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  • Donkey Kong stumbles in ‘Tropical Freeze’ Feb 25, 2014 5:30 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.

  • Johnson hits the track at Daytona with his eyes on the prize Feb 23, 2014 5:45 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’: 5 ways it’s unlike other shooters Feb 19, 2014 5:30 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.

  • ‘Final Fantasy XIII’ fizzles at the finish Feb 18, 2014 5:30 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.

  • Not all escapist fare is for kids Aug 3, 2014 10:20 PM
    Thanks to Harry Potter, “Lord of the Rings” and Hollywood's insistence that no big-budget movie be rated R, imaginative fantasy and sci-fi films have become synonymous with kiddie fare — or, at the very least, kid-friendly fare. So theatergoers this week get a PG-13 remake of “RoboCop.” It could be an entertaining romp, but its gory, vulgar, R-rated predecessor was so much more than that.

  • Another way to play with Legos Feb 7, 2014 5:45 AM
    “The Lego Movie,” a new 3-D animated feature from the makers of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “21 Jump Street,” arrives in theaters today with an impressive roster of vocal talents and a lot of positive buzz. It was only a matter of time before the Danish toy would hit the silver screen — Lego has expanded far beyond its line of colorful construction blocks to include video games, direct-to-video movies, retail stores, theme parks and attractions like the Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg.

  • 'Wolfenstein': 5 ways it's being reinvented Feb 27, 2014 12:26 PM
    In the upcoming video game “Wolfenstein: The New Order,” players will be doing only one thing — killing Nazis — but the creators at MachineGames, who have never before taken on a “Wolfenstein” game, have added several updates to make the 32-year-old first-person shooter franchise feel modern. “New Order” is celebrating the kamikaze style of the “Wolfenstein” series, which essentially launched the first-person shoot-'em-up genre, while reinventing it with a story line reminiscent of “Inglourious Basterds” and “Captain America.”

  • Super Sunday: Football funday is finally here Aug 3, 2014 10:24 PM
    The biggest day on the NFL calendar is here, the virtual holiday known as Super Bowl Sunday. This year’s championship game, airing at 5:30 on Fox, pits veteran QB Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos against controversial loudmouth Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks, but the on-field fireworks may once again take a backseat to the expensive commercials and another lavish halftime show.

  • Watch the nominees at home Aug 3, 2014 10:21 PM
    In five weeks and two days, one of this year's nine best picture nominees will win the Academy Award — and most of the millions of people watching the telecast around the world will have seen none of the contenders.

  • 'Wii Fit U,' 'Xbox Fitness' feel the burn Jan 21, 2014 6:18 AM
    While video game consoles can't help users save money or stop smoking — yet, anyway — there are a few recently released games that can help with the most popular of New Year's resolutions: exercise. Here's a look at four titles that offer an alternative to working out at the gym or with a personal trainer.

  • Nintendo forced to study new business model Jan 17, 2014 4:12 PM
    “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.”

  • Champaign man a YouTube video-game star Jan 9, 2014 7:37 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.

  • Getting fit with a Wii U Aug 3, 2014 10:21 PM
    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.

  • NY man’s 10,607 video games secure Guinness title Dec 28, 2013 6:00 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.”

  • From Cumberbatch to Targaryen: The best of 2013 Dec 27, 2013 6:00 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.

  • AP critics pick the year’s best video games Dec 24, 2013 5:30 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.

  • Man’s 10,607 video games secure Guinness title Dec 24, 2013 2:24 PM
    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.

  • Deck the DVR with boughs of holly Dec 13, 2013 6:00 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 back on the prowl in ‘3D World’ Dec 10, 2013 5:30 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.

  • Review: Xbox One nearly a set-top box replacement Dec 7, 2013 7:15 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.

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