Archive for August, 2008

Jim Brown sues EA and Sony

Posted in Sports, Video games with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2008 by trevdog54

Jim Brown. (David Maxwell/Getty Images)After years of barging over husky defenders on the gridiron, ex-Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown is attempting to tackle two serious video game heavyweights in court.

According to Bloomberg, Brown has filed suit against Sony Computer Entertainment America and Electronic Arts over using his likeness in the popular Madden football series. He seeks a court order preventing either company from continuing to use his likeness in the franchise as well as damages stemming from trademark violation.

At issue is the starting running back on Madden’s “All Browns Team.” The character is African-American and bears the same jersey number Brown made famous — number 32. In the suit, Brown claims that he “never signed away any rights that would allow his likeness to be used.”

He also mentions that unlike today’s players, he was not given the option to negotiate terms during his NFL heyday.

“The NFL had league wide policy that players shall have no lawyers or agents when negotiating compensation,” he said in the complaint. “Video games were not invented yet and no union to obtain rights from existed.”

EA and Sony have yet to comment on the matter.

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Prince Of Persia Pushed Back A Year

Posted in Movies, Video games with tags , , , , , , on August 1, 2008 by entertainmentmagic

Originally the film was slated to come out July 19th 2009 (next summer), but for one reason or another the powers that be have deemed it wiser to push the release of the film back nearly a full year to May 28th 2010. It does get the movie away from the next Transformers movie, but it puts it smack dab in the middle of Shrek 4 just before it, and Thor just after it. I’m sure we’ll see some more date shuffling between now and then.

The synopsis of Prince of Persia looks like this:

Prince of Persia is an action adventure video game which follows an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) must join forces with Tamina (Gemma Arterton), a feisty and exotic princess, to prevent a villainous nobleman from possessing the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that can reverse time. Alfed Molina and Ben Kingsley co-star. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire helmer Mike Newell is directing under producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Persia began filming at the beginning of July in Morocco.