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January 18, 2008 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
PARK CITY, Utah -- As a young teen, Oren Peli was so frightened by "The Exorcist" that for years he couldn't watch any movie involving ghosts -- even "Ghostbusters." The 37-year-old Peli eventually outgrew his phantom phobia, and now the San Diego videogame designer has crafted his own film about things that go bump in the night.
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.
January 8, 2007 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
Simone Mitchell enrolled in the Art Institute of California at San Francisco hoping to catch attention with his visual art, but it was his writing, contained in an essay about racial stereotypes in video games, that catapulted a small in-class short story to the front lines of debate on the timeless "what is art?" question. Mitchell wrote the 10-page spread for Mute/Off, a small magazine produced as part of a cultural studies class. The school pulled the magazine from circulation Dec.
Video-game mania may be easing in America, but Christmas sales end today with more than 50 companies still vying for part of the Nintendo video-game market. And there's still room for one more game marketer to make a splash, and to make its founder rich in the process. Just ask THQ Inc. in Calabasas. THQ, founded only 19 months ago by President Jack Friedman, expects its sales this year to reach $34 million. (The company earned $1.5 million on sales of $13.
October 27, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Sony Corp., the world's second-largest maker of consumer electronics, said fiscal second-quarter profit fell 57%, dragged down by costs to develop its PlayStation 2 video-game console. Group net profit fell 57% to $182.7 million, or 20 cents per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, from $429 million, or $1.04, in the year-ago period. Analysts were expecting $245.4 million in profit. The cost of developing the PlayStation 2, which went on sale in the U.S.
December 4, 2009 | By Alexander C. Hart
Entertainment companies need to further restrict the way violent content is marketed to children, the Federal Trade Commission declared in a report released Thursday. Although the report says the film and video-game industries have "devoted substantial efforts" to their rating systems, the FTC recommended that those groups and the music industry expand their self-policing efforts. A major area of concern identified by the agency is the growing availability of unrated or "director's cut" editions of films, which the report says makes it harder for parents to select movies appropriate for their children.
She reads it during her down time at swim meets, or while she's waiting for her grandfather to finish work at his office. Any chance she gets, 9-year-old Chloe Ott delves into her copy of the fourth Harry Potter book, its cover replaced with a well-worn sheet of waxed paper to protect it. Sticking with a 734-page book might not fit everyone's image of a generation known for its love of all things instant.
March 7, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter
YAZAN AMMARI Gamer -- How did the renowned "clowN" -- dreaded, revered and awesomely lethal with a SG552 commando high-powered assault rifle -- end up back home with Mom and Dad? ClowN, not so long ago, was a hero to every kid whose parents ever nagged that computer games were a waste of time.
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.
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."
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