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August 22, 2011 | By Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press
A Carlisle, Pa., lawyer blamed an addiction to video games for the sloppy legal work that has resulted in a three-year suspension. Mathew Eshelman, 43, retreated into the world of video games to fight job stress and problems at home, a state disciplinary panel concluded last week. The habit got Eshelman fired from a firm in 2007, but little changed when he set up a solo practice. "When attempting to conduct his own law practice, he sought refuge from his problems by playing video and computer games with an even greater intensity.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2014 | By Terri Akman, For The Inquirer
Julie Bogle, 10, and her sister Mallory, 7, are mean Skylanders players. But surprisingly, so are parents Jeff and Jill. In fact, video games are the Exton family's favorite pastime. It started about three or four years ago when the girls received a Nintendo Wii and had trouble managing the controller and "nunchuk" at the same time, so the parents paired up to help them. "It was fun and quickly became a tradition," recalled Jeff, 38, who says their family now plays together at least once every other week.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 1990 | By Myra Moore, Special to The Inquirer
For this summer's family vacation, say goodbye to the license plate game and I Spy, and say hello to Kwirk the tomato, Super Mario and Evil King Drool. If you have room for America's favorite dysfunctional family, you might want to invite the Simpsons too. Welcome to America's highways a new generation of hand-held video games, and score a thundering victory for peace in the back seat. In case you've been in a deep sleep, the nation's children are swept up in a home-video-game craze, and the ubiquitous Nintendo logo is inescapable, whether it be on the television screen, a cereal box or a Super Mario Bros.
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May 27, 2013 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Marcelle describes himself as an excellent builder and spends many hours happily creating objects with Legos. The 10-year-old also enjoys playing video games, remote-control car driving, and reading the Hardy Boys books. Marcelle currently cares for a dog and loves doing it. Although he appears a little reserved when meeting new people, he soon warms up, especially when the conversation involves video games. Enrolled in fifth grade, Marcelle receives special-education services and benefits from the small class size and individual attention.
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March 12, 2012 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Quatrel is a handsome 11-year-old with a winning smile. He is athletic and enjoys the outdoors. One of his strengths is his great ability to think in terms of visual images. Because of this, he can create amazing things with Legos. He is also adept at playing video games. Quatrel enjoys listening to music and is eager to learn to play an instrument. He is not sure just yet about which instrument, so he wants to try a few different ones before taking lessons. Quatrel likes school, especially math class.
BUSINESS
November 22, 1989 | New York Daily News
Toys may be kid stuff, but they're big business at Christmas time. "That's when retailers do 60 percent to 70 percent of their year's business," said David Miller, president of the Toy Manufacturers of America. This year, TMA projects that holiday sales will be up 5 percent from last year for non-video games and 3.5 percent for video games. "So far, there doesn't seem to be any breakaway best seller," said Miller. "But in the end, the public decides. Lots of items are getting attention.
NEWS
June 6, 1990 | By Steve Stecklow, Inquirer Staff Writer
A renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology learning researcher believes he may have found the ideal subject for studying how to make education more stimulating for children: Nintendo video games. That's right, those shoot-'em-down, get-through-the-mazes, avoid-the- villains, collect-every-prize zap-fests that have managed to obsess virtually every adolescent in America - while becoming the bane of nearly every parent - may provide valuable clues to making teaching more effective.
NEWS
April 16, 1989 | By Rita M. Sutter, Special to The Inquirer
Amid neighborhood concern, a Mount Holly delicatessen owner has withdrawn his application for an additional pinball machine. Before nearby residents could urge the Township Council to reject the application Monday, Alfred Ireland, who owns Aldee's Deli at Cherry and Garden Streets, said he would withdraw his request. He also offered to remove two video games and a pinball machine already in his store. Council members told Ireland that he didn't have to take such a step - that he could negotiate with the neighbors - but on Wednesday he decided to close the game room.
NEWS
September 15, 2011
Bill Kunkel, 61, who helped invent video-game journalism and create the first video-game magazine in the United States, died Sept. 4, apparently of a heart attack, at his home in White Lake, Mich. Mr. Kunkel and his friend Arnie Katz are widely credited with starting the first published gaming column, "Arcade Alley. " It began running in Video magazine in 1978. The column drew more readers as home gaming systems became popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. By 1981, about two million home systems were in use in the United States.
