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BMX rider settles suit over XXX game

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LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Video game publisher Acclaim Entertainment Inc. Monday said it had settled a dispute with professional BMX rider Dave Mirra, who had filed suit claiming that a "pornographic" stunt bike game had damaged his reputation.

Acclaim said that no monetary damages were paid under the settlement and said that Mirra would remain under contract to the game publisher until 2011.

Mirra had filed suit in February, seeking more than $20 million in damages and claiming that Acclaim had used his name and likeness to promote the controversial game "BMX XXX" without permission.

Some of the nation's largest retailers refused to carry the game because of its content, which included strippers on bikes. Mirra had claimed in his lawsuit filed in federal court in New York that the concept for the game, which had been first envisioned as a tongue-in-cheek game similar to the spoof movie "Airplane," became "sexually explicit and pornographic" in the course of development.

The Glen Cove, New York-based company also said it had begun development work on a new Dave Mirra BMX video game for the generation of video game consoles expected to replace Sony Corp's PlayStation2 and Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox.

"I'm glad this issues is behind us," Mirra said in a statement issued by Acclaim. "I look forward to working with Acclaim and to continue making the best BMX video games available for fans of the sport."



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