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  • App Reviews: Jetpack Joyride, Mindly Jul 26, 2014 7:27 AM
    You don’t need a lot of time to understand Jetpack Joyride. That doesn’t mean that you won’t spend a lot of time playing it. Mindly offers a simple tool that lets users lay out their thoughts in a more visual way, using a three-tiered map of circles.

     
  • Weaver, ‘Alien’ cast reprising roles in new game Jul 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    Sigourney Weaver and the cast of “Alien” are virtually returning to the starship Nostromo. The actress who portrayed unflappable officer Ellen Ripley in the “Alien” film franchise is reprising her role in “Alien: Isolation,” an upcoming video game set after the events of the original 1979 film. Weaver, who recorded new dialogue for the game, says she picked up right where she left off as tough-as-nails Ripley in filmmaker Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror masterpiece.

     
  • ‘Valiant Hearts’ a grim WWI tribute Jul 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    The 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I has been relatively subdued. Oddly enough, the most stirring tribute I’ve seen has come in the form of a video game. “Valiant Hearts: The Great War” is a bracing antidote to the gung-ho violence of popular combat games like “Call of Duty.” There’s little joy to be found in its depiction of the destruction that overwhelmed Europe from 1914 to 1919. Instead, it follows the struggles of four ordinary people to simply survive.

     
  • Anime Midwest in Rosemont home to the fantastical Jul 6, 2014 9:12 AM
    Almost 10,000 fans of Japanese animation convened in Rosemont this weekend for an event that features bizarre costumes, foam weapons, formal dances and plenty of free ramen. “I like dressing up,” says Abbi Witt, 15, of Cary, who's dressed as Harley Quinn, wife of the Joker in Batman comics.

     
  • Nintendo’s ‘Tomodachi’ colorful but dull Jun 24, 2014 5:45 AM
    While Nintendo has made a fortune selling Mario, Pokemon and dozens of other video-game heroes to us, not everything makes it safely across the Pacific. “Tomodachi Life” has been a huge hit in Japan since its release last year — but something got lost in translation. “Tomodachi” (which means “friend”) is a simplified version of a “life simulator” like Electronic Arts’ “The Sims.” Overall, the “Tomodachi” island feels suffocating, probably because all your Miis lives in the same drab apartment complex and they all want something from you.

     
  • Why are video action games such a dude fest? Jun 22, 2014 9:05 AM
    Where the ladies at? At last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo, video game developers hyped upcoming titles featuring super-soldiers, assassins, bank robbers and secret agents. They all had one thing in common: They're men. Why is it still such a dude fest?

     
  • University offers scholarships for slaying video game foes Jun 20, 2014 4:24 PM
    Note to parents: All those hours your kids spend blazing a trail of destruction in video games may not be a complete waste of time, after all. Robert Morris University is offering hefty scholarship for players of one game in particular, League of Legends, which has become one of the most popular games for organized team competitions.

     
  • ‘EA Sports UFC’ a respectable first round for EA Jun 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    “EA Sports UFC” marks the first UFC game from Electronic Arts, which has long dominated the sports genre. EA has both the cachet of the UFC and the power of next-generation consoles on its side. The mostly robust roster of almost 100 fighters features such vets as Anderson Silva. The artists at developer EA Canada have meticulously re-created the fighters — right down to their tattoos, body hair and cauliflowered ears.

     
  • Lombard board to consider lifting video gambling ban tonight Jun 19, 2014 12:41 PM
    The Lombard village board will continue discussions Thursday night about the possibility of lifting a ban on video gambling. At 6 p.m., prior to the start of the regular village board meeting, a special workshop will be held at village hall to address specific policy issues related to video gambling.

     
  • E3 unleashes next generation of gruesomeness Jun 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Game makers at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo went for the jugular. That’s not just a metaphor about the competitive spirit of the video game industry at its annual trade show this past week. There were also actual depictions of throats being ripped out in some of the goriest scenes ever shown off at E3.

     
  • Winners,losers from the E3 Jun 13, 2014 1:43 PM
    Consumers have bought a few million more PS4s than Xbox Ones, but that doesn’t mean Sony can rest on its laurels. The Wii U has had a rough time in the market, but Nintendo rewarded its diehard fans this year.

