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January 28, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
For “Downton Abbey” fans, the temptation to insert one's self into the action can at times be overwhelming, never more so than during Sunday night's heartbreaking, four-hanky weeper of an episode . Didn't we all want to  jump into the show and rush Sybil off to the hospital or, failing that, push Lord Grantham and Sir Philip in front of a speeding train? Now, thanks to an exceedingly clever person named Bill Kiley , that reality is one step closer (if not quite realized)
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April 27, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Nine o'clock on a Saturday morning might seem a tad early for an art opening, but this one, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is particularly spirited. About 200 people -- trustees, patrons, museum curators and others, some of whom have flown in from Dallas and New York for the event -- stream into the lobby of LACMA's Resnick Pavilion, where a range of works have been staged across three galleries. At one end, a dapper man in a plaid sports jacket inspects an 18 th century painting by Antonio de Torres, “Virgin of Guadalupe,” with a magnifying glass (plucked from a bowl of them at the exhibit entrance)
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BUSINESS
July 9, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A French video game collector just sold a collection of thousands of video games on eBay for more than $1.2 million. The collection includes every video game for many of Nintendo's consoles, every video game for every single Sega console as well as all the games for the lesser-known NEC video game systems. In total, the collection includes 22 full sets with about 7,000 video games. The seller is a 32-year-old man named Andre who lives in south France. Andre said he works in law and is constantly selling video games -- this collection just happened to be the biggest he's ever sold.
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April 26, 2014 | By Steve Padilla
As one online commentator put it, "This is like discovering a UFO for gaming. " The writer was referring to the dusty scene captured in a YouTube video shot in the New Mexico desert, where makers of a film documentary began digging in a landfill in search of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," a failed Atari video game made more than a generation ago. "E.T. " was a great film, but the game was a bomb, flop, fiasco. On the bright side, its complete failure did produce a video game urban legend on a par with more mainstream legends like Bigfoot and the Jersey Devil.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
With two related titles already planned for consoles, Warner Bros. on Tuesday announced a partnership to create video games for the Web and mobile devices based on its upcoming trilogy of  "The Hobbit," with the first film set to hit theaters in December. San Francisco-based Kabam, which focuses on free multi-player games for digital devices beyond consoles, will create two "Hobbit" tie-in video games set to launch later this fall, the studio said. "The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age" is a military strategy game for Web browsers that lets players control armies of fantasy characters such as dwarfs, orcs and elves.
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June 14, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
The video game industry hit the pause button on sales in May, posting its lowest monthly revenue from U.S. retail stores such as Best Buy Co. and GameStop Corp. since October 2006. Sales of games, consoles and game accessories such as extra controllers dropped 14% last month to $743.1 million, down from $866.8 million in May 2010, according to a report released Monday from NPD Group, a market research firm. "A light slate of new releases is at the heart of last month's performance," said NPD analyst Anita Frazier.
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March 2, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note below.
A "Star Wars" fan has made a video game that lets players throw virtual objects with their minds, but he's having trouble selling it because people don't believe it works. "One blogger that I reached out to accused me of fabricating the entire thing," said Lat Ware, a 28-year-old game developer in Sunnyvale, Calif. But Ware assures us that "Throw Trucks With Your Mind!," the game he is trying to fund on Kickstarter , is no hoax. Ware let VentureBeat test the game, and after the demo, the tech website's reporter proclaimed he was a Jedi Master.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Lat Ware placed the NeuroSky headset on my 10-year-old son's head and then began making the adjustments. The device detects brain waves, and then digitizes them. Ware, 28, had to make sure the headset was picking up the right waves before the real fun could begin.  Once everything was set, Ware provided some simple rules. Look at the computer screen where he had just launched the demo version of his work-in-progress video game called, "Throw Trucks With Your Mind!" Concentrate on one object, in this case a kind of futuristic tank sitting in a large chamber.
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June 5, 2011 | By Alex Pham and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
At the video game industry's first Electronic Entertainment Expo 16 years ago, Sony Corp.'s PlayStation and Sega's Saturn dazzled attendees and defined the cutting edge of coolness with their CD drives and three-dimensional graphics. This week, as the industry gathers in downtown Los Angeles for its annual E3 extravaganza, some experts are questioning how significant those boxes of electronics really are in a rapidly changing video game business. After dominating the market for decades and making their way into 1 out of every 2 U.S. homes, consoles are beginning to face serious competition as teenagers and adults increasingly play games designed for smartphones, tablets and online social networks.
