My long-running court case with Colin Webster has come to its conclusion and the end result is what I believe was an appalling decision by the judge to award Colin’s team costs even though virtually everything I posted in the original article has been proven to be fact. To draw a line under this sorry debacle this will hopefully be the last article relating to Mr Webster and his actions. The following section of this article is simply fact, followed by my personal requests to those involved.
So early last week I posted an article regarding the General Secretary of the MSSA, Colin Webster. While 99% of the article has not been disputed I did inadvertently get one fact wrong. A fact that Colin feels has unfairly painted him in a bad light.
Second hand games. They make the world go round, gamers love ‘em for the fact that they can use them as a form of currency and publishers despise them for the fact that they cannot ring out any extra cash from them when they go into that previously owned market. That’s something that you see a lot of in console games, and to a much lesser extent, PC games. Except for digital versions of games that is, because there is zero resale available on that format. None, nada, zilch! And that’s something that ze Germans aren’t too happy about at all.
Regular readers will already know that I am not a fan of Geohot or his hacking attempts targeted against the PS3. If youâ€™ll recall these hacks motivated Sony to sue him, at that time he was asked what would he do if Sony tried to settle and he responded.
Over the last couple of weeks we have heard quite a bit about GeoHot and FailOverflowâ€™s hacking exploits on the PS3 and how they have pretty much cracked it wide open for Homebrew applications and subsequently pirates to exploit.
When the BBC asked him about a possible lawsuit he had the following to say
I am confident I would win since what I released was just a number obtained by running software on the PS3 I purchased
But that isnâ€™t entirely true in the eyes of the law.
Hereâ€™s some exciting news for a Monday morning, according to the news page on Meiselman, Denlea, Packman (lol), Carton and Eberz Sony have been forced by a court of law to refund all requested PS3 refunds (50% of the purchase price) due to their removal of the "Other-Os" function on the original PS3 range. This represents the law firms biggest win and a loss so huge for Sony that it may infact have to put the PlayStation division into administration to save the rest of the company.
Nick reported a while back on the similarities between Activision's Baja 1000 box art and THQ's Baja box art. Well Activision have gone the easier and more sensible route - no one likes court battles and at the end of the day, Activision now have a cover that in my opinion looks way better than before, and with all the controversy surrounding this up and till now, Baja 1000 has got a ton of press it probably never would have seen. I still doubt either game will be rolling off the shelves in droves but it's good to see things resolved so easily.
The Uwe Boll is back in the news and this time it isnâ€™t because he has made yet another terrible movie or crappy game.
No this time he is actually on the receiving end of some of his garbage as a court in LA has ordered the talentless director to pay Fantastic Films International $2.1 million for breach of contract and libel as he apparently went around bad mouthing the owner to her other clients.
I am starting to get the feeling that he may actually have a screw lose somewhere as I donâ€™t understand why he would bad mouth the only person who thinks his shows should be distributed.