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By [ARIA WHITE] | July 26, 2007
What's the point? -- If you're looking for something to occupy your time for a few minutes or a few hours, addictinggames.com will do the job. The site is filled with games that hook players instantly, including puzzle and board games; sports, adventure, arcade, classic and strategy games. All games are free to play, and new games are added every week. What to look for --Check out the new games link to view the games featured for the current week and past weeks.
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By Louis Krauss, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
It's a tense moment in the Xanadu game store in Arbutus. The grand finals of the weekly tournament for Super Smash Bros. “Project M” have just begun. The room is crammed with players, televisions and Wii game systems, but everyone's attention is fixed on the one big screen in the corner, where two final players are duking it out. Smash Bros. is a video game that pits Nintendo characters - think Super Mario, the Italian plumber, Donkey Kong, the agile ape and Princess Peach, the gal who swings a mean parasol - against one another in a matchup that's part all-star game, part glorified sumo-wrestling match.
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BUSINESS
By a Sun Staff Writer | December 20, 1994
Novelist Tom Clancy and outgoing U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley will join the board of Monarch Avalon Inc., the Baltimore-based maker of battle and strategy games announced yesterday.A. Eric Dott, Monarch's chairman, said the two had agreed to join the five-person board even though "we're very cheap. We don't pay anything. We just give them lunch" when they attend meetings.Mr. Clancy is a fan of the company's Civil War battle strategy games such as "Gettysburg," Mr. Dott said.Until recently, Mrs. Bentley hadn't been familiar with any of the company's approximately 400 games, ranging from the traditional board game "Diplomacy" to its new video game "Kingmaker," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | July 31, 2012
“Jurassic Park Builder” Ludia Available on iOS devices Score: 4 out of 4 “Jurassic Park,” a film now 20 years gone by, is well-trodden territory for video game adaptations. The original concept, brilliantly adapted from Michael Crichton's novel, has become so familiar that it almost feels like someone should've created a real-life dinosaur park by now. In that timespan, nobody has successfully extracted dinosaur DNA from fossilized amber, but several attempts have been made to simulate the experience, the best of which is “Jurassic Park Builder” for iOS . The genre of park-building “Tycoon”-style games rarely needs another entry.
NEWS
By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sun reporter | October 28, 2007
Nearly 20 years ago, video game designer Sid Meier created the PC strategy game Civilization. It was a hit, spawning several sequels and establishing Meier as one of the country's leading game innovators and designers. In 1996, Meir co-founded gaming design studio Firaxis, based in Hunt Valley. Now, Meier is working on the latest installment in the franchise: Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution. The game, which should hit shelves next year, will be the franchise's first version for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and other video game consoles.
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By MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS | January 6, 2009
Endwar Available for Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation Portable; also for Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS; $59.99 for consoles, $29.99 to $39.99 for hand-held systems. Rated Teen. *** games Numerous companies have tried to translate the game play of real-time strategy titles from PC to consoles, with little success. Endwar avoids cramming keyboard-and-mouse controls into a console controller by combining button controls with optional vocalized orders, not unlike those used in the older SOCOM games on the PS2. They work quite well, though the mechanics and unit types are pretty simple, as strategy games go. Players have no real bases during their missions, only objectives and a group of infantry, ground vehicles and aircraft to command in carrying them out. The portable versions of the game are turn-based and take place on hex-grid maps.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 1999
Hunt Valley game maker Sid Meier will be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, officials announced last week.Meier,45, is a legend in the computer game industry. In the early 1980s he pioneered flight simulations and strategy games at Microprose, which he co-founded in 1982 with "Wild Bill" Stealey. One of his best-known efforts, Civilization, was voted the best computer game of all time. His latest game, Alpha Centauri, is already being called a classic.
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By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,Sun Staff | September 21, 1998
Some of this Christmas season's hottest computer games are being crafted right in your own back yard. Here are a few titles to look for in the coming months from local game makers (all are written for Windows 95/98):One of the most anticipated is Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri from Firaxis Games. Meier and collaborator Brian Reynolds, the duo responsible for best-selling historical strategy games such as Civilization II and Gettysburg, are quickly establishing themselves as the Lennon-McCartney of the strategy gaming world.
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By Jason Forrest and Jason Forrest,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 20, 2000
If you enjoy real-time strategy games such as "Command and Conquer" or "Starcraft," "Kessen" for the PlayStation 2 takes advantage of the new game machine's capabilities to set a standard for cinematic reality and detail. Developed by Koei - one of Japan's top publishers of historical simulations - "Kessen" is a one-player game set in feudal Japan, where it gives you control over the Battle of Sekigahara. Kessen means "decisive battle," and this particular struggle, which occurred in 1600, determined control over the country for the next two centuries.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | July 31, 2012
“Jurassic Park Builder” Ludia Available on iOS devices Score: 4 out of 4 “Jurassic Park,” a film now 20 years gone by, is well-trodden territory for video game adaptations. The original concept, brilliantly adapted from Michael Crichton's novel, has become so familiar that it almost feels like someone should've created a real-life dinosaur park by now. In that timespan, nobody has successfully extracted dinosaur DNA from fossilized amber, but several attempts have been made to simulate the experience, the best of which is “Jurassic Park Builder” for iOS . The genre of park-building “Tycoon”-style games rarely needs another entry.
