This week’s gaming news round-up has me giddy with JoJo coming to the west (maybe), Zygna fires back against EA, and stained glass art.
Ahoy! We’re making our way through the month of September. Very, very slowly.
This week’s biggest news bomb was Wii U, but there were other happenings this week, too!
From the Intarwebs & Blogosphere
WRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRY! — I’m excited to see more about CyberConnect 2’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures: All Star Battle. From what we’ve seen, it hits the spot (in more ways than one!). Until now, it was assumed that this action game based on the popular manga would stay a Japan-exclusive for the PlayStation 3, but it looks like this is no longer the case.
The game’s publisher, Namco Bandai, filed a trademark for All Star Battle in the U.S. So there’s hope for me to bask in the glory that is Dio Brando. Which reminds me… need to get the recent HD remastering of Capcom’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures fighting game.
Source: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle Heading To North America?, [Siliconera]
Zygna to EA: “Them’s Fightin’ Words” — EA launched a lawsuit last month against social gaming company Zygna, accusing them of copyright infringement. According to EA, Zygna’s newest Facebook game, The Ville, was ripping off their game, The Sims Social.
Zygna General Counsel Reggie Davis issue the following statement on behalf of the company:
“Today we responded to EA’s claims which we believe have no merit. We also filed a counterclaim which addresses actions by EA we believe to be anticompetitive and unlawful business practices, including legal threats and demands for no-hire agreements. We look forward to getting back to focusing all our efforts on delighting our players.”
… oh dear.
So how does EA feel about getting sued? “This is a predictable subterfuge aimed at diverting attention from Zynga’s persistent plagiarism of other artists and studios,” spokesperson John Reseburg told Joystiq. “Zynga would be better served trying to hold onto the shrinking number of employees they’ve got, rather than suing to acquire more.”
Zygna’s counterclaim says that The Ville and The Sims Social belong to the ‘life simulation’ genre and that no one, “may lay claim to the exclusive right to develop and release games in that genre, or to employ the common modes of expression and functional elements that must of necessity be used in the genre and that have come to characterize it.” They even compared their city building game, YoVille, to EA’s Sim City Social, citing that they both have similar gameplay elements and aesthetics.
Things are going get messy… very messy.
Choice Tweets of the Week
#WiiUEvent2012 Nintendo had me enter a DOB to watch.Not for teh kiddies anymore confirmed!
— Onehitkills (@Onehitkills) September 13, 2012
Nintendo has also forced him to spell his name as Regii #NintendoDirect
— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) September 13, 2012
If you don’t know who Nobuo Uematsu is, we can’t be friends.
— Adrialys Bonilla (@vanilllatruffle) September 9, 2012
Stained Glass I Can Get Behind — The eagle eyes on I Love Japanese Games spotted art I can get behind: Stained glass windows!
Originally posted on video game culture site Delta Attack, these are lovely pieces of stained glass art that I would love to have on my windows!
Vid of the Week
We had a bevy of Wii U-related news this week. And a lot of new trailers came out for the system’s upcoming games. At Nintendo’s news conference they showed a fancy sizzle reel.
That’s all for this edition of It Came From The Web! If you hear any gaming news shenanigans over the week, give me a shout!