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February 12, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
No doubt thousands of college kids in California play video games when they are not in school, and now one state lawmaker is proposing to bring the expertise they are gaining into the classroom. Assemblywoman Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) has introduced legislation that  could someday have California universities offer a degree in creating and designing video games. "Video game design is a growing industry that is in need of a highly skilled workforce," Waldron said Monday. "These are well-paid jobs for a young generation that is struggling for economic opportunities.
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March 12, 2010
Impatient With Desire A Novel Gabrielle Burton Voice: 248 pp., $22.99
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
The launch of the biggest video games of the year was only enough to lessen the long-running slump in retail video game sales. U.S. game industry receipts were down 11% in November, the month that saw the debut of such hot titles as “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” “Halo 4” and “Assassin's Creed III” -- the top three titles of the month, in that order. Searching for a silver lining, NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan noted that “November had the smallest year-over-year decrease we have seen for dollar and unit sales so far this year.” Microsoft's Xbox 360 was the No. 1 console for the 16th month straight, selling 1.26 million units.
OPINION
May 31, 2005 | Gerard Jones, Gerard Jones, the father of a sixth-grade boy, is the author of "Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book" (Basic Books, 2004).
I hate "Grand Theft Auto." Yes, I know it's a masterpiece of video-game design that ingeniously weaves its caustic jokes on urban reality into a complex narrative; hundreds of gamers have told me so. I still hate its cheap use of spraying blood and globe-breasted cholas to snare young male attention and its snarky indulgence in bad taste -- carjackers beating up hookers -- in place of real satire.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Infogrames Entertainment, Europe's biggest video-game maker, said its fiscal fourth-quarter sales beat analysts' expectations, boosted by new games such as "V-Rally 3." Sales in the quarter ended June 30 climbed to $233 million, from $182 million a year earlier. Full- year sales rose 14% to $756 million, beating the $725 million estimate of three analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. The Lyon, France-based company reports fiscal 2002 earnings Sept. 19. Its shares rose 3% in Paris.
BUSINESS
June 9, 2007 | From Reuters
Walt Disney Co. will triple the amount of money it spends developing video games to benefit from strong growth prospects in the global market, the entertainment company's chief financial officer said Friday. "We are ramping up our investment in video games.... It is a market where there is real opportunity," Thomas O. Staggs said in London.
OPINION
December 8, 2006
Re "Back in the game," editorial, Dec. 2 I disagree with the sentence in this editorial stating that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are more likely to win the video-game war than the Wii. The Wii will win, and here's why: When it was time to work on next-generation systems, Sony and Microsoft were playing the same old "better graphics, more media" tune, whereas Nintendo decided to be experimental as far as actual game play is concerned. Now, every video gamer I have talked to is on Nintendo's side.
BUSINESS
September 10, 1991
THQ Inc., a Calabasas marketer of video games and toys, said its license agreement with video-game giant Nintendo of America Inc. has been extended so that THQ can sell its products in Latin America and the Caribbean. The companies' agreement currently allows THQ to distribute its game cartridges throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico for use with Nintendo game players. THQ also has an international license with Nintendo of America's parent, Nintendo Co. Ltd.
OPINION
February 4, 2006
I'm not a sociologist, but I'm pretty sure that Joel Stein was asking the wrong question of the wrong subject in his column, "Sex, boys and video games" (Opinion, Jan. 31). Shouldn't we be asking girls if they are offended that boys are jazzed about acting out violence against women? I am sure video-game makers would cringe at the suggestion of anyone researching the behavioral effects of their moneymakers. Who knows what results from boys partaking of a consistent diet of violent movies, video games and music?