NEWS
By MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS | January 6, 2009
Endwar Available for Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation Portable; also for Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS; $59.99 for consoles, $29.99 to $39.99 for hand-held systems. Rated Teen. *** games Numerous companies have tried to translate the game play of real-time strategy titles from PC to consoles, with little success. Endwar avoids cramming keyboard-and-mouse controls into a console controller by combining button controls with optional vocalized orders, not unlike those used in the older SOCOM games on the PS2. They work quite well, though the mechanics and unit types are pretty simple, as strategy games go. Players have no real bases during their missions, only objectives and a group of infantry, ground vehicles and aircraft to command in carrying them out. The portable versions of the game are turn-based and take place on hex-grid maps.
NEWS
By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sun reporter | October 28, 2007
Nearly 20 years ago, video game designer Sid Meier created the PC strategy game Civilization. It was a hit, spawning several sequels and establishing Meier as one of the country's leading game innovators and designers. In 1996, Meir co-founded gaming design studio Firaxis, based in Hunt Valley. Now, Meier is working on the latest installment in the franchise: Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution. The game, which should hit shelves next year, will be the franchise's first version for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and other video game consoles.
NEWS
By Andrew Ratner and Andrew Ratner,Sun reporter | August 8, 2007
I'm not much around the kitchen. Neither is my 12-year-old son, Austin, who'd be content with ham and cheese three times a day. But the other night, we whipped up an amazing spaghetti in squid sauce, a zesty shrimp paella and, for dessert, cream puffs from scratch. And we didn't dirty a pan. We "cooked" on a video game called Cooking Mama: Cook Off, recently released for the Nintendo Wii. Austin had checked it out from our local library - libraries aren't just for books anymore - although he admitted he did so because it was the only game left.
ENTERTAINMENT
By [ARIA WHITE] | July 26, 2007
What's the point? -- If you're looking for something to occupy your time for a few minutes or a few hours, addictinggames.com will do the job. The site is filled with games that hook players instantly, including puzzle and board games; sports, adventure, arcade, classic and strategy games. All games are free to play, and new games are added every week. What to look for --Check out the new games link to view the games featured for the current week and past weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | January 15, 2004
Smoke breaks are common in the workplace, but increasingly people are taking interludes from their jobs without leaving their desks - and having fun in the process. That's because more and more people are playing games online, says Jessica Rovello, chairwoman of Arkadium Inc., a New York-based company that creates game software that allows computer users to download a gaming interface to their computer desktop for playing backgammon, chess and checkers. "This is not blackjack," Rovello says.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jason Forrest and Jason Forrest,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 20, 2000
If you enjoy real-time strategy games such as "Command and Conquer" or "Starcraft," "Kessen" for the PlayStation 2 takes advantage of the new game machine's capabilities to set a standard for cinematic reality and detail. Developed by Koei - one of Japan's top publishers of historical simulations - "Kessen" is a one-player game set in feudal Japan, where it gives you control over the Battle of Sekigahara. Kessen means "decisive battle," and this particular struggle, which occurred in 1600, determined control over the country for the next two centuries.
SPORTS
By Louis Krauss, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
It's a tense moment in the Xanadu game store in Arbutus. The grand finals of the weekly tournament for Super Smash Bros. “Project M” have just begun. The room is crammed with players, televisions and Wii game systems, but everyone's attention is fixed on the one big screen in the corner, where two final players are duking it out. Smash Bros. is a video game that pits Nintendo characters - think Super Mario, the Italian plumber, Donkey Kong, the agile ape and Princess Peach, the gal who swings a mean parasol - against one another in a matchup that's part all-star game, part glorified sumo-wrestling match.
NEWS
By Andrew Ratner and Andrew Ratner,Sun reporter | August 8, 2007
I'm not much around the kitchen. Neither is my 12-year-old son, Austin, who'd be content with ham and cheese three times a day. But the other night, we whipped up an amazing spaghetti in squid sauce, a zesty shrimp paella and, for dessert, cream puffs from scratch. And we didn't dirty a pan. We "cooked" on a video game called Cooking Mama: Cook Off, recently released for the Nintendo Wii. Austin had checked it out from our local library - libraries aren't just for books anymore - although he admitted he did so because it was the only game left.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 1999
Hunt Valley game maker Sid Meier will be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, officials announced last week.Meier,45, is a legend in the computer game industry. In the early 1980s he pioneered flight simulations and strategy games at Microprose, which he co-founded in 1982 with "Wild Bill" Stealey. One of his best-known efforts, Civilization, was voted the best computer game of all time. His latest game, Alpha Centauri, is already being called a classic.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,Sun Staff | September 21, 1998
Some of this Christmas season's hottest computer games are being crafted right in your own back yard. Here are a few titles to look for in the coming months from local game makers (all are written for Windows 95/98):One of the most anticipated is Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri from Firaxis Games. Meier and collaborator Brian Reynolds, the duo responsible for best-selling historical strategy games such as Civilization II and Gettysburg, are quickly establishing themselves as the Lennon-McCartney of the strategy gaming world.
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