltage
  17. Defense Department To Congress: ‘No, Wait, Encryption Is Actually Good; Don’t Break It’
  18. Keybase moves to stop onslaught of spammers on encrypted message platform
  19. Newly discovered Mac malware uses “fileless” technique to remain stealthy
  20. Louisiana State Government Systems Down Following Ryuk Ransomware Attack
  21. Pensacola confirms ransomware attack but provides few details
  22. Maze ransomware was behind Pensacola “cyber event,” Florida officials say
  23. Fund Managers Targeted in Sophisticated Cyberattacks
  24. The iPhone 11’s U1 chip necessitates constant geolocation checks, Apple says
  25. Cops Offered Deeper Discounts On Ring Cameras Depending On How Much Of The Neighborhood The Cameras Would Surveil
  26. Uploaded Ring footage reportedly provides location to the square inch

CREATIVITY

  1. Taking Value out of the Copyright Tariff Process: The Copyright Board’s Access Copyright Post-Secondary Tariff Decision (Michael Geist)
  2. Making the Best of a Bad Provision: Why Canada Should Work Toward a Copyright Term Extension Registration Requirement (Michael Geist)
  3. Ad Agency Loses Copyright Infringement Attack on Pepsi
  4. Ben and Jerry’s Hit With Two Sticky Suits
  5. Last Christmas – Copyright and sound recordings
  6. Marvin Gaye Family Not Done With Pharrell Just Yet: Bring Him Back To Court Claiming Perjury
  7. The £90,000 banana – Why is it so appealing to the art market?
  8. Questions Raised Over Marketing Restrictions on Olympic Athletes
  9. Bias Disguised as Neutrality Gives Rise to False Advertising Claims
  10. Spate of FDA and FTC Warning Letters Sets Stage for Wave of False Advertising Consumer Class Action Lawsuits
  11. Smells Like Infringement: Court’s Refusal to Dismiss Copyright and Trademark Claims Makes Nirvana Smile
  12. Standing Up for Stand-Up Comedy: Joke Theft and the Relevance of Copyright Law and Social Norms in the Social Media Age (Hannah Pham)
  13. Watch: The Law of Advertising
  14. Judge Orders Man Who Violated Recording Ban To Publish An Essay About Respecting The Court AND To Delete All Negative Comments From Readers

GAMES

  1. German regulator prompts Valve crackdown on Steam Nazis: Valve pledges to better train moderators after media agency finds dozens of banned symbols, slogans, anti-Semitism
  2. Epic Games files preemptive lawsuit against Dancing Pumpkin Man: Fortnite developer responds to cease and desist letter with a lawsuit
  3. Epic Games Store implements in-game purchases for third-parties: Developers who use their own payment tools will not share revenue with Epic on in-game transactions
  4. Epic Games Store policy change expands in-game payment options for devs 
  5. Indies hit with takedowns over trademarked ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ term
  6. Chooseco Chooses An Adventure In Bullying Indie Game Devs Over Trademark
  7. Ex-Razer employees accuse CEO of abusive behavior: Former employees say Min-Liang Tan yelled, threw objects, made threats, demanded unreasonable overtime, and was verbally abusive
  8. Latest Rocket League update replaces loot boxes with an item store
  9. Chucklefish apologizes after casting white voice actors for non-white characters
  10. Chucklefish apologizes for Wargroove’s whitewashed voice casting: Developer says it made decision based only on audio files, pledges to be more sensitive in the future
  11. Federal Communications Commission Rules Require Communications in Video Games to Be Accessible and Usable
  12. 2K opens new in-house studio to work on BioShock franchise
  13. 2K opens Cloud Chamber to build “another unforgettable BioShock experience”: We speak to the publisher’s first female studio head Kelley Gilmore about continuing Ken Levine’s acclaimed franchise
