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Konami Levels Lawsuit Over Rock Band

Konami Levels Lawsuit Over Rock Band 100°
347w ago - Gaming is big business, and just like any big business, it has its fair share of courtroom proceedings. The latest big lawsuit is Konami Corp. vs. Viacom Inc.'s Harmonix studio; the former party claims Harmonix's Rock Band game violates patents.

According to Bloomberg, Konami issued patents in 2002 and 2003 that "relate to simulated musical instruments, a music-game system and a musical-rhythm matching game." They are now arguing that Rock Band goes against Konami's acquired patents, and they're demanding cash compensation, plus an order that would stop Viacom and Harmonix from utilizing those inventions in the future.

Now, Konami has revealed they plan to issue a competitor to the likes of Rock Band and Activision's Guitar Hero; it's Rock Revolution, which is scheduled to arrive later this year. But it seems they want one of those competitors to pay them for stealing what Konami claims was part of those patents. Viacom and Harmonix have yet to issue a response to the suit.

We really don't know what's going to come of this, but it could turn into a serious issue for the Rock Band makers. Then again, these things tend to drag on for a while...we might see Rock Band 3 and Rock Revolution 2 before everything is settled. Courts these days, you know?
 

Konami announces Metal Gear Solid 4 Add-on

Konami announces Metal Gear Solid 4 Add-on 100°
349w ago - Konami has announced that a free downloadable add-on for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots will be made available on PS3 on Thursday (June 26th) in Europe.

The Metal Gear Solid 4 Database is a comprehensive archive detailing characters, weapons and plot elements from 1987's original Metal Gear title right through to the most recent title.

According to Konami, the system allows users to search via three central hubs: GENE (a glossary), MEME (which maps the relationships between characters in the series), and SCENE (a timeline for the series).

Users can jump from page to page using specific keywords, with the relevant information appearing instantly. All information relating to Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, however, can only be accessed when the software detects a save data file created when the game has been completed, as to avoid spoiling the final adventure.

A statement from Konami reported: 'Metal Gear Solid 4 Database is a stunning - and completely free - companion to the series, and will answer any question pertaining to Hideo Kojima's games and characters.'
 

EGM won't Review MGS4 because Konami Imposed Limitations

EGM won't Review MGS4 because Konami Imposed Limitations 550°
353w ago - To recap: Konami are imposing restrictions on what publications can and cannot talk about when reviewing Metal Gear Solid 4. No mention of 90-minute cutscenes please, and while you're at it, no talky-talky about install sizes either, K? IGN are cool with that. EGM, refreshingly, are not.

Due to "limitations Konami wanted to impose on our comments", the editorial team decided to refrain from giving the game a score, and in lieu of a "review" posted a lengthy roundtable discussion about the game instead. It's hardly a gloved fist on an Olympic dias, but it is nice seeing somebody do something about such an... unsavoury practice.

Reviewers often have restrictions about what they can and can't talk about in reviews - in my experience, these have been restricted to plot details, which have an embargo date a little bit later than the general review does. But MTV Multiplayer's Stephen Totilo has apparently heard from some gaming media sources who said that when it comes to Metal Gear Solid 4, particular details are off-limits.

I've been told by two gaming media sources who asked to remain anonymous that Konami representatives had been asking print reviewers to keep some technical details out of their reviews, namely the length of the game's cut-scenes and the size of the game's installation...
 

Konami joins Rock Band Revolution Tour

Konami joins Rock Band Revolution Tour 50°
355w ago - Konami has unveiled a multi-platform, multi-instrument rhythm title called Rock Revolution.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions are being handled by Zoe Mode, a Brighton based developer who made EyeToy Play Sports and collaborated with Sony London Studio on Singstar.

The DS and Wii editions will be developed by HB Studios, who are just wrapping up Big Beach Sports for Wii.

Only the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will include extra peripherals. Konami boasts that the game will feature "the most realistic drum peripheral on the market," with six pads and a kick pedal that mimics an actual kit.

A five-note guitar peripheral can be used for lead guitar or bass. So far there's been no mention of a microphone.

Wii and DS uses will have to contend with using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to emulate playing a guitar and drums, which should - if nothing else - be hilarious to see how it works.

The initial release will feature forty songs and downloadable tracks will follow on PS3 and Xbox 360. According to Shacknews, Konami has confirmed all songs will be cover versions.

No set list has been released so far, but spotted during the demonstration were Blitzkrieg Bop, Chop Suey, Run to the Hills, Cum On Feel the Noize and Joke and the Thief.

Rock Revolution...
 

Konami limited edition Gun Metal Gray PS3 launch details

Konami limited edition Gun Metal Gray PS3 launch details 50°
355w ago - Konami today that the limited edition Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PS3 computer entertainment system bundle for North America will be available exclusively available at Konami's Web site, www.konami.com, for a SRP of $599.99.

Pre-sales for the bundle begins on May 19th, 2008, and limited supplies are available.

Press Release: KONAMI ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION HARDWARE BUNDLE FOR METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS IN NORTH AMERICA

Highly Limited Edition Bundle Includes Gun Metal Gray 40GB PLAYSTATION®3 Computer Entertainment System With Matching Controller And Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Limited Edition Game

El Segundo, Calif. - March 15, 2008 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced the availability of a limited edition Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system bundle for North America. Featuring a Gun Metal Gray PLAYSTATION®3 system with a 40GB hard drive, the bundle also includes a matching DUALSHOCK®3 Wireless Controller and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Limited Edition game.

The bundle will be exclusively available at Konami's Web site, www.konami.com, for a SRP of $599.99. Pre-sell for the...
 

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