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January 9, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
DirecTV Group Inc. said a new program about a video-game tournament would be available to more than 100 million homes worldwide. DirecTV is in "final discussions" with British Sky Broadcasting and Hong Kong-based Star Asia to air "Championship Gaming Series," the El Segundo-based company said.
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BUSINESS
June 9, 1998 | JAMES PELTZ
Picking a winning video-game stock is about as easy as Sonic the Hedgehog's struggle to wind through his ever-changing 3-D maze. This year is no exception. A look at the field shows that some of the stocks are up nicely this year, while others have been big disappointments. And although the industry overall is expected to enjoy a strong holiday selling season in 1998 after slumping in the mid-1990s, analysts by no means think all of its players will share the spoils.
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.
BUSINESS
February 10, 1985 | From Reuters
A new industry being built in Communist Hungary by bright young computer buffs is winning a place in the West's lucrative but fiercely competitive video-games market. Western computer stores are clearing room on their shelves for Hungarian products with names such as Buffalo Roundup, Caesar the Cat, Chinese Juggler, Traffic and Eureka. The 18-month-old Novotrade Joint Stock Co. is the industry leader, selling its games in the United States, Britain and West Germany. Taking Aim at U.S.
BUSINESS
November 26, 1991 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like many 13-year-olds, Kevin Artino wants one of those new Super Nintendo video-game players for Christmas this year. You know, one of those $200 video-game systems that promises faster action, sharper pictures and just a whole lot more fun than the old games can possibly offer.
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
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
May 10, 2005 | Elaine Dutka, Times Staff Writer
Sean Connery is reprising his 1963 performance as James Bond in "From Russia With Love." Marlon Brando, in one of his last performances, re-created his Oscar-winning Don Corleone role in 1972's "The Godfather." Al Pacino is lending his likeness to a new take on 1983's "Scarface." And Clint Eastwood is again recording dialogue from 1971's "Dirty Harry." These are not remakes of the originals but voice-overs for video games -- extensions of the movie franchises.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2007 | Aaron Ruby, Special to The Times
FOR 26-year-old Adande Thorne, a digital animator who works as a lifeguard at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, Fla., by trade, life as a professional athlete is almost too much to hope for, especially since many would hesitate to call him an athlete at all.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2002 | ALEX PHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Media giant Vivendi Universal is pondering a sale of its profitable video-games business. Strapped for cash and burdened with $19 billion in debt, Vivendi Universal has been hashing out various scenarios for raising funds in recent weeks, including the sale of the games business, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The French company's new chairman, Jean-Rene Fourtou, also is weighing the sale of its Houghton Mifflin book publishing unit, which it purchased last year for $2.
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