  14. Nintendo Switch faces an uphill slog in China | Opinion: China is a country with little interest in consoles, so success for the Switch will require building a whole market segment from nothing
  15. Nintendo Switch sold estimated 50k units in China on launch day: Niko Partners – Console on track to reach 100k units in the country by the end of 2019
  16. Nintendo stock rises following Switch launch in China: Share price up 2.9%, reaching highest intraday level since May 2018
  17. Nintendo Indie World showcase talks exclusives, sequels, and 2020 lineup
  18. Sony will bring MLB: The Show to rival console platforms ‘as early as 2021’
  19. Sony’s MLB The Show will be released on rival consoles: No new platforms confirmed for baseball series, but both Nintendo and Microsoft have shared the news
  20. Sony pulls PS4 Lineup video after accusations of plagiarism: Video showcase appeared to directly copy animation styles from multiple other properties
  21. Resident Evil 2 remake has passed 5 million sales
  22. Resident Evil 3 remake headlines a handful of PS4 announcements
  23. Sony announces plan to publish PlayStation games on non-PS consoles [updated]
  24. PS4 finally gets Minecraft cross-platform play with Bedrock Edition – Sony overcomes worries about “safety risk” a year and a half after all other platforms connected
  25. Minecraft update brings cross-platform play to PlayStation 4
  26. Minecraft beats Fortnite and GTA as YouTube’s most-watched game of 2019
  27. Choose Your Own Adventure publisher cracks down on Itch.io devs: Chooseco issues trademark infringements to four developers
  28. Starbreeze exits reconstruction, looks toward continued Payday development
  29. Payday 2 won’t see parity on consoles and PC, future Switch updates ‘unlikely’
  30. Starbreeze completes reconstruction process after 12 months: It’s been a “toilsome journey” says CEO Mikael Nermak
  31. Layoffs as mobile developer Gameloft closes UK office
  32. Gameloft UK shuts down: Seven staff affected as mobile giant ditches British presence
  33. Avakin Life dev Lockwood Publishing closes Leamington Spa studio: All four members of staff declined opportunity to move to growing Nottingham studio
  34. The dawn of streaming requires contract revisions: Beiten Burkhardt’s Dr Andreas Lober explains why developers and publishers should check their contracts as services like Google Stadia emerge
  35. Some Stadia games cost more than their downloadable counterparts
  36. E3 without the lines: System Shock, other games to get 48-hour Steam demos
  37. Important Updates to Google Play Developer Policies
  38. Google refuses to budge on Play Store fees after Epic asks for Fortnite exemption
  39. Kongregate acquires mobile and browser battle royale shooter Surviv.io
  40. Kongregate acquires browser and mobile 2D battle royale Surviv.io: This marks the publisher’s second acquisition this year, more planned to come
  41. Playrix acquires Eipix Entertainment: Homescapes creator enters Serbian market to create more free-to-play mobile games
  42. Voodoo acquires mobile dev Gumbug
  43. Voodoo acquires Gumbug: Mobile publisher picks up London-based developer of Smash Supreme and Notorious 99
  44. Wildlife Studios raises $60m, now valued at $1.3b: Benchmark leads funding for Sao Paulo studio to grow mobile reach
  45. Tatsuya Minami reportedly starts new, Capcom-backed studio M-Two Inc: Former PlatinumGames president’s Osaka-based team said to be contributing to Resident Evil 3
  46. NetEase launches its own cloud gaming platform in beta: Service currently supports 38 games on mobile, but testers are waiting in long queue times to play
  47. 12 years later, players somehow keep Team Fortress 2 alive on the PS3
  48. The modders who spent 15 years fixing Knights of the Old Republic 2: From missing planets to missing romance options, players are restoring a classic.
