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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 8TH – 15TH DECEMBER

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Thousands of videos on YouTube featuring gameplay footage have been flagged following the instigation of new scanning features. Google, who own YouTube, is using a new Content ID system that automatically flags content in breach of copyright, and many users who regularly upload gaming content have been caught out with any potential revenue generated from the video being redirected to the owner of the copyright.

In spite of these new measures, a number of developers have moved to support the content creators; Blizzard (World Of Warcraft, Diablo), Capcom, Deep Silver and Ubisoft have all claimed that they wish for content from their games to remain on the video sharing site and that they did not call for the cull of videos. Most recently Valve has also given its blessing to non-commercial videos.

The legality of gaming videos and the content within them has become a thorny issue this year, following Nintendo’s announcement that they would receive a portion of advertising revenue from clips featuring their games. YouTube have invited users affected by ‘invalid’ Content ID claims to get in touch Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 8TH – 15TH DECEMBER

WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 18th – 24th NOVEMBER

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The Xbox One is finally here; and Microsoft decided to reach deep into its coffers to let the world know about it. To celebrate the release in 13 international markets, iconic locations including Times Square, the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Leicester Square in London were taken over by Microsoft with more green lighting, zombie cosplayers and unrecognizable celebrities than you could shake a…£429 console at, I guess. The launch parties even made the national news headlines here in the UK, which is no mean feat for an industry still treated somewhat with indifference by various news corporations.

Microsoft often get flak for overblown marketing like this, but seeing a bunch of Roman legionnaires marching through Times Square is pretty cool
Microsoft often get flak for overblown marketing like this, but seeing a bunch of Roman legionnaires marching through Times Square is pretty cool

The quoted figure from Microsoft is that over one million consoles have been sold ‘in under 24 hours’, making it the biggest launch of an Xbox console yet. It marks a pleasantly successful end of a troublesome inception for the Xbox One, and considering the sheer amount of negativity attached to the initial plans for online DRM and the sharing of games I would have thought Microsoft are pretty pleased with the reaction for the console, even if the critical reviews for launch titles including Forza Motorsport 5 and Dead Rising 3 have been largely average.

Did you pick up a Xbox One at launch? What do you make of it so far? Let me know in the comments section at the base of the article. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 18th – 24th NOVEMBER