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February 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Valve floats Half-Life, Portal movie plans with J.J. Abrams

It’s one thing for a game company to say they’d like to see movies based on their hit franchises. It’s another thing altogether when Valve boss Gabe Newell and sci-fi producer and director du jour J.J. Abrams publicly start hashing out a plan for movies based on the Valve hits “Half-Life” and “Portal.” That’s what just…


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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…


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…


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

December 5, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Black Ops II blasts Avatar, takes $1 billion in 15 days

Who said video game sales are fading? Activision today said “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” grossed a mind-boggling $1 billion in its first 15 days on the market last month. That was more than the box office record set by “Avatar” in 2009, when it took $1 billion in over 17 days, Activision noted. Activision noted…


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December 3, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Seattle tech forecast: Cloudy with showers of cash

It’s revenge-of-the-nerds time in Seattle. The cool kids in Silicon Valley usually get all the attention. But the tables are turning, now that it’s getting harder to make a killing with a clever app or website. Lately, the Valley’s been fretting about a slowdown in venture funding for consumer Web companies. Venture capitalist Fred Wilson opined…


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November 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Bungie’s “Destiny” revealed in leak, a $1 billion game?

A leak to game site IGN provided an early glimpse of the hugely anticipated video game that Bellevue studio Bungie has been building since it split from Microsoft in 2007. Bungie acknowledged the leak by posting a screenshot of its ambitious sci-fi action game, which is likely to formally surface next year. Bungie created the “Halo”…


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November 26, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Nintendo sold 1.2 million systems last week, 400k Wii U consoles

Launch week sales of Nintendo’s Wii U console did not match launch sales of the original Wii, apparently. Nintendo sold 400,000 Wii U consoles last week, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told CNET today. For comparison, the original Wii sold 600,000 units in its first week on the market in 2006. Of that 475,000…


Comments | Topics: consoles, Nintendo, nintendo wii u sales

November 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

“Halo 4” sales: $220 million in first 24 hours

Apparently the “Halo” franchise still has plenty of legs. Microsoft today announced that “Halo 4” had sales of $220 million in its first 24 hours of its release last Tuesday. That was higher than previous “Halo” games, which set entertainment launch records. It was also a bigger haul than the biggest movie opening in the…


Comments | Topics: Activision, call of duty black ops II, Games & entertainment

November 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Doubling down on casino games in Seattle

Seattle’s becoming the new Barbary Coast. First it legalizes marijuana. Next it’s likely to become the hub for online gambling. The city’s already on the forefront of online casinos, with Seattle companies building some of the leading virtual-gambling operations on Facebook and mobile devices such as Apple’s iPad and iPhones. For now they’re using virtual chips —…


Comments | Topics: big fish, casino games, Casual games

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