‘Dead Space’ vidgame creator inspired by Hollywood

When variety-logoGlen Schofield looks for inspiration, he often turns to Hollywood, the co-founder and general manager of Sledgehammer Games told an audience in a Wednesday talk at this year’s D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas.

Schofield, whose studio co-developed “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” and created the “Dead Space” franchise, discussed the art of inspiration — which, he noted, can come from a variety of sources, ranging from ear-piercing sounds on the subway to vacation pictures.

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Ohio teen collapses after Call of Duty marathon

A 15-year old from Columbus, Ohio was rushed to an area hospital Tuesday after collapsing during a marathon session of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 that lasted between four and five days.

Tyler Rigsby was admitted to the Ohio State University Medical Center, suffering from dehydration. Hospital officials say he was released later in the day.

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Bang for your buck: Games you’ll still be playing in 2013

Gaming’s an expensive hobby — and all too often, it’s questionable whether you get your money’s worth. Even if a game is plenty of fun, it’s a bummer when an experience is over in a few hours with no replay potential.

But the real gems race in the other direction, offering gameplay that keeps you coming back and enough content to keep the experience fresh even after many hours have been logged.

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‘Modern Warfare 3′ tops Redbox rentals

Chalk up another bragging right for Modern Warfare 3.

Fresh off becoming the fastest game to reach $1 billion, the latest installment in the Call of Duty franchise has been named the year’s top video game rental by film and game rental service Redbox, beating out dancers, zombies and Pixar.

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‘Modern Warfare 3’ tops $1 bil in 16 days

Activision’s “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3″ has joined the billion dollar club — after just 16 days on store shelves, setting yet another entertainment industry record.

James Cameron’s “Avatar” was the previous record holder for a property to hit the $1 billion sales mark. It took a day longer than the action/shooter video game to achieve that, however. (“Black Ops,” the previous game in the “Call of Duty” series, took six weeks to hit the number.)

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November game sales surge, hardware sales dip

Led by “Modern Warfare 3″ and a surprisingly strong “The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim,” video game software sales soared past analyst expectations in November.

Retail sales of console and portable software were up 15 percent to $1.67 billion. Analysts had expected a climb of just 3 percent.

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Frustrated wife puts gamer husband up for sale on Craigslist

Guys, be careful how involved you get with this season’s awesome crop of video games. Your wife may try to sell you off.

Kyle Baddley learned this the hard way earlier this month, when his wife Alyse got frustrated by his constant Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 playing and offered him up to the highest bidder on Craigslist.

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Activision launching specialized Call of Duty programming Friday

The launch window has been a rocky one for Activision’s Call of Duty Elite, but even with a few bugs remaining, the publisher is ready to start ramping things up.

This Friday, members of the subscription service will get the chance to see the first installment of Friday Night Fights, an original entertainment series that’s produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s RSA Films.

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Modern Warfare 3: 5 days, $775 million

The records keep tumbling for Modern Warfare 3.

Activision’s action shooter has set a new standard for the entertainment industry, earning more than $775 million in five days, beating all gaming, theatrical and book sell-through totals. The previous record, not surprisingly, was last year’s “Black Ops” installment of the Call of Duty franchise, which took in $650 million.

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‘Modern Warfare 3′ sets day-one entertainment record

It’s a three-peat.

Modern Warfare 3, the latest installment in Activision’s juggernaut shooter franchise, has set a new entertainment industry record for the biggest product launch of all time, selling 6.5 million copies in the U.S. and U.K. in its first 24 hours and earning $400 million in the process.

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