Zynga Fights Back, Says EA Copied Games

Zynga Fights Back, Says EA Copied Games

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In early August Electronic Arts filed a lawsuit against social gaming giant Zynga for its new Facebook game The Ville.

“The copying was so comprehensive that the two games are, to an uninitiated observer, largely indistinguishable,” said Lucy Bradshaw, general manager of Maxis (the EA subsidiary that produces all Sims games).

Zynga finally responded to the claim Friday, by accusing EA of copying Activision’s Little Computer People when it created The Sims to begin with. It also accused EA of copying Zynga.

“Zynga’s YoVille, released in 2008, three years before The Sims Social, was the first commercially viable life simulation game on Facebook, “ Zynga says in court papers filed Friday. “YoVille allowed players to: customize a virtual avatar by selecting its skin color, facial features, hair color, hair style, and clothing; decorate and arrange furniture within a virtual home; work a virtual job; and socialize with other players by visiting them and sending them virtual gifts. “

Zynga adds, “In other words, it was Activision — not EA — that first developed the ideas found in The Sims Social, and it was Zynga — not EA — that first brought the concept to Facebook.”

In a CNN interview in 2000, Sim’s creator Will Wright acknowledged playing Little Computer People, and receiving “valuable feedback” on the game from its creator Rich Gold.

Zynga claims that EA actualy copied it when it started making social games for Facebook, noting that EA’s SimCity Social was launched a year and a half after Zynga’s CityVille.

“A side-by-side comparison of Zynga’s CityVille and EA’s SimCity Social shows that EA draws heavily on elements found in Zynga’s CityVille game. In fact, in promoting its game, EA explicitly played on Zynga’s popular CityVille: ‘More City, Less Ville.’”

EA’s lawsuit against Zynga regarding The Ville isn’t the first time the company has been accused of copying games. The company often releases games that are exceptionally similar to other popular games on the market. FarmVille, for instance, was released after a similar game, Farm Town, took Facebook by storm.

The company acknowledged that tradition in Friday’s court filing.

“Zynga did not achieve its success in the social gaming sphere by launching games that users don’t want to play. It achieved its success by innovating in popular genres, a tradition it has continued with The Ville.”

What do you think? Is EA or Zynga in the right? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Xbox 360 Cuts Facebook and Twitter Apps, Adds Internet Explorer

Xbox 360 Cuts Facebook and Twitter Apps, Adds Internet Explorer

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Xbox 360 Facebook TwitterMicrosoft added a new Internet Explorer 9 app to its Xbox 360 interface earlier this week but killed off its Facebook and Twitter apps in the process.

Xbox 360 users who recently updated the system’s software may notice Facebook and Twitter are no longer available in the Xbox Marketplace.

The good news, however, is users who already downloaded the apps can still use them, but those looking to add them to their lineup can no longer do so.

“We are retiring the Facebook and Twitter apps. Xbox LIVE subscribers will have the ability to access these sites through Internet Explorer on Xbox, available through the Web Hub located on the new dashboard,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Neowin.

Although the company didn’t give a reason behind the move, it’s likely Microsoft wants to call attention to Internet Explorer and encourage users to access the social networks directly via the browser.

The Facebook and Twitter apps have been a part of Xbox Marketplace since 2009.

Microsoft also added a new music-streaming service as a part of its software update. First announced in June, Xbox Music — a platform similar to Spotify — allows users stream more than 30 million tracks across its ecosystem of Windows 8 mobile devices, PCs and the Xbox.

What do you think about this, Xbox 360 users? Let us know in the comments if you’ll miss the Facebook and Twitter apps on the console. Will Internet Explorer 9 suffice?

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/10/21/xbox-360-internet-explorer/