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August 3, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
After a 45-year career writing some of the most successful musicals of all time, Andrew Lloyd Webber is set to make his mark on a perhaps less familiar format. The legendary composer will star in a new video game to be released Sept. 14. The Nintendo Wii game features (what else?) singing and dancing competitions in which up to four players can square off against each other, as well as a "career" mode where players can sing and dance their way to the top of the musical theater chain.
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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.
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.
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
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
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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