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The Guitar Hero series touched many people, and not just by strapping plastic guitars to them. As the series reached its absurd heights of success, it caused more game developers to enter into the service of note charts and extreme rocker-dude 3D models. And now that Activision has stopped produ...

February 23rd 2011 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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"It doesn't make sense anymore," Activision executive VP of worldwide studios Dave Stohl declared to us in a small office, hidden away from the noisy E3 show floor. "You've really got to focus." The executive, who oversees every development studio that Activision owns, was reflecting on the old bus...

July 7th 2010 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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"7" is not an easily divided number. Nevertheless, Kotaku reports that Activision has cut its 7 Studios by half, laying off an estimated 30 staffers from the development outfit. The remainder of the one-time developer of Scratch: The Ultimate DJ (turned defendant-cum-plaintiff) will be put to work o...

October 6th 2009 at 6:58pm 0 Comments
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The tangled web of developers, publishers and the various lawsuits between them, has just gotten that much more complex as 7 Studios countersues Scratch: The Ultimate DJ publishers Genius Products. According to court documents obtained by The Cut Scene blog, 7 Studios is asking for $1 million in da...

April 24th 2009 at 3:45pm 0 Comments
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In the ongoing court battle between Scratch: The Ultimate DJ co-publishers Genius Products and Numark vs. DJ Hero publisher Activision, the first of many legal battles has been detailed. According to a press release sent out by Genius Products, the Los Angeles Superior Court has granted the Scratch...

April 20th 2009 at 7:27pm 0 Comments
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In the pending lawsuit between DJ Hero publisher Activision and Scratch: The Ultimate DJ co-publishers Genius Products and Numark, all we've heard are each sides' allegations and condemnations of the other. What we haven't heard, however, was the long and messy tale leading up to the current state...

April 17th 2009 at 1:55pm 0 Comments
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Moving into day three of Breakin' (the law) 2: Electric Boogaloo, Activision has fired back at Scratch: The Ultimate DJ LLC (Numark and Genius Products' joint business venture). It says allegations made in the lawsuit "are disingenuous and lack any merit," and backs up that statement with the Los A...

April 16th 2009 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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Day two of news regarding the Scratch: The Ultimate DJ LLC vs. Activision lawsuit has arrived, and with it a comprehensive analysis of the "full 30-page complaint" by way of Gamasutra. Before we launch into that though, we first put this question to you, dearest readers: What the heck do we call th...

April 15th 2009 at 9:30pm 0 Comments
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In a David and Goliath story for the ages, Scratch: The Ultimate DJ LLC (a partnership between Genius Products and Numark formed to develop and publish the game of the same name) have revealed a mountain of details regarding a lawsuit against mega-publisher Activision. The lawsuit alleges Activisio...

April 14th 2009 at 8:20pm 0 Comments
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MTV Multiplayer recently got its hands on the first-ever trailer for the upcoming 7 Studios/Mix Master Mike supercollider project, Scratch: The Ultimate DJ. The video contains a little bit of everything -- some gameplay footage (multicolored buttons on a track), some of the featured contributing mu...

March 22nd 2009 at 3:15pm 0 Comments
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Dust off your oversized headphones and brush up on your DJ skills, because Genius Products and 7 Studios just announced that Scratch: The Ultimate DJ will release with a library of over sixty songs.The complete list of tracks has yet to be revealed, but songs from Kanye West, Beastie Boys and Run DM...

February 11th 2009 at 7:30pm 0 Comments