Quick Hits- Some more trademark news, Microsoft offers free games to users with broken Xbox Ones

shenmueIn the wake of Bethesda and Square Enix filing for trademarks for popular franchises other trademark filings and rumors have popped up. One rumor that turned out to be false was that Sega filed to trademark the long anticipated Shenmue 3. The publisher said in a statement: “Sega has confirmed that the recent application for the trademark of Shenmue 3 is a fake and is looking into the origins of this application.” Fans have long wanted a sequel, and series creator Yu Suzuki has expressed doing so if he could secure the rights from Sega. For now, that wait continues.

Sony has recently filed for a trademark for the JRPG series that first appeared on the Playstation in Japan in 1995, Arc the Lad. The series had seen three releases, all in Japan, before coming west in a collection made by (now defunct) publisher Working Designs in 2002 on the PS2. The final game in the core series, Arc the Lad: End of Darkness, appeared on the PS2 in 2004. Whether this is simply a renewal of an old property in preparation to release the older games on the PlayStation Network, a routine legal procedure to protect one of its properties, or a possible return of the series in a new game, either for the PS4 or the Vita, remains to be seen.

Could Sony be turning The Last of Us into a movie? Recent domain filings seem to indicate that the idea is at least under consideration. TheLastOfUs-Movie.com and TheLastOfUsMovie.net were two domains registered by Sony’s online brand protection agency MarkMonitor on November 25. It could simply be that Sony is just protecting the brand, but it’s always nice to speculate. The game could certainly prove ripe for an adaptation on the big screen.

And were you an early adopter of Microsoft’s new console, the Xbox One, only to find you were experiencing some hardware problems? Well, no worries, as Microsoft has your back. Microsoft said in a statement: “While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game. We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios.” The games offered are a choice of one of the following: Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, or Zoo Tycoon. All games will still operate on a console with a malfunctioning disc drive. Microsoft is trying to keep consumers happy, replacing hardware with a faster than usual exchange program, where replacement units are sent out before users mail their faulty machines in for repair. If you are experiencing any problems with your Xbox One, Microsoft encourages you to call 1-800-4- MYXBOX for support.

That’s it for now. As always, comments on the news items are welcome in the section below. Til next time…

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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