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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
Computers, desks, chairs and other office equipment and items that belonged to the now-defunct Big Huge Games, a Timonium-based video game maker, will be auctioned Tuesday as part of the company's Chapter 7 bankruptcy and liquidation. Big Huge Games was a part of 38 Studios LLC, a Providence, R.I.-based video game company owned by former professional baseball player Curt Schilling. The firm ran out of money and shut down in May, tossing hundreds of people out of work, including about 100 in Timonium.
By Dave Rosenthal | October 8, 2012
With the Baltimore Orioles in the playoffs for the first time since 1997, it's a good time to review great books on the sport, and the best I've read in years is "The Art of Fielding. " Chad Harbach's first novel is about much, much more than baseball. But the sport -- and a small college player's search for perfection -- is the driving force of the tale. Harbach has a great feel for the nuances of baseball, and even readers who aren't sports fans will come away with an understanding of the physical and psychological demands of the game.
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2012
No, there are no moral victories in college football. It's a big-boy sport. But if you're a Terps fan and optimistic by nature, you saw some positive developments from Maryland today. I use the word “developments” because that's what you need to look for with this young Maryland team. *There was Perry Hills passing for 305 yards despite taking some savage hits. He was sacked five times. *There was Stefon Diggs., who had has first 100-plus receiving day with 113 yards on three catches.
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2012
The last time the Orioles took three series at Yankee Stadium in a single season, just two players on the team's current 25-man roster had even been born. The Orioles' struggles in the Bronx run deep. And their fortunes didn't change when the Yankees moved into a new home across East 161st Street. But these Orioles aren't fond of history lessons. They'd rather write their own. The newest chapter was written Sunday, when the Orioles' 8-3 win over the Yankees' gave them three series wins in the Bronx for the first time since 1976.
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2012
When he was growing up, A.J. Francis idolized The Rock, Charles Barkley and Reggie White, and he possesses elements of each - the girth, the candor, the ability to menace a quarterback. The chatty, playful fifth-year senior, who is expected to be an anchor on Maryland's defensive line, has a big body and a big personality that makes him a natural - if somewhat unorthodox - leader of a team with an unusual number of first-year players in important roles. He has written rap songs and poetry, loves to tweet, and is a natural performer and comedian - all of which makes him a media favorite and also a curiosity in a sport that can seem regimented.
By Dan Connolly | June 15, 2012
OK, how nutty is this season going? Consider outfielder-infielder Steve Pearce, whom the Orioles bought for minimal cash from the New York Yankees on June 2. He exercised an opt-out clause in his contract. Had he stayed withTriple-AScranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pearce would be in the middle of a 13-game road trip. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team has been playing basically on the road all year, using the Rochester park as a home field at times because their park is under construction.
June 15, 2012
Dan Rodricks and some readers love to knock the casinos as some sort of de-facto tax on the poor ("A casino switch that's moral," June 12). Mr. Rodricks has made his views very clear concerning casinos. However, where was his outrage when the Maryland State Lottery started pulling 3- and 4-digit numbers on Sunday? Or added a second Lotto drawing? Or two weekly Match 5 drawings? Or when the Big Game and Powerball were added? How about the oodles of scratch-off games ranging from $1 to $20?
Gus G. Sentementes | May 25, 2012
Big Huge Games , a studio in Timonium that designed rich, immersive video games, has closed its office and only a skeleton crew of employees remained as its parent company in Rhode Island appears to have gone out of business, according to online reports.  The Timonium office, which is on the fifth floor of an office building on Greenspring Drive, was dark and locked. An employee ferrying boxes on a cart in the lobby of the fifth floor told me I needed to call the Rhode Island office for comment.
By Dave Gilmore | May 25, 2012
On Thursday, the entire staffs of 38 Studios and Big Huge Games were given pink slips. The company, which released “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” (which I reviewed in February ), was in partnership with the state of Rhode Island to bring jobs into the state and give former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios fuel to evolve into a big-time game developer. The company was in the midst of developing a project called “Copernicus,” an MMORPG based in the same universe as “Amalur.” Big Huge Games, based in Timonium, became a subsidiary of 38 Studios almost three years ago to the day. The Sun's Gus Sentementes was over at Big Huge ' s offices before being booted out today , but it seems the entire teams at both companies have indeed been let go. WPRI has an exce llent timeline of how the tax credit and loan between the state of Rhode Island and 38 Studios developed.
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2012
About 100 employees of Big Huge Games, a Timonium-based maker of video games, lost their jobs this week as the studio and its Rhode Island-based parent company abruptly shut down because of financial problems. The 12-year-old company was one of the anchors of Baltimore County's well-established video game industry, which has grown steadily since the 1980s as the popularity of computer and console games has skyrocketed. Big Huge Games was owned by 38 Studios, a Providence, R.I.-based company founded by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in 2006.
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