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  • Microsoft announced plans Friday to release the video game sequel “Halo 5: Guardians” for the Xbox One and a “Halo” television series to be produced by Steven Spielberg in fall 2015.

    'Halo’ TV series, ‘Halo 5’ game launching in 2015May 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Master Chief is returning to the battlefield next year. Microsoft announced plans Friday to release the video game sequel “Halo 5: Guardians” for the Xbox One and a “Halo” television series to be produced by Steven Spielberg in fall 2015.

     
  • Sony’s San Diego Studio has refurbished every major league stadium in the new PS4 game “MLB 14: The Show.”

    ‘MLB 14’ makes solid contact on PS4May 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The first edition of a sports game on a new console is like the first game in a new stadium: The place looks great, but management may not yet have worked out the kinks at the ticket lines or the concession stands. “MLB 14: The Show” is no exception. In the latest upgrade of the stellar baseball franchise, the players look more realistic than ever. The most notable flaws are some excruciating loading times, especially when starting a new game or switching between different play modes.

     
  • “Child of Light” is an interactive fairy tale that doesn’t look like any other video game on the market.

    ‘Child of Light’ a luminous fairy taleMay 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    “Child of Light” doesn’t look like any other video game. With its seemingly hand-drawn characters and watercolor backgrounds, it more closely resembles a children’s picture book. It’s a fitting look, since “Child of Light” is an interactive fairy tale. It’s the story of Aurora, a princess who is transported to a strange world called Lemuria where the sun, moon and stars have vanished. She’s armed with an oversized sword and the ability to use light as a weapon. She can also fly, in slow and smooth motions that add to the game’s dreamlike mood.

     
  • Essentially, “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” is a one-on-one card duel.

    ‘Hearthstone’ card game is the real dealApr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Video game publishers don’t take many risks with their most popular franchises. That’s part of what makes “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” such a delight. It couldn’t be any less like its parent, “World of Warcraft.” Essentially, it’s a one-on-one card duel. And then there's “Hitman Go,” which takes another AAA series in an unexpected direction, transforming the violent assassination thriller into a battle of wits for the iPad.

     
  • Film Director Zak Penn shows a box of a decades-old Atari ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ game found in a dumpsite in Alamogordo, N.M., Saturday. Producers of a documentary dug in a southeastern New Mexico landfill in search of millions of cartridges of the game that has been called the worst game in the history of video gaming and were buried there in 1983.

    E.T. phone home? The ‘Atari grave’ is realApr 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    A decades-old urban legend was put to rest Saturday when workers for a documentary film production company recovered “E.T.” Atari game cartridges from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert.

     
  • Gaming-themed restaurant planned for WoodfieldApr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Namco Entertainment Inc., the Wood Dale-based company affiliated with the makers of Pac-Man, plans to open a high-end, gaming-themed restaurant and entertainment center at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The new concept restaurant, including eight lanes of bowling, will open in 40,000 square feet of warehouse space formerly used by Sears on the upper level of the mall, according to the village.

     
  • Nintendo is bringing its “Tomodachi” game for the portable 3DS system to the U.S. and Europe following its success in Japan.

    Nintendo brings ‘Tomodachi’ game to U.S., EuropeApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nintendo is bringing its “Tomodachi” game for the portable 3DS system to the U.S. and Europe following its success in Japan. Called “Tomodachi Life,” the game geared mostly toward kids is similar to “The Sims” and Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing.” Tomodachi means “friends” in Japanese.

     
  • It’s like you’re on vacation when you go jet ski racing in “Kinect Sports Rivals.”

    ‘Kinect Sports Rivals’ a moving experienceApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    “Kinect Sports Rivals,” a stylish collection of virtual athletic pursuits crafted by veteran game maker Rare, hopes to compel Xbox One owners to use Kinect for more than just navigating menus. The game itself is composed of six activities: Jet Ski racing, bowling, rock climbing, tennis, target shooting and soccer. For better or worse, the quasi-futuristic sports depicted in “Rivals” more closely resemble those weird sports the Enterprise crew would play in the holodeck on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” For example, rock climbing features electrical obstacles and soccer has holograms.

     
  • Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey, right) reunites with brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as HBO's “Game of Thrones” returns for its fourth season.

    See more of your favorite 'Game of Thrones' starsApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    "Game of Thrones" Season 4 begins Sunday on HBO, but hardcore fans want more. Sean will tell you how can meet some "GoT" actors later this month.

     
  • Deslin Rowe, a superpowered rabble-rouser, can absorb the powers of other so-called “conduits” in “inFamous: Second Son.”

    ‘inFamous: Second Son’ makes Seattle superMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ah, Seattle, home of a thousand coffee shops, almost as many tech startups and the loudest fans in the NFL. Also, gangs of armed drug dealers, an oppressive paramilitary presence and a handful of superpowered rabble-rousers. Deslin Rowe, the star of “infamous: Second Son,” is one of those malcontents. He’s on the run from the Department of Unified Protection, a government agency that’s understandably twitchy around mutants, given the apocalyptic meltdown unleashed in 2011’s “inFamous 2.” Deslin has his own score to settle with the DUP, so Seattleites had better hold onto their lattes.

