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ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 fueled a 50% spike in video game console sales in December, compared with a year earlier, as enthusiasts rushed to buy the latest systems. Micrososoft's Xbox One was the top-selling console in December, but Sony's rival PS4 sold more units since the November launch of the new systems, according to newly released figures from the NPD Group. "The newest consoles from Microsoft and Sony are off to a tremendous start," said NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan.
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BUSINESS
December 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
How does a game designer ask his gamer girlfriend to marry him? How about with a video game that ends with a wedding proposal? Robert Fink, a video game artist, teamed up with a few of his friends to develop "Knight Man: A Quest For Love," a video game that proposes to his girlfriend Angel White after she completes an obstacle course. The game is online and available for all to play . "The first thought in my head when I saw her was, 'She's beautiful...and she plays video games...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Warner Bros.'s video gaming division has partnered with Wikia, an online social network for pop culture and entertainment enthusiasts, to connect with Middle-earth aficionados. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has teamed with Wikia to create the official interactive community site and a companion iPad application for its upcoming action game "Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor," which takes place between the narratives of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Family Guy" fans will soon have another pastime that fits with Peter Griffin's preferred level of physical activity: a video game for mobile devices.  Fox Digital Entertainment, the mobile content division of 20th Century Fox, has teamed with San Francisco start-up TinyCo to put out the yet-unnamed game based on "Family Guy," the irreverent animated comedy. The game will launch early next year for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, the companies said Tuesday. TinyCo is working with the writers from Seth MacFarlane's Fuzzy Door Productions on the role-playing game in which players control the characters from the "Family Guy" hometown of Quahog, R.I., through various adventures.  RELATED: More games coverage by The Times   One of the important challenges, said Andrew N. Green, TinyCo's head of business development, is to make sure the humor of the show carries into the game.  "We want you to laugh your ass off," he said.
OPINION
December 3, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
Success! The Obama administration announced over the weekend that it had hit its deadline of Nov. 30 for HealthCare.gov. Of course, there were caveats. The site will still probably get buggy when there's a lot of traffic, which is why Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius advised people to use it at off-peak hours. But that simply means peak hours will be moved to after midnight. After all, you don't alleviate crowding if you tell everyone to try a different door.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Brazil's history of subjugated peoples, environmentally dubious sprawl and violent resistance gets a mythic, politically forthright treatment in the animated feature "Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury. " Writer-director Luiz Bolognesi's fast-moving tale is structured around the eternal love between a 17th century Indian warrior (Selton Mello) who transforms into a bird at the moment of death and the beautiful woman (Camila Pitanga) he is fated to meet, fall in love with, and fight alongside over the course of four turbulent epochs in Brazil.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Microsoft Corp., looking to build anticipation for the new Xbox One video game console, emphasized the entertainment features of the device. The struggling Seattle technology giant has been positioning the successor to its Xbox 360 as an all-in-one entertainment system that will enable users to quickly switch from playing games to watching television to listening to music - and back again - by using their voice. "One of the goals we have for Xbox One is for it to be the games and entertainment system for people in their homes," Xbox Marketing Director Jose Pinero said as he demonstrated the new features this week in Venice.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The Xbox One - scheduled to come out Nov. 22 - seeks to improve on the cumbersome electronic program guides and remote controls that people use to make viewing selections with a new type of navigation.  The Kinect controller recognizes a user when he or she enters the room, and it automatically fills the screen with that person's favorite channels, applications or games.
BUSINESS
November 7, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says a "technical error" caused its website to offer absurdly low pricing Wednesday morning, touching off a buying frenzy that was fueled by bargain hunters on social media. Many products were listed at more than 90% off, with televisions and computer monitors supposedly going for $8, video games for $18, treadmills for $33. Word of the deals spread quickly. "Spent $300 on $5800 (retail pricing) of product on the Walmart ordeal. Hopefully it goes through.
BUSINESS
November 7, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
The maker of the international online video game hit "League of Legends" will move to a five-building office campus in West Los Angeles after signing what was described as the biggest new office lease in Southern California in five years. Up-and-coming video game publisher Riot Games Inc. has agreed to rent all 284,000 square feet in the Element LA creative office campus being built on Olympic Boulevard between Bundy Drive and Centinela Avenue. Riot Games makes only the one game so far, but it operates around the clock.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
"Grand Theft Auto V" delivered an adrenaline shot to the heart of the video game industry. The hotly anticipated title fueled a 27% boost in overall industry sales in September, across hardware, software and accessories, as compared to the same time a year ago, according to researcher the NPD Group.  The Take Two Interactive game became the bestseller of any title introduced in September, during the period since the firm began tracking the...
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