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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, rules, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law) of Northville, Michigan. Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them. DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL. Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!

"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, rules, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law) of Northville, Michigan. Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them. DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL. Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!
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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, rules, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law) of Northville, Michigan. Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them. DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL. Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!

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Episodes

Virtual Legality 49 - What To Expect When You're Expecting...PlayStation 5 (Hoeg Law)

4/16/2019
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When Sony's out-of-the-blue announcement of the framework for their next PlayStation appearing in Wired this morning, many were left with more questions than answers. What makes the next PlayStation fundamentally different from the mid-generation refresh of the PlayStation 4 Pro, and when will it launch? How has Sony's approach to public announcements changed since the launch of the PlayStation 4 in 2013? And why would Sony be releasing *any* information on it's marquee gaming product now,...

Duration:00:39:29

SPOILERS: Game Of Thrones 8:1 "Winterfell" - Postmortem Analysis (Hoeg Law)

4/15/2019
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***SPOILER WARNING: All Postmortem videos and podcasts contain SPOILERS*** After almost two years, Game of Thrones returns with Episode 1 of its eighth and final season, "Winterfell". What works and doesn't work? How does the shortened season affect perception of what is happening (and what isn't)? And just what do titles, lordships, and crowns matter at the end of the world, anyway? Join us for the latest Hoeg Law Postmortem: "Winterfell". CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT:...

Duration:00:34:00

Impressions! Reactions! Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker (Teaser) (Hoeg Law)

4/12/2019
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It's a big day for Star Wars, as Episode IX finally has a title, "The Rise of Skywalker", and a brand new teaser trailer! Join us for Hoeg Law's first "real time" reactions video as we talk about the teaser, The Last Jedi, and the legacy of Star Wars! What can this trailer tell us about Disney's internal disposition towards The Last Jedi? What elements of the Force Awakens, the Original Trilogy, and even the Prequel Trilogy appear in the trailer? And how can the presence of those elements...

Duration:00:26:57

Virtual Legality 48 - Demonetized: Weedcraft Inc. Vs The Tech Giants (Hoeg Law)

4/11/2019
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When independent management ("tycoon") game, Weedcraft Inc., went live on Steam earlier today, publisher Devolver Digital soon found that it had much more to worry about than simple storefront discoverability. As Weedcraft Inc. models the rise of the nascent marijuana industry, the game quickly faced YouTube demonetization of "influencer" streaming, reviews, or even commentary, prohibitions on Facebook advertisements, and more. But what do the Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch terms and...

Duration:00:40:15

Virtual Legality 47 - Gizmodo Group Sold! What Is Private Equity Anyway? (Hoeg Law)

4/9/2019
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With the sale of the Gizmodo Group, some of the Internet's favorite "blog-style" journalistic hot spots are now in the hands of a little known private equity firm. But if the firm itself is little known, what the sale actually means (or could mean) is even less understood. What is "private equity"? How does it work? How are funds formed? And how does corporate law and tax regulation inform their creation? What does this mean for Kotaku, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, The Onion, and the rest of...

Duration:00:49:04

Virtual Legality 46 - Epic's Exclusive Problem: Borderlands 3, Review Bombs, And Steams Response

4/8/2019
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With Borderlands 3 now an Epic Games Store exclusive, the war between Epic and Valve seems to be heating up...hotter than a round of Fortnite (or DOTA). Epic is no stranger to brash and impetuous characters, but is their exclusive-buying policy proving to be more brash and impetuous than any of them? And what about that time they told the world they'd never steal a game from Steam again, before changing course not three weeks later? Finally, what does Steam's response to fans "review...

Duration:00:36:49

Virtual Legality 45 - The Difficult Case Of "Easy Mode": Shadows Never Die? (Hoeg Law)

4/4/2019
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With one of the most popular games on the planet, From Software's Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, proving to be too difficult for many to master (or even progress in), when is it okay for folks to complain? Should an Easy Mode be added for accessibility? What might such a mode mean for experiencing the game? For the intent of the developers? For players tempted by the path of least resistance? And should any of that matter when considering folks that just want to experience the journey? CHECK OUT...

Duration:00:39:09

Virtual Legality 44 - Kotaku Adds Another Note To Bioware's Discordant Anthem (Hoeg Law)

4/2/2019
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Kotaku's Jason Schreier once again brings us into the world of how the video game sausage gets made, as he dives deep into the tumultuous development history of Bioware's Anthem. Why was Anthem's traversal, gameplay, and even name changed at the last minute? What forces, both internal and external, led to the release of the lowest rated game in Bioware's history? What did Bioware have to say about Kotaku's article? And why does Bioware's messaging on this do more to evidence its...

Duration:01:03:05

Virtual Legality 43 - It Belongs In A Museum! DriveClub And The War For Gamings Future

4/1/2019
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Sony announces a full server shutdown for DriveClub, once a crown jewel in their PS4 launch plans. But what might be a relatively small closure is just the latest evidence of an ever widening problem for the industry. What does it mean for software to be licensed and not sold? What legal rights does Sony have to "turn off" the DriveClub servers under contract and copyright law? Why is this such a big problem for the preservation of gaming history going forward? What does the DMCA, the...

Duration:00:36:35

Outward And Operencia: The Stolen Sun - Impressions (Hoeg Law)

3/31/2019
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Two lesser-known role-playing games launched this week in Nine Dot Studios' "Outward" and Zen Studios' "Operencia: The Stolen Sun". One may well just wind up a cult classic. The other? Well it might just be a classic, cult or no. Which is which? Find out on this episode of "Impressions". CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/2DU3yiyqRiQ #Outward #Operencia #Impressions *** PODCAST VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT Spotify: (https://open.spotify.com/show/3qsDhQ7h6BR2wLyNQYDWB4) iTunes:...

