The trouble with Ouya

The ouya-consolelittle system hoping to change the world faces some huge challenges.

When it was first introduced last July, the Ouya game system sounded like a dream come true for gamers frustrated with traditional consoles. With a focus on independent games, an affordable price point and a developer-friendly design, it seemed like a breath of fresh air for the industry.

Now the system is finally in the hands of its early Kickstarter backers — just two months from hitting retail shelves — and it appears the dream may well turn into a nightmare.

Read more at Yahoo! Games

Gaming’s next legal hotbed

Privacy is fast becoming a legal hotbed, and while it’s something that’s certain to impact traditional game makers in one form or another, it’s mobile developers who are increasingly finding themselves in the crosshairs.

It’s an election year. And despite 2011’s historic Supreme Court ruling, you really didn’t think video games were going to be dropped from the political agenda, did you?

As predicted, privacy is fast becoming a legal hotbed — and while it’s something that’s certain to impact traditional game makers in one form or another, it’s mobile developers who are increasingly finding themselves in the crosshairs.

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Analysis: The Next Legal Threat For Game Makers

New changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act could have a wide impact on the industry as traditional game makers enter emerging markets, according to Gamasutra editor-at-large Chris Morris.

The video game industry has barely had time for the hangovers after this year’s Supreme Court victory celebration to wear off, but its next big legal challenge is already gaining strength.

While June’s high court ruling let developers rest easy about the content they put in games, many attorneys at the time warned that privacy issues, specifically as they relate to children, could be the next thing to watch for. Late last week, the Federal Trade Commission announced proposed changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that could have a notable impact on many game makers.

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FTC eyes child privacy updates. What’s the impact on entertainment?

The FTC wants to make changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that could have a significant impact on the entertainment industry.

The Commission has proposed several amendments to the privacy rules that are meant to protect kids under 13, the most notable of which is adding geolocation information to the definition of personal information.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Analysis: Despite Ruling, Threats Remain For The Games Industry

There’s plenty to cheer about today in the video game industry — and for good reason.

The definitive Supreme Court ruling that video games are entitled to First Amendment protections is something developers, publishers and industry backers have been actively trying to secure for years. Achieving the goal is laudable, but it’s not the end of the fight — not by a long shot.

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Despite Ruling, Video Game Fight Is Far From Over

As the video game industry celebrates Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which formally recognized video games as entitled to First Amendment protection, many are assuming the political fight that has loomed over the industry for years is finally over.

That’s wrong. In fact, it’s simply the start of Act 2.

Read more at CNBC.com