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I don’t play MMORPGs. Not only do I have no desire to spend time with social deficients who use the games as an excuse to be galactically sexist, racist and homophobic with total impunity (I know not EVERY gamer is like that–but ENOUGH are), but my pitiful little laptop would have an aneurysm if I tried to run one.

But now, I have a whole new reason to limit my gaming to the offline variety… (more…)

Hold on to your Xbox 360 nerdy dudes and dudettes ’cause the U.S Government may be making a new court ruling that will have the popular video game console removed  from store shelves Nationwide this fall. How did this happen and why haven’t you heard of this sooner? Well it’s quite simple, recently the case surrounding this suggested ruling has been kept under wraps due to the parties involved.

Here is the main issue at hand:

“Motorola and Microsoft have been tied up in a copyright battle for a while now, over some Motorola WiFi and video codec patents used in the console, and U.S. Judge David Shaw has actually recommended against the continued sale of the Xbox 360 in the United States until the matter is resolved.” –Blastr News

Judge Shaw, in an interview with IGN, divulged the reasoning behind his suggestion to discontinue the sale of the Xbox 360:

“Enforcing intellectual property rights outweighs any potential economic impact on video game console buyers,”

While Shaw believes that Sony and Nintendo could fill the void left by Xbox 360 for the U.S. videogame market, Microsoft argues that shutting them out of the market completely would leave them at disadvantage and be unfair to consumer.Now that Judge Shaw has heard the case and made his recommendation, it is now up to ITC  to make the final decision on the matter this August. If the International Trade Commission (ITC) agrees with Judge Shaw’s recommended ruling we could be seeing some major problems with console sales, along with a standstill in production for their star game of the year ‘Halo 4’.

This news really could not have come at a worse time for Microsoft. With E3 only a week and a half away , what will come of the projects the company plans to unveil this year? Will it be empty promises or plausible productions? Last year their sales promotion was the bundled pack of KINECT & Xbox 360 with a  revamped user interface, and it was a huge success in sales for the Christmas Season. But if Microsoft is removed as part of the ‘Big Three’, other console company’s will take the chance to crush Microsoft while its down.

At this point it seems out of Microsoft and Motorola‘s hands, and if the International Trade Commission (ITC) agrees with the recommendation to remove Microsoft from the market the only person who can overturn that is the  U.S. President.

The Library is Open: What are your thoughts on the matter at hand?

–Update 05/23: 11:00 p.m.—-

Microsoft Response & Press Release:

On the current news of ITC’s ruling in the Fall,   “the full Commission will rule on this in August, and until that time, nothing will change.”

“The recommendation by the Administrative Law Judge is the first step in the process leading to the Commission’s final ruling. We remain confident the Commission will ultimately rule in Microsoft’s favor in this case and that Motorola will be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms.” –Microsoft.

 

afbatman(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
It looks like Batman is now working with the American military. No, WayneTech hasn’t been working on its next conquest in military precision; this is all USA.
DARPA, the military’s R&D branch, has been working on its newest projects “BaTMAN and RoBIN,” and that’s not a spelling mistake. They are currently developing equipment they’ve called Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided kNowledge, otherwise BATMAN. Yes, the spelling is way off on this one, it’d be known as BATMAK, but I guess they don’t use spell checker over there in R&D. Either that or they really have a hard-on for naming their multimillion dollar toys after the Dark Knight. It doesn’t end with just the name on this one however:
The BATMAN equipment actually involves using its own Bat Hook. batman_grapplinghook
“BATMAN does come equipped with a Bat Hook: a grappling hook that special operators can throw onto power lines in order to charge up their battery-powered communications equipment. According to a program engineer, the Bat Hook came about after a special operator observed that it would be “really cool” to design “‘Something like what Batman has on his belt that he can take out and wing it up to a power line and get power,'”
“Really cool to design,” more like WayneTech better watch its ass! While all these other sites are putting up the prototype design below, nerdbastards was able to clip the fence, sneak into some buildings and sleep with a few sexy guards to get a hold of the real design of what the Air Force’s BATMAN is actually going to look like! Get a hold of this BATMAN after the jump.
Special thanks to WayneTech Senior Vice President Lucius Fox for letting us “borrow” the final design: