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By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Sun Staff Writer | June 1, 1995
Spectrum HoloByte Inc. announced yesterday it will form a new company in Hunt Valley with Capital Cities/ABC Inc. to create and sell sports-oriented video games.The venture was called a good strategic move by game industry analysts, who noted that Spectrum, owner of Hunt Valley-based MicroProse Inc. -- maker of some of the top-selling strategy and flight simulation games -- has not had success breaking into the important sports game segment.The alliance with the ABC television network is key because increasing competition in the computer game industry has made it important for new entrants to give themselves a boost into consumers' consciousness by using a familiar brand name, said Johnny Wilson, editor of Computer Gaming magazine in San Francisco.
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By Dave Gilmore | August 27, 2012
"Madden NFL 13" EA Sports Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 Score: 3 stars out of 4 The "Madden" series hasn't quite lived up to expectations since eliminating competing NFL franchises in 2005. Still, it is taken for granted how much EA Sports maximizes its exclusive license with the NFL to produce video games that allow fans to come as close as most ever will to an NFL field. The knock on “Madden” is that it's the same year-in and year-out. “Madden NFL 13” absolutely disproves that notion, though “different” doesn't automatically mean “better.” Like it's little brother, “NCAA Football,” this year's edition of “Madden” has fine-tuned its passing game to mirror the throw-happy offenses in the real NFL. Receivers run their routes in a less robotic fashion than previous editions, and as a quarterback, the player has a real opportunity to put the ball where they want.
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By Dave Gilmore | August 27, 2012
"Madden NFL 13" EA Sports Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 Score: 3 stars out of 4 The "Madden" series hasn't quite lived up to expectations since eliminating competing NFL franchises in 2005. Still, it is taken for granted how much EA Sports maximizes its exclusive license with the NFL to produce video games that allow fans to come as close as most ever will to an NFL field. The knock on “Madden” is that it's the same year-in and year-out. “Madden NFL 13” absolutely disproves that notion, though “different” doesn't automatically mean “better.” Like it's little brother, “NCAA Football,” this year's edition of “Madden” has fine-tuned its passing game to mirror the throw-happy offenses in the real NFL. Receivers run their routes in a less robotic fashion than previous editions, and as a quarterback, the player has a real opportunity to put the ball where they want.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | April 25, 2012
As far as downloadable content goes, "Fifa 12's" add-on “UEFA Euro 2012” leaves plenty to be desired. Released yesterday, the expansion to the hit game suffers from a lack of officially licensed teams, lackluster presentation and no support for online play. At $22.50 worth of Microsoft Points, frankly it's a rip-off.  Still, it represents a model that has better potential for customer satisfaction than the current method EA and 2K use to release their sports games. Logically, in the year 2012, the annually released sports franchise should not exist.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2010
Abe Cahan loved the Orioles and the Boston Red Sox. When the two teams played last week, Cahan and his father, John, flew to Boston to root their home team to victory, sporting orange and black inside Fenway Park. They returned early Wednesday so Abe Cahan, a junior at Towson University, could make his morning classes. On Thursday, after failing to reach his son, John Cahan went to the 20-year-old's off-campus apartment and found him dead. The medical examiner's office has not yet released a cause of death.
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By Howard Henry Chen and Howard Henry Chen,Sun Staff Writer | August 27, 1994
As if 3-D sight and true sound weren't enough in today's computer video games, a former defense contractor will introduce a device that will give Nintendo and Sega-ophiles another dimension: tactile feedback.Imagine playing a computer fighting game and being able tsense the body blows, crunches and strikes. Or being on the receiving end of a video tackle in Troy Aikman's Football, and actually feeling what it's like to lick turf.The device is called the Interactor, a plastic vest that usepatented electromagnetic field technology that can listen to audio output from almost any source and translate it to body-pulsing vibrations.
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Staff Writer | March 13, 1993
MicroProse Inc., a Hunt Valley-based maker of computer games, announced yesterday that it was restructuring, reducing its operations in new sectors such as fantasy games and laying off up to 40 people.The move will reduce its fourth-quarter earnings by $400,000, but will cut $2.5 million from its expenses in the next fiscal year, which begins April 1, said Vice President Gerard Blair.Mr. Blair said the company, which has about 400 employees worldwide, would reduce its staff by about 10 percent to concentrate on the kinds of games for which it is best known, such as flight simulators, sports games and military battle games.
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October 8, 2004
McDaniel College will hold its annual homecoming activities tomorrow with several sports games, a parade and an alumni recognition ceremony. Scott S. Bair Stadium will open at 9 a.m. Scheduled sports events include a men's lacrosse alumni game at 10 a.m.; a field hockey alumni game at 11 a.m.; volleyball vs. Muhlenberg College at noon; men's soccer vs. Ursinus College at 12:30 p.m.; football vs. Gettysburg College at 1 p.m.; and women's soccer vs. Haverford...
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By Chip Carter and Jonathan Carter and Chip Carter and Jonathan Carter,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | October 30, 2003
Three-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter shoots hoops for the Toronto Raptors. But when it comes to video games, he's a Madden man. When he's on the road with the Raptors, Vince always drags along a PlayStation 2. "I mostly play sports games," Carter says. That means Madden NFL Football and NBA Live 2004, the latter of which sports his mug on the cover. "I'm really good at football, less so at the basketball." Isn't that kind of ironic? Maybe not as much as you'd think. "I play as the [Miami]
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December 7, 2006
I'm not so good with buttons, especially those that control video games. When I play, it's a full-body experience with a lot of arm movement as I try to move my little guy on the screen. The physical activity does nothing to influence the game, but it's good exercise and provides plenty of amusement to my brothers, significant others and anyone else watching. Now, though, there's Nintendo Co.'s Wii console with its motion-sensitive controller: Finally, the arm-flailings of novice gamers aren't mocked.
