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After Winning Lawsuit Against Facebook, ZeniMax Sues Samsung Over VR

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ZeniMax, the parent company of Fallout and Elder Scrolls publisher Bethesda, has launched another lawsuit related to virtual reality. Having already successfully sued Facebook over Oculus Rift (and winning a $500 million judgement in the process), ZeniMax has now filed a lawsuit against Samsung over its Gear VR headset. Samsung worked with Oculus on Gear VR, and the suit claims that Samsung profited from Oculus technology, which it claims should be sourced to ZeniMax.

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According to The Verge, ZeniMax’s lawsuit claims that John Carmack, a former ZeniMax employee when he worked at id Software, “secretly brought Oculus (and former ZeniMax) employee Matt Hooper into id Software’s offices to develop an ‘attack plan’ for mobile VR, which Oculus would later take to Samsung.”

ZeniMax is arguing that Samsung should have been aware of the company’s lawsuit against Oculus, but the suit states that Samsung “continued to develop the Gear VR with full knowledge of ZeniMax’s allegations and without obtaining any right or permission from ZeniMax to use any of its copyrights or other confidential information.”

In terms of specifics, ZeniMax alleges copyright infringement for code used in Gear VR, along with “trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and unjust enrichment.”

What impact the ZeniMax case against Facebook has on the company’s new battle with Samsung remains to be seen. We’ll report back with more details on this case as they become available.

In the wake of the $500 million award to ZeniMax from the Facebook case, Carmack launched a lawsuit of his own against ZeniMax, seeking $22.5 million.

For more on the ZeniMax/Oculus case, check out GameSpot’s interview feature with Oculus VP Jason Rubin below.

Disclosure: Leslie Moonves, the CEO of GameSpot parent company CBS Corp., is on the ZeniMax board of directors.

Vía https://www.gamespot.com/articles/after-winning-lawsuit-against-facebook-zenimax-sue/1100-6450066/

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New Nintendo Switch Update Out Now

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A new firmware update for the Nintendo Switch has arrived, but it’s not exactly clear what it does.

As posted on Nintendo’s website, update 2.3.0 includes “general system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience.” If that sounds familiar, it’s because it is the same exact language that Nintendo has used to describe the system’s two most recent updates, 2.2.0 and 2.1.0.

GameSpot has installed the new update and we will report back with more details on what’s new in the update as we find out. If you have the update and noticed any changes, let us know in the comments below!

In other Switch news, a backend update last week introduced the ability to store credit card information for the eShop, which is a very welcome feature.

Nintendo Switch 2.3.0 Update Notes:

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience

Vía https://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-nintendo-switch-update-out-now/1100-6450063/

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New Overwatch, South Park Funko Keychains Revealed

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Funko is expanding its lineup of Pop! keychains with new ones themed around the big-time gaming and entertainment franchises Overwatch and South Park.

The new Overwatch keychains are for Tracer and Reaper, while the South Park items are Zombie Kenny and Mysterion. All of the new collectibles will be available this summer (June for Overwatch and July for South Park). However, pricing was not mentioned for any of the keychains. You can see all the keychains closer up in the image gallery below.

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Overwatch’s next big event is apparently coming up soon to celebrate the game’s first anniversary, while a Game of the Year edition is also on the way.

As for South Park, the latest game based on the series, the hilariously titled The Fractured But Whole, has been delayed again.

Are you interested in the new Funko keychains? Let us know in the comments below!

Vía https://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-overwatch-south-park-funko-keychains-revealed/1100-6450062/

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Disney released a new update for Disney Emoji Blitz : Version 1.11.3

Disney Emoji Blitz by Disney has been updated to a new version. Download on the App Store.

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Price: Free
Rating: 4.5
Category: Games
Version: 1.11.3
Created: May 15, 2017 at 07:20PM

Description:
Match. Collect. Emote!
Collect and play with hundreds of Disney and Pixar emojis like never before in an exciting matching game! Play fast paced rounds of match-3 to earn prizes, complete missions, and discover new emojis.

Collect Disney and Pixar emoji characters and items from The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Cinderella, Zootopia, The Muppets, Disney|Pixar’s Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Dory and more!

• MATCH emojis to score big points and unlock new characters
• COLLECT 700+ Disney and Pixar emoji characters & items
• BLAST the board with expressive emoji super powers & combos
• PLAY missions to boost your score and earn prizes
• CHALLENGE your friends’ high scores
• SHARE collected emojis with the Emoji Blitz keyboard & iMessage stickers

For the best experience, we recommend playing this game on an iPhone 5 and above, or an iPad 3 and above. Playing on an iPhone 4S, iPad 2, or an iPad Mini (1st Gen) or older may result in a sub-optimal experience.

