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December 26, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
With the film version of "Les Miserables" opening at the top of the Christmas Day box office there's renewed interest in the classic musical around the Internet. This is causing people to discover all kinds of fascinating aspects to "Les Miz" fandom, including the Japanese video game "Arm Joe," a "Street Fighter"-style combat game that was released in 1998. "Les Miserables" has long been popular in Japan, where Victor Hugo's original novel has been adapted into anime series and specials multiple times and so it's not entirely surprising that a video game version once saw the light.
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BUSINESS
March 22, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
The cast and creators of HBO's "Game of Thrones" were in San Francisco this week for the Season 3 premiere, which airs Sunday. But along with the return of the show, fans have also been handed a new GOT video game on Facebook called "Ascent" which is officially in "open beta. " The game had 100,000 people signed up waiting for it to finally launch in late February. And when it finally did, the stampede of users downloading it crashed the servers of the company that made it,   Boston-based Disruptor Beam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A video game maker has no 1st Amendment right to use the likenesses of former college athletes without their permission or compensation, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. Ruling on a lawsuit by former college football star Samuel Keller, a panel of the U.S. 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2-1 that game maker Electronic Arts Inc. was not protected by free speech rights because the video games  “literally re-created Keller in the very setting in which he had achieved renown.” Keller, the starting quarterback for Arizona State University in 2005, transferred and played the 2007 season at the University of Nebraska.  He was joined in the suit, intended as a class action, by other former National Collegiate Athletic Assn.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2009 | By Richard Verrier and Ben Fritz
When Dave Wittenberg began his acting career at a community theater in Boston, he never imagined that one day he'd be making his living as a voice artist for video game characters, portraying the likes of Hades, Tweedledee and Jerry Seinfeld. But in the last decade Wittenberg's voice has been heard in more video games than he "can remember." And, though it's not the traditional actor's stagecraft, he still draws extensively on his thespian skills. "You get to create characters you wouldn't be able to create in any other medium," said Wittenberg, 38. "From an acting standpoint, it lets you flex your muscles that you wouldn't ordinarily use."
BUSINESS
November 12, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
This is not a high scoring year for video games. With total revenue for physical game sales up only 1% at just over $1 billion in October, the business probably will end the year flat to down 2% compared with 2010, according to researchers at NPD Group Inc. The once-booming industry's flat-lining is attributed to consumers not only spending less money in the tough economy , but investing more time in fewer games that they play repeatedly online...
BUSINESS
August 9, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. posted a loss in the last quarter as sales of its latest big video game title, L.A. Noire, fell short of last year's blockbuster release, Red Dead Redemption. The New York game publisher recorded $334.4 million in revenue for its first quarter, which ended June 30 — down 11% from $375.4 million a year earlier. It lost $8.6 million, or 11 cents a share, in the quarter, compared with a profit of $27.4 million, or 31 cents a share, a year earlier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1993
Today is the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, and, in keeping with that tradition, millions of parents here in California and across the nation will make treks to neighborhood shops and malls. Those expeditions often will include stopovers at stores where video games are sold. A lot of these games are simply great fun. But, as state Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren points out, some are no laughing matter.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2005 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Next year, perhaps the Los Angeles Philharmonic will do a salute to classic ring tones. Well, if the Phil can do a concert of music from video games -- as it did Wednesday at the Hollywood Bowl -- why not? The very notion of "Video Games Live" invites such jokes. But the bid to afford music from the vast field of video games -- not to mention the games themselves -- some legitimacy as an art/entertainment interface was at times successful.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
It's no surprise that Warner Bros. has video games with "Batman" and "Middle Earth" in the titles coming out this year, since "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Hobbit" are the studio's two biggest remaining movie releases of 2012. What is surprising is that the games have virtually nothing to do with the films beyond their titles. Stung by poor sales across the industry for video games closely tied to movies -- including Warner's own "Green Lantern" and "Happy Feet Two" last year -- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is this year taking an entirely different approach.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
"The Dark Knight Rises" doesn't hit movie theaters for nine months, but Batman is at the heart of what may just be Warner Bros.' most important release of the fall. With the launch Tuesday of video game Arkham City, a sequel to 2009 hit Arkham Asylum that lets players control the Caped Crusader, the studio's Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment unit has one of the best-reviewed and most anticipated titles of the year. It's expected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in sales.
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