The echoes of Xbox 360 piracy in projection on the UK law

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With the release of Xbox One the problem of piracy was almost completely eradicated. The problem is now actual only for getting obsolete 360 version, the console where illegal copying is still flourishing. The state of affairs has revealed that the global problem can hardly be resolved even through the adoption of the toughest regulations.

The UK law system has no mercy when it comes piracy. This is not surprising in the event of Premier League television rights sales contracts estimated at 3+ billion pounds. In order to protect the interests of the broadcasters, the Premier League has been initiating mass sweeps aimed at removing illegal broadcasts (thus, e.g. in the season-2011/12 about 30 thousand online streaming sites have been blocked).

If all of these cases were solved in a peaceful way, the case of 24-year-old Gary Goodger from Reading ended in court. Since 2005, he was illegally broadcast to the whole world the Premier League by hosting a mini-home studio. A satellite station and nine computers and a bunch of decoders allowed him to intercept the signal of foreign broadcasters and broadcast the matches on his website. Premier League issue warnings several times, but Goodger kept on ignoring them.

In 2010 Goodger and his accomplices were arrested, and in summer of 2011 they were charged with copyright infringement. The investigation could not give an exact amount for which the pirates abound, limiting the wording that they allegedly earned tens of thousands of pounds. The trial was completed only in December of 2012, when Goodger and his companion were convicted by assigning them to six months imprisonment and payment of a fine.

A tough outcome against the background of 10,000 illegal copies of Xbox 360 games revealed in abandoned warehouse in Leeds in 2013 – the case ended with a 35,000 pounds fine.

This case has once again proved that the illegal broadcasting of matches of the English championship could face criminal prosecution. Premier League infrastructure requires large investments – football clubs acquire and develop talented players, matches are held on the modern stadiums and the investments in junior leagues are heavy. Pirate broadcasts attack the whole industry. There was another famous case of Anton Vickerman that ended with 4 years in prison for the author of a website aggregating tons of illegal content: movies, broadcasts, console and PC games.

The insufficient effectiveness of anti-piracy policies initiated by the government in comparison with the measures initiated by the media platforms and producers. Thus, the new unit of UK police, established in 2013 to fight internet piracy, requires over 2.5 million pounds for maintenance annually according to Solicitors Guru (one of the largest legal platforms aggregating a variety of areas of law, and intellectual property solicitors in particular). But with its establishment, according to TorrentFreak, the amount of internet piracy in the UK didn’t experience a significant decrease (-1.4% in comparison with the previous year, but the efforts of authors should be taken into account as well). You can feel the difference with an Xbox One example – Microsoft’s console has not been breached so far and taking into account a loyal policy of games exchanging, the piracy on the the last generation of consoles was completely eliminated (direct method is meant, excepting the cases of illegal account sales and etc.).

Brothers: A Game of Two Sons – A Puzzle Video Game Encased In Story Telling

Brothers: A Game of Two Sons

‘Brothers’ is an adventure video game that works on a puzzle platform. It is a video game that owes a lot of its positive reception to the rich story line and plot involved in the game. In essence, the video game is about two brothers who have to journey to the Tree of Life (in their world) and bring back its magical waters in order to save their father’s life from a mortal illness. Continue reading “Brothers: A Game of Two Sons – A Puzzle Video Game Encased In Story Telling” »

Great Games Releasing For Your Gaming Pleasure In January 2015!

2014 was no doubt a rocking year for fabulous video game releases. But considering the rumours for games in 2015, this new year promises to be even more exciting for the gaming community. And one of the best things about video games in the year 2015 is that gaming fans no longer have to wait for the holidays for the new game release! In fact, according to the video game release schedules mentioned so far, video game enthusiasts might be able to enjoy their favourite and most anticipated new releases of video games practically every month! Looks like this entire year is going to be a series of monthly adventures for gamers. Way to go 2015!

In that spirit, we’ve put together some of the great new video games that are going to be releasing this very month of January 2015! Continue reading “Great Games Releasing For Your Gaming Pleasure In January 2015!” »

2015 Holds to be a Fantastic Year for Action-Based and Adventure Video Games!

As 2014 is on the very brink of ending, it seems like gamers can only wait in anticipatory excitement of the new games that are set to be released in 2015. And what a wonderful list of new releases it promises to be! One of the best parts about the upcoming new game releases for 2015 though, is that gamers no longer have to wait till the holidays for releases – as is usually common. Rather, in 2015, there are bunch of exciting early releases of games that will take place at the very first six months of the year, starting with game releases in January 2015 itself!

However, we’re going to stop ranting about it now and get on with mentioning what some of these grand new game releases are. Just please do note that if we tried to cover the whole gamut of exciting video games in the space of this little article, it may become a book instead. Hence, sadly, we’ll have to limit the number of releases we can mention here. Well, on we go: Continue reading “2015 Holds to be a Fantastic Year for Action-Based and Adventure Video Games!” »

Hacking Your Way through ‘Watch Dogs’

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Developed by Ubisoft Montreal and released towards the end of 2014, ‘Watch Dogs’ is basically an action adventure game that is set in an “open world” setting. ‘Watch dogs’ was set up in a world that resembled the city of Chicago (but is mostly a fictional representation of it). The “open world” design of the video game added to the enchantment of the game by allowing the players to explore the world of “Chicago”, which includes (but might not be limited to) the industrialized city as well as its slums, and the countryside.

The player plays this video game from the third person perspective. The player characters traverse this world either by vehicles (cars, bikes, etc.) or on foot. Continue reading “Hacking Your Way through ‘Watch Dogs’” »

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – A Marked Difference and Improvement on the Previous ‘The Witcher’ Video Games

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‘The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings’ is an action adventure, single player, role playing video game with plenty of “hack and slash” action within the game. The Witcher series of video games is actually based on a set of fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. The reception for this video game has been delightfully positive since the first instalment of ‘The Witcher’ video games was released. Continue reading “The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – A Marked Difference and Improvement on the Previous ‘The Witcher’ Video Games” »

Mirror’s Edge – The Edge of Adrenalin

Mirror’s Edge

Mirror’s Edge is an action adventure video game with stunning visuals that received massively positive reception on its initial release. This is a single player, “role playing” video game that is played from a first person perspective. However, this game is unique in that camera angles are paramount in the game due to its first person perspective. The player has a more realistic first person experience with the player character than in any other game before with the same perspective. As the game progresses, the hands, legs and torso often come into view depending on the moves that are employed. The camera view also gets as disturbed as a person’s viewpoint would in a normal circumstance when one runs or spins or rolls or leaps. Continue reading “Mirror’s Edge – The Edge of Adrenalin” »

Good News for Xbox Live Gold Members this January 2015!

Here’s some fantastic news for Xbox Live Gold Members! In January 2015, Xbox Live Gold members will get the chance to receive up to three new games free on Xbox 360 and Xbox One! This free offer is part of Xbox’s “Games with Gold” program.

Well, let’s not keep you in suspense. Here are the three video games Xbox Live Gold members can look forward to receiving for free: Continue reading “Good News for Xbox Live Gold Members this January 2015!” »

All You Need to Know about ‘Tales from the Borderlands’

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‘Tales from the Borderlands’ is an episodic video game that is based on the Borderlands series. It is a graphic point and click game that falls into the “adventure” and “comedy” genres of video games. In these games, designed in episode formats (like in ‘The Walking Dead’ video games), the player’s choices and actions play a key role in the following effects of the game. The player’s choices will even affect the story elements of the game in the future instances of the game’s world. The gunplay, of course, is also a major part of the game. Continue reading “All You Need to Know about ‘Tales from the Borderlands’” »