FOOD
December 11, 2008 | By Rob Watson FOR THE INQUIRER
If you've resisted the lure of video games because war, sports and car theft don't appeal, beware. There's a completely different genre to hook you in: cooking. That's right, cooking, both real and imagined. More and more titles are centered on food this holiday season, and what was once a genre aimed at little girls making cakes has turned into something else entirely. It has become a broad category that allows gamers to burn quite nicely in the real and virtual worlds. Taking a look at the variety of titles is a bit like exploring the cereal aisle at the grocery store.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2016 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Julian, 16, dreams of having a career in entertainment, as a singer or an actor, or perhaps both. He is proud of having participated in theater productions at his school and would like to take acting classes. He is also interested in learning to be a director or working behind the scenes. Julian's other interests include reading about superheroes, playing video games, and learning about other cultures. He loves going to school and works hard to achieve academically. He also finds time to participate in the school's drama and chorus clubs.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Are you willing to fight for the city you love, Philadelphians? To take it back from the repressive foreign overlords who've occupied City Hall, seized all media control, and banished the rank and file to decimated districts on the fringes of town? This is the premise of a dystopian-themed, high-budget video game, Homefront: The Revolution , launching Tuesday and already creating a buzz among game aficionados. "All we have to say is 'it's a first-person shooter set in Philly' and people are all aboard, anxious to play" the $59.99 game, reported Tim Brooks, a sales associate at the GameStop emporium on South Street.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2016 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Aidan, 9, loves everything about dinosaurs and often wonders what the world would be like if they roamed the earth again. If he could take a trip anywhere, it would be to Alaska because there are huskies and wolves there. Aidan enjoys building objects with Legos, playing video games, and drawing. Because of his passion for dinosaurs, it is no surprise his favorite movies and video games are the Jurassic World series. In the third grade, Aidan does very well and his report card is filled with A's and B's. Science is his favorite subject, but he also enjoys art class and has a talent for drawing.
NEWS
March 4, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I am a community college sophomore (age 20) in an international honor society, double-majoring in biotechnology and biological sciences. My dream is to become a cardiologist. I have worked hard and excelled at my studies, as well as in my friendships and sports. However, my brothers have not. My older brother, "Aaron," barely graduated from community college, and my younger brother, "Greg," dropped out after his first semester. I know it's not healthy for me to think this way, but I am afraid I am going to be the one who has to support them.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Jah'vion dreams of becoming a professional wrestler when he grows up. For now, however, the 13-year-old keeps busy with a wide variety of interests, among them swimming, video games, basketball, football, magic cards, and wrestling action figures. He is passionate about Legos, so he was thrilled to visit the Franklin Institute's "Art of the Brick" exhibit. On view were more than 100 works made from Lego bricks. His favorite was the 20-foot-long T-rex. Although a bit shy when meeting new people, he quickly opens up when the talk turns to his interests.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2015 | By Joel Wee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matthew Lee, 29, a Ph.D. student from the University of Pennsylvania's nursing school, received a Fulbright Scholarship. His research focuses on how video games can be applied to therapeutic use. Lee, a Cerritos, Calif., native, previously was awarded an International Game Developers Association scholarship for his work with video games and mental health. He has eight years of experience in developing games and was trained as a game designer. In 2014, he founded game design studio AFK Studios, which was invited to the 2014 G-20 Global Business Challenge in Australia to talk about how video games could address global challenges with water-related issues.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
At 16, Quatrel has a clear vision of his future. When he graduates from high school, he plans to join the Marines. "I want to protect my country and the people I love back home," he says. An athletic teen with a winning smile, Quatrel is a member of his high school's lacrosse and football teams. Music is a big part of his life, and he often can be found wearing headphones, absorbed in hip-hop and electronic dance music. He loves to cook and is quite good at it. He especially enjoys baking cakes and pies, roasting a turkey, and frying chicken.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
On a Thursday evening in June, Molly Clark bounded into the lobby of an unremarkable office building on Walnut Street, past a bored-looking receptionist, and downstairs into the basement - the unlikely setting for a trendy form of entertainment called a room-escape game. Clark, 18, of Wayne, had seen something similar on reality television a few weeks earlier: The current Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and her date, a man known to viewers only as "Ben Z.," had to solve puzzles to find the key that would release them from a locked room, under threat of snakes, poisonous gas, and other terrors.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Her arms draped in Hermes Birkin handbags that retail for $13,000 each, a laughing Linda Lightman had to confess: She doesn't own a single one herself. "But they're coveted by many," she added with considerable appreciation. Such longing will translate into $25 million in sales this year for Linda's Stuff, the online luxury-consignment business Lightman started 15 years ago. At eBay, where a projected $83 billion in gross merchandise value was transacted last year, Linda's Stuff is considered a superstar.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
There are many reasons that Brandon is well-liked by his peers, and that his teachers report he is a joy to have in their classrooms. At 15, he enjoys pleasing others, is polite and cooperative and especially protective of younger children. His interests are wide-ranging, from riding his bike and scooter, swimming, and bowling to watching movies and playing video games. He prefers one-on-one competition, and loves the attention it brings him. He also enjoys spending time with the dogs and ferrets in his foster home.
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