  49. FIFA 20 returns to No.1 on EMEAA charts for fifth week since launch: No new major releases and holiday sales kept momentum for Pokemon, Star Wars
  50. UK Charts: No new releases means Mario Kart 8 Deluxe races back to No.3 – Nintendo racer boosted by new Switch bundle, FIFA and COD still top
  51. Sales down 25 percent at close of GameStop’s third quarter 
  52. GameStop Q3 global sales down again, expected full-year decline in the high-teens: Collectible sales was once again the only segment that showed any year-over-year growth
  53. GameStop plans to wind down Nordic presence, close more stores to cut costs
  54. GameStop winding down operations in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden: 140 stores globally have been closed already this year, 250 to 300 total closures planned by end of 2019
  55. GameStop CEO: Financial struggles are a console issue, not a GameStop issue – George Sherman says industry headwinds are “having an outsized impact on our business”
  56. Black Friday saw US mobile game spending hit nearly $70m: Sensor Tower Marvel Contest of Champions led record single day sales for mobile in the US
  57. Call of Duty Mobile made almost $87m in its first two months: Sensor Tower reports Activision’s smartphone shooter has been downloaded 172 million times
  58. Resident Evil 2 remake surpasses five million sales: Franchise lifetime sales at 94 million
  59. Review aggregator site GameRankings is shutting down
  60. GameRankings to close down after 20 years: Site will go offline on December 9
  61. Rental kiosk Redbox is giving up on video game rentals
  62. Redbox will no longer rent video games: Games will still be sold through the end of the year before it goes movies-only
  63. CD Projekt Red ending Gwent console support to focus on PC and mobile
  64. Mobile developer Wildlife Studios nets $60 million in funding
  65. GAME’s Belong esports division opens 100-seat venue in London: Oxford Street location will be the home of the London Lionhearts esports team
  66. PatronGG secures $1m for esports engagement app Kokyo: Bitkraft leads funding to continue its string of esports investments
  67. Pole to Win opens product development unit: Orange Rock Studios will also contain Orange Rock Esports division
  68. Canada a hub for booming esports industry, says lawyer
  69. TV Academy Unveils First Emmy Category for Esports
  70. The Emmys Adds First Category For Esports, Recognizing Outstanding Journalism
  71. Riot teams up with Louis Vuitton for League of Legends clothing
  72. Riot Games opens publishing label for League of Legends games from other devs 
  73. Amid Flurry Of Departures, Twitch Locks Down DrLupo, LIRIK, TimTheTatman In Exclusive Deals
  74. Twitch signs three exclusivity deals with major streamers: Video platform responds to Ninja and Shroud departure with own deals
  75. Twitch just locked down top streamers DrLupo, TimTheTatman, and Lirik: According to the e-sports consultant Rod Breslau, the deals are potentially worth millions
  76. Skybound Entertainment to make TV series based on DrDisrespect: Scripted, narrative series to focus on origins of popular, contentious Twitch streamer Guy Beahm’s character
  77. Pokemon Go developer Niantic raised $100,000 for STEM programs in 2019
  78. Niantic releases 2019 social impact report: Pokémon Go dev has raised $100,000 for STEM programs, hosted 90,000 players at charity events and picked up 20 elephants’ worth of trash
  79. Niantic and Qualcomm collaborating on augmented reality glasses: Multi-year partnership will see Pokémon Go developer working on hardware and software for new AR platform
  80. ‘Apollo 11 VR’ Studio to Launch ‘Shuttle Commander’ Next Week on PSVR
  81. Fast Travel CEO navigates VR’s speed bumps: With two new VR titles launching in quick succession, Oskar Burman talks about how far the market has come and where it can improve
  82. Oculus is rolling out controller-free hand tracking for the Quest this week
  83. Surprise! Oculus Quest becomes first VR set with native hand tracking—this week
  84. Oculus Quest Hand-tracking Starts Rolling Out This Week, Developer SDK Next Week
  85. Report: Magic Leap laid off ‘dozens’ following slow sales of its debut AR headset
  86. Magic Leap launches upgraded headset, reportedly lays off dozens: Company said to have planned to sell over 100k Magic Leaps in first year, only sold 6k in six months
  87. Niantic and Qualcomm join forces to create new AR glasses
  88. Adobe acquires 3D VR sculpting tool Medium from Facebook
  89. Behind the ingenious audio design of action RPG classic Diablo II
