Video game sales in the United States in 2010 were about the same as they were in 2009, according to a market research group. While sales of portable, console, and PC games down about five percent, the sale of used games, digital downloads, games for smart phones, and games played over social networks increased to keep the overall sales figures around $15.5 billion. The Xbox 360 was the only console to sell more units in 2010 than 2009, perhaps thanks to the debut of Kinect, which sold over 8 million units in the last two months of the year. [AP]
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Courtney Love’s Twitter feed has gotten her in trouble again — only this time, it’s not the tabloid type of trouble. (Well, not exclusively.) Love is now facing a defamation lawsuit brought by designer Dawn Simorangkir, which claims that Love’s March 2009 Twitter tirade against her damaged her reputation and career. This marks the first high-profile defamation case based on a celebrity’s Twitter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Love’s tweets … announced that Simorangkir was a drug-pushing prostitute with a history of assault and battery who lost custody of her own child and capitalized on Love’s fame before stealing from her. ‘She has received a VAST amount of money from me over 40,000 dollars and I do not make people famous and get raped TOO!’ Love wrote.” The tweets have since been deleted.
The trial begins Jan. 18.
Activision’s megapopular Call of Duty: Black Ops officially raked in $1 billion in six weeks of sales, according to Variety, outpacing the previous highest-grossing video game, Modern Warfare 2. Black Ops crossed $650 million in sales in its first five days alone, and players have logged more than 600 million game-hours already.
The Federal Communications Commission voted today to approve some regulations for net neutrality. In a 3-2 verdict, the Commission ruled that broadband providers cannot block access to or discriminate against sites. Committee Chairman Julius Genachowski called the plan a “strong and sensible framework,” but it’s already meeting with blowback from both sides of the aisle, including members of the FCC itself. The plan distinguishes between wired and wireless Internet, banning only the former from “unreasonable discrimination” of web traffic. Democrats on the committee feel the regulations don’t go far enough, while Republicans say the rules overstep the committee’s bounds and will stifle economic growth. [CNET, Washington Post]
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the latest expansion pack for Activision Blizzard Inc.’s massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), sold a massive 3.3 million units in just the first 24 hours after its release, according to Reuters. That sets a new record for the franchise: The last WoW expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, sold 2.8 million copies in one day when it was released in November 2008. WoW has approximately 12 million subscribers globally.
Cypress Hill back-up singer sues Rockstar Games, claims 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' based on his life
Michael “Shagg” Washington, a model and back-up singer/performer for rap group Cypress Hill, has filed a lawsuit against Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive alleging the companies appropriated his image for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Playstation 2 videogame released in October 2004. According to court documents filed by Washington’s lawyer in California on Monday, Washington met with a group of young videogame developers in January 2003 to discuss possible participation in a future videogame. The developers spent two hours asking Washington about “street life,” and he told them details about his “troubled youth.”
Washington signed no contract, and was never contacted by the developers again. In 2010, his young nephew informed him of his similarity to CJ, the main character in GTA: San Andreas. Washington’s suit claims that the GTA developers are guilty of copyright infringement and fraud, and is demanding $250 million in compensation.
Howard Stern, whose half-billion dollar contract with Sirius XM ends Dec. 31, lashed out at his boss during this morning’s show following reports that Sirius XM executive David Frear had suggested a paycut was in order. “I am not taking a f—ing pay-cut,” Stern said, according to The Wrap. “Why would I have to take a pay-cut? … Who is this guy to say this in public?” Stern went on to say, “I know what I have done in this company. I am more important than Oprah, in this company anyway. Oprah’s out getting the Kennedy Center honor and I’ve got the CFO announcing to Wall Street that I have to take a pay-cut.”
Sirius XM did not respond to requests for comment. Stern’s last show is scheduled for Dec. 16.
Update: On Wednesday morning’s radio show, Stern explained that he’d investigated Frear’s speech and concluded that The Hollywood Reporter had misinterpreted the CFO’s words when it concluded that he’d said Stern would need to take a pay cut. “David Frear is okay with me,” said Stern, who reportedly conceded that the financial landscape had changed since Sirius merged with XM.
News Corp.’s COO says the company is willing to selling off Myspace. (Recall that it’s no longer “MySpace.”) Chase Carey told Reuters that the company is open to a sale, partnership, or some other option. “There are opportunities here to do 20 things… but that doesn’t mean you’re going to do any of the 20. If there’s something there that makes sense you ought to think about it,” Carey said. Myspace’s recent redesign and rebranding efforts are an attempt to make the site more attractive to possible buyers, and Carey stuck by his position that the social networking platform had “quarters, not years” to turn itself around. “We need to deal with this with urgency,” he said today.
Myspace redesigns itself, but is it enough?
Ryan Seacrest and Clear Channel have agreed to a three-year extension of his contract with the radio giant, clearing the way for Seacrest to build upon his three top-rated shows and serve as a company spokesperson. The New York Times estimated that the entire deal would bring Seacrest approximately $60 million. In addition to continuing his hosting and producing duties with On-Air With Ryan Seacrest and American Top 40, Seacrest will develop new programming, as well as cultivate and promote new musical artists.
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