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  •  A scene from the video game, “Wii Fit U”. Even with new titles including “Pikmin 3,” Nintendo failed to capitalize on U.S. video-game product sales that surged to their highest in three years in December.

    Nintendo forced to study new business model Jan 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    “The revision is much worse than expected,” Yusuke Tsunoda, an analyst at Tokai Tokyo Securities Co. in Tokyo, said by phone. “It’s going to be a third consecutive annual operating loss and that raises a serious management issue.”

  •  21-year-old Trevor Martin, who parlayed his expertise from playing “Call of Duty” games into a career as a video game commentator on YouTube, in Champaign.

    Champaign man a YouTube video-game star Jan 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Playing video games has paid off handsomely for 21-year-old Trevor Martin of Champaign. Martin parlayed his expertise from playing “Call of Duty” games into a career as a video game commentator on YouTube. In the process, he’s built a following of nearly 2 million YouTube subscribers and taken in streams of revenue from corporate advertisers.

  • Nintendo’s popular “Wii Fit” program, in which players use a balance board to weigh themselves, do yoga and play exercise games, comes to the Wii U console this week.

    Getting fit with a Wii U Jan 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nintendo’s popular fitness program launches Friday on its Wii U console.“Wii Fit U” gives players more than 70 activities to try. With the use of the Wii Fit balance board peripheral, you can dance along to hip-hop and Flamenco routines, do a little virtual luging or scuba diving, and, gulp, weigh yourself to keep track of your progress.

  •  Michael Thomasson is featured in the just-released “Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition,” for having the largest collection of video games, 10,607. The number bests the previous record holder, Richard Lecce of Florida, who had 8,616 games in 2010.

    NY man’s 10,607 video games secure Guinness title Dec 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Maybe it was getting his first video game, Cosmic Avenger, for Christmas at age 12, and then having to wait an entire year for the hard-to-land Colecovision console to play it on that made Michael Thomasson so determined to get his hands on every video game and system he could find. Now, 31 years and roughly 11,000 games later, Thomasson is the newly crowned world record holder for having the largest collection of video games. He is featured in a two-page spread in the just-released “Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition.”

  • Benedict Cumberbatch’s face was inescapable this year, but he was invisible in his best performance of 2013.

    From Cumberbatch to Targaryen: The best of 2013 Dec 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    Sean doesn’t have a top-ten list, but he does have a look at a few of his favorite things from all corners of pop culture in 2013.

  • Elizabeth plays a major part in one of the best games of the year: “BioShock Infinite.”

    AP critics pick the year’s best video games Dec 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    “BioShock Infinite” tops two AP reviewers lists of the 10 best video games of 2013. A breathtaking journey to a kingdom in the clouds, “Infinite” is equally as wondrous as it is thought-provoking. A first-person shooter that philosophizes about such topics as racism, nationalism, religion and fate shouldn’t work, but this imaginative piece of fiction does on every level.

  •  Michael Thomasson poses in the basement of his suburban Buffalo home, where he stores his collection of video games.

    Man’s 10,607 video games secure Guinness title Dec 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Along with the games, he has the devices to play them on, not only the Xboxes and PlayStations but obscure ones like the Casio Loopy, the only game system specifically geared toward girls, which came out in Japan in 1995, and the Pippin, a dud released by Apple the same year.

  • "Disney's Prep & Landing" airs Monday, Dec. 16, on ABC.

    Deck the DVR with boughs of hollyDec 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Holiday movies and specials are dominating your on-screen cable guide these days, and the next week brings us merry and bright reasons to set those DVRs. To get you started off right, NBC presents Frank Capra's classic “It's a Wonderful Life” at 7 p.m. Saturday.

  • Mario and friends can transform into cats in “Super Mario 3D World.”

    Mario back on the prowl in ‘3D World’ Dec 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    The new “Super Mario 3D World” for Nintendo's Wii U evokes memories of “Super Mario 64.” While not genius, it is a charming, occasionally brilliant addition to a 30-year legacy of video-game excellence. Mario’s latest adventure is designed to accommodate up to four players. The four available characters have different skills: Luigi can jump higher, Princess Peach can float, Toad can run faster and Mario more or less averages them out.

  • Emanuel Jumatate, from Chicago, hugs his new Xbox One after he purchased it at a Best Buy in Evanston. Microsoft is billing the Xbox One, which includes an updated Kinect motion sensor, as an all-in-one entertainment system rather than just a gaming console.

    Review: Xbox One nearly a set-top box replacement Dec 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Xbox One won’t quite replace your TV set-top box, but it comes awfully close. The latest game console from Microsoft takes a big leap toward being the main entertainment hub in your living room. It gives you a program guide for browsing what’s on TV and what’s highlighted in apps such as Netflix and Amazon. You can listen to music and view photos stored on Microsoft’s SkyDrive service. You can make Skype video calls. And yeah, you can even play games.

