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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. ]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:12:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/16338471-421/calling-in-sick-to-heed-call-of-duty.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/16338471-421/calling-in-sick-to-heed-call-of-duty.html <![CDATA[ Hot Corner: The Interrogation Room with Madden guru Mike Young ]]> Lead story image

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 with Browns running back Peyton Hillis making the cover of Madden ’12? Time to put him in the Interrogation Room. Joe Cowley: OK, if you’re a true Steelers fan, it has to be hard to look at the cover. Mike Young: Every year, we get plaques for the office with the new cover on them. … ]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 01:28:54 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/7321120-419/hot-corner-the-interrogation-room-with-madden-guru-mike-young.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/7321120-419/hot-corner-the-interrogation-room-with-madden-guru-mike-young.html <![CDATA[ ‘NCAA Football 12’ like reality TV, minus cheating ]]> Lead story image

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 this year.’’ “The authenticity of it,’’ Haumiller said in a phone interview, “that’s the biggest thing for us every year. How it looks. More importantly, how it feels.’’ How the latest version from EA Sports looks is stunning, whether it’s the details to shadows and lighting or the new-look 3D grass. How it feels compared … ]]> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 00:18:26 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/6466298-421/ncaa-football-12-like-reality-tv-minus-cheating.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/6466298-421/ncaa-football-12-like-reality-tv-minus-cheating.html <![CDATA[ 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 Electronic Entertainment Expo, which runs June 7-9 in Los Angeles. Nintendo has dominated sales of video game consoles and sold 86 million Wiis since launching it in 2006. The Wii caused a splash with its innovative motion-sensing controller. Sports-style games such as baseball and boxing let players move their arms to simulate the pitching of … ]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:30:08 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/5014696-421/nintendo-says-successor-to-wii-coming-in-2012.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/5014696-421/nintendo-says-successor-to-wii-coming-in-2012.html <![CDATA[ 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 service back up and running. It did not indicate what it believed to be the cause of the outage. Posts on a PlayStation message board on Friday afternoon indicated the system was still down. Sony representatives did not return messages left seeking comment. The outage comes just after Tuesday’s release of the game “Mortal Kombat,” … ]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 22:12:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/4977081-421/playstation-network-outage-prompts-sony-investigation.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/4977081-421/playstation-network-outage-prompts-sony-investigation.html <![CDATA[ 3DS easy to get hooked on ]]> Lead story image

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 a go at Nintendo’s highly anticipated portable player. The 3DS is fun, addictive — and pricey at $250, especially when you consider that its portable predecessors, the Nintendo DS family, cost $130 to $170. Of course, DS devices (which remain in Nintendo’s lineup) lack the chief selling points of the 3DS, notably 3-D gaming without … ]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:21:19 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/4495004-421/3ds-easy-to-get-hooked-on.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/4495004-421/3ds-easy-to-get-hooked-on.html <![CDATA[ Nintendo 3DS may be hard to get your hands on for a while ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 00:16:22 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/4494885-421/nintendo-3ds-may-be-hard-to-get-your-hands-on-for-a-while.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/4494885-421/nintendo-3ds-may-be-hard-to-get-your-hands-on-for-a-while.html <![CDATA[ Review: Solid Nintendo 3DS could use fresher games ]]> Lead story image

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 environments of recent PlayStation 3 games like “Killzone 3.” Still, big-screen 3-D isn’t for everybody: Those of us with poor vision will probably never adjust to wearing 3-D glasses on top of our prescription specs. That’s why Nintendo’s announcement last year that it had created eyeglasses-free 3-D was greeted with such enthusiasm. And its 3DS … ]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 10:32:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/4504200-421/review-solid-nintendo-3ds-could-use-fresher-games.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/4504200-421/review-solid-nintendo-3ds-could-use-fresher-games.html <![CDATA[ Yoostar puts gamers opposite their favorite stars in movie, TV scenes ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 00:20:02 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/4203610-421/yoostar-puts-gamers-opposite-their-favorite-stars-in-movie-tv-scenes.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/4203610-421/yoostar-puts-gamers-opposite-their-favorite-stars-in-movie-tv-scenes.html <![CDATA[ DC, Marvel games target both comic camps ]]> Lead story image

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 you, regardless of which camp you align yourself with. “DC Universe Online” is an massive, multiplayer online game that lets you create your own superhero or villain and then live in the DC Universe with everyone else playing the monthly $14.99 fee (your first month is free). The plot in a nutshell: In the far … ]]> Thu, 26 May 2011 06:15:57 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/3840333-421/dc-marvel-games-target-both-comic-camps.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/3840333-421/dc-marvel-games-target-both-comic-camps.html <![CDATA[ ‘Jack’ is back, tricky as ever ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sat, 14 May 2011 04:57:49 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/3700985-421/jack-is-back-tricky-as-ever.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/3700985-421/jack-is-back-tricky-as-ever.html <![CDATA[ The virtual fitness game plan  ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 05:20:37 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/2762293-423/fitness-game-exercise-virtual-workout.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/2762293-423/fitness-game-exercise-virtual-workout.html <![CDATA[ Video game rebrands Mickey for a new generation ]]> Lead story image

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 to a kind of corporate icon seen only on Disney letterhead,” said Becky Cline, director of the Walt Disney Archive. “After 1940’s ‘Fantasia,’ he seemed to lose his curious, mischievous edge and became the foil for those around him like Goofy and Donald.” That all may change today when “Disney Epic Mickey,” a video game … ]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:04:29 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/2488894-421/disney-mickey-game-spector-oswald.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/2488894-421/disney-mickey-game-spector-oswald.html <![CDATA[ Designers draw on 80 years of characters ]]> Lead story image

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 who crop up: THE MAD DOCTOR First and only screen appearance: 1933’s “The Mad Doctor” (pictured at right). Fun fact: “Disney Epic Mickey” marks the doc’s second video game appearance; he was the villain in 1994’s “Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse.” PETE First appearance: 1925’s “Alice Solves the Puzzle” (as Bootleg Pete). … ]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:04:18 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/2502662-421/disney-mickey-appearance-fact-fun.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/2502662-421/disney-mickey-appearance-fact-fun.html <![CDATA[ Latest ‘Potter’ video game doesn’t cast much of a spell ]]> Lead story image

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 Hogwarts as series antagonist Voldemort and his minions have placed a hit on them and their safety can no longer be guaranteed. Instead, the trio are on a mission to find and destroy all the “horcruxes” containing pieces of He-Shall-Not-Be-Named’s essence. Without spoiling too much, anyone who has read the book knows Potter had ample … ]]> Sat, 02 Apr 2011 17:26:28 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/2414026-421/potter-harry-game-deathly-hallows.html http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/videogames/2414026-421/potter-harry-game-deathly-hallows.html