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  • New ‘Skylanders’ delights and frustrates Oct 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    There’s a peculiar kind of tension at work in Activision’s wildly successful Skylanders series. If you just want a dozen or so hours of fun, with fast-paced action and an amusing story, a $75 starter pack will get the job done. But if you want to see every little thing packed into a Skylanders game, be prepared to spend a couple of hundred dollars more on additional toys. “Skylanders Trap Team” doubles down on the “gotta buy more” strategy.

     
  • ‘Shadow of Mordor’ grabs the gold ring Oct 7, 2014 5:45 AM
    “The Lord of the Rings” has inspired hundreds of video games, but there’s never been a great one based directly on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic. Until now. “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” is the most satisfying virtual adventure ever set in Tolkien’s world. And one big reason it’s so successful is that it jettisons so much of what you might expect from a “Rings” game.

     
  • ‘World of Tanks’ game finds ally in ‘Fury’ film Oct 7, 2014 10:27 AM
    “Fury” is rolling into “World of Tanks.” Before the World War II tank drama reaches theaters Oct. 17, video gamers can make like Brad Pitt’s character, Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier, and steer a virtual rendition of the tank he commands in the film. It’s the latest example of a likeminded movie and game aligning to hype each other, and it marks the first Hollywood pact for the popular online tank combat title.

     
  • Robert Morris bets video game scholarships can draw talent Oct 6, 2014 11:58 AM
    As a teenager, Youngbin Chung became addicted to video games. His grades tanked. His parents fretted. A few years later, the 20-year-old from the San Francisco area leads a team of headset-wearing players into virtual battle at Robert Morris University in Chicago. He's studying computer networking there on a nearly $15,000 a year athletic scholarship — for playing “League of Legends.”

     
  • Reviews: Stream-box gaming is a mixed bag Oct 4, 2014 7:32 AM
    As gaming consoles such as the Xbox and the PlayStation diversify into video, social media and other non-gaming apps, it seems only fair that streaming TV devices start nudging into gaming territory. Amazon’s Fire TV and the Roku 3 both offer a multitude of games, alongside apps to stream video on the big television screen from services such as Netflix and Hulu. The game offerings — some free, some for a fee — are a mixed bag thus far, ranging from solid to silly.

     
  • New ‘Alien’ video game promises stealth, smarts Oct 3, 2014 5:45 AM
    The franchise that began with “Alien,” Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic horror film, takes another crack at the world of video games Tuesday, Oct. 7, with yet another hotly anticipated title. “Alien: Isolation” seeks to replicate the spookhouse-in-space feel of Scott’s film instead of the shoot-’em-up action that one would normally associate with games based on the franchise.

     
  • Avengers assemble in ‘Disney Infinity 2.0’ Sep 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    For kids today, there’s no escaping The Walt Disney Co. The “Infinity” project is Disney’s attempt to link all its characters in one shared video-game world. This year, the company adds its lucrative comic-book properties to the fray with “Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes.” The starter kit includes figures of Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow, as well as a clear plastic model of Avengers Tower.

     
  • Oculus unveils new prototype VR headset Sep 20, 2014 2:12 PM
    Oculus’ headset covers a user’s eyes and can create immersive worlds that react to head movement.The original prototype of the Oculus Rift headset was unveiled in 2012.

     
  • Minecraft now a publishing sensation Sep 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    Like millions of parents, Aaron Sacharow welcomes those moments when his son — 7-year-old Tyler — takes a break from video games and picks up a book instead. He’ll even settle for the book being a guide to Minecraft, a game that’s sold more than 50 million copies since it was originally released in 2011. “I don’t want to say it tricks them into reading,” says Sacharow.

     
  • Amazon cloud welcomes Twitch gamers Aug 30, 2014 7:42 AM
    To a non-millennial, someone who plays video games all day is a couch potato, and someone who watches the players is beyond understanding. Yet Twitch, the game-play video-streaming service, had to find a buyer because it needs more hardware to meet overwhelming demand.

     
  • ‘Madden NFL 15’ scores on new consoles Aug 30, 2014 6:15 AM
    “Madden NFL 15” is here to remind you why football is still so popular. It tosses you right into a high-stakes playoff showdown, with quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers fighting for a late score against cornerback Richard Sherman and the vaunted Seattle Seahawks defense. It’s a breathless showcase for “Madden” on the new-generation consoles, and it almost makes you forget about the league’s horrible summer.

     
  • Madden ratings guru has the players’ attention Aug 23, 2014 7:22 AM
    Donny Moore can be the most reviled man in NFL locker rooms. He’s not a coach, a referee or a drug tester. Still, NFL players — and millions of fans — can’t wait to see what he has to say. Moore is the “ratings czar” for “Madden NFL,” the man responsible for making sure the popular video game’s virtual avatars accurately reflect their real-life counterparts.

     
  • Apps for kids: Virtual pets teach life lessons Aug 13, 2014 6:00 AM
    Are your kids begging for a pet, but you don't think they are ready? Try getting them a virtual pet in the meantime. Here are three iPad apps that will teach your children about the responsibilities of pet care.

     
  • App review: Food Network in the Kitchen, Ninja Up Aug 2, 2014 7:33 AM
    App review: The Food Network’s recipe finder taps into the knowledge of the channel’s resident chefs and Ninja Up lets you test your reflexes and channel your inner acrobat.

     
  • 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?

     
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