     
  • Wearable technologies including Google Glass, Oculus Rift headsets, smartwatches and smartbands mark a fresh challenge for the $93 billion video-game industry. While the public tends to focus on the consoles wars among Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp. and Nintendo Co., insiders at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week are striving to develop titles for a new generation of disruptive products.

    Google Glass leads video-game makers to test wearable marketMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Wearable technologies including Google Glass, Oculus Rift headsets, smartwatches and smartbands mark a fresh challenge for the $93 billion video-game industry. While the public tends to focus on the consoles wars among Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp. and Nintendo Co., insiders at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week are striving to develop titles for a new generation of disruptive products.

     
  • Associated Press/June 5, 1984 A woman in Chicago demonstrates Atari’s new game, Mind Link, which utilizes a headband that picks up electrical impulse from the movement of the forehead and transmits them to a receiver attached to a video game or home computer console.

    Search for old Atari games to go on in New MexicoMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    “E.T.” the video game, inspired by the hit 1982 movie, is said to have contributed to Atari’s decline.

     
  • Game technician Steve Stayman tests a shooting video game as the Dave & Buster's at Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills prepares to open Wednesday.

    New Dave & Buster's part of Westfield Hawthorn one-stop shop strategyMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Dave & Buster's opening next week in Vernon Hills is part of a strategy to repurpose the Westfield Hawthorn mall into a destination for entertainment."This is the kick off to the new Hawthorn," said Michael Golden, the mall's general manager. “Our goal is to be everybody's destination for restaurants, entertainment and retail.”

     
  • There are dozens of computer-controlled foot soldiers whose presence imbues “Titanfall” with the feeling of an epic war.

    ‘Titanfall’ a beauty and a beast of a gameMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    “Titanfall” is the ambitious inaugural game from Respawn Entertainment, a studio that includes developers who worked on the landmark “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” series. It’s clear after spending a few days clashing with Titans that they’ve changed the game again, refreshing the static shoot-’em-up genre with this fabulously fluid sci-fi shooter. There are so many different ways to play as either a free-running pilot on the ground or inside a lumbering Titan that it’s always entertaining, no matter if you’re a shooter newbie or hard-core “Halo” and “Call of Duty” devotee.

     
  • “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have upped the raunch factor in the new video game “South Park: The Stick of Truth.”

    Raunchy new 'South Park' game is sweetMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Remember when “South Park” debuted on Comedy Central in 1997? Remember how shocking the cursing, toilet humor and black comedy seemed? Take that level of shock and multiply it by, oh, 20 and you'll have some idea of what you should expect from “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” the new video game written by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Like its cable TV counterpart, “The Stick of Truth” gleefully tackles issues like gun control, racism, sexism and pedophilia. If you're not a “South Park” fan, by all means avoid it. Even if you're a fan, there are moments that will make you say “ick” — even as you're laughing at the game's audacity.

     
  • The major story missions are well-constructed in Square Enix’s “Thief.”

    ‘Thief’ delivers some unpolished gemsMar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Video games are filled with scenarios where the only solution is to blast your way out. That’s why I have a soft spot for “stealth” games. In 1998, Eidos Interactive’s “Thief: The Dark Project” introduced the idea that light is your enemy and darkness your friend. The Eidos Montreal studio is now trying to reclaim that legacy with “Thief,” a game whose bright spots are sometimes overshadowed by thoughtless design and technical shortcomings. The protagonist, Garrett, is a jaded master thief in a fog-drenched city (called “the City”) that looks like Victorian London.

     
  • “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” isn’t a breeze, it’s actually pretty hard, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

    Donkey Kong stumbles in ‘Tropical Freeze’Feb 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Donkey Kong: He jumps. He punches. He swings on vines and swims with sharks. He wears a monogrammed necktie. He’s kind of boring. Still, “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” provides all the action that fans of the big galoot are probably looking for. Right from the start, though, players expecting a laid-back island vibe will discover that “Tropical Freeze” is hard.

     
  • Jimmie Johnson hopes to repeat his 2013 Daytona win Sunday — and go on to tie the record of seven Sprint Cup championships in a year.

    Johnson hits the track at Daytona with his eyes on the prizeFeb 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Records, as they say, are made to be broken. And a major sports record could be tied this year, the one for Sprint Cup championships in a career: seven, currently held by Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt, and being pursued by Jimmie Johnson.

     
  • “Titanfall,” set for release March 11 on Xbox One and PC and March 25 on Xbox 360, is aiming to shake things up with a mix of new gameplay elements.

    ‘Titanfall’: 5 ways it’s unlike other shootersFeb 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Titans are coming — and they’re dropping something new on gamers. “Titanfall,” the much-anticipated sci-fi shoot-’em-up from Respawn Entertainment set for release March 11 on Xbox One and PC and March 25 on Xbox 360, is aiming to shake up a genre that’s long been dominated by military franchises like “Call of Duty” and “Battlefield” with a mix of new gameplay elements.

     
  • A warrior named Lightning has been reincarnated with godlike powers in “Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.” The world is going to end in 13 days, and her task is to save as many souls as possible.

    ‘Final Fantasy XIII’ fizzles at the finishFeb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    “Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII” is like the last 20 minutes of “The Return of the King” stretched over a 50-hour-plus video game. Here’s the essence: The heroine, a warrior named Lightning, has been reincarnated with godlike powers. The world is going to end in 13 days, and her task is to save as many souls as possible.

     
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