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May 21, 2012 | By Alex Pham and Ben Fritz
Details of video game publisherActivision Blizzard Inc.'s high-profile deal in 2010 with Bungie Inc. to make an original game series has been made public for the first time as part of a separate lawsuit involving the Call of Duty game franchise. The deal with Bungie, considered one of the hottest studios in the industry, at the time helped Activision save face in the midst of an ugly legal fight with former Call of Duty developers Jason West and Vincent Zampella, whom Activision had fired a month earlier in March 2010.
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January 23, 2013 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
THQ? RIP. The Agoura Hills video game publisher that only five years ago had a market value of more than $2 billion sold most of its assets at a bankruptcy auction that closed on Tuesday. Games in development and production studios owned by THQ were bought by a variety of competitors for a total of $72 million, according to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. That exceeded a "stalking horse" bid THQ had from private investment firm Clearlake Capital Group, which offered to take the entire company private for $60 million.
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BUSINESS
January 23, 2013 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
THQ? RIP. The Agoura Hills video game publisher that only five years ago had a market value of more than $2 billion sold most of its assets at a bankruptcy auction that closed on Tuesday. Games in development and production studios owned by THQ were bought by a variety of competitors for a total of $72 million, according to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. That exceeded a "stalking horse" bid THQ had from private investment firm Clearlake Capital Group, which offered to take the entire company private for $60 million.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
  NEWTOWN, Conn. - When he was a student at Newtown High, Adam Lanza would sometimes have what a school employee referred to as "an episode. " No one knew what might bring it on. The shy teenager "would just shut down," said Richard Novia, a former advisor to the school tech club. He said Lanza would get together with other technology-minded students to play fantasy role-playing video games and for sleepovers at school. The thin, gangly boy would take part with enjoyment. At school, Lanza would shuffle through the halls, clutching his briefcase to his chest and avoiding eye contact.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
  NEWTOWN, Conn. - When he was a student at Newtown High, Adam Lanza would sometimes have what a school employee referred to as "an episode. " No one knew what might bring it on. The shy teenager "would just shut down," said Richard Novia, a former advisor to the school tech club. He said Lanza would get together with other technology-minded students to play fantasy role-playing video games and for sleepovers at school. The thin, gangly boy would take part with enjoyment. At school, Lanza would shuffle through the halls, clutching his briefcase to his chest and avoiding eye contact.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Is OnLive still alive? The online-game streaming company may have laid off a significant number of workers, triggering wide speculation about whether it is on life support. The stories of layoffs, reported by Mashable , Kotaku , Engadget and Gamasutra , were dismissed in an email as "rumors" by OnLive spokeswoman Jane Anderson, who declined comment further. Mashable reported that "the entire staff" of OnLive was laid off Friday morning, while Engadget put the figure at 50% of employees.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Troubled video game publisher THQ has delayed its next three high-profile releases and is seeking to raise new capital in a bid to stay afloat. The Agoura Hills company said Monday that it is pushing back its widely anticipated game "South Park: The Stick of Truth," which is being made in partnership with the Comedy Central show's creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, from March 5 to sometime early in its fiscal 2014, which begins April 1. ...
BUSINESS
March 7, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Apple's iPad, as well as other tablets and a sea of smartphones, have changed the face of video games over the last few years. In seeing the unveiling of the new iPad on Wednesday, I couldn't help but wonder what the latest Apple tablet might mean for gamers such as myself. It's because of the iPad, the iPhone -- and competing devices such as the dozens of rivals running Google's Android operating system -- that the casual gaming series Angry Birds is known to about as many kids nowadays as characters such as Nintendo's Mario and Link from the Zelda line of games, as well as Microsoft's Master Chief from the fantastic Halo shooter games.
