November 7, 2013 |
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.
November 7, 2013 |
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.
October 17, 2013 |
"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...
October 6, 2013 |
Activision Blizzard Inc. is one of the world's largest publishers of video games. The Santa Monica company produces games that are used on PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, personal computers, mobile phones and other hand-held devices. Two of its most popular games are the war-themed "Call of Duty," and "World of Warcraft," a role-playing game set in a fantasy world. It's a big business. In 2012, the company released "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," which set video game sales records with more than $1 billion of retail sales within 15 days of its launch, the company said.
October 3, 2013 |
Over the last two seasons, LeBron James has won two NBA championships and two league most valuable player awards. But the Miami Heat superstar feels as though something is missing from his game -- the chalk toss. James stopped tossing a cloud of chalk into the air before games during the 2010-11 playoffs. Even though he's proved that he can win without the ritual, he has decided to bring it back. On Tuesday he posted an Instagram photo of himself on the cover of the video game "NBA2K14" with this caption: "What y'all been on tonight!
October 1, 2013 |
Michael Jordan thinks he could have beaten pretty much everyone who has ever walked the planet in a game of one-on-one basketball ... except one person. Kobe Bryant. But don't think for a second that the Chicago Bulls legend was paying the Lakers superstar a compliment in a clip promoting the NBA 2K14 video game. Jordan names a long list of players, past and present, he wishes he could have played one-on-one while in his prime. “I don't think I would lose,” Jordan said in the video, which hasn't yet been released in full, before smiling and adding, “other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.” The list of would-be victims includes Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Lebron James.
September 26, 2013 |
For the better part of four years, former college athletes have been fighting in court to be compensated for the popular video games that bear their likenesses and jersey numbers. Now they have won a partial victory. On Thursday, attorneys for the players announced a settlement that will pay tens of thousands of former athletes -- if not more -- for games that included their likenesses dating to 2003. Even before the agreement, Electronic Arts had announced the discontinuation of its “NCAA Football” series. The amount it will now pay -- which was not disclosed -- must be approved by a judge.
September 17, 2013 |
Despite the growth of Netflix, Amazon.com and other legal channels for watching entertainment online, the volume of pirated movies, TV shows, music, books and video games online continues to grow at a rapid pace. The amount of bandwidth used for copyright infringement in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific has grown nearly 160% from 2010 to 2012, accounting for 24% of total Internet bandwidth, according to a study from NetNames, the British brand protection firm. At the same time, the number of people engaged in copyright infringement has grown dramatically too. In January2013, 327 million unique users illegally sought copyrighted content, generating 14 billion page views on websites focused on piracy, up 10% from November 2011, according to the report.
September 6, 2013 |
U.S. consumer spending on video games fell in the second quarter as fewer titles were released and players anticipated the release of new consoles, said research firm NPD Group in a report Thursday. In the three months that ended in June, Americans spent a total of $2.88 billion on video game content, down about 3% from the same period last year. The decline reflected the decreased number of newly released games, the firm said. There were 37% fewer new titles in the quarter compared with last year.
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.