Duration:00:27:59

Virtual Legality 42 - Borderlands 3: Magic, Messaging, And The State Of The Industry (Hoeg Law)

3/29/2019
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PAX East - Gearbox Software announces the long-awaited sequel, Borderlands 3, but accompanied by publishing announcements, card games, magic tricks, and all the technical difficulties one could ask for. What does Borderlands' apparent commitment to NOT becoming Destiny/Division/Anthem mean for Gearbox and 2k? How and why was the announcement, in part, a "train wreck"? And why do I think that "train wreck" is exactly what the industry could use a bit more of? CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT:...

Duration:00:24:08

Virtual Legality 41 - EA And Activision Lay Off Hundreds: A Study In Messaging (Hoeg Law)

3/27/2019
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Electronic Arts announces layoffs of 350; Activision 800. The reasons given for the reorganizations are very similar, but one announcement has been treated very differently from the other. What did EA say about its restructuring, and how did it say it? Why is the perception of Activision's move so much worse? And why does the launch of Apex Legends mean that we may see more statements like these in the months and years to come? CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/sup2EN-TSTg #EA...

Duration:00:32:53

Virtual Legality 40 - Apple Arcade: Will Pay-Per-Minute Spell Doom For Mobile Games? (Hoeg Law)

3/25/2019
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Apple has joined the subscription service revolution (in more ways than one), and with Apple Arcade the tech giant is trying to revolutionize the way game developers are paid, as well. What effects can we expect a "pay-by-the-minute" division of revenues to have on developers and the games they develop? Why do some think it marks a fundamental shift in the future of mobile? And why am I not quite so sure? CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/0vFuYZtZkM4 #AppleArcade #RevenueShare...

Duration:00:31:14

Virtual Legality 39 - Games Stopped: What Sony's Retail Cut Off Means For Gaming's Digital Future

3/24/2019
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The leak of a GameStop internal memorandum suggests that Sony is doing away with the physical sale of full game digital download codes. It may seem like a small thing, but is it? Why might Sony have made this move? What impact will it have on GameStop? How does GameStop envision its future in the ever-changing landscape of the gaming industry? And what hints can we take from this on the future of Playstation, the Next Xbox, Google Stadia, and beyond? CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT:...

Duration:00:33:22

Virtual Legality 38 - Lucasfilm Games, Electronic Arts, And The Future Of Star Wars (Hoeg Law)

3/20/2019
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With new job postings being made by Lucasfilm and Disney to staff up "Lucasfilm Games", questions abound as to just what role Disney intends to have in the future of Star Wars video game production. What is Lucasfilm Games, and what do the job postings have to say about the relationship between Disney and licensees like Electronic Arts? How does an exclusive license to intellectual property (IP) work, when might Disney be able to get out of it, and most importantly, would it even want to?...

Duration:00:38:06

Virtual Legality 37 - Google Announces Stadia - Is It Really The Future Of Gaming? (Hoeg Law)

3/19/2019
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Google took a major step towards becoming a player in the video game industry today, with the announcement of a new streaming games-on-demand service it is calling Stadia. Is Stadia truly the future of video gaming as Google claims? What can we expect out of the Stadia business model and why wasn't it shown? Are gamers ready to give up even the illusion of ownership of their games for what Stadia has to offer? Or did Microsoft and Xbox One thoroughly salt that earth in their initial roll...

Duration:00:27:26

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 - Impressions (Hoeg Law)

3/19/2019
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The Looter Shooter genre is getting crowded, but The Division 2 stands out from the pack. What makes Ubisoft's latest so special? Join us for a discussion of our new favorite game. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/KT9ukFqqI24 #Division2 #Ubisoft #Impressions *** FOR MORE CHECK US OUT: On Twitter @hoeglaw At our website: https://hoeglaw.com/ On our Blog, "Rules of the Game", at https://hoeglaw.wordpress.com/ On "Help Us Out Hoeg!" a regular segment on the Easy Allies Podcast (formerly...

Duration:00:30:06

Virtual Legality 36: Red - Handed! How Epic's Privacy Policy Gave It Permission To Snoop (Hoeg Law)

3/17/2019
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Epic Games has been caught with its hands in the proverbial digital cookie jar, as intrepid Reddit users discover that the Epic Game Store Launcher copies a user's Steam configuration file for Epic's own ends. What reason did Epic give for using the file? Is copying a local file "collecting" data in the contractual or legal sense? What does Epic's privacy policy have to say about what data they can collect and what they can do with it? And why might both Epic and Steam want to change what...

Duration:00:47:11

Virtual Legality 35 - Sony To Buy Rockstar (and Take Two) The Legalities Of Acquisition (Hoeg Law)

3/13/2019
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Rumors swirl of "advanced board talks" for the purchase of Take Two Interactive (owners of Rockstar and 2K) by PlayStation console maker, Sony. While the analysts responsible are quick to restate that such a possibility is only an unsourced rumor, is there fire to match the smoke? What does it mean to purchase a public company? What is the role of the board of directors in such a context and what happens during "advanced board talks"? If the company is "for sale" how does that change the...

Duration:00:30:22

Virtual Legality 34 - Indictment! The Unexpected Marriage Of RICO, Fraud, and College Athletics

3/12/2019
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The world of college athletics, college admissions, and hallmark movies was rocked today, as the FBI revealed details of a months-long sting that uncovered the "desperate" lengths America's rich and famous go to for their children to attend the university of their choosing. What happened, who's defrauding who, and what can we glean from an in-depth reading of the indictment? What's RICO and how does it ensnare mobsters and overzealous parents alike? And what's next for an NCAA continuously...

Duration:00:51:43