Md. man wins video crown

February 23, 2006|By TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

Jarvis Thompson, an 18-year-old from Upper Marlboro walked away with bragging rights and a cool $100,000 for besting all comers in the EA Sports Madden Challenge finals, held Feb. 10 as part of the NFL Pro Bowl festivities.

Winners from 32 regional tournaments flew to Hawaii for the showdown. Thompson, who traveled to Minneapolis to compete in the regionals, beat 18-year-old Haarwun Brown, of Mobile, Ala., winner of the St. Louis regional.

Said Thompson: "There were some tough rounds, but I used the Eagles to take advantage of Donovan McNabb."

The ploy worked - Thompson gave Brown a 41-18 thumping to walk off with the hundred grand.

Tell mom or the missus about that payday next time she's harping on you for spending too much time on the Xbox.

In other news from the video game world. ...

Nintendo is preparing for the U.S. release of a series of "brain-training" games that have sold millions in Japan. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day is due April 14 for the Nintendo DS handheld system.

The game promises a series of word memorization, counting, reading and Sudoku challenges. The series, based on scientific research that shows brain exercise makes you smarter - and keeps you that way as you get older - has launched a revolution of sorts among middle-aged Japanese, who snapped up more than a million copies of the most-recent release in less than a month.

Big Brain Academy, the second in the series, is due to hit these shores May 30.

The Sims 2 PC expansion pack Open for Business gives slackers who don't want to get a real job the opportunity to at least become entrepreneurs in the virtual world. Open a boutique or beauty salon, launch a chain of restaurants, or try some other venture - your call. The game is available March 2. For more info, head to thesims2.com.

Microsoft says it's on track to have about 5 million Xbox 360s in homes around the world by June. Call of Duty for the system was the top-selling game for all platforms in the United States last month.

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