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ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
The launch of the biggest video games of the year was only enough to lessen the long-running slump in retail video game sales. U.S. game industry receipts were down 11% in November, the month that saw the debut of such hot titles as “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” “Halo 4” and “Assassin's Creed III” -- the top three titles of the month, in that order. Searching for a silver lining, NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan noted that “November had the smallest year-over-year decrease we have seen for dollar and unit sales so far this year.” Microsoft's Xbox 360 was the No. 1 console for the 16th month straight, selling 1.26 million units.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Financially strapped video game publisher THQ has decided not to get "inSANE," canceling production on a title of the same name that was created by "Pan's Labyrinth" film director Guillermo del Toro. In a conference call with analysts discussing the company's second quarter financial results, THQ's recently installed president, Jason Rubin, said "inSANE" was a victim of ongoing belt-tightening at the Agoura Hills company.  Also this year, THQ has canceled a planned action game called "Devil's Third" and ended a deal to make licensed games based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship league.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Despite being savaged by some critics when it debuted in March, THQ Inc.'s ambitious shooter game Homefront has shipped 2.6 million copies, the Agoura Hills video game publisher said Tuesday. The sales pushed the title well past the company's break-even mark of 2 million copies, said Brian Farrell, chief executive of THQ, during a conference call with analysts to announce the company's fiscal fourth quarter financial results. For each copy it sells beyond the 2 million mark, the game company sees an approximately 60% profit margin, which THQ chief financial officer Paul Pucino characterized as "extremely, extremely high.
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.
NATIONAL
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
December 7, 2012 | By Todd Martens
OutKast's Big Boi has worked with a bevy of impressive names across many genres throughout his career. Beyond his OutKast partner Andre 3000, Big Boi's solo work features pairings with stars big and small, including Jamie Foxx and Janelle Monáe, and his upcoming album will host appearances from name rappers such as Ludacris and indie acts such as Phantogram.  But in early 2013, Big Boi and friend-collaborator B.o.B. will add an entirely new medium to the resume. The two are set to have pivotal roles in the upcoming Electronic Arts shooter "Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel," the third title in the "Army of Two" franchise.
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