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December 11, 2011 |
Erin Reynolds is a graduate student, so she knows at least one thing for certain. "Everyone feels stress," she said. That's part of the reason Reynolds and 12 others on her team created a video game that uses heart-rate sensors to help players learn to stay calm as they wind their way through a decrepit house filled with their characters' horrific memories. The 28-year-old USC cinematic arts student said she believes her psychological thriller game, Nevermind, can help people develop ways to cope with stress.
March 11, 2011 |
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.
February 9, 2011
BOOKS Jane McGonigal For kids growing up in the aughts, video games have replaced TV as the brain-rotting boogeyman promoting violence and impassive drooling for hours on end. But there are an increasing number of writers and designers from the video game industry who are advocating its potential for creativity and a deeper understanding of the world. Zócalo Public Square presents the game designer and author of "Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.
December 10, 2010
Miley Cyrus turns 18 with a bong, but sources claim it's not weed. ( TMZ ) Dick Van Dyke's one-man show has been canceled due to the star's Achilles' tendon injury. ( Los Angeles Times ) The L.A. Forum has been quiet recently, but it's poised to be a major concert player. ( Los Angeles Times ) After a rocky 2010, Call of Duty: Black Ops perks up the video game industry. ( Los Angeles Times ) "The Hasselhoffs" won't join the Kardashians in the halls of reality show glory -- it got canceled after just two episodes.
November 2, 2010 |
Video games are replete with gangsters, zombies and other evil characters. But for the industry that makes those games, its scariest foe is Jim Steyer. A longtime children's advocate, Steyer has taken up the flag against the game industry and lobbied zealously on behalf of a California law that bans the sale of violent games to minors. The law, which was struck down by lower federal courts as unconstitutional, is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday in the U.S. Supreme Court. For Steyer, the hearing is the culmination of a life's work tackling what he sees as a major health hazard endangering kids.
September 10, 2010
A roundup of Friday morning's arts and entertainment headlines: Joaquin Phoenix hasn't given up acting quite yet. ( Hollywood Reporter ) "Glee" inspires a real-life show choir festival in London. ( Playbill ) Terrence Malick's long-in-the-works "Tree of Life" will be distributed by Fox Searchlight ... whenever it comes out. ( Los Angeles Times ) The video game industry tries to head to the Supreme Court to overturn California's violent-game restrictions.