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Re: Lawsuit Takes a Swing at Wii Motion Controller
Posted by: Jeff Meisner 2008-08-21 15:36:58
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Nintendo has been hit with a lawsuit alleging patent infringement. Hillcrest Labs has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission and a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Maryland against the video game giant. Hillcrest Labs makes and licenses many handheld interactive media devices for consumer electronics companies. The suit alleges that Nintendo infringed four patents owned by Hillcrest related to a handheld, motion-sensitive device similar to the Wii game controller.


Have You Heard Of the powerglove...
Posted by: jankerson 2008-08-21 15:39:40 In reply to: Jeff Meisner
Um yeah, doubt this has any merit... I would say nintendo should so hillcrest... Nintendo had a powerglove many years ago, same sensor, but obviously the technology wasn't there yet... its sad to see how some companies try to make money when there beat to the punch...

Here we go again
Posted by: Fire_Phoenix 2008-08-21 19:10:42 In reply to: Jeff Meisner
"The people who buy the Wii are, by definition, casual gamers"

*splurt*
That was the sound of my brain exploding. I have been an avid gamer for a long time and I have no doubts about the quality of the competing products the XBOX 360 and the Playstation 3, but that comment seriously has no merit (granted, the person who said that is unlikely to ever see this comment anyway) - the Nintendo Wii happens to have a very large hardcore gamer fanbase, and being a hardcore gamer has little to nothing to do with having the console with the biggest pricetag, or the most powerful graphics. Yes, there are a lot of games on the Nintendo Wii that could be defined as "casual", but there are still too many "hardcore games" on the Wii to possibly say that people who buy it are "by definition, casual gamers".

As an analyst, I believe Mr. Van Baker should poke around a few online communities and note exactly how many people of these communities who actually have their eye on the next big title for the Nintendo Wii - casual gamers generally don't actively look for that.
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