TRAVEL
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2012
Toward the end of their concert in Philadelphia this month, First Aid Kit addressed the crowd: "We want to try an experiment. " For the past hour, Klara and Johanna Soderberg, the two Swedish sisters who make up the band, had been performing the kind of music that can be best summed up with the word "lovely. " It is Americana by way of Stockholm, pretty ballads and melancholy anecdotes sung in two frail, harmonious voices over quivering basslines. The duo was playing Union Transfer, a cavernous former rail baggage depot and my second stop on a visit to Philly's abundantly rich music scene.
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By Dave Gilmore | April 13, 2012
News Roundup •••• It was a busy week down in Bethesda, with the “Skyrim” developers trademarking the game's signature “Fus Ro Dah” shout. Crap, now I owe them $17. More pertient to gamers is the announcement that over 200 voice commands will be added via a free Kinect support download for Xbox 360 users later this month. [ PC Ga mer , PC Mag ] •••• ... but the National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviews says “Minecraft” is better.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2011
To anyone who's ever watched Michael Phelps ' legendary dolphin kick, his picture-perfect dives or his power strokes and thought, "I can do better," soon you'll be able to give it a go — without even getting wet. The first details emerged Wednesday of a video game, two years in the making, called " Michael Phelps — Push the Limit. " The sports simulation game for Xbox 360, what looks to be the first action game involving swimming, promises to give players a realistic sense of what it takes to be an elite swimmer, if not beat one. "It brings alive what it's like to be someone like Michael Phelps , swimming at the absolute most competitive point in the swimming world," said Peter Matiss, vice president of marketing at 505 Games, the small Los Angeles-based company that's publishing it. "In the best moments, you really feel like you're in the game.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2010
Abe Cahan loved the Orioles and the Boston Red Sox. When the two teams played last week, Cahan and his father, John, flew to Boston to root their home team to victory, sporting orange and black inside Fenway Park. They returned early Wednesday so Abe Cahan, a junior at Towson University, could make his morning classes. On Thursday, after failing to reach his son, John Cahan went to the 20-year-old's off-campus apartment and found him dead. The medical examiner's office has not yet released a cause of death.
SPORTS
By Sports Digest | March 31, 2010
NBC Sports selected the Washington Capitals' home game against the Boston Bruins on April 11 as the network's game of the week, and it will be played at noon. The game is a potential first-round playoff preview, as the top-seeded Capitals would face the eighth-seeded Bruins if the season were to end today.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,melissa.harris@baltsun.com | July 25, 2009
The nation's major professional sports leagues and the NCAA sued Friday to stop Delaware from launching single-game betting - and any wagering on sports other than football - before the NFL season starts this fall. If a federal judge grants the leagues' demands, Delaware's "sports lottery" would be limited, hampering efforts to balance the state's budget. A victory for the leagues also would curb, if slightly, an effort among Mid- Atlantic states to expand gambling, which is viewed as a politically safer revenue source than tax increases.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | November 2, 2008
Jean Tyrrell wanted to find activities that would allow students in the autism program at Patterson Mill Middle/High School to be more physically active during the school day. After researching some ideas, Tyrrell said she purchased a Nintendo Wii video game console with a grant that she received. "The kids really like Wii," said Tyrrell, a physical-education teacher. "And I think it's great. It gives the children with autism an age-appropriate leisure activity to do." Since the game was purchased, the children have all learned to play it, said Carolyn Trovinger, who teaches the middle school autism program.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | April 13, 2012
News Roundup •••• It was a busy week down in Bethesda, with the “Skyrim” developers trademarking the game's signature “Fus Ro Dah” shout. Crap, now I owe them $17. More pertient to gamers is the announcement that over 200 voice commands will be added via a free Kinect support download for Xbox 360 users later this month. [ PC Ga mer , PC Mag ] •••• ... but the National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviews says “Minecraft” is better.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | November 2, 2008
Jean Tyrrell wanted to find activities that would allow students in the autism program at Patterson Mill Middle/High School to be more physically active during the school day. After researching some ideas, Tyrrell said she purchased a Nintendo Wii video game console with a grant that she received. "The kids really like Wii," said Tyrrell, a physical-education teacher. "And I think it's great. It gives the children with autism an age-appropriate leisure activity to do." Since the game was purchased, the children have all learned to play it, said Carolyn Trovinger, who teaches the middle school autism program.
SPORTS
By Tribune Olympic Bureau | August 19, 2008
BEIJING - Imagine if Carl Lewis had been told, at age 25, to limit his running to chasing buses when he's late for work? Or if LeBron James, when he turns 25, were forced to play rec league basketball. How much would we have missed? How much would they have missed? This is not so much a hypothetical issue as it is reality for U.S. Olympian Cat Osterman, who is perhaps the best left-handed softball pitcher in the world. With the medal round of the Beijing Olympics set to begin today with the unbeaten U.S. team taking on second-seeded Japan (6-1)
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