  •  Trying to find a video game gift for the holidays? Price and platform can help you decide.

    Video games: Pros and cons for 2013 holiday gift-giving Dec 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    What's good and what's bad with today's top holiday video game gift options, including Grant Theft Auto V, Call of Duty and Forza Motorsport 5.

  •  In this undated photo released by Activision, two robots, Boom Jet and Magna Charge, switch body parts in “Skylanders Swap Force.”

    Video game gifts for kids Dec 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Need help picking out a video game gift for kids? One of Nintendo’s most beloved properties, Pokemon is back with some tweaks in its latest versions, Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games stands out as being a good family game And one of the most popular franchises out there, Skylanders is back with a twist.

  •  Tony Stewart reacts in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ AMP Energy 500 auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., in 2008.

    Stewart picked for ‘NASCAR ‘14’ video game cover Dec 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Tony Stewart’s fan base seemed to rally around the injured driver, who missed the final months of the season after breaking his right leg in an Aug. 5 sprint car crash.

  • Frank Darabont, left, directs his cast on the set of “Mob City,” premiering Wednesday, Dec. 4, on TNT.

    ‘Shawshank’ director comes back to TV Nov 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Frank Darabont, the writer/director who made his name with three big-screen Stephen King adaptations, returns to television next week, two years after being ousted as showrunner of AMC’s wildly popular “The Walking Dead.”

  • Ah, remember those happier days when Walter White was a chemistry teacher who merely dabbled in meth production? You can relive all of “Breaking Bad” this holiday season with a barrel-shaped collection of Blu-rays.

    A barrel full o’ ‘Breaking Bad’ Nov 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    The binge-watching phenomenon known as “Breaking Bad” ended its six-year run on AMC in September, but Heisenberg comes roaring back next Tuesday, Nov. 26, when “Breaking Bad: The Complete Series” hits Blu-ray and DVD.

  •  Roccat Isku FX keyboard has adjustable backlighting for the keys and programmable marcos to augment the PC gaming experience.

    Review: Gaming-grade headphones and keyboards stand out Nov 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Gaming on a PC is an endeavor that can be tinkered with forever. You can add memory, faster hard drives, liquid-cooling plumbing, chassis fans and much more. At the end of the day, though, the gaming experience comes down to sight, sound and control.

  •  The Digital Storm “Virtue” desktop gaming computer boasts an advanced liquid cooling system and the latest Haswell microprocessor from Intel, Corp.

    Review: Intel’s Haswell chip strong on PC gaming Nov 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Despite the dwindling number of quality PC game titles, the machines themselves are getting stronger. Intel’s latest processing chips, known as Haswell, easily handle the rigors of the most demanding PC games. These may be the waning days of PC gaming, but as far as technical heft, they could very well be the best.

  •  Sony is confident the Playstation 4 console can meet analysts’ sales estimates of 3 million units by year-end, exploiting an early advantage over Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One.

    Top games for Sony’s new PlayStation 4 Nov 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Sony’s PlayStation 4 is now in stores, ushering in a new era of high-definition video games. Perhaps you’ve already read the largely enthusiastic reviews, pored over the tech specs and watched the eye-catching online videos. And you’ve decided to fork over $400 and invite the new machine into your home. Of course, you have to buy some games too.

  • Associated Press Emanuel Jumatate, from Chicago, hugs his new Xbox One at a Best Buy on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Evanston. Microsoft is billing the Xbox One, which includes an updated Kinect motion sensor, as an all-in-one entertainment system rather than just a gaming console.

    To spin or not to spin: Does Microsoft need Xbox? Nov 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates donned a cool leather jacket when he first introduced the Xbox onstage in 2000. More than a decade later, the video game console is still the hippest brand in Microsoft’s portfolio. But as the company begins selling its first new Xbox in eight years, some critics say Microsoft should spin the gaming unit off. They argue that Xbox distracts management from the company’s fast-growing cloud computing business and its effort to catch up to rivals in tablet and smartphone sales.

  •  A man puts his newest XBox One on the floor Friday after he purchased it at a Best Buy in Evanston. The Xbox One, which includes an updated Kinect motion sensor, cost $500. Microsoft is billing it as an all-in-one entertainment system rather than just a gaming console.

    Xbox One sales hit 1 million on first day Nov 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Microsoft Corp. says that more than 1 million Xbox One consoles have been sold worldwide since their midnight launch. The company says that surpasses first-day sales of the Xbox 360, the previous-generation model that went on sale eight years ago.

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