  90. How MechWarrior’s return took me back to the early ‘90s mall in my mind
  91. Brenda Romero breaks down Empire of Sin’s complex relationship system
  92. BioShock will return, but without Ken Levine
  93. Halo Reach on PC is the customizable combat we’ve been wanting—but just barely
  94. How Angry Birds broke the limits for mobile games: Marking the original game’s ten-year anniversary, we take a look at the impact the series had on the industry and the resilience of Rovio
  95. How God of War converted a non-believer – Why I Love: Double Eleven’s Matt Dunthorne says the 2018 revamp turned him from uninterested onlooker into full-on fanboy
  96. Bethesda updating Doom 1, 2 to include select mods like John Romero’s Sigil
  97. Bethesda suspends The Elder Scrolls Legends development
  98. Betheda has halted development on The Elder Scrolls: Legends
  99. Elder Scrolls Legends development “on hold for the foreseeable future”: Bethesda no longer making new content for fantasy card battler, but will continue support with monthly rewards and regular events
  100. Minecraft is most popular game on YouTube in 2019 with 100bn views: Controversial YouTuber Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg drives popularity of Minecraft as Fortnite settles
  101. People of the Year 2019: Sam Barlow: We speak to the Telling Lies director about showcasing the true potential of interactive narrative in video games
  102. Rockstar and Nintendo fill top five in Metacritic’s Games of the 2010s: Mario Galaxy 2, Breath of the Wild, Red Dead 2, GTA V and Mario Odyssey all had 97 average ratings
  103. IndieBI: Superhot Team’s biz dev platform that helps indies stay indie – Business developer Tomas Kaczmarczyk on why good business intelligence benefits the whole industry
  104. Kalypso opens third internal studio to work on ‘next-gen’ Commandos title
  105. Kalypso opening third German studio: New team will work on next-gen Commandos title from the greater Frankfurt area
  106. Report: iDreamSky in talks to acquire Leyou Technologies for $1.4 billion 
  107. iDreamSky in talks to buy Leyou: Mobile publisher would get controlling interest in fellow Chinese outfit with stakes in Digital Extremes, Splash Damage, SNK Playmore
  108. Imgur Launches New ‘Melee’ App Where Users Can Host, Discover Gaming Memes
  109. Staying Alive: How some indies are setting their studios up for survival
  110. Blog: How Ghost Recon Breakpoint broke the rules of player intel
  111. Blog: How do bullets work in video games?
  112. Blog: Building a procedurally generated Hearthstone
  113. Blog: Five books to help you better understand player behavior
  114. Blog: Sharing accessible narratives through environmental design
  115. Blog: Emotional context in decision design
  116. Blog: Turning a negative Steam review into a positive
  117. Blog: Getting your big break as a game composer (2020 edition)
  118. Watch Russ Bullock break down the dev process for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
  119. Video: How women-in-games initiatives make a difference
  120. Video: How Eve Online addressed exploit abuse with customer care
  121. Best of 2019: Designing Baba is You’s delightfully innovative rule-writing system
  122. Best of 2019: Dissecting the development of Dwarf Fortress with creator Tarn Adams
  123. Best of 2019: Designing Baba is You’s delightfully innovative rule-writing system
  124. Best of 2019: Exploring the secret depths of Bubble Bobble’s design
  125. People of the Year 2019: Yu Suzuki – Shenmue III came out 18 years after its predecessor and picked up exactly where it left off
  126. People of the Year 2019: Media Molecule – The full version of Dreams will launch on February 14 — and Media Molecule spent 2019 paving the way for its success
  127. People of the Year 2019: Hermen Hulst – Guerrilla Games’ former MD on the journey from Killzone to Horizon Zero Dawn, and his next challenge as PlayStation’s head of Worldwide Studios
  128. The Year of PR Disasters – 2019 in Review: Industry figures and companies said or did ridiculous, inappropriate, and outright harmful things… and got away with it
  129. The state of PC gaming in 2019.
  130. Video Game Deep Cuts: PlayStation’s 25th, Top Games Of 2019
  131. Industry-backed campaign encourages gamers to vote: Gamechanger Giveaway offers prizes in effort to increase voter turnout
  132. Steam to host demos for The Game Awards digital spin-off event The Game Festival
  133. Mourning the end of the video game rental era
  134. A nebbishy bank teller discovers he’s trapped in a video game in Free Guy

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