President Trump blamed violence video games for the mass shootings

Politics 08/06/19, 05:03

President Trump on Monday, Aug. 5, partially blamed video games for the mass shootings over the weekend that left 31 dead and many others wounded. "We must stop the glorification of violence in our society," the president said during a speech over the shootings on Monday. "This includes the gruesome and grisly ...

Republican officials blame video games for the weekend’s mass shootings

U.S. 08/05/19, 04:29

Republican officials partially blamed the attacks of terror on violent video games after the mass shootings this weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. “How long are we going to let, for example, and ignore at the federal level particularly, where they can do something about the video game industry,” ...

‘Mortal Kombat’ among 4 inducted to Video Game Hall of Fame

Entertainment 05/02/19, 11:51

Mortal Kombat," the blood-and-guts arcade game that triggered Congressional hearings and age-level game ratings, was inducted Thursday into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, along with "Colossal Cave Adventure," ''Super Mario Kart," and the ubiquitous "Solitaire" game built into Microsoft Windows. The 2019 inductees were honored for their impacts on ...

Nintendo profit jumps 39% on Switch software sales

Business 04/25/19, 05:14

Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. reported Thursday a 39% rise in profit for the fiscal year through March on healthy software sales for its popular Switch console. The Kyoto-based company behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises recorded a 194 billion yen ($1.7 billion) annual profit. Annual sales rose 14% ...

Oklahoma districts form high school esports league

U.S. 04/06/19, 10:02

Students in about 10 Oklahoma school districts can participate in competitive video gaming as an extracurricular activity with the launch of a high school esports league. The first friendly match of the Oklahoma eSports League will be held at Union Public Schools on April 20, the Tulsa World reported. The league is ...

Streaming to subscriptions: Video games enter new frontiers

Business 04/04/19, 09:24

The video game industry is entering new frontiers. In the past, you plunked down $60 at GameStop for a copy of Grand Theft Auto or Madden NFL and played it out — after which you could trade it in or let it gather dust. Now, you'll increasingly have the choice of subscribing ...

South Dakota middle school teaches students with video games

Tech 04/01/19, 00:05

When eighth-grader Alyssa Lingen started her information and communications technology class this year at Patrick Henry Middle School, the art student was repulsed by anything related to computer science, she said. But the minute she saw the little elephant she created move across a computer screen, dodging bad guys to gather ...

MLB managers want limits, not bans, on clubhouse video games

Sports 03/19/19, 13:58

Charlie Montoyo thought he would be taking a hard line against video games in his first year as Toronto Blue Jays manager. Before he could put his foot down on Fortnite, the players took it upon themselves to govern their gaming. "We're going to play less, I know that," Montoyo said. "It's ...

Wells Fargo agrees to pay $800K in Schilling video game deal

Business 03/19/19, 10:58

Wells Fargo Securities has agreed to pay an $800,000 civil penalty to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit over Rhode Island's failed $75 million deal with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company. Wells Fargo and the SEC announced the proposed settlement in filings Monday with ...

Actor drops ‘Carlton Dance’ suit against video game maker

Entertainment 03/07/19, 18:19

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has dropped a lawsuit against the makers of the video game "Fortnite" over its use of the "Carlton" dance he did on the show. Ribeiro's lawyers filed documents Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles saying he's voluntarily dismissing the suit against North ...

New Mexico becomes latest to allow video games as a sport

Sports 03/07/19, 14:24

New Mexico is joining a handful of other states in allowing high school students to participate in a growing sport — video games. Around three dozen high schools are competing in the state's inaugural e-sports season that began last month, and more schools may join as athletic officials consider adding a ...

Royale rumble: ‘Apex Legends’ smashing ‘Fortnite’ records

Tech 02/20/19, 01:51

For the first time since its meteoric rise, "Fortnite" is no longer a no-doubt victory royale atop the video game industry. "Apex Legends" — a battle royale from Electronic Arts — has charged into the market and smashed "Fortnite" records for downloads and viewership since its release three weeks ago. Tyler ...

Activision to lay off 800 workers as video game sales drop

Business 02/12/19, 20:04

Video game maker Activision Blizzard is laying off nearly 800 workers as the company braces for a steep downturn in revenue following the best year in its history. The cutbacks announced Tuesday illustrate the boom-and-bust cycles in an industry whose fortunes are tied to video games that can have a relatively ...

Nintendo chief: Seeking growth sources as Switch sales slow

Business 01/31/19, 23:24

Nintendo's president says the Kyoto-based video game maker behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises is counting on business outside the game sector for future growth as sales for its Switch console machines fall short of forecasts. Shuntaro Furukawa told reporters Friday that sales in the current quarter are still going ...

Activision shares down after split with Bungie

Entertainment 01/11/19, 13:14

Shares in video game publisher Activision fell more than 11 percent in morning trading Friday, a day after an announcement that its eight-year partnership with game developer Bungie was ending. In the companies' joint announcement, Bungie said the separation process had started and that it would begin to self-publish its titles. The ...

CES 2019: It’s all about the games (and AI)

Tech 01/07/19, 09:54

The CES 2019 gadget show is revving up in Las Vegas. Here are the latest findings and observations from Associated Press reporters on the ground as technology's biggest trade event gets underway. BRING ON THE GAMES Enough about self-driving cars. A big contingent at the CES 2019 gadget show would rather hear ...

4th Redskins QB starter of season prepped with ‘Madden NFL’

Football 12/10/18, 17:31

This is what it's come to for the Washington Redskins: Their fourth quarterback of a once-promising, now-lost season, Josh Johnson, will be making his first NFL start since 2011 and spent time playing the "Madden NFL" video game to try to pick up something about his new teammates."I learned their ...

South Carolina teen wins $70K at esports tournament

Sports 11/05/18, 00:05

Dylan Wright always knew he would end up making money playing video games though his parents might have had their doubts.Over the course of a recent weekend, the 16-year-old, Greenwood High School student and a teammate won a total of $70,000 at a California gaming tournament. His nearly 8,500 matches ...

Sony quarterly profit rises on games, financial services

Business 10/30/18, 04:05

Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp.'s net profit rose 32 percent in the last quarter, helped by healthy video game sales and its financial services business, the company said Tuesday.Tokyo-based Sony's profit totaled 173 billion yen ($1.5 billion) in July-September, up from 131 billion yen the year before.Quarterly sales ...

25 years after spurning NBA Jam, Jordan invests in esports

Basketball 10/25/18, 11:19

A quarter century after being famously excluded from the cult favorite video game NBA Jam, Michael Jordan is investing in esports.Jordan on Thursday was announced as an investor with aXiomatic, a major esports ownership group whose properties include powerhouse franchise Team Liquid.The board at aXiomatic includes Ted Leonsis, owner of ...

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