October 2, 2013 |
Tom Clancy, who died Tuesday at age 66, was an author who created imaginary stories from the raw material of a real world in conflict. His audience seemed to grow exponentially as he conquered one media platform after another. In his 1984 debut, "The Hunt for Red October," he proved himself a master of the late Cold War espionage novel, with assorted Russian generals and commissars as his foils. But his fictional creations also took life in movies, television programs and even in a series of video games to which he lent his name.
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.
HOME & GARDEN
September 21, 2013 |
The day after our first date, I received a letter grade. "A+," she texted. We had gone from the Internet to real life in two days, and one 10-hour first date had me hooked. I actually had been hooked hours before when, nearing 2 a.m., she was in the midst of a rant defending the length of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" and I interrupted it with a kiss. She recalled the moment at brunch on our second date. "I was talking about 'The Hobbit' like a crazy person, and I thought this guy is either going to run or kiss me, and you kissed me. " My mind keyed in on the either/or phrasing, which implied that she too had been anticipating the kiss.
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.
September 3, 2013 |
When I first heard that a group of Berkeley fourth-graders were using Minecraft as part of a campaign to help a classmate who had been deported, I didn't need much convincing to write about their story . That's because in my home, Minecraft has become a dominant presence. My son, a fifth-grader, and my daughter, a third-grader, are consumed by Minecraft -- and so are many of their classmates. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far But what's truly amazing is that Minecraft has become one of the bestselling games of all time by defying much of the conventional wisdom about what it takes to make a hit video game these days.
August 8, 2013 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 |
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. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2 to 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.