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  • 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.

     
  • 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.”

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Alternate-history Nazis cry ‘Wolfenstein’ May 27, 2014 5:30 AM
    Nazis have made dependable video-game villains. The trend dates back to 1981’s “Castle Wolfenstein,” an Apple II stealth game. The series eventually morphed into “Wolfenstein 3D,” a 1992 first-person shooter that introduced all-American hero William “B.J.” Blazkowicz. He returns in “Wolfenstein: The New Order,” which begins with an assault on the headquarters of Nazi Gen. Wilhelm “Deathshead” Strasse. The mission is a disaster, and a comatose Blazkowicz ends up in a Polish asylum. Flash-forward to 1960, and the Nazis have taken over most of the planet and even a small chunk of the moon.

     
  • 'Halo’ TV series, ‘Halo 5’ game launching in 2015 May 16, 2014 10:14 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.

     
  • ‘MLB 14’ makes solid contact on PS4 May 13, 2014 5:30 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’ a luminous fairy tale May 6, 2014 5:45 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.

     
  • ‘Hearthstone’ card game is the real deal Apr 29, 2014 5:30 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.

     
  • E.T. phone home? The ‘Atari grave’ is real Apr 28, 2014 6:55 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 Woodfield Apr 22, 2014 5:26 PM
    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 brings ‘Tomodachi’ game to U.S., Europe Apr 10, 2014 9:31 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.

     
  • ‘Kinect Sports Rivals’ a moving experience Apr 9, 2014 5:30 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.

     
  • See more of your favorite 'Game of Thrones' stars Aug 3, 2014 10:07 PM
    "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.

     
  • ‘inFamous: Second Son’ makes Seattle super Mar 25, 2014 5:30 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.

     
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