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ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
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.
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BUSINESS
April 30, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
April 25, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
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?
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
BUSINESS
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.
SPORTS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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