With this new influx of money, Nerd Kingdom seemed to make a recovery, putting out a few patches here and there until 2016, when it announced it had a received a $8.5 million from an investor who respected the vision for the game and allowed Nerd Kingdom to maintain control of the company. The reason for this sudden influx of money is a bit up in the air, but it’s probably safe to assume that Nerd Kingdom was, again, out of money. Who was that investor, you’re surely asking yourself? Why, it’s our old friend IGG! According to IGG’s 2015 Annual Report, on November 13th, 2015, IGG gained a controlling interest in Nerd Kingdom in the form of a third Director slot. I want to note here that in Nerd Kingdom’s announcement about the new money, the studio conveniently left out that it was now a subsidiary of IGG and that IGG was now officially calling the shots. … [Read more...] about Lawful Neutral: TUG’s Nerd Kingdom is the Real Slim Shady
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You what’s the real bee’s knees right now? City of Heroes. Not bad for a game that’s been shut down for six and a half years. The amount of drama and articles generated over the last 72 hours about this game is pretty damn impressive. Also exhausting (just ask our Editor-in-Chief, who’s not getting much sleep right about now!). But yes, the source code, more or less, for CoH has been released to the wild. What that effectively means is that in a matter of weeks or months, gamers around the global could have a functioning – but rogue – CoH server available to play on. … [Read more...] about Lawful Neutral: Is it safe to play on City of Heroes’ inevitable rogue servers?
Unfortunately for the plaintiffs, most of this is now moot. A related decision from the Supreme Court earlier this month changed the standard for filing copyright lawsuits. Previously, you could bring a lawsuit as long as you had applied for the copyright registration, even if it hadn’t been granted yet. Now, though, the precedent is such that copyright registration has to have been granted before you can bring a copyright lawsuit. As of this writing, five of the six lawsuits have been withdrawn, with only the Running Man lawsuit still in play. According to Hecht, the plaintiffs will refile the lawsuits once they’ve been granted copyright and meet the new standard. But based on Ribeiro’s and Ferguson’s defeats at the Copyright Office, it’s unlikely to they will be able to bring the lawsuits again. … [Read more...] about Lawful Neutral: Dancing around Fortnite’s copyright lawsuits
What about the games? Kingdoms of Amalur and Project Copernicus, which originally couldn’t find a buyer at all, were finally picked up by THQ late last year, though it doesn’t seem likely that the Copernicus MMO will ever release as THQ seemed mostly in it for the IP. I think that’s the worst part of all of this: The MMO, or what we saw of it, looked good. I think the only acceptable end to this story is for all the hard work of the innocent rank-and-file devs at 38 Studios to finally see the light of day. … [Read more...] about Lawful Neutral: The long fall of Project Copernicus’ 38 Studios
Who’s paying? I’m basing this on speculation because there aren’t many details out there yet for Apple Arcade or Google Stadia. If we compare the streaming/access model to similar services, we can come up with a reasonable expectation of who’s paying for what, when. We know that there will be a subscription fee for consumers. Similar services start in the $10 a month range, and streaming services like Netflix edge above that. We can assume that this lands us in the ballpark of somewhere between $10 and $20 a month. Anything more than $20 a month and they’d be excluding a large demographic with no appetite for that big a recurring subscription. … [Read more...] about Lawful Neutral: The future of MMO game design in a streaming gaming world