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World’s Largest Video Game Collection Started with Cosmic Avenger

CosmicAvengerBuffalo AP writer Carolyn Thompson has a fun look at the 11,607 different ways area resident Michael Thomasson has made it into the Guinness record books. His massive, basement-housed collection has earned him a two-page spread in Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition:

Along with the games, Thomasson has the devices to play them on, not only the Xboxes and PlayStations but obscure ones like the Casio Loopy, the only game system specifically geared toward girls, which came out in Japan in 1995, and the Pippin, a dud released by Apple the same year.

“Every game on it is awful,” Thomasson says of Apple’s foray into the gaming world. “It’s the least fun of anything in the house.”

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Ithaca Dad Trying to End Violence, One Video Game at a Time

Although advocates for each side of the do-video-games-cause-violent-behavior issue can find studies to support their point of view, Ithaca resident Erik Lehmann isn’t waiting around for any further conclusive proof.

He has launched an event, Game Changers Experience, which is set to debut locally Friday evening at the Southside Community Center. From Ithaca Journal health reporter Shawnee A. Barnes:

The event encourages young people, and adults, to trade in a violent video game or movie as the price of admission and transform them into art. The workshop is co-facilitated by internationally acclaimed artist Lily Yeh and introduces participants to “real life game changers,” which Lehman defined as people who have changed their lives to work toward promoting peace.

Yeh has worked in impoverished inner cities and is known for involvement in the Rwanda Healing Project, in which she used visual art to bring peace and promote emotional healing in villages subjected to war and genocide in the 1990s.

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G4 Canceling Attack of the Show!, X-Play

It’s the end of an era over at G4 as the video game network is canceling Attack of the Show! and X-Play at the end of the year.

Attack of the Show has been on since 2005 and is best known for making hot nerd Olivia Munn a household name. X-Play is approaching 10 years as the show originally launched on TechTV. Both shows will be bringing back former hosts over the final two months.

“‘Attack of the Show!’ and “X-Play” have been important for G4, and we want to acknowledge the creative people who have helped inspire and showcase the phenomenon of gamer culture,” G4 Media general manager Adam Stotsky said in a statement. “With more than 3,000 episodes aired between them, we have more than enough great material to honor these innovators and their amazing contributions as we bring both shows to a close.”

E3 Staying in Los Angeles Through 2015

The Electronic Entertainment Expo will remain in Los Angeles through 2015, the Entertainment Software Associated announced on Monday.

“We are proud to partner with Los Angeles for another three years,” said ESA CEO Michael D. Gallagher in a statement. The City serves as a strong backdrop for the video game industry’s biggest announcements and we look forward to remaining in LA. Video games are a dominant force in the global entertainment marketplace and there is no better place to display that than Los Angeles. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the City and AEG.”

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Kobe Bryant Left Off ‘NBA 2K13′ Cover

Kobe who?

Kobe Bryant, the longtime face of the NBA, was left off the “NBA 2K13″ video game cover for Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant.

The last two versions of the wildly popular basketball game featured NBA legends, but Bryant was the sole cover boy for “NBA 2K10.”

“Kobe is a great, great friend of the NBA 2K franchise, but each year we continue to evolve and we want to do different things,” 2K Sports vice president of marketing Jason Argent told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview. “This year, it’s focused more on the young guys. But Kobe is always part of our family. We think very highly of him and what he’s done.”

Video: LA Kings Fans Invade E3

What happens when (drunk?) Los Angeles Kings fans invade L.A. Live during the E3 convention?

To our folks here from out of town for E3, you might not want to park that rental car on the street Wednesday night. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

E3 Could Leave Los Angeles in 2013

The Electronic Entertainment Expo could relocate next year if the city of Los Angeles is unable to resolve issues surrounding the proposed rebuilt convention center, according to the Los Angeles Times:

The Entertainment Software Assn. last year put the city on notice when it balked at renewing its contract to stage E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center beyond 2012, citing uncertainties around the proposed remodel of the convention center to make way for Farmers Field. At the time, association officials expressed optimism that an agreement could be worked out because of the group’s “strong, mutually productive relationship with Los Angeles.”

Now, however, the tone appears less congenial. Read more

Tista Games CEO Aunim Hossain: ‘We Need Writers’

Mediabistro’s Jason Boog is covering the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, where he met up with Aunim Hossain, CEO of social gaming company Tista Games. Hossain argued that with the worldwide gaming audience of 500,000,000 people expected to triple in the next decade, the demand for writers who can craft compelling narratives will skyrocket.

“Storytelling is the best way of keeping people engaged and keeping them playing,” he argues.

For now, however, it looks like you need a solid programming background to work at Tista–narrative abilities or no. Still, we’ve already seen plenty of prominent Hollywood actors lend their talents to the gaming industry. How long before the best screenwriters start jumping ship?

Tribeca Teaches Program Expands to Los Angeles

The Tribeca Film Institute is expanding their Tribeca Teaches program to Lennox Middle School in Los Angeles — the first pilot run outside of New York City.

TFI and non-profit Southern California Crossroads will focus on bilingual storytelling through video games. Experienced filmmakers will partner with teachers, community activists and parents in assisting students during the 18-week program.

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E3 Doubles Prices For 2012 Expo

If you’re not in the industry and want to get your hands on the hottest new video games of 2012, it’s going to cost you.

Registration opened Monday for the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center and a three-day pass will cost you $795 if you register before April 23 and $995 afterward.

That’s nearly twice as much compared to 2011 when registration was $400 prior to the April deadline and $500 afterward.

That price hike should keep the “outsiders” to a minimum. I don’t care how amazing Grand Theft Auto V looks, it’s not worth nearly $1,000 to play it early.

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