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  • ‘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.

  • Google Glass leads video-game makers to test wearable market Mar 22, 2014 8:00 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.

  • Search for old Atari games to go on in New Mexico Mar 21, 2014 4:18 PM
    “E.T.” the video game, inspired by the hit 1982 movie, is said to have contributed to Atari’s decline.

  • New Dave & Buster's part of Westfield Hawthorn one-stop shop strategy Mar 21, 2014 5:21 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.”

  • ‘Titanfall’ a beauty and a beast of a game Mar 17, 2014 5:30 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.

  • Raunchy new 'South Park' game is sweet Mar 11, 2014 9:58 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.

  • ‘Thief’ delivers some unpolished gems Mar 4, 2014 5:45 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 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.”

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