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December 21, 1993 | ALEXANDER COCKBURN, Alexander Cockburn writes for the Nation and other publications.
The response to President Bill Clinton's nomination of former Admiral Bobby Ray Inman to succeed Defense Secretary Les Aspin has been almost uniformly cordial, across the political spectrum. The press has been kind, too. From Bob Woodward of the Washington Post came praise from his sources for Inman's "piercing intellect, honesty, unusual memory for details and prodigious capacity for work." Woodward did add that Inman has "a kind of genius, as well, for ingratiation."
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December 6, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
The launch of the biggest video games of the year was only enough to lessen the long-running slump in retail video game sales. U.S. game industry receipts were down 11% in November, the month that saw the debut of such hot titles as “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” “Halo 4” and “Assassin's Creed III” -- the top three titles of the month, in that order. Searching for a silver lining, NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan noted that “November had the smallest year-over-year decrease we have seen for dollar and unit sales so far this year.” Microsoft's Xbox 360 was the No. 1 console for the 16th month straight, selling 1.26 million units.
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BUSINESS
August 4, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Despite owning a broad portfolio of game franchises, Activision Blizzard Inc. continues to rely on a handful of titles from Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine and the Call of Duty franchise for much of its sales and profits. The Santa Monica game publisher said its second-quarter revenue of $1.15 billion was up 19% from $967 million a year earlier, thanks to strong sales of supplemental online content for its Call of Duty: Black Ops, as well as the popularity of two Blizzard titles, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2012 | By Marisa Gerber and Wesley Lowery
A few minutes after Wal-Mart store employees started letting the crowd in 12 people at a time, the security guard manning the front of the line at the Panorama City store switched between two instructions to the crowd. "Calm down, people. You have to wait when you get inside anyway," and "Walk, don't run!" Stores across the Southland were opening up before midnight Thursday. Store officials were wary after incidents in years past, such as one last Thanksgiving at a Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch; a shopper there pepper sprayed fellow customers, injuring at least seven of them.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
One video game. One day. Half a billion dollars. In the latest sign that Activision's "Call of Duty" military shooter franchise remains a retail behemoth, gamers worldwide spent more than $500 million on the latest sequel, "Black Ops II," in its first day on sale. That's far-and-away the biggest video game launch of the year, easily exceeding the $220 million spent on "Halo 4" its first 24 hours last week ("Halo 4" was available only for the Xbox 360, though, while "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" can also be played on the Playstation 3 console)
BUSINESS
June 15, 2011
Top 10 U.S. Video Games in May 2011 (publisher) L.A. Noire (Take-Two Interactive Software) Brink (Bethesda Softworks) Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Disney Interactive) Portal 2 (Electronic Arts) Mortal Kombat 2011 (Warner Bros. Interactive) Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard) Zumba Fitness (Majesco) NBA 2K11 (Take-Two) Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft) Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts) Source: NPD Group Inc.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Activision Blizzard Inc. has raised its financial projections for the year, based largely on the strength of a single game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. But a sharp drop in subscribers for the game publisher's other marquee title, World of Warcraft, knocked the wind out of the company's stock. The Santa Monica company announced Tuesday that subscribers for its World of Warcraft online game had fallen to 10.3 million from 11.4 million at the end of March. "The magnitude of the decline was surprising," said Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
The video game industry got a much needed bonus last Tuesday as "Halo 4" players around the world spent more than $220 million on the heavily marketed sequel. That's the highest ever first day gross for Microsoft Corp.'s blockbuster science-fiction/action franchise. 2010's "Halo Reach," the previous record holder, enjoyed a $200-million "opening day. " Microsoft did not report how many "Halo 4" units it sold on launch day, but based on the game's U.S. retail price of between $60 and $100, the total is more than 2.2 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday. Lindsay Lohan is reportedly dropping the Lohan. You can just call her Lindsay now, OK? ( Pop Eater ) Radiohead is getting into the newspaper business (sort of). ( Los Angeles Times ) Elizabeth Taylor may be gone, but not before divulging that James Dean said he was molested by his minister. ( Huffington Post ) The "Grey's Anatomy" team must be getting bored -- they're using the March 31 episode to help launch cast member Sara Ramirez's singing career.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
The video game industry received a rare lift in February, with sales rising 3% in the U.S. as consumers dug deeper into their pockets to buy motion controllers and consoles from Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp. February's increase was only the third positive month of the last year for the industry. Americans spent $1.36 billion last month on games and consoles, up from $1.33 billion in February 2010, according to a report released Thursday by the market research company NPD Group. A 10% uptick in console sales helped to offset a 5% decline in the amount of money that players spent on games.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
