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Game of War Developer Enters into Lawsuit

As much as some of us out there would like to see Game of War go away because of its pay-to-win micro transaction system, it would appear that it continues to do very well, and apparently at this juncture it needs to be so that they can have a strong group of lawyers on hand.

Turns out that a disgruntle employee, who started at the company is November of 2014, stole some very important files from the company on his way out the door. You see it was soon after he was hired that he started clashing with managers at the studio and it was decided that he should probably seek employment elsewhere, so near the very end of his stay he download more than 100 files on in-game gamer behavior (a nice bit of data that could give another company a leg up if they were to be in direct competition with Machine Zone (the developers of Game of War).

So to make sure that he got a real sweet severance package he dangled the stolen files out in front of the company, which he is/was storing on an external hard drive. Now instead of bending to his demands the company sought out federal help in capturing this person. He was caught at the San Francisco airport trying to board a plan to China. 

So now there's going to be a trial, and if he, a man named Jing Zeng, is convicted with the maximum penalty he will face a $250,000 fine as well as 10 years in jail.

My one question about this whole situation is if after he knew that this leverage was not going to work on Machine Zone did he distribute the files to anyone, perhaps a company in China? I guess we'll find out as the trial starts and decides this man's fate, or maybe we won't. Let's face it if you had your trade secrets distributed you might not immediately come out and say that they have been stolen, also how can they prove that another company utilized those secrets to their advantages, especially if its a foreign company.



Oh and just to make things all the more crazy it turns out that they are already in a lawsuit with the company Kabam over the rumor that Kabam might have in its possession information about a secret fundraising attempt by Machine Zone. So it would appear that there's going to be a lot of lawyers' retainers being paid for a good chunk of the future.



Rovio Cuts 40% of Workforce

Well I don't know if this come as that big of a surprise seeing as Rovio has been riding on the coat tails of their game Angry Birds for quite some time now and has yet to be able to establish themselves as anything but the Angry Birds studio. As one might guess the fact of the matter is that at some point they were bound to oversaturate their title, and it appears that they have done so.

Now I know that there are those out there who are still in the mood for Angry Birds 2, the first real sequel to the series instead of a different theme to the game, and it would appear that they are focused on continued support of their title, especially since it has been downloaded right around 50 million times already. On a side note you might remember that there has been a movie in the making for a while and it would appear that the entire staff working on that project remain untouched.

I do wonder if this move got rid of most of the artists, QA tests, and programmers that are no longer really required because Angry Birds 2 is out in the wild and doing well. Oh and in case you were wondering what 40% means in terms of head count, its 260 jobs.



Take to the RPGing Seas with Overfall

If you are in the mood for something a little different and deep at the same time, you're probably going to need to keep an eye out for this game, Overfall. In this game there will be plenty of adventure, RPGing, dynamic events, and of course controlling the high seas. You will get to control two of the nine heroes

  1. Fighter
  2. Cleric
  3. Monk
  4. Guardian
  5. Druid
  6. Rogue
  7. Warlock
  8. Ranger
  9. Wizard

 And of course turn based battles that truly determines your fate in the game as death is permanent. 

Here's what makes the game different, the developers, Pera Games, are promising a world that evolves based on your decisions. Now I know that many of you out there will probably immediately think of the RPG Mass Effect where it appeared that things were being crafted one way only to discover three endings, perhaps this game can do what ME could not.

Now this game's fate is currently in the hands of you, noble fans, as it is being KickStarted until September 18th, as well as having been submitted to Steam Greenlight. So join in and lets help get this game made.



Bedlam Has a Release Date

Exciting news for all of us out there who KickStarted this game, and for those who are looking to pick it up via Steam. Skyshine Games, the group behind this game, has now revealed that the release date for the game will be September 17th. 

Now for those out there who don't know what Bedlam is let me grab you a piece of their KickStarter page to help either jog your memory, or educate you in why you should take a look at this game, if not buy it upon release:

BEDLAM is a strategic single-player roguelike turn-based role-playing game, created for the PC and Mac utilizing 'The Banner Saga' engine.

The player is cast as the mysterious Mechanic, the last known member of a once-thriving guild of brilliant inventors, intrepid travelers and operators of the rolling fortresses called Dozers.

As the Mechanic, you are in charge of commanding your crew in battles, managing your resources, improving your Dozer, interacting with various characters, and protecting your passengers while navigating through the post-apocalyptic wasteland known as Bedlam.

If that's not enough let me show you brand new video that gives you a peek into the game:

Now if this is something that you need to get or require even more information on, you can go over to the Steam page right now and take a look.



Potential Massacre in Boston Averted

Alright see this right here is something that scares the crap out of me. This occurred in Boston, MA over the weekend were a Pokemon Tournament was being held. Authorities were alerted to something suspicious and were able to arrest two gentlemen who apparently were packing some serious firepower, and were rumored to be using said firepower to take out the Pokemon Tournament participants.

I'm am beyond relieved that these guys were stopped (18 yr old and a 27 yr old). This type of event brings in people of all ages and I'm sure there was a large portion that consisted of children. The death of a child be it your own or someone else's is beyond tragic and stuff like this should never happen.

The one thing I want to say right now is that if someone comes out and says "Video Games made them do it" I will metaphorically punch them in the balls, or the equivalent if it is a female person who says the above phrase. You know what it is? It's mental health and unfortunately that type of health takes a large backseat to other issues and there are so many cases where an individual has an undocumented mental health issue that could or has resulted in something tragic, either the taking of their own life, or injuring/killing others. 

This is a problem I'm very passionate about and I hope that one of these days we take a serious look at supporting and helping those who might need some help with mental issues. Only so many people with issues will seek help on their own, it takes a friend, a teacher, a family member, a coach, etc to allow for others to see that they might need help.