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January 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Guns, games and government

After a month on the wagon, I slipped off and used an assault rifle last week. It didn’t feel the same. The rifle was in a new episode of “Halo 4” that Microsoft was previewing for reporters at its Kirkland game studio. I blasted away at aliens on the screen, then swapped the rifle for more…

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Comments | Topics: Black Ops II, Digital media, E3

January 14, 2013 at 9:39 AM

CES: Finding console clues – a PlayStation 4K?

With all the hoopla at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, you’d never guess it was missing a few hugely important products that are about to be released by two of the industry’s biggest players. I’m talking about new versions of Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation that are expected to debut later this year. They’re potentially the…

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Comments | Topics: 4K TV, Bill Gates, ces

June 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Sony’s “Last of Us” best of show at E3, Wii U and Halo 4 tapped

Game critics covering the recent E3 show gave their collective “best of show” award to “The Last of Us,” a new cinematic action video game title Sony is developing for the PlayStation 3. The game follows a mercenary smuggling 14-year-old girl from a quarantine zone in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic vision of America. It’s being developed…

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Comments | Topics: e3, E3, Games & entertainment

June 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Best of E3 game show: Bows, boats, balls and more

LOS ANGELES — With a tiny drum roll, because my ears are still ringing from the amplified madness of the E3 video-game extravaganza, here are my best-of-show awards. Weapon of the Year: Composite bow in “Crysis 3.” Maybe it’s because of the “Hunger Games” book and movie, but archery is hot nowadays, and every other game at…

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Comments | Topics: Assassin's Creed III, best of E3, Crysis 3

June 4, 2012 at 2:59 PM

E3: Video — early peek at Nintendo’s Wii U

LOS ANGELES — Here’s Nintendo’s video providing an early peek at the redesigned Wii U and its touchscreen GamePad controller, which now has dual control sticks. A new button on the pad also turns it into a fully independent TV remote control, plus it works as a browser and messaging console, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata explains…

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Comments | Topics: e3, E3, Games & entertainment

June 13, 2011 at 9:37 AM

E3 notebook: Sensor mounts, stats and “Star Wars”

LOS ANGELES — There’s another real-estate crisis happening, causing all kinds of grief for people who own multiple video-game systems. The latest gear from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo requires more than just a box sitting below the television. To play their motion-sensing games, you also must mount a sensor unit on or near the TV. If you…

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June 10, 2011 at 10:39 AM

E3 video: Inside look at “Fable: The Journey” for Kinect

LOS ANGELES — Here’s Peter Molyneux, creative director of Microsoft’s European game studios, explaining how “Fable: The Journey” was designed to use the Kinect sensor while sitting on the couch. During a closed-door demo, he said it’s easier to get immersed in the rich story when you’re seated, as opposed to leaping and waving in front…

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Comments | Topics: e3, E3, Fable: The Journey; peter molyneux

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