December 1, 2002 |
Twenty years ago, in the nation's most popular video game, players controlled a little yellow circle named Pac-Man, which roamed around a maze eating dots while battling colorful blobs named Inky and Blinky. In the best-selling and most widely rented game of the 2002 holiday season, a player assumes the role of a drug dealer and car thief who is rewarded for committing crimes. By pressing the proper buttons on a Sony PlayStation 2 controller, the player can hire a prostitute, then kill her to get his money back; or assault a pedestrian with a golf club, carjack the ambulance that comes to save the victim, and use the vehicle to run over police.
September 8, 2000 |
Like a cross between the robot-hustling Jawas in "Star Wars" and Santa's little helpers, Todd Tuckey and his small staff work day and night, six days a week, rebuilding and refurbishing arcade classics like Pac Man, Centipede, Defender and Galaxian. Tuckey's TNT Amusements is selling more video games than ever before. And he's selling these games for twice as much as he was two years ago. But no one seems to be complaining. Business is so good, in fact, that he's stopped advertising and at times actually turns prospective customers away.
December 5, 2011 |
The helicopter hovers over the troubled nation of Sheylan, which is limping from drought and civil war. An aid worker turns to you and tells you to conduct an aerial assessment of the crisis and find those in need of food. You nod to the avatar, hunker down in front of your computer, and move your mouse to guide the chopper and scour the fictional scene. It's a video game - but not just any video game brimming with animated adventure. Food Force is part of a broad genre called serious games, and a niche within it whose mission is social awareness and change.
April 14, 2004 |
It was 6 in the morning when Karen Kosoy discovered her kindergartner still glued to the Nintendo game - he'd stayed up all night trying to rescue a legendary princess named Zelda. "My God, he's addicted," she remembers thinking. Jamie Kosoy has his own memory: His mother pulled the plug and threw the video game player in the trash. "The most traumatic moment of my life," he says. By middle school, while friends were playing street hockey outside, Kosoy was rushing indoors to chart their stats on his computer.
July 20, 2008 |
Pennsylvania State University Great Valley is an unlikely setting for a summer camp. There's no swing set or baseball field on campus, just two buildings, with a few benches out front for graduate students to take lunch or cigarette breaks during the day. The graduate campus is hosting a summer camp for the sixth straight summer, however, albeit an unusual one. The VideoGame.Net Summer Camp Experience will give sixth through 12th graders a crash course in video-game making through mid-August.
December 23, 1993 |
Ah, the holidays. The season of love, joy, peace and Mortal Kombat, Lethal Enforcers and Street Fighter. These last three are the titles of video games sought by many shoppers willing to stand in line under speakers musically proclaiming "good will to man" to get their hands on video games whose labels promise they "show no mercy. " But does all this video violence provoke violence? The verdict is still out. "There are studies," said psychologist Patrick McGuffin, "that say 70 percent of all video games have a violent theme, but there are no studies that have proved that watching violence in any form - video games, television, movies or music videos - causes someone to be violent," said McGuffin, of Upper Providence Township.
March 25, 2005 |
Where some people see cartoons, others see modern art. Anime, the genre of animated film that came of age in the 1960s in Japan, has taken its time finding a mainstream American audience. It's a step up from Saturday morning Looney Tunes, and loyal fans have seen its popularity rise in the United States over more than two decades. To bring the anime community in Philly together, a small group of fans is putting on the fourth KosaiKon AniFest at Villanova University's Bartley Hall on Saturday.
July 11, 1995 |
About 20 children, chanting and carrying signs demanding the freedom to play video games at the borough's swim club, protested before the start of the Borough Council meeting last night as members arrived. The protesters, members of the swimming and diving team, chanted, "We want our games back," and held up signs that said "Why are you taking away our games?" and "$300 is nuts. " The group was responding to a tax ordinance that the borough recently began enforcing, charging all profitable organizations $300 per mechanical game per year.
November 24, 2004 |
This season's blockbuster video games give players the opportunity to hijack cars, mow down the walking undead with heavy artillery, and ogle topless women. But gamers too young for such content may find little else. "I think it's a little bit scary that the best games coming onto the market that we're all talking about are the very violent first-person shooters," said David Walsh, president of the National Institute on Media and the Family. The nonprofit watchdog group released its annual video- game report card yesterday.
October 21, 1986 |
Having caused panic, death and devastation in the heartland, I turned my bloodshot eyes and bloodstained claws eastward. I would have the ultimate satisfaction. I would destroy Philadelphia! Would I unleash Snarling George, the gigantic gorilla? Perhaps Lizzie Lizard, that blood-crazed reptile? No. For Philadelphia it would be slavering, befanged Ralph, the raging werewolf. Heh heh heh. The only thing standing in my way was a dwindling supply of quarters. I had ravaged Peoria, Joliet and Chicago and was now roaring and snorting through the hapless hamlet of Kalamazoo.