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December 24, 2005 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Jerome Bettis was unstoppable. He twisted out of tackles. He plunged over piles of players. He dented the helmets of defenders who stood in his path. He wasn't just the star running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was a tireless touchdown machine. Eventually, however, he had to climb off the couch and return to the real world. That's when he shelved his joystick and gave up the Madden NFL video game for good. "I had to quit cold turkey three years ago," Bettis said.
September 10, 2009 | Patrick Kevin Day
To create the grim and gritty battle-zone gaming environment of Slayer for the action flick "Gamer," production designer Jerry Fleming drew on his early experience working for Robert Altman, where he was required to create fully dressed environments to allow the free-spirited director to shoot where he pleased. "Gamer's" Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor "are the first directors I've worked with since Altman where I had to create a 360-world and assume that everything is always on camera," Fleming says.
September 18, 2005 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Reliever Yhency Brazoban is about to join a handful of rookies to have pitched in 100 games. Brazoban has been in 67 games this season, tying the Dodger rookie record for one season set by Duaner Sanchez, who made 67 appearances last year. But Brazoban also made 31 appearances in August and September last season, giving him a total of 98.
March 5, 2008 | Dylan Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Clayton Kershaw crossed the bridge at Dodgertown on Tuesday, walking from the minor league clubhouse into a world where he had trouble controlling the flow of his adrenaline and his mistakes were punished. But when it was time for the Dodgers' top prospect to walk back over the creek dividing the camp that night, he did so with the certainty that he could strike out batters at baseball's highest level.
The new year isn't even here yet, but already the folks at Buena Park-based Yamaha Corp. of America are thinking about what people will want to do with the computers they receive as holiday gifts. Yamaha hopes they'll play games. Really loud games. Yamaha, which is trying to make a name for itself in the computer speakers market, hopes people will want to upgrade their computers' generally substandard speakers.
January 28, 1996 | Jerry Camarillo Dunn, Jr.
flap v. to play video games. rel. flapper: a video gamer. in the zone adj. when a player is totally captivated by the game. "Check out Eddie's little brother--he's in the zone." lives n. number of chances or turns. 1-up n. extra life. Evolved from Pac-Man, whose display screen announced first player's turn as "1-up." shooter n. game based on shooting at attackers. Genre evolved from arcade games like Defender and Space Invaders. cheeze victory n.
July 6, 2009 | Alex Pham
To video game publishers, Mark Weiner is both a dream come true and a nightmare. The 23-year-old San Francisco Bay Area operations analyst likes to pounce on the latest blockbuster releases. He spends dozens of hours a week playing a wide range of titles. "I am passionate about games," he said. This should be good for game companies such as Activision Blizzard Inc., Electronic Arts Inc. and Ubisoft Entertainment, which publish many of the titles Weiner likes to play. But it's not welcome news.
November 15, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Fourteen-year-olds who were frequent video gamers had more gray matter in the rewards center of the brain than peers who didn't play video games as much -- suggesting that gaming may be correlated to changes in the brain much as addictions are. European scientists reported the discovery Tuesday in the journal Translational Psychiatry. Psychologist Simone Kuhn of Ghent University in Belgium and colleagues recruited 154 healthy 14-year-olds in Berlin and divided them into two groups.
As if the dating scene weren't already stressful enough and the thought of unsolicited parental input didn't induce shuddering, NBC offers an entry in the surreality TV category to take it all to another level. "Meet My Folks" (premiering tonight at 10, then continuing Wednesdays at 8) is an odd cocktail of the 2000 movie "Meet the Parents," starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller, and MTV's "The Real World," leaving the three male contestants both shaken and stirred.
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