Eric Watson

Eric Watson

Eric is a freelance writer who enjoys talking about video games, movies, books and Dallas-based sports teams. Every week he watches a random film from his collection of several hundred DVDs and live tweets about it @RogueWatson. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla. He lives near Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and daughter, two dogs, two cats, two fish tanks, some hermit crabs and a bookshelf full of Transformers.

Nintendo Wins Overturned Court Battle Over Wii Remote

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Nintendo has announced that a federal court in Dallas, TX has overturned a $10.1 million patent lawsuit from back in 2017 regarding the Wii Remote controller.

Nintendo was sued by iLife Technologies way back in 2013. They asserted Nintendo had used their patented motion controller technology for the Wii. ILife Technologies had tried to assert six patents, but five of them were found invalid in 2016. The last one led to the lawsuit. A jury found it credible in 2017, awarding iLife with $10.1 million from Nintendo.

Nintendo appealed, and the recent new ruling by the federal court asserted that the final patent was not valid: “iLife Technologies Inc was impermissibly trying to cover the broad concept of using motion sensors to detect motion.”

Ajay Singh, Nintendo’s Deputy General Counsel, did not mince words after winning the lengthy court battle: “Nintendo has a long history of developing new and unique products, and we are pleased that, after many years of litigation, the court agreed with Nintendo. We will continue to vigorously defend our products against companies seeking to profit off of technology they did not invent.”

The Nintendo Wii is one of the best-selling consoles of all time, selling over 100 million units and helping pioneer and popularize motion controllers.

Bungie’s Guardians for Australia Shirt Benefits Wildfire Relief

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Catastrophic bush fires have been destroying large swaths of Australian bush, forest, and parks, decimating the ecology and wildlife, and killing over two dozen people, including firefighters. Bungie, the creators of the Destiny series, are doing their part to raise funds for Australia’s firefighting and wildlife relief efforts.

For a limited time, Bungie is selling a new T-shirt, Guardians for Australia ($24.99). All shirt sales will go to WIRES, Australia’s wildlife rescue organization, and NSW Rural Fire Service in New South Wales.

The large print shirt features a pair of spaceships flying over the Australian Outback, with a dark gray color. It’s available in women’s (slim) and unixex shapes and up to 2XL size. The shirt will take 4-6 weeks to ship.

Ordering the shirt also nets an exclusive in-game Destiny 2 Star Light, Star Bright emblem. You will receive a redemption code upon purchase, but you will need to pre-order the shirt before Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 9 pm Pacific/12 pm Eastern.

In the press release Bungie also thanked the Destiny FANZ community for recently raising over $21,000 AUD for the Australian Red Cross, more than doubling their original fundraising goal.

Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed to September

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CD Projekt Red posted an update regarding Cyberpunk 2077‘s release date. Bad news! It’s been pushed back from April to September 17.

Co-found Marcin Iwinski and head of studio Adam Badowski posted the following statement:

We are currently at a stage where the game is complete and playable, but there’s still work to be done. Night city is massive – full of stories, content, and places to visit, but due to the sheer scale and complexity of it all, we need more time to finish playtesting, fixing, and polishing. We Want Cyberpunk 2077 to be our crowning achievement for this generation and postponing launch will give us the precious months we need to make the game perfect.

This should come as good news for fans of both Final Fantasy and Cyberpunk, however. The highly anticipated Final Fantasy 7 Remake was also recently delayed from March to April 10.

CD Projekt Red is best known for The Witcher series, especially 2015’s massive RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Cyberpunk 2077 is a similarly large-scale, open world, single player RPG, but trades in swords and magic for cybernetics and cars.

Cyberpunk 2077 is now due out on September 17 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia.