Remember Ridge Racer's amazing Galaga mini-game on PS1? Bandai Namco patented the concept of mini-games in loading screens, but video game lawyer David Hoppe noticed Bandai Namco's patent is about to expire. The patent was filed November 27, 1995, which means developers can build their own on November 27, 2015. » 1/13/15 11:48am 1/13/15 11:48am

​Nintendo Buys Patents of Company That Lost Wii Fit Lawsuit

The company that sued Nintendo three years ago has just had their then-disputed patents snatched up by the House of Mario. » 1/09/14 3:00pm 1/09/14 3:00pm

Nintendo Has To Give Some Of Its 3DS Money To Another Company

It's the kind of run Nintendo's been on lately, that even the company's one piece of good news - the growing success of the 3DS - has to get a little gloomier. » 1/05/14 10:00pm 1/05/14 10:00pm

These Patents Video Game Publishers Own May Surprise You. Plus More...

After listening to this week's episode of This American Life on software patents, I was curious to investigate patents within the gaming sphere. Although we routinely hear about console manufacturers' patents, patents from publishers are a less frequent source for headlines. » 6/06/13 5:00pm 6/06/13 5:00pm

Texas Patent Firm Asks Judge to Shut Down Magic: The Gathering: Online

A Texas intellectual property firm has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Wizards of the Coast-but, intriguingly, not parent company Hasbro-alleging that Magic: The Gathering's online version violates patents it holds on a video game you've probably never heard of. » 11/03/12 4:01pm 11/03/12 4:01pm

Sony Wants To Make a PS3 Controller That Gets Hot Or Cold

OK. My mind is blown. Sony published a patent this week for a video game controller that heats up or cools down as you're playing a game. It sounds kind of dangerous. And it sounds kind of awesome. » 10/12/12 2:00pm 10/12/12 2:00pm

Guitar Apprentice Makers Sue Ubisoft Over Rocksmith Patent-Infringement

The British rock band Rocksmith aren't the only ones suing Ubisoft over the French publisher's guitar game Rocksmith. Now, the folks who make the instructional guitar game Guitar Apprentice have filed claimed patent infringement against Ubisoft over tech similarities to their own game. » 4/10/12 4:30pm 4/10/12 4:30pm

“Player Encounters Hooker”: This Might Be the Most Epic Video Game…

Patent applications let people dream big. Someone out there's got a killer idea for the Litter Box of the Future or fart-proof underwear. There may be hundreds of hurdles to cross before any such thing gets made, but a patent lets them plant a flag in the land of unclaimed ideaspace. » 3/23/12 4:30pm 3/23/12 4:30pm

Patents Show that the Next Xbox Might Be a DVR, Too

Xbox 3, Xbox 720, NextBox… whatever you call it, lots of rumors are being floated about Microsoft's next home console. Some say it'll output Avatar-level visuals while others say it'll lean heavily on cloud architecture. But the latest hint as to Microsoft's gaming future point to their ever-increasing ambition to… » 1/03/12 8:30pm 1/03/12 8:30pm

Nintendo Seeks to Patent the Massively Singleplayer Online Game

Back in 2010, Nintendo filed a patent application for something called a "massively single-playing online game," something whose interactions don't take place in real time and what sounds a little Animal Crossing-ish (above). » 8/12/11 7:20pm 8/12/11 7:20pm

Look, Somebody Actually Made A Wii Football Controller

Last year, a patent was uncovered for a Wii football. It had been designed by Nintendo, and yet, it was stupid. Well, looks like somebody else has beat the Big N to the market. » 3/23/10 5:30am 3/23/10 5:30am

Sony's "Degradable" Video Game Demo Patent

Sony has patented a new form of trial or demo for video games that, rather than presenting us with a small piece of a title, gives us the whole thing, then takes bits away as time goes on. » 3/05/10 2:30am 3/05/10 2:30am

Google Bringing Games To YouTube?

Google applied for a patent earlier this year called "Web-Based System for Generation of Interactive Games Based on Digital Videos". Translation: bringing games to YouTube. Interesting. » 12/30/09 9:00am 12/30/09 9:00am

Sony's Motion Controller Patent Goes Attachment Crazy

A newly published patent from Sony Computer Entertainment, which looks a lot like the company's PlayStation 3 motion controller, showcases a plethora of possibilities for the forthcoming device, more attachments than you could shake a Wii Remote at. » 12/07/09 9:40pm 12/07/09 9:40pm

Sony's Mystery Science Theater-Like Interactive TV Patent Puts You In…

Your PlayStation 3 may become a reasonably priced, earthbound Satellite of Love, if Sony Computer Entertainment America's patent application for a Mystery Science Theater 3000-like interactive television becomes a real-life product. » 11/03/09 9:40pm 11/03/09 9:40pm

Microsoft Patents Drop-In Co-Op In Shooters

Last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office assigned the maker of the Xbox 360 and publisher of Gears of War the feature to offer seamless switching from solo to co-op gaming in squad-based shooters. » 7/20/09 5:00pm 7/20/09 5:00pm

Nintendo Patents WarioWare Take On Othello

The last time we unearthed a big new Nintendo patent, we found hints of a video game paradigm shift. This time, Nintendo may have locked up a multiplayer mode from a 2004 GameCube game. » 6/30/09 4:00pm 6/30/09 4:00pm

Sony Patents Method To Emulate PS2 On PS3

My single biggest problem with the PS3? The loss of backwards compatibility. It's a gaping hole in the system's feature set. Then again, it may also be one that's on the way back. » 6/29/09 11:30pm 6/29/09 11:30pm

New Nintendo Patent Looks Like Picture Pages 2.0

A new patent application Nintendo has filed in the U.S. tips its hand to a potential new focus for the game-maker, and no, it is not core gamers. » 3/21/09 5:00pm 3/21/09 5:00pm