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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.
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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.
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
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.
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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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March 17, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Jay doesn't just play the guitar, he plays it well. So, when this 17-year-old thinks about what to do with his life, one of his happiest dreams is a career in music. A bundle of energy, he also loves sports, and is a member of his school's soccer and basketball teams. When not on the playing field or the court, he frequently can be found testing his skill at video games. A 10th grader, Jay lists math and reading as his favorite subjects, although he also likes school because he gets to socialize with friends.
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December 26, 2014 | the Inquirer Staff
Rodman wants no part of Kim Jong-unĀ  Remember when former basketballer and professional strange person Dennis Rodman traveled to North Korea on what he called a goodwill tour-plus-basketball-diplomacy effort? Remember when he said North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un , was his bosom pal? Wonder how that whole thing is working out for the Rod-Man, what with the brouhaha over The Interview and the Sony hack. Turns out there's a video game titled Glorious Leader! , made by the company Moneyhorse Games.
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October 14, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
When they hear the word adoption, people often think of babies. However, the majority of children in need of permanent homes are school-age, and many are teenagers. Among them is Jordan. At 15, he is handsome, attentive, and well-mannered, and takes pride in his appearance. He also excels in sports, enjoys playing basketball with friends, and gets a kick out of testing his skills at video games. Jordan's favorite foods are hamburgers, french fries, spaghetti with meatballs, rice and beans, and salads.
NEWS
August 13, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
Instead of wasting their summers, say, playing video games, 11 area teens spent it learning how to make video games. The games were entirely original. One was even unique to Philadelphia. Running For Office stars Mayor Nutter, in a business suit, running through the city's streets jumping over attacking black cats while trying to avoid a green dinosaur right on his heels. The game was one of two created with the help of PHL Collective, a local independent game company, in an unusual summer partnership.
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.
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June 17, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Quason, 13, and Daequan, 11, share not only the same foster placement but also almost all the same interests and goals, so close are the brothers. Both are passionate about sports and dream of playing professionally some day in either the NBA or the NFL. They enjoy testing their skill at video games, riding bikes, listening to music - Daequan also aspires to a career in rap - and eating chicken and seafood. Quason and Daequan agree that their prized possession is the iPod, that making the basketball league is their proudest achievement, and that Christmas is their favorite holiday.
NEWS
June 2, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
MACAU - During any Philadelphia Orchestra tour, the players need some means of retreating from the 24/7 reality of being on the road. Some play video games. Others practice Bach sonatas in their hotel rooms. But here, the siren call of Macau Tower and what claims to be the world's highest bungee jump - 764 feet - has been heeded by a handful of musicians. Last year, three - including assistant conductor designate Lio Kuokman, 32, a Macau native - did the jump. "I did not tell my mother," he said, guiltily.
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May 27, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Tyrek, a soft-spoken 13-year-old, is often described as "very laid-back. " He loves watching sports, but also playing them, especially baseball and football. Indoors, he frequently can be found in front of the TV, testing his skills at video games; he loves the challenge, and is willing to take on anyone. A good student, Tyrek routinely receives above-average grades. His grades in history have shown marked improvement, though it's not his favorite class. That distinction goes to gym. In his foster placement, he cheerfully does chores and helps out whenever he is needed.
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