BUSINESS
September 14, 2012 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
It's game on for the battle of the next-generation consoles. Nintendo Co. kicked off the high-stakes competition by announcing Thursday that its highly anticipated Wii U video game console will hit stores Nov. 18 with a price tag starting at $299.99 for a basic package that includes a console with 8 gigabytes of internal storage and a touch screen game controller. A deluxe package, which will also include the "Nintendo Land" game and 32 gigabytes of internal memory, will be sold for $349.99.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
There's no shortage of big-name stars who have tried to make movies out of hit video games. Mark Wahlberg and “Max Payne.” Dwayne Johnson   and “Doom.” Jake Gyllenhaal  and “Prince of Persia.” There is, however, a shortage of such movies that have succeeded on any level (pretty much  “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and, if you count Milla Jovovich as a big-name star, the “Resident Evil” franchise.) Which makes today's news, first reported by Variety, that Michael Fassbender is throwing his  weight behind an “Assassin's Creed” movie just a little bit noteworthy.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
With 125 million viewers watching more than 1 billion of its videos a month, Machinima may be the most-watched channel that's not on TV. The specialty channel devoted to video-game aficionados — which offers game walk-throughs, gaming news, exclusive trailers and original series — is the channel with the fourth most subscribers on YouTube, itself the world's third most popular website, according to online measurement firm ComScore Inc. ...
BUSINESS
November 30, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
At Next-Gen Video Games in the Mid-Wilshire district, it has been two months since a customer bought a Nintendo Wii, the console that became a sensation for letting players swing a virtual tennis racket or steer a virtual car with a flick of the wrist. Owner Jeff Bryson has three on hand for the holiday season, significantly fewer than last year, and he's not even sure he'll find buyers for those. "The Wii has really slowed down," Bryson said on a recent evening in his store.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2010
"Prince of Persia" didn't exactly get a royal reception overseas this weekend. Walt Disney Studios' big-budget video game adaptation starring Jake Gyllenhaal opened in 19 foreign markets, including every major European country except France, one week ahead of its Memorial Day weekend debut in the U.S. and the rest of the world. The film sold a studio-estimated $18 million worth of tickets. That's 5% more than the opening of "National Treasure" in the same countries in 2004, but 13% less than the original "Iron Man" in 2008 and 24% less than 2005's historical epic "Kingdom of Heaven."
BUSINESS
April 13, 2010 | By Ben Fritz reporting from new york
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. is starting a new act. The video game publisher best known for the bestselling Grand Theft Auto series is poised for a high-level shake-up Thursday when shareholders are expected to elect representatives of activist investor Carl Icahn to three of its eight board seats. It was only three years ago that a team led by Chairman Strauss Zelnick, the former president of record label BMG Entertainment and movie studio 20th Century Fox, took over a company that was being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service and the New York district attorney's office.
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June 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
An addiction center in Amsterdam is opening Europe's first detox clinic for video-game addicts, offering in-house treatment for people who can't leave their joysticks alone. Keith Bakker, director of Amsterdam-based Smith & Jones Addiction Consultant, already has treated 20 video-game addicts, ages 13 to 30, since January. Some show withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking and sweating, when they look at a computer. His detox program begins in July.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
No doubt thousands of college kids in California play video games when they are not in school, and now one state lawmaker is proposing to bring the expertise they are gaining into the classroom. Assemblywoman Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) has introduced legislation that  could someday have California universities offer a degree in creating and designing video games. "Video game design is a growing industry that is in need of a highly skilled workforce," Waldron said Monday. "These are well-paid jobs for a young generation that is struggling for economic opportunities.
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March 12, 2010
Impatient With Desire A Novel Gabrielle Burton Voice: 248 pp., $22.99
BUSINESS
February 9, 2010 | By Alex Pham
Shares of Electronic Arts Inc. plunged more than 8% in after-hours trading Monday following the video game company's release of its third-quarter results and lowering of earnings projections as the game industry continues to struggle with the economic downturn. The Redwood City, Calif., publisher of Madden NFL, Mass Effect and the Sims titles posted a 25% revenue drop to $1.2 billion in the quarter that ended Dec. 31, down from $1.7 billion a year earlier. Its net loss for the quarter narrowed to $82 million, or 25 cents a share, compared with a $654-million loss, or $2 a share, a year earlier.
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