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The 312 Watch Dogs game gives Chicago deja vu

The 312 …

Calling in sick to heed ‘Call of Duty’

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Some fans of the popular first-person shooter game already have taken the day off. But don’t be surprised if a few co-workers and students call in sick Tuesday morning suffering from a Black Ops II hangover.

Hot Corner: The Interrogation Room with Madden guru Mike Young

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Mike Young just might have the third-coolest job in the world as EA Sports’ creative director of the Madden video-game franchise. And that’s only because king of a small country and Playboy photographer have been around longer. So how did this self-proclaimed Steelers fan deal …

‘NCAA Football 12’ like reality TV, minus cheating

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About the time that Florida State’s Chief Osceola rides out on the stallion, chucks the flaming spear into the ground and sends The Doak into a chopping frenzy, you realize what “NCAA Football 12’’ game designer Ben Haumiller meant about “making the game more realistic …

Nintendo says successor to Wii coming in 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — The successor to Nintendo’s hit Wii console will arrive next year. In disclosing its plans Monday, Nintendo Co. didn’t say what the new system will do. The Japanese company plans to show a playable model of the new console at the …

Playstation Network outage prompts Sony investigation

LOS ANGELES — Sony Corp. is investigating the outage of its PlayStation Network, a system that links gamers in live play worldwide. The company first blogged about the outage Wednesday, and on Thursday said it could take a “full day or two” to get the …

3DS easy to get hooked on

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Grown-ups and casual gamers aren’t typically the people you see glued to a portable game system from Nintendo. But having spent time with the handheld Nintendo 3DS, which goes on sale Sunday, I can envision kids wrestling Mom and Dad for the chance to have …

Nintendo 3DS may be hard to get your hands on for a while

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Nintendo is looking to conjure up a little March Madness of its own: Its new Nintendo 3DS handheld system hits stores Sunday. The $250 successor to the seven-year-old Nintendo DS — the most popular portable game system ever, with nearly 145 million units sold — displays 3-D games and other content without the use of special glasses.

Review: Solid Nintendo 3DS could use fresher games

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Whether you’re watching a Hollywood action movie in an IMAX theater or college hoops on a 3-D TV, there’s no denying the wow factor of current 3-D technology. And the trend isn’t lost on video-game companies — particularly Sony, which has been trumpeting the 3-D …

Yoostar puts gamers opposite their favorite stars in movie, TV scenes

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Forget what you may have heard about John Belushi’s wild antics and demeanor on set. He was the consummate professional, hit his marks and nailed his lines right from the start. I, on the other hand, required more than one take to get right the classic “106 miles to Chicago” scene from “The Blues Brothers.” Thanks to the movie magic of “Yoostar 2: In the Movies,” I’m able to achieve a lifelong dream of appearing in a scene next to one of my comic idols.

DC, Marvel games target both comic camps

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While not quite as heated as the division between red state/blue state or Republican/Democrat, comic book readers sometimes fall into groups of fans of the two major publishing houses, DC and Marvel. Two recently released video games should appeal to the comic book geek in …

‘Jack’ is back, tricky as ever

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Don’t know your popes from your Britney Spears pop songs? Prepare to be told “you don’t know jack.” The irreverent pop culture trivia game “You Don’t Know Jack,” popular on PCs in the ’90s, is back.

The virtual fitness game plan

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It’s 6:45 a.m. The coffee is brewing, but it will have to wait. I’m two weeks into my nine-week fitness program and my personal trainer is expecting me.

Video game rebrands Mickey for a new generation

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He is one of the most recognized cartoon characters in the world, but lately Mickey Mouse has seemed like a fading star along the lines of “All About Eve’s” Margo Channing, surrounded by scene stealers. “For the last couple of years, Mickey has been reduced …

Designers draw on 80 years of characters

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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and a vintage Mickey Mouse aren’t the only old-timey Disney characters popping up in “Epic Mickey.” Warren Spector and his team mined more than 80 years of Disney animated history to complete the game’s roster. Some of the more notable characters …

Latest ‘Potter’ video game doesn’t cast much of a spell

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EA’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1” video game could easily be retitled “Harry Potter: The Lonely Years.” The game follows the basic plot of the book. Potter and pals have declined to return for their final year at the wizard academy …