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May 31, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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.
May 2, 2013 |
Of all the potential Lego franchises, AMC's "Breaking Bad" exists probably at the bottom of the list (if it's there at all). But a parody video making the rounds online shows just how much fun playing a Lego version of Walter White could be. The animated video, created by Brian K Anderson, demonstrates what a "Lego Breaking Bad" video game as designed by Travelers' Tales would look like. For those who aren't fully caught up with the series, be warned that a few potential spoilers exist in the video, but as long as you've seen through the end of Season 4, you should be all right.
April 30, 2013 |
On the campus of "Video Game High School," gamers are the ultimate jocks. The best players appear on television chat shows. They even get dates. The nine-part original Web series, which combines high school romances and dramas with video game-inspired race sequences and action scenes, attracted some 50 million online views in its first season. A second season is expected to debut in July. It's the brainchild of Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch - the collaborative duo behind the popular FreddieW channel on YouTube - and co-creator Matt Arnold.
April 25, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Sandra Day O'Connor is, obviously, quite familiar with historic firsts. Some 200-plus years after the nation's birth she became the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. There have been three more women appointed since, including the first Latina, a development she welcomes as a way of ending the novelty; remarkably, in just about a generation, the notion of women serving on the nation's high court has become rather unremarkable - part of "the normal course of events," as she put it. So the obvious question: Is America ready for a female president?
April 16, 2013 |
"The Price Is Right" has been around in its current run since 1972. When that 40-year run has had just two hosts and very few changes in format, it's time to shake things up. And Thursday's episode attempts to do just that by adding kids. Everybody likes kids, right? The first-ever "Price Is Right" kids episode, led by current host Drew Carey, aims to introduce the time-tested game show format to a new generation of possible "Showcase Showdown" dreamers. That doesn't mean that the adults are completely off the show, of course.
April 15, 2013 |
Grant Bowler is a human transmedia experiment. The rugged star of Syfy's new show "Defiance" is also an avatar in an eponymous massively multiplayer online game that was launched two weeks ago in advance of the show's Monday premiere. Over a period of five years, Syfy worked with video-game developer Trion Worlds to create two windows on the same futuristic world that support one another with characters, weather, battles, plotlines and memes crossing over from one format to the other.
April 3, 2013 |
The Walt Disney Co.'s recently acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. subsidiary announced on Wednesday that its video game unit will no longer develop games. LucasArts, which was founded in 1982, is best known for a slew of "Star Wars" video games. Lucasfilm said in a statement that the company will now look to license its intellectual property rather than create video games in-house. "After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality 'Star Wars' games," Lucasfilm said in a statement.
April 1, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California's energy efficiency regulators are are setting their sights on a new batch of products. After decades of requiring that appliances, furnaces, air conditioners and big-screen televisions use ever less power, officials are now looking at more devices: video game consoles, set-top cable boxes, computers, various types of lighting and pool and spa pumps and motors. “The simple fact is energy efficiency saves consumers money,” said Andrew McAllister, a member of the California Energy Commission.