May 18, 2012 |
The Pacific Symphony performs music for an unlikely audience -- gamers battling the hellish underworlds of Diablo III. The symphony teamed up with Irvine-based game developer Blizzard Entertainment, known for the Warcraft and Starcraft franchises, for the long-awaited third installment in the Diablo series. More than 100 musicians recorded the score live last July in Costa Mesa's Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall under the baton of Eímear Noone. “It was important to give Diablo III its own sound - - not only via the compositions, but even in the manner in which it was recorded,” Blizzard Entertainment's audio director Russell Brower said in a news release about the project.
June 22, 2009
Weekly roundup of the top five in each category: TELEVISION Top prime-time shows, viewers 18 to 49 For week that ended June 14: NBA Finals (Thur.): ABC, 8.5 million viewers NBA Finals (Tues.) : ABC, 7.7 million NBA Finals (Sun.): ABC, 7.5 million NBA Trophy Presentation : ABC, 7.2 million NHL Stanley Cup Finals (Fri.): NBC, 4.4 million Prime-time viewership For season through June 14: CBS: 11.4 million viewers Fox : 9.5 million ABC : 8.7 million NBC : 7.6 million Univision: 3.
March 25, 2009 |
Shoppers are buying an increasing amount of their music and movies via Web downloads. But video game sales remain firmly rooted in old-fashioned stores because many games require enormous software files that can take hours to download. That's now poised to change. One company, OnLive Inc., showcased one such effort at the Game Developer Conference on Tuesday night. The service promises to let players buy or rent the latest games and start playing within seconds on their television or computers.
July 9, 2012 |
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.
October 11, 2012 |
Strong sales for the latest incarnation of the annual "Madden NFL" and action sequel "Borderlands 2" were not enough to arrest the latest slide in video game sales. Total industry revenue from sales of physical games, consoles and accessories in the U.S. was $848 million in September, according to research firm NPD Group, down 24% from the same period a year ago. Including sales of used games and digital downloads, as well as rentals, revenue in September was close to $1.6 billion, NPD analyst Liam Callahan estimated.
August 6, 2012 |
"Sound Shapes," released today for Sony's PS3 and handheld system Vita, isn't the typical video game score. The game uses previously unheard tracks from the likes of Beck and Deadmau5, among others, to create a universe where the songs explored are dependent upon a user's movements. Like last year's "Portal 2," which featured music from Jonathan Coulton and the National, "Sound Shapes" brings a little pop cred further into video game culture. They're not the only games to have winning scores.
April 1, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California's energy efficiency regulators are are setting their sights on a new batch of products. After decades of requiring that appliances, furnaces, air conditioners and big-screen televisions use ever less power, officials are now looking at more devices: video game consoles, set-top cable boxes, computers, various types of lighting and pool and spa pumps and motors. “The simple fact is energy efficiency saves consumers money,” said Andrew McAllister, a member of the California Energy Commission.
September 6, 2013 |
Video games aren't just for the young - they can improve declining brain function in the old and elderly, according to a new study published in Nature. The findings by a team of UC San Francisco researchers show that the aging brain is a lot more robust than it's often given credit for, given the right type of mental exercise. The findings “provide the first evidence, to our knowledge, of how a custom designed video game can be used to assess cognitive abilities across the life span, evaluate underlying neural mechanisms, and serve as a powerful tool for cognitive enhancement,” the study authors wrote.
February 24, 2009 |
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia strides to the plate and begins his ritual. Tap the bat twice on the ground. Circle it overhead. Adjust the gloves. Stand straight, bat upright, awaiting the pitch. A voice interrupts: "And cut!" Pedroia is in a Sony Corp. studio in San Diego, suited up in a spandex bodysuit studded with 55 white sensors.
January 16, 2009 |
While other sectors hit the reset button during the bleak holiday season, the video game industry rang up a 9% increase in U.S. sales during December as consumers hunkered down at home, many with their Wii game consoles. The gain was led by a 15% uptick in sales of games, including Call of Duty: World at War, Wii Fit, Mario Kart and Guitar Hero World Tour, market research firm NPD Group Inc. said Thursday. For the year, sales of games, consoles and accessories grew 19% to $21.