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September 24, 1992 | JONATHAN WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When computer entrepreneur Gilman Louie awoke one day last fall to the news that media baron Robert Maxwell had vanished from his yacht, he knew he'd be in for some interesting times. But Louie, whose up-and-coming computer game company, Sphere Inc., was 89% owned by Maxwell, never imagined the surreal odyssey that would follow, involving shadowy Lichtenstein trusts, desperate Maxwell family members, determined bankruptcy investigators and destitute pensioners.
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September 24, 1992 | JONATHAN WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When computer entrepreneur Gilman Louie awoke one day last fall to the news that media baron Robert Maxwell had vanished from his yacht, he knew he'd be in for some interesting times. But Louie, whose up-and-coming computer game company, Sphere Inc., was 89% owned by Maxwell, never imagined the surreal odyssey that would follow, involving shadowy Lichtenstein trusts, desperate Maxwell family members, determined bankruptcy investigators and destitute pensioners.
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NEWS
December 17, 1993
Electronic art centers--for kids 4 to 12 years old: (Manufacturers in parentheses) "Kid Cuts" (Broderbund): D, M "EA Art Center" (Electronic Arts): M, D, IM, MM "Mario Paint" (Nintendo of America): S Family togetherness: "Mutanoid Word Challenge" (Legacy): D, M "The Miracle Piano Teaching System" (The Software Toolworks): D, M, S, Se, N (Keyboard plus software about $300) Games for children by age: 4 to 6 "Scooter's Magic Castle" (Electronic Arts): D, M, IM, MM "A.J.'
BUSINESS
May 18, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Cap Cities/ABC Buys Out Partner: The unit of Walt Disney Co. said it acquired Alameda-based Spectrum HoloByte Inc. in a sports video game venture the two companies formed last year. Terms were not disclosed. The equally owned enterprise, called OT Sports, was formed to develop interactive game software under the ABC Sports brand. Spectrum said it sold its 50% stake to focus on nonsports categories such as simulation, 3-D action and strategy games. Capital Cities Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 1991 | JEANE deCOSTER and DAVID CROOK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Spectrum HoloByte's game sampler "Fly It, Drive It, Play It" is an idea whose time has come. With its release, players now have access to game demos that were previously available only to dealers. With the price of most computer games ranging from $30-$70, they are the wave of the future. "Fly It" is a playable demo of its soon to be released "Falcon 3.0." An upgrade of a previously released game, it is an F-16 fighter simulation.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1992 | JEANE DeCOSTER and DAVID CROOK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It has been a little more than a year since a hapless band of coup plotters tried to stop the Soviet Union's slide into the dust bin of history and the marketing mavens of Spectrum HoloByte rushed out the news of their upcoming political simulation "Crisis in the Kremlin." They promised a game as current as the headlines. Oh well. "Crisis," which has been available in stores since June, is a pretty good game.
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March 31, 1988 | WILLIAM HARWOOD, United Press International
Through one door in the bowels of the evil warlock's castle waits a dragon. And you know from cruel experience the creature is to be avoided unless you want the kind of suntan you get on Mercury. At high noon. But you've got to do something because your last torch is flickering out, and soon you'll be stumbling around in the dark. So you open a mysterious trapdoor and descend into the gloom.
BUSINESS
June 25, 1993 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vinod Khosla doesn't much like the limelight. But the crowds of movie, cable and computer executives that formed around him every time he loped through the lobby of the Beverly Hilton during this week's Digital World conference made it hard for him to maintain his customary low profile. "We know a lot of people here," he agrees with self-conscious understatement. It's no wonder Khosla is so popular: He's the man with the money.
NEWS
December 17, 1993 | JOYCE SUNILA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the best gifts you can give a girl is entree to the digital future. Like being good at math, computer savvy is empowering. Don't have a home PC? Start off with video games. Nintendo and Sega sell simple mini-computers. Girls who play video games today will face tomorrow's computers at school or work without fear. Although it's a boy's world out there in video game land (just walk through the gaming section of an electronics shop--are you in a store or a locker room?
BUSINESS
December 8, 1992 | JONATHAN WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tim Disney, grandnephew of Walt Disney, has found a business venture that would make his legendary ancestor proud. He is buying a majority interest in a Chicago company that has helped invent a new form of entertainment based on "virtual reality" technology. The company, Virtual World Entertainment, already operates a unique video game-cum-amusement park attraction called Battletech, located in a Chicago shopping center.
BUSINESS
September 29, 1996
* Victor E. Opincar has been selected Orange County president of the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California. Opincar is a regional vice president of Boyle Engineering Corp. in Newport Beach. * Hal Clark, Bob Barnes, Donald Kent and Robert J. Ade have joined as principals Global Capital Markets Inc., an Irvine company specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and international trade finance.
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