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August 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
ORLANDO, Fla. - Passengers waiting to board the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Walt Disney World used to stand in long lines that snaked along the sun-baked pavement. Riders are now ushered into an air-conditioned tent, where kids can play on slides, a climbing tower and a toy fire engine while parents wait for the buzz of a pager telling them it's time to ride the attraction. "It's so much better this way," Russ Spence of Richmond, Va., said as he relaxed in the tent, waiting to take his 3-year-old grandson on the ride.
August 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Usain Bolt is the fastest in real life, and now, he might just be the fastest in video games, too. The six-time Olympic gold medalist has been added as a playable character in "Temple Run 2," the popular endless running game for Android and Apple devices. Bolt's character is available for download as a 99-cent in-app for a limited time. This is the first instance in which Imangi Studios, the game developer, has added a character based on someone in real life. Like at the London and Beijing Olympics, Bolt runs in his signature yellow and green Jamaican uniform.
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.
July 27, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Activision Blizzard Inc. and a group of investors led by its top executives are buying most of Vivendi's stake in the world's largest video game publisher in an $8.2-billion transaction. The deal would free the Santa Monica company from the financial woes of its French corporate parent and enable it to focus on the fast-evolving gaming industry. Activision said late Thursday that it would acquire 429 million shares from the Paris conglomerate for about $5.83 billion in cash, or $13.60 a share.
June 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is reportedly building a video game console based on its Android operating system that could come out this fall. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Google is hoping to expand on the success of its Android smartphones and tablets by using the operating system to launch a game console of its own. The report cites unnamed sources. If so, Google wouldn't be the first company to make an Android-based video game system. Just this month, the Ouya, an Android game console funded by Kickstarter users, went on sale to the public.
June 8, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The people behind the "Payday" video game franchise have a lot going on. They're making a movie based on "Payday: The Heist," the 2011 cult hit video game, for 2014. The game's sequel is coming out in August, and they're now working on the third installment. Plus there's a Web series. Video games as source material for films is not new. What's different about these projects is that the video game makers and the filmmakers are working together throughout the process. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments Juggling all those projects means taking multiple angles on the same intellectual property and thinking in ways filmmakers typically haven't, said Greg O'Connor, producer of the upcoming "Payday: The Heist" film.
June 7, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
LeBron James will soon add another notch to his long list of accomplishments. He has already won four MVP awards, an NBA championship and has made nine All-Star appearances -- but he has never been on the cover of a video game. That will change on Oct. 1, when "NBA 2k14" will be released for PlayStation 3, XBox 360 and PC. James, who is trying to win back-to-back championships with the Heat, will grace the cover of the video game for the first time. Last year, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant shared the cover of "NBA 2K13.
May 31, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A married couple in Orange County who spent their days in an unsanitary mobile home playing World of Warcraft are now facing  child abuse charges after two girls in their care were found malnourished and locked in the home, prosecutors said Friday. Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife, Petra Huffmire, both 41, have been charged with two felony counts of child abuse and two misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.
May 10, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien, Los Angeles Times
Fly toy helicopters with your mind. Be a DJ and shift musical tracks based on how you feel. Wiggle robotic cat ears by increasing your state of calm. Astonishing advances in the ability to harness brain waves have made the fantastic notion of moving and controlling objects with the mind possible. Now neuroscientists are grappling with another challenge: Find a "killer app" that will demonstrate the true potential of tapping into brain waves and ignite the neurotechnology revolution.
May 6, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
The Walt Disney Co. and Electronic Arts Inc. have inked a licensing deal that will see the video game developer make and publish new "Star Wars" games, the companies said Monday afternoon. Under the exclusive, multi-year agreement, Electronic Arts will develop titles for "all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres" related to "Star Wars. " Disney retains certain rights to develop games for mobile, social, tablet and online platforms, the companies said.  The announcement comes a little more than a month after Disney's Lucasfilm Ltd. subsidiary, which is responsible for the "Star Wars" franchise, said it would no longer make video games.
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