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THE PLAYER “The Order: 1886” wants to be a popcorn flick as badly as it does a video game. It’s a hybrid of interactive and cinematic techniques, putting forth the thesis that someday the two media will be intertwined.
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THE PLAYER There are sword and sorcery games, and then there are those set in Daventry. Daventry, the fantastical homeland of the "King's Quest" series, is to the video game universe what Middle Earth is to the world of fantasy literature.
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THE PLAYER Alan Gershenfeld was already skeptical that this January 2012 trip to Alaska would yield a video game. The blizzard wasn't helping. But his business partner, Michael Angst, was insistent. “[He] said, ‘We have to go! I've been to 49 states but not Alaska.
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"Sing so loud Jay Z can hear it," Chance the Rapper hollered Sunday from one of two stages in front of Los Angeles City Hall. It was a reference to the hip-hop mogul and mastermind behind the two-day Budweiser Made in America festival, where established chart-toppers such as rock band Weezer, local rap heavyweight Kendrick Lamar and pop-star-of-the-moment Iggy Azalea performed before Kanye West hit the stage Sunday night to close the event.
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I had only known Eline Muijres for a few minutes before our first dance, and it wasn’t long before I became scared our movements were going to lead to more physical contact than is likely appropriate for near-strangers. So I let go of her iPhone.
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In late May, Mario and Luigi were sitting on a couch on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Not the real Mario and Luigi — they aren’t real, of course — but caricatures of the Nintendo brand icons.
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THE PLAYER Before an interview via video conference even starts, game designer Tim Schafer jots down a message, then holds the note up to the computer screen. "I killed a guy," it reads. Schafer's games are laced with humor, and so are his interviews.
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Much of the past year in gaming was marred by a quasi-Internet-driven movement known as gamergate, but many games proved the cause wrong.
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There's a common shortcut teenagers can take to adulthood, and it often involves taking in some grown-up experiences or, particularly if you're a rising pop star, taking off your clothes. There are no such aims in the work of Cherry Glazerr, a fast-rising rock trio fronted by two 17-year-old students from the posh Westside high school Wildwood.
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“You’re not too old for those?” she asked. The question came from a date who arched her head and squinted at an assortment of Batman-branded pillowcases in my bedroom.
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A tale of World War I, inspired partly by letters exchanged by soldiers and loved ones, “Valiant Hearts” is the rare video game in which military action evokes sympathy rather than aggression.
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Is it possible to hold hands with a video game character? That is, in many ways, a ridiculous question, but is one posed by the developers of “Murasaki Baby.
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The day I found out you can buy queen-sized Batman bed sheets was one of the greatest days of my life.
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I have covered music and video games for the Los Angeles Times since mid-2007. Previously, I reported on the music business for Billboard. My first paid writing gig was for the defunct zine Punk Planet.  I continues to torture himself by stubbornly rooting for the Chicago Cubs, and one of my biggest regrets in life is giving away a ticket to Nirvana’s “In Utero” tour in favor of finishing a high school book report on “The Canterbury Tales.”

I believe "The Secret of Monkey Island" is the greatest video game ever, I go to Disneyland once or twice per month and I am obsessed with my cat. Her name is Sleater. 

Sometimes people ask me to write things. In addition to my newspaper work, I've been published in the following books: "Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History," "SXSW Scrapbook: People and Things That Went Before" and "The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated History of the Greatest Cult Film of All Time."
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Coachella 2014: Pharrell Williams vs. the desert, now with Jay Z
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During his Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival debut last week, Pharrell Williams looked miserable. His voice was shot, his head was hu

Coachella 2014: Going native at the festival's makeover tent
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Here's a telling statistic about the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival : On the first of two three-day weekends more than 3,000

R&B meets grim and grime in Afghan Whigs' 'Do to the Beast'
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Coachella 2014: Veteran indie rockers Afghan Whigs appear at Coachella following their first release in 16 years, 'Do to the Beast.'

Listen: Le Butcherettes return with 'Demon Stuck in Your Eye'
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Two years ago during a performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival , Teri “Gender Bender” Suaréz climbed to the top of a lig

Coachella festival's luxuries eclipsing its music and arts
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When the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival launched 15 years ago, creature comforts included any small slice of shade cast by the odd

Review: Jon Langford's 'Here Be Monsters' has a barkeep's wit
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Swiftly summarizing Jon Langford’s nearly 40 years worth of contributions to punk rock and all of its permutations, as well as his career-lo

Angel Olsen learns there's nothing wrong in a little selfishness
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There's a lot of damage in the shadows when Angel Olsen says six simple words.

U2 wants to avoid the 'esoteric' on new album, win an Oscar
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U2 is a band that is used to big statements, political activism and rallying behind a cause. This past weekend, however, the band's larger-t

Album review: Lydia Loveless' brazen 'Somewhere Else'
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There’s having no shame, and then there’s Lydia Loveless.

The best Oscar-worthy songs thwarted by 'Alone Yet Not Alone'
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The poor little Oscar song category just can't seem to get a break. The Academy this week struck the title song from little-known faith-base

Grammys 2014: We still have questions
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Mass marriage. Odd musical pairings. Pharrell's hat. The 56th Grammy Awards telecast Sunday left us with many indelible images -- and questi

Grammys 2014: What to look for on Sunday's awards show
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The Grammys, with performers including Daft Punk, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Katy Perry and Lorde, promises more than a few surprises.

L.A.'s Warpaint branches out from the abstract with stepped-up spin
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Warpaint follows up its 2010 debut with an album that keeps the band's 'impressionistic' nature while adding an electronic groove.

Oscar Nominations: 'Frozen,' 'Her' and 'Alone Yet Not Alone' for song?
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U2, Pharrell Williams ;and Karen O -- names more befitting of Grammy nominations than the Oscars -- are among the contenders for the Academy

Life as one great search, echoing off of Parquet Courts
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Parquet Courts' new album, 'Light Up Gold,' records lives of post-recession hardship. Tension ratchets high.

Lady Gaga and the Muppets create a holiday tease
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Kermit the Frog was sad and Lady Gaga was bringing him down.

Listen: Warpaint teases new album with 'Love is to Die'
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Warpaint unleashed "Love is to Die," its first proper teaser for its upcoming second album.

Cameron Mesirow unmasks more of Glasser with 'Interiors'
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The new album "Interiors" by Cameron Mesirow, a.k.a. Glasser, features of sweeping electronics and harrowing choral harmonies.

Love can be a loser's game
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L.A. Affairs: A shot at love quickly became game over. That's when video play became a la carte therapy.

D23: Richard Sherman, Alan Menken explore the Disney songbook
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Midway through an extensive exploration of the songs of Disney’s past, composer Alan Menken needed a breather. Menken, a regular Disney orch