SPORTS
February 9, 1991 | TOM BIRSCHBACH
When it comes to making last-second desperation shots from halfcourt and beyond, Savanna High School's Jeremy Lyche is getting either awfully lucky, very good or a combination of the two. Lyche, who had sunk a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to end the first half, banked in a 45-footer with one second remaining in the game to beat Valencia, 68-65, in an Orange League game Friday night at Valencia.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2009 | Alex Pham
Id Software, creator of the Doom, Wolfenstein 3D and Quake games, has been sold to ZeniMax Media for an undisclosed amount. ZeniMax's Bethesda Softworks studio created the popular Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games. In a statement released Wednesday, ZeniMax said the development process at Id Software would remain untouched. Id will continue to operate as a studio under the direction of founder John Carmack. No changes will be made in the operations of Id's game development.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Troubled video game publisher THQ has delayed its next three high-profile releases and is seeking to raise new capital in a bid to stay afloat. The Agoura Hills company said Monday that it is pushing back its widely anticipated game "South Park: The Stick of Truth," which is being made in partnership with the Comedy Central show's creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, from March 5 to sometime early in its fiscal 2014, which begins April 1. ...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Is OnLive still alive? The online-game streaming company may have laid off a significant number of workers, triggering wide speculation about whether it is on life support. The stories of layoffs, reported by Mashable , Kotaku , Engadget and Gamasutra , were dismissed in an email as "rumors" by OnLive spokeswoman Jane Anderson, who declined comment further. Mashable reported that "the entire staff" of OnLive was laid off Friday morning, while Engadget put the figure at 50% of employees.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2012 | By Alex Pham and Ben Fritz
Details of video game publisherActivision Blizzard Inc.'s high-profile deal in 2010 with Bungie Inc. to make an original game series has been made public for the first time as part of a separate lawsuit involving the Call of Duty game franchise. The deal with Bungie, considered one of the hottest studios in the industry, at the time helped Activision save face in the midst of an ugly legal fight with former Call of Duty developers Jason West and Vincent Zampella, whom Activision had fired a month earlier in March 2010.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Apple's iPad, as well as other tablets and a sea of smartphones, have changed the face of video games over the last few years. In seeing the unveiling of the new iPad on Wednesday, I couldn't help but wonder what the latest Apple tablet might mean for gamers such as myself. It's because of the iPad, the iPhone -- and competing devices such as the dozens of rivals running Google's Android operating system -- that the casual gaming series Angry Birds is known to about as many kids nowadays as characters such as Nintendo's Mario and Link from the Zelda line of games, as well as Microsoft's Master Chief from the fantastic Halo shooter games.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2009 | Alex Pham
Id Software, creator of the Doom, Wolfenstein 3D and Quake games, has been sold to ZeniMax Media for an undisclosed amount. ZeniMax's Bethesda Softworks studio created the popular Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games. In a statement released Wednesday, ZeniMax said the development process at Id Software would remain untouched. Id will continue to operate as a studio under the direction of founder John Carmack. No changes will be made in the operations of Id's game development.
SPORTS
February 9, 1991 | TOM BIRSCHBACH
When it comes to making last-second desperation shots from halfcourt and beyond, Savanna High School's Jeremy Lyche is getting either awfully lucky, very good or a combination of the two. Lyche, who had sunk a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to end the first half, banked in a 45-footer with one second remaining in the game to beat Valencia, 68-65, in an Orange League game Friday night at Valencia.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2008 | Alex Pham
Electronic Arts Inc. on Tuesday canceled Tiberium, a spinoff of its popular Command & Conquer franchise of shooter games, and said it would lay off an unspecified number of employees at its Playa Vista office. "The game was not on track to meet the high quality standards set by the team and by the EA Games label," EA spokeswoman Miriam Sughayer said. Sughayer said the Redwood City, Calif., developer would strive to place most of the affected workers into other EA projects. "This is not about cutting back financially," she said.
NEWS
March 7, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
"Exergames," interactive digital or video-based games such as Wii Fit and Dance Dance Revolution, are part of today's fitness landscape for children and young adults. But do they really offer a substantial calorie burn? Two studies find that some of the games do, but whether they're fun enough for people to stick with them is another thing. The first study, published online today in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, set out to quantify how many calories children burned while engaging in a number of exergames, and compared those activities with walking on a treadmill at 3 mph. Researchers analyzed energy expenditure among 39 boys and girls, average age about 11, as they spent time on the games and the treadmill.
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