July 9, 2012 |
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.
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February 12, 2013 |
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.
January 9, 2007 |
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.
June 9, 1998 |
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.
December 6, 2012 |
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.
February 10, 1985 |
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.
November 26, 1991 |
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.
January 24, 2012 |
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. ...
September 14, 2012 |
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.
May 10, 2005 |
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.