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December 8, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
There's more bad news for THQ Inc. The Agoura Hills video game publisher said revenue for the critical holiday quarter is likely to come in 25% below what it had initially forecast this year. THQ Chief Executive Brian Farrell attributed the shortfall to weak sales of uDraw, a game that lets players draw pictures on a tablet device that's connected wirelessly to consoles. The tablet, which was originally priced between $70 and $80, is now selling for about $50 at retailers such as GameStop.
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April 18, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Cody Wygant was an avid player of video games like "Aliens Extermination" and "Call of Duty. " The role-playing games were so important that the persistent screams of his 16-month-old son was too much of an annoyance, according to the Citrus County sheriff's office in Florida. So Wygant, an unemployed resident of Homosassa, Fla., about 90 miles west of Orlando, suffocated the boy and left him in a playpen, officials allege. "It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son -- it just baffles the mind," Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
In a climactic car-chase scene in the new movie "Need for Speed," a race car barrels into the back of a police SUV, sending the truck flying through the air. To put viewers in the drivers' seats, director Scott Waugh placed cameras inside the SUV so they could feel the sensation of the truck rotating in the air. He positioned cameras on the head of the stunt driver maneuvering the vehicle that collides with the SUV, and in the car driven by Tobey...
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March 8, 2014 | By August Brown
The rapper Future is known for his liberal use of Auto-Tune, but now he's got another charmingly low-rent bit of technology to share. The Atlanta rapper-singer has a great new single in "Move That Dope," which features guest turns from Pharrell Williams, Pusha T and Cameo. To accompany it, he posted an addictive new video game that's a slightly more menacing version of vintage Nintendo titles. " Move That Doh " (a more family-friendly version of the title) sports 8-bit graphics straight out of the '80s heyday of cocaine trafficking.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
As a child, Shannon Studstill sold gum to her classmates to finance her weekly trips to the video game arcade. That early investment in "Pac-Man" and "Defender" would pay huge dividends. Studstill, one of the most powerful women in the male-dominated world of video games, now runs Sony Santa Monica Studio, the development group responsible for the company's hit franchise "God of War" and the publisher of such critically acclaimed independent titles as "Journey. " The 43-year-old executive is an anomaly in an industry known for its underrepresentation of women.
SPORTS
February 27, 2014 | Nathan Fenno
Electronic Arts Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Co. wanted to use the names and likenesses of college athletes in video games, according to an NCAA document unsealed in federal court Wednesday. The report was among hundreds of pages of documents that U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ordered to be made fully or partially public in the long-running antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA fronted by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon. The case is scheduled for trial in June and, in the interim, the document dump provides another window into the often contentious issues of amateurism and compensation raised by the case.
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February 22, 2014 | Ben Bolch
It's a breakdown that might startle Lakers fans. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said he spends 75% of practice time on defense. "That's our main focus of every practice," D'Antoni said. "Our main focus on film is defense. We know that you cannot be a good team unless you play defense. You don't win games unless you play defense and everybody knows that. " The Lakers beat the Boston Celtics on Friday night in part by playing better defense, holding their rivals to 18 points in the second and fourth quarters of a 101-92 victory at Staples Center.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
How does a game designer ask his gamer girlfriend to marry him? How about with a video game that ends with a wedding proposal? Robert Fink, a video game artist, teamed up with a few of his friends to develop "Knight Man: A Quest For Love," a video game that proposes to his girlfriend Angel White after she completes an obstacle course. The game is online and available for all to play . "The first thought in my head when I saw her was, 'She's beautiful...and she plays video games...
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Eugene is thinking about buying an Xbox One game console. but he's worried about extra charges if the device turns out to be all buggy. Buggy tech is a worry shared by most users. You think everything should be running smoothly because a gadget is new, and it turns out the software still needs patching. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions A game console is basically a personal computer in new clothes, so it's a very real concern that something can go kerblooey on the coding level.
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February 5, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Uncharted" has proved an unintentionally fitting name for the on-again, off-again film adaptation of the video game "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune," about a globe-trotting treasure hunter. After bouncing around Hollywood for years, the project has reportedly plotted a new course yet again, this time with Seth Gordon at the helm. Deadline Hollywood reports that Sony Pictures Entertainment is negotiating with the "Horrible Bosses" director to take on the film, which is envisioned as a large-scale action movie about the swashbuckling adventurer Nathan Drake, a descendant of the famous explorer Sir Francis Drake. The latest version of the script is by David Guggenheim ("Safe House")
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