Ex-Dictator Sues Activision Over Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega has announced he's suing Activision for the unapproved use of his name and likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

The lawsuit, filed in the LA County Superior Court and reported by the Courthouse News Service, explains the 80-year-old Panama resident is suing the mega-publisher for the "blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain" of his image in the 2012 title.

Events in the game see Alex Mason and Frank Woods track Noriega to the outskirts of Panama, with the ex-dictator's lawyers claiming "In an effort to increase the popularity and revenue generated by Black Ops 2, defendants used, without authorisation or consent, the image and likeness of plaintiff in Black Ops 2.

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How Digital Sales Are Making GameStop Stronger

More and more developers and publishers are moving to online distribution models, but GameStop, the world's most successful video game retailer, is actually benefitting from the shift.

This is thanks, in large part, to the fact that many customers purchase digital content in physical stores –– this can be accomplished through a variety of methods, such as currency cards, or purchasing DLC season passes at GameStop's front desk.

Last year, more than $724 million of GameStop's sales were from digital content. For the first quarter of the 2014 fiscal year, the retailer's digital revenue grew 9.5 percent year-over-year because of PSN and XBLA currency cards.

“Most of our digital revenue comes from our brick-and-mortar stores,” GameStop president Tony Bartel told GamesBeat. “The console digital is predominantly things like Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Nintendo eShop cards. Then there’s downloadable content, which is fast-growing in the console digital.”

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Ubisoft Hires Chief Parkour Officer For Assassin’s Creed

Ubisoft has revealed it's hired a chief parkour officer to work on all future entries in the Assassin's Creed franchise.

Michael "Frosti" Zernow has been appointed to the strategic advisory role, with the first title benefiting from his input confirmed as the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Unity.

Zernow's past endeavors include being part of a free-running team called Tempest, and he's no stranger to video games, having done motion capture for various titles in the past.

"I've been a long-time fan of the Assassin's Creed franchise," he said. "It's one of the few highly visible examples of parkour that attracts younger athletes to the sport every year."

Presumably Zernow has also been involved in the upcoming Assassin's Creed title that's in-development for PS3 and Xbox 360. Ubisoft recently confirmed we'd be getting a reveal on that front "soon".

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