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April 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"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 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Daniel Miller
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 | By Marc Lifsher
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.
March 27, 2013 | Chris Erskine
All Ella wants is to play a little football, an American birthright if you're a boy but still a bit of a privilege if you're not. She just turned 13, a good age for almost anything, but especially for running around in the fresh air of fall, trying to snatch the flag off an opposing player's hip. Given their druthers, how many kids today would just as soon spend all afternoon with a video game, as their waists grow prematurely thick? Not Ella Wood. Ella would rather play a cover 2 than a PlayStation 3. This past fall, she played for the Sequoyah School in Pasadena, a private, progressive little place that's been around for more than 50 years.
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.
March 18, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Video game publisher Electronic Arts said Monday that John Riccitiello will step down as chief executive, as it warned that fourth-quarter earnings could fall short of expectations. The board appointed Larry Probst, the chairman of the board and its former chief executive, to serve as executive chairman while the company conducts a search for a new chief executive. Riccitiello was named to the post in 2007, and led the company as the industry has undergone dramatic changes. His resignation is effective March 30. Probst had served as the company's chief executive from 1991 through 2007, and was elevated to chairman of the board in 1994.
March 12, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
With just two days to go, Lat Ware reached his Kickstarter goal of raising $40,000 that will allow him to finish work on a video game played using brain waves.   "Sometimes dreams come true," Ware said in an e-mail.  PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 As of Monday night, his project, called "Throw Trucks With Your Mind," had raised $41,062 from 495 backers. Ware has said he plans to use the money to hire a handful of people to complete the game within the next year.  The game is played by wearing a NeuroSky headset that reads brain waves.
March 12, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Are people playing violent video games blowing off steam, or are they developing habits of violence that may play themselves out off-screen? In the wake of a wave of school shootings that have touched off debate about the roots of violence, those are more than academic questions. The second of those questions -- do video games promote violent behavior -- remains a matter of fierce debate. But a new study does offer some evidence to answer the first -- whether violent video games provide an outlet for negative feelings such as anger or frustration.
March 8, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Lat Ware placed the NeuroSky headset on my 10-year-old son's head and then began making the adjustments. The device detects brain waves, and then digitizes them. Ware, 28, had to make sure the headset was picking up the right waves before the real fun could begin.  Once everything was set, Ware provided some simple rules. Look at the computer screen where he had just launched the demo version of his work-in-progress video game called, "Throw Trucks With Your Mind!" Concentrate on one object, in this case a kind of futuristic tank sitting in a large chamber.
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