New Orleans’ Big Freedia introduces Beyoncé at Superdome
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New Orleans’ Big Freedia introduces Beyoncé at Superdome

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In royal fashion, New Orleans’ own Queen of Bounce brought out Houston’s own Queen Bey at the Superdome.  Big Freedia tells NOLA.com ‘ The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/2d1jeSo ) that she was asked to go onstage shortly before the start of Saturday’s night’s concert.  In her words, “Well, they’re very secretive about everything … Continue reading

Swimmer Ryan Lochte to attend Comic Con in Richmond
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Swimmer Ryan Lochte to attend Comic Con in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Swimmer Ryan Lochte is expected to appear at a comic convention in Richmond. Organizers for the Wizard World Comic Con say the 12-time Olympic medal winner will greet fans, sign autographs and pose for selfies with fans at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Sept. 10. Lochte’s visit comes as he … Continue reading

‘Game of Thrones’ composer creating ‘Gears of War 4’ score
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‘Game of Thrones’ composer creating ‘Gears of War 4’ score

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The composer for “Game of Thrones” is swapping the sword-filled realm of Westeros for the alien-plagued world of Sera. Emmy- and Grammy-nominated Ramin Djawadi has crafted the score for “Gears of War 4,” the forthcoming fifth installment in the intergalactic shooter series for Xbox One and PC. The prolific film and … Continue reading

Legend of Zelda’: 5 ways ‘Breath of the Wild’ is different
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Legend of Zelda’: 5 ways ‘Breath of the Wild’ is different

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nintendo is putting all of its faith in Link at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The video game publisher is using its entire booth at the gaming industry’s annual extravaganza to promote “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” the latest installment of the action-adventure series starring iconic adventurer Link. After delaying the title from last … Continue reading

A look at the winners and losers of E3
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A look at the winners and losers of E3

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With some publishers splitting from the show floor and more gamers sliding on virtual reality headsets than ever before, this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo moved the video game industry in decidedly different directions than past installments of the annual interactive extravaganza. The event drew more than 50,000 industry insiders to the Los Angeles Convention … Continue reading

Lil Wayne performs at E3 after suffering seizures
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Lil Wayne performs at E3 after suffering seizures

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lil Wayne performed Wednesday for attendees of the Electronic Entertainment Expo just days after suffering what his spokesman described as two minor seizures. The rapper and Samsung pitchman performed at the company’s booth inside the Los Angeles Convention Center. He delivered such songs as “John” and “No Ceiling” as six skateboarders … Continue reading

Ubisoft goes ‘Steep’ at E3
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Ubisoft goes ‘Steep’ at E3

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For its next open-world game, Ubisoft is combining collaborative multiplayer action with snowy extreme sports. The video game publisher capped off its Electronic Entertainment Expo presentation Monday with a first look at “Steep.” The game will set players loose on a virtual rendition of the Alps where they can ski, snowboard, … Continue reading

Female Game Artists story
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Female Game Artists story

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a story May 30 about female video game developers, The Associated Press reported erroneously when Gamergate, a controversy over video game criticism and ensuing online harassment of women in the industry, began. It began in 2014, not 2013. A corrected version of the story is below: After Gamergate, female video game … Continue reading

‘Skylanders’ adding custom characters in next installment
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‘Skylanders’ adding custom characters in next installment

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The population of Skylands will be booming come fall. Activision is introducing the option for “Skylanders” players to create their own characters in the series’ fifth installment, which is set to debut Oct. 16. The toys-to-life franchise mimics real-world figures in the virtual video game world of Skylands. “Skylanders Imaginators” will … Continue reading

Norfolk bringing free public Wi-Fi to neighborhood
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Norfolk bringing free public Wi-Fi to neighborhood

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Norfolk official has announced that the city will offer free public Wi-Fi across the Park Place neighborhood starting this fall as part of a broader effort to improve Internet access for businesses and residents. The city’s Chief Information Officer Steven DeBerry tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/22q8H5I ) that up to 7,800 … Continue reading

A new ‘Doom’ is both cursed and blessed by nostalgia
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A new ‘Doom’ is both cursed and blessed by nostalgia

Before there was “Halo” or “Call of Duty,” the first-person shooter video games “Wolfenstein” and “Doom” defined the trigger-happy genre in three dimensions. While the former received a thoughtful reimagining in 2014’s “Wolfenstein: The New Order,” the same can’t be said for a new “Doom.” “Doom” (Bethesda Softworks, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and … Continue reading