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A Look Back: Neil Patrick Harris’ Best Hosting Moments By Clip Syndicate Neil Patrick Harris is a man of many talents. Although he’s best known for his starring role in How I Met Your Mother, he can be found on the big screen, Broadway, and even as a voiceover in video games. Harris seems to be quite the crowd-pleaser, as he’s been a popular choice for previous award show hosting gigs. ...Read More »
Angry Birds Maker to Tailor Games in Chinese Market By Clip Syndicate Finland's Rovio will start tailoring its Angry Birds mobile games to the Chinese market with help from Beijing Kunlun as it attempts to step up business in the world's most populous country. Rovio has expanded the hugely successful Angry Birds brand into merchandising and licensing business,but it has struggled to produce more hit games and recently cut about 110 jobs, representing 14 percent of its workforce. Rovio Chief Executive Pekka Rantala said. "China is a massively important market and the mobile games industry is growing at a very significant pace."

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Now's Your Chance to Get Your Favorite Video Game Into a Hall of Fame By Clip Syndicate Video games don't seem to be going anywhere, but the same can't be said for institutions that have wanted to enshrine them. The latest effort comes by way of the folks at The Strong, also known as The National Museum of Play. The New York-based outfit will consider basically any type of game for its freshman class of World Video Game Hall of Fame honorees, be it arcade, console, computer, handheld or mobile. ...Read More »
Toy Museum Announces Hall of Fame for Video Games By Clip Syndicate The museum that houses the National Toy Hall of Fame announced Tuesday the creation of the World Video Game Hall of Fame to recognize the impact games like "Pong" and "Grand Theft Auto" have on culture and society. G. Rollie Adams, president and chief executive of The Strong museum in Rochester, where the new hall is located, said "Electronic games have changed how people play, learn and connect with each other, including across boundaries of culture and geography. ...Read More »
From Grand Theft Auto to Wall Street: Trading Apps Woo Gamers By Clip Syndicate Twenty-something consumers raised on video games such as Grand Theft Auto and Angry Birds are being wooed by financial trading apps, keen to build bridges with a post-crisis generation that is uninterested in financial services or plain mistrustful. Bright colors, cartoon graphics and the ability to trade risk-free with virtual credits are features of apps such as BUX and Kapitall, which eschew financial lingo and complex charts in favor of competitive head-to-head battles and motivational messages like "OMG!" after placing a trade. While financial trading is a niche slice of the $15 billion mobile gaming industry, dominated by brands such as King Digital Entertainment's Candy Crush, some two-thirds of UK retail traders already use their smartphone or computer to buy or sell and app makers are sensing an opportunity.

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Kevin Spacey Nominated for Video Games BAFTA By Clip Syndicate Kevin Spacey already has a BAFTA to his name (for his supporting actor role in American Beauty ), alongside his Golden Globes and two Oscars. But he could soon be adding a more curious addition to his awards cabinet. House of Cards actor has been shortlisted in the second BAFTA Games awards, nominated for his performance in Activision’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare , in which he played Jonathan Irons, a tyrannical private military contractor. ...Read More »
Kim Kardashian Set to Make Millions From Her Video Game By Clip Syndicate Kim Kardashian is set for a bumper $20 million pay day after her smartphone game raked in $43 million in its first three months on sale. The reality TV star is rumored to have secured a 45 per cent slice of the proceeds from sales of the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood smartphone app, which she launched last summer. New sales figures have revealed downloads brought in $43 million in the third quarter of 2014, meaning Kardashian looks set to secure a massive $19.4 million payout. ...Read More »
Gamers Can Choose How Much They Pay for These Classic 'Star Wars' Games By Clip Syndicate Star Wars fans, we have a long time until The Force Awakens. Maybe it's time for a distraction. Starting Tuesday, game distribution service Humble Bundle will team up with Disney Interactive to offer more recent Star Wars titles in a name-your-own-price bundle, with some proceeds going toward charity. Gamers can now snag three Star Wars PC games for any price — even for free. Those games include Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy and Star Wars: Dark Forces, regardless of what anyone pays. All of the games are for Windows, but several titles will work on Macs, too. The Star Wars Humble Bundle lasts until Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. ET. More games will be added throughout the sale.

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Redmond students design video games By Clip Syndicate Middle and high schoolers gathered Saturday at the Redmond Proficiency Academy for a 'Game Jam' to develop video games from the ground up ...Read More »
Video Takes You Inside Star Wars Battle Pod Arcade Cabinet By Clip Syndicate Just released in select arcades across the country, the new "Star Wars" Battle Pod game looks like it packs in all the fun of the franchise's original arcade shooter, with a fresh coat of 21st century technology slathered all over it. According to a press release, the 1,200-pound machine provides an immersive experience with "a unique dome screen enveloping your entire area of sight." Plus, there are bass speakers behind your head and a seat that rumbles in all the right places. ...Read More »

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