     
  • Barrington 5th-grader mines success with gamer novel Jun 12, 2014 6:09 AM
    Most students don’t see summer break as an opportunity to work on their next novel, but Jake Mayer of Barrington is not your average 11-year-old. Jake’s first book, “A Story of Friends, Enemies and Minecraft,” has sold more than 14,000 copies on Amazon.com. “It hasn’t changed Jake at all,” his mom Kris said. “It has always just surprised him that he has fans.”

     
  • Despite more leaks and teases, E3 still surprises Jun 11, 2014 10:39 AM
    The jaws aren’t dropping at E3. Traditionally, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is the place where video game publishers reveal their biggest and boldest creations. That’s changed in recent years as leaks about upcoming titles have spread across the Internet. Can game makers still astonish?

     
  • ‘Murdered’ spins a spirited mystery Jun 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    Death is rarely permanent in video games. That’s not the case for Detective Ronan O’Connor, who’s dead from the very start of “Murdered: Soul Suspect.” But Ronan still has things to do, so his ghost rises from his still-bleeding corpse and gets back to work. First on the agenda: figure out the identity of the Bell Killer, the serial murderer who took Ronan down.

     
  • EA launches ‘Battlefield Hardline’ beta at E3 Jun 10, 2014 7:10 AM
    Electronic Arts is testing out its latest “Battlefield” game at E3. The video game publisher surprised Electronic Entertainment Expo attendees by announcing it was launching the online beta test for “Battlefield Hardline” on Monday after its presentation at the game industry’s annual trade show. The upcoming first-person shooter trades the franchise’s war-torn locales and military conflicts for an urban assault featuring cops and robbers in the streets of Los Angeles and Miami.

     
  • Nintendo shows off ‘Skylanders’-like toy line at E3 Jun 10, 2014 5:58 PM
    The first lineup of figures, due out later this year, features 10 characters from well-known Nintendo franchises: the Villager from “Animal Crossing”; the “Wii Fit” trainer; sword-wielding Link from “The Legend of Zelda”; intergalactic solider Samus Aran from “Metroid”; Pikachu from “Pokemon”; iconic gorilla Donkey Kong; pink shape shifter Kirby; and Mario, Princess Peach and Yoshi from “Super Mario Bros.”

     
  • Microsoft teases new 'Crackdown,' 'Halo' at E3 Jun 9, 2014 5:02 PM
    It's all about the games for Microsoft at E3. Microsoft focused exclusively on hyping titles coming to its Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles during its presentation Monday ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video-game industry's annual trade show.

     
  • A new ‘Destiny’ for non-sequel video games at E3 Jun 8, 2014 5:00 AM
    The recent success of “Titanfall” and “Watch Dogs” has laid the foundation for several new video games that don’t contain numbers in their names to be hyped at next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry’s annual trade show. With anticipation building for several all-new titles, have game developers finally found the cure for sequelitis?

     
  • Ubisoft cracks the code with ‘Watch Dogs’ Jun 2, 2014 5:15 AM
    Since it was dramatically unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo two years ago, the hacking thriller “Watch Dogs” has been called many things: a game for the Edward Snowden era, “Grand Theft Auto” meets “Hackers,” overhyped and revolutionary. In reality, it’s a little of each. The open-world adventure casts players as Aiden Pearce, a tech-savvy vigilante whose most powerful weapon is a smartphone that can tap into the infrastructure of a well-connected, near-future Chicago. After the murder of his young niece, he embarks on one of those cliched action-movie quests for vengeance that involves lots of shooting and car chases.

     
  • Nintendo’s ‘Mario Kart 8’ defies gravity Jun 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    “Mario Kart” is one of those rare video game series that truly everyone in the family can enjoy. “Mario Kart 8” lives up to that tradition, keeping the franchise high on any list of terrific multiplayer games. Beyond slicker graphics, it doesn’t represent a great evolution from 1992’s “Super Mario Kart.” This time around, there are 32 racetracks: 16 new ones and 16 repurposed from previous games and upgraded to high definition.

     
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