EA is investing in a series to carry on Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, the Half Life 2 community has rallied to give the game its highest tracked Steam concurrent player count since records began, and a judge grants an injunction against the owner of ROM Universe after he fails to pay the first payment in compensation to Nintendo.
EA has confirmed that it's going to invest and continue the Jedi Fallen Order series, which is great news. I played Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. I got the platinum trophy on PlayStation 5. I absolutely loved it. I'm not the biggest Star Wars fan despite my shirt, and I still absolutely thought it was a fantastic game. I'm very happy about this. This is actually news coming from a few days ago, I think more than a week ago at this point. But it's about finding the time to put it into the news because there's so much gaming news to talk about. And also as well EA are going to be carrying on the Mass Effect series.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, was released in November 2019. It is an action-adventure game set in the Star Wars universe. Players take on the role of Cal Kestis, a young Jedi Padawan who is on a quest to survive and rebuild the Jedi Order in the aftermath of Order 66. The game received critical acclaim for its engaging story, challenging gameplay, and beautiful visuals. It was praised for its exploration, combat mechanics, and the way it captured the spirit of the Star Wars franchise.
The announcement of EA's investment in the Jedi Fallen Order series indicates that the first game was a commercial success and resonated well with players. This is great news for fans of the game, as it means they can look forward to more adventures in the Star Wars universe. While specific details about the future of the series have not been revealed, it is expected that the developers will build upon the success of the first game and deliver an equally compelling experience in the upcoming sequels.
In addition to the continuation of the Jedi Fallen Order series, EA's decision to carry on the Mass Effect series has also excited fans. Mass Effect, developed by BioWare, is a critically acclaimed science fiction role-playing game series that has earned a dedicated fan base over the years. The series follows the story of Commander Shepard and their quest to save the galaxy from various threats. The announcement of EA's commitment to the series indicates that fans can expect new installments that will further expand the rich universe of Mass Effect.
The next bit of news for today is the Half Life 2 community has banded together and pushed Half Life 2 to its highest concurrent player base since its records began on Steam. So basically because Half Life 2 came out in 2004, it actually predates the ability when Steam was able to track concurrent players. So they rallied together and they were able to push it to a new height of something like 16,000 players. And recently Half Life 2 Remaster Collection was added to the Steam database. There is still love for Half Life and Half Life 2. And I think it's because people really, really want Half Life 3. And we did have Half Life Alyx come out on VR. I am not into VR personally, but that game just looked fantastic. I watched some live streamers. We'll see if Half Life 3 ever becomes a reality.
Half-Life 2, developed by Valve Corporation, is a first-person shooter game and the sequel to the critically acclaimed Half-Life. It was released in 2004 and is considered one of the greatest video games of all time. The game takes place in a dystopian world overrun by aliens known as the Combine, and players assume the role of Gordon Freeman, a scientist who must fight back against the oppressive regime.
The recent surge in concurrent players for Half Life 2 is a testament to the enduring popularity of the game and the passion of its dedicated community. Despite being released over 15 years ago, the game continues to captivate players with its immersive gameplay, engaging story, and groundbreaking physics-based mechanics. The addition of Half Life 2 Remaster Collection to the Steam database further fuels speculations about the future of the series, particularly the highly anticipated release of Half Life 3.
Half Life Alyx, released in 2020, is a virtual reality spin-off of the Half-Life series. It received critical acclaim for its innovative gameplay mechanics and immersive VR experience. While it may not be the long-awaited Half-Life 3, it has reignited interest in the series and generated excitement among fans. Whether or not Half-Life 3 will ever become a reality remains uncertain, but the continued support and enthusiasm from the community suggest that there is still a strong demand for a new installment in the iconic franchise.
And then the last bit of news for today is Nintendo has ordered ROM Universe to delete all of their illegal ROMs that they have. What ROMs are, is basically when you take games from cartridges, because back in the old days of the old consoles like Nintendo 64 and below games used to be on cartridges, back in my day, and basically in order to play them on emulators and so on, people have ripped them from the cartridges and then people play them on emulator and so on. Now Nintendo sued the creators and the owner of the website called ROM Universe because they were hosting a lot of these ROMs illegally on their website, simple as that. They were allowing people to download them and they won the case, and the owner of the website has been ordered to pay Nintendo something like $2,100,000 or something insane. Now, of course he can't afford it. And he's been ordered to pay it at $50 per month, which means that it will need some of, like 3000 years to pay the full amount, which is never going to happen. But then when it came around to receiving their first payment of $50, he didn't pay it. So Nintendo went back to court and they got a permanent injection awarded against the owner of the website to say delete all (illegal) Copyright material you have. Any ROMs, any books, any movies, anything you don't own, delete all of them. And the judge has given the owner of the website until the 17 Aug 2021 to get it done. I do find these things kind of funny in a way, but simply, it's just a company protecting its IP as simple as that.
ROMs, short for Read-Only Memory, are digital copies of video games that can be played on emulators or other software platforms. They are created by copying the game data from the original cartridges and storing it as a file that can be accessed and played on a computer or other devices. While the concept of ROMs and emulators may seem harmless, it becomes a legal issue when copyrighted content is distributed and downloaded without permission from the original creators.
Nintendo, a Japanese gaming company known for its iconic franchises such as Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon, has a long-standing history of protecting its intellectual property (IP) rights. The company actively pursues legal action against websites and individuals that infringe upon its copyrights by hosting and distributing illegal ROMs of its games. ROM Universe, a prominent website for downloading ROMs, was one such target of Nintendo's legal actions.
The recent case involving ROM Universe highlights the consequences of copyright infringement. Nintendo successfully sued the creators and the owner of the website for hosting illegal ROMs and won a substantial monetary judgment against them. However, it is worth noting that the owner of the website is unable to pay the full amount and has been ordered to make monthly payments.
The court's ruling indicates the importance of respecting intellectual property rights and the need to obtain proper authorization and licenses for distributing copyrighted content. While the existence of ROMs and emulators can provide users with nostalgia and access to classic games from older consoles, it is essential to do so within the boundaries of the law.
Nintendo's stance on protecting its IP is not uncommon, as many companies in the entertainment industry take similar measures to safeguard their copyrighted materials. These actions ensure that creators receive proper recognition and compensation for their work, while also maintaining control over how their content is distributed and consumed.
In conclusion, the news of EA's investment in the Jedi Fallen Order series and the continuation of the Mass Effect series brings joy to fans of these franchises. It promises more exciting adventures in the Star Wars and Mass Effect universes. The surge in concurrent players for Half Life 2 showcases the enduring popularity of the game, possibly fueling hopes for the release of Half Life 3. The case involving ROM Universe serves as a reminder about the importance of respecting intellectual property rights and the consequences of copyright infringement. As gaming continues to evolve, it is crucial for players, developers, and enthusiasts to uphold legal and ethical standards to ensure the continued growth and enjoyment of the industry.
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