One video game. One day. Half a billion dollars. In the latest sign that Activision's "Call of Duty" military shooter franchise remains a retail behemoth, gamers worldwide spent more than $500 million on the latest sequel, "Black Ops II," in its first day on sale. That's far-and-away the biggest video game launch of the year, easily exceeding the $220 million spent on "Halo 4" its first 24 hours last week ("Halo 4" was available only for the Xbox 360, though, while "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" can also be played on the Playstation 3 console)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
The video game industry got a much needed bonus last Tuesday as "Halo 4" players around the world spent more than $220 million on the heavily marketed sequel. That's the highest ever first day gross for Microsoft Corp.'s blockbuster science-fiction/action franchise. 2010's "Halo Reach," the previous record holder, enjoyed a $200-million "opening day. " Microsoft did not report how many "Halo 4" units it sold on launch day, but based on the game's U.S. retail price of between $60 and $100, the total is more than 2.2 million.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Activision Blizzard Inc. has raised its financial projections for the year, based largely on the strength of a single game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. But a sharp drop in subscribers for the game publisher's other marquee title, World of Warcraft, knocked the wind out of the company's stock. The Santa Monica company announced Tuesday that subscribers for its World of Warcraft online game had fallen to 10.3 million from 11.4 million at the end of March. "The magnitude of the decline was surprising," said Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Despite owning a broad portfolio of game franchises, Activision Blizzard Inc. continues to rely on a handful of titles from Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine and the Call of Duty franchise for much of its sales and profits. The Santa Monica game publisher said its second-quarter revenue of $1.15 billion was up 19% from $967 million a year earlier, thanks to strong sales of supplemental online content for its Call of Duty: Black Ops, as well as the popularity of two Blizzard titles, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2011
Top 10 U.S. Video Games in May 2011 (publisher) L.A. Noire (Take-Two Interactive Software) Brink (Bethesda Softworks) Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Disney Interactive) Portal 2 (Electronic Arts) Mortal Kombat 2011 (Warner Bros. Interactive) Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard) Zumba Fitness (Majesco) NBA 2K11 (Take-Two) Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft) Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts) Source: NPD Group Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday. Lindsay Lohan is reportedly dropping the Lohan. You can just call her Lindsay now, OK? ( Pop Eater ) Radiohead is getting into the newspaper business (sort of). ( Los Angeles Times ) Elizabeth Taylor may be gone, but not before divulging that James Dean said he was molested by his minister. ( Huffington Post ) The "Grey's Anatomy" team must be getting bored -- they're using the March 31 episode to help launch cast member Sara Ramirez's singing career.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2011 | By Nate Jackson and Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times
In the world of pop culture, 2010 was a year of big, eye-catching numbers: More than 100 million people watched the Super Bowl in January, and, by year's end, a video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, had done more than a billion dollars' worth of business ? a higher gross than many would-be Hollywood blockbusters. But understanding what those numbers tell us about the rapidly changing entertainment environment requires that we make some statistical comparisons that help explain what audiences were watching, listening to and buying last year.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2012 | By Marisa Gerber and Wesley Lowery
A few minutes after Wal-Mart store employees started letting the crowd in 12 people at a time, the security guard manning the front of the line at the Panorama City store switched between two instructions to the crowd. "Calm down, people. You have to wait when you get inside anyway," and "Walk, don't run!" Stores across the Southland were opening up before midnight Thursday. Store officials were wary after incidents in years past, such as one last Thanksgiving at a Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch; a shopper there pepper sprayed fellow customers, injuring at least seven of them.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
The video game industry received a rare lift in February, with sales rising 3% in the U.S. as consumers dug deeper into their pockets to buy motion controllers and consoles from Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp. February's increase was only the third positive month of the last year for the industry. Americans spent $1.36 billion last month on games and consoles, up from $1.33 billion in February 2010, according to a report released Thursday by the market research company NPD Group. A 10% uptick in console sales helped to offset a 5% decline in the amount of money that players spent on games.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2011 | By Nate Jackson and Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times
In the world of pop culture, 2010 was a year of big, eye-catching numbers: More than 100 million people watched the Super Bowl in January, and, by year's end, a video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, had done more than a billion dollars' worth of business ? a higher gross than many would-be Hollywood blockbusters. But understanding what those numbers tell us about the rapidly changing entertainment environment requires that we make some statistical comparisons that help explain what audiences were watching, listening to and buying last year.
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