Before you download this app, please consider that this app includes advertising, some of which may be targeted to your interests. You may choose to control targeted advertising within our applications by using your mobile device settings (for example, by re-setting your device’s advertising identifier and/or opting out of interest based ads).

• In-app purchases that cost real money
• The option to accept push notifications to let you know when we have exciting updates like new content
• Location-based services
• Advertising for some third parties, including the option to watch ads for rewards
• As well as advertising for The Walt Disney Family of Companies

Privacy Policy – https://disneyprivacycenter.com/
Children’s Privacy Policy – https://disneyprivacycenter.com/kids-privacy-policy/english/
Terms of Use – https://disneytermsofuse.com/

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – European Premiere – Official Disney | HD

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – European Premiere – Official Disney | HD

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Subscribe to me here on Youtube! Catch up on the action of the European Premiere yesterday as the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge paid a special visit to Disneyland Paris.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge sails into UK cinemas 25th May 2017.

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Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, Stephen Graham as Scrum, David Wenham as Scarfield and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning are directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr. and Brigham Taylor. Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” will sail into UK cinemas on May 25, 2017.

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Why Bethesda Won’t Say If Fallout Shelter Is Coming To PS4

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After Bethesda’s free-to-play Fallout Shelter launched on Xbox One/Windows 10 earlier this year, some wondered if a PlayStation 4 edition would follow. We still don’t know if that’s going to happen. And now, Bethesda marketing boss Pete Hines has explained why the company doesn’t comment on unannounced games or new platforms, and why that stance is not changing for Fallout Shelter.

“In general, we never talk about whether we will or won’t do games/platform/etc. If it isn’t announced, we don’t talk about it, either way,” Hines said to a fan who sent a half-dozen or more tweets to him, asking if Fallout Shelter was coming to PS4.

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Hines elaborated, saying that Bethesda stays silent in these matters because responding to one situation could have a snowball effect.

“Sorry, but that opens up a can of worms where everyone asks about every single possible project or game because they expect an answer,” he said.

This is not the first time the subject of Fallout Shelter for PS4 has come up. In February, Hines was asked if the game is coming to Sony’s system and he said, “Dunno.” He later elaborated, saying Bethesda did not build the game specifically for Xbox, but instead as a Universal Windows Platform app, meaning it “supports a variety of [Windows] devices.”

Fallout Shelter is a free game where you design and manage a Vault in the Fallout world. Since launch, it’s expanded with new features and more characters, including those from Fallout 4. It’s an Xbox Play Anywhere title, so downloading it on Xbox One provides access to the Windows 10 version for free.

The game is already available on iOS, Android, while the first PC release came last summer.

Would you be interested in playing Fallout Shelter on PS4? Let us know in the comments below!

Vía https://www.gamespot.com/articles/why-bethesda-wont-say-if-fallout-shelter-is-coming/1100-6450061/

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LawBreakers Adding New Map, Mode, Character, And More In Closed Beta 2

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A second closed beta for LawBreakers, the new arena shooter from Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski, has been announced, and it’s coming soon.

The second closed beta starts Thursday, May 18, at 9 AM PT and runs until Sunday, May 21, at 9 PM PT, developer Boss Key announced on the game’s website (via DualShockers).

This second beta will feature a new character, Wraith, who is a “cyber-ninja” who can triple-jump and wall jump. Wraith can also stab people with an exploding knife and slow down time, so that’s cool.

The new map for the second LawBreakers closed beta is Reactor, while the new mode is Blitzball. The beta also includes a spectator mode and the ability to create custom matches. What’s more, additional customization items are in the beta, along with “kick” decals for everyone who participates.

There are also bug fixes and various gameplay updates in the new beta. In a video message, Boss Key stressed that this second beta is “not a marketing beta,” and in fact. Boss Key is hoping to gather player feedback and tweak the game accordingly in the future.

There is no NDA on this LawBreakers closed beta, so everyone who gets in is free to stream and share their content. You can sign up for the closed beta here on the LawBreakers website.

For more on the game, which is confirmed only for PC (but console editions are possible), check out GameSpot’s interview with Bleszinski below.

Vía https://www.gamespot.com/articles/lawbreakers-adding-new-map-mode-character-and-more/1100-6450060/

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Gamespot:Xbox Scorpio Dev Kit’s Built-In Screen Can Show More Than Just Framerates

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There are more mundane options, such as displaying different fonts, as well as one that allows it to display actual videos–the example we see shows computer-generated dolphins swimming around. This can be customized to add or remove dolphins; there’s also a specific option to add 12 dolphins at once because, as the menu puts it, “Why not?”

Vía http://n4g.com/news/2056882/gamespot-xbox-scorpio-dev-kits-built-in-screen-can-show-more-than-just-framerates