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Tetris players mark 30th anniversary with skyscraper-sized game in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Hundreds of Tetris fans had a little fun Saturday with a big version of the classic video game. The Philadelphia skyscraper-sized version created a spectacle against the night sky that organizers hoped inspired onlookers and players to think about the possibilities of technology.

Candy Crush maker King Digital raises $500 mn in IPO

King Digital Entertainment, the creator of the wildly popular video game Candy Crush, priced its initial public offering at $22.50 per share Tuesday, raising $500 million in its Wall Street debut. The British game developer sold 22.2 million shares in an offering priced at the midpoint of the $21-$24 range previously targeted. King will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday under the ticker "KING" with a market valuation of $7.1 billion.

Want a cookie? Play Tetris instead

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Playing a game of Tetris can reduce the strength of food and nicotine cravings, according to a new study. "Craving is a common problem for people trying to quit junk food, smoking or other drugs," coauthor Jackie Andrade told Reuters Health in an email. "It is unpleasant and makes people feel that they have to wait until the right moment to quit," said Andrade, from Plymouth University in the UK.

Flappy Bird may rise again, creator says

The Vietnamese creator of Flappy Bird says he's thinking of resurrecting the smash-hit free game that he abruptly took offline a month ago -- albeit with a warning about its addictive qualities. In his first interview since he pulled the app from the Apple and Android app stores, citing the pressure its success put on his "simple life," Nguyen Ha Dong told Rolling Stone magazine he now feels a sense of "relief." But asked if Flappy Bird will ever fly again on mobile devices, Nguyen responded: "I'm considering it."

Chess, rubber duck inducted into National Toy Hall of Fame, beating out bubbles, Nerf, Clue

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The rubber duck squeaked out a win for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame, joining the ancient game of chess in the 2013 class inducted Thursday. The pair beat out 10 other finalists: bubbles, the board game Clue, Fisher-Price Little People, little green Army men, the Magic 8 Ball, My Little Pony, Nerf toys, the Pac-Man video game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the scooter.

Video games based on Tom Clancy books

Tom Clancy's action-packed novels inspired not just films but dozens of video games. The author's role in games began in the 1980s with classic interactive renditions of "The Hunt For Red October" and "Red Storm Rising." Clancy launched his own video game studio, Red Storm Entertainment, in 1996. Ubisoft Entertainment SA, which acquired the studio in 2000, continues to publish such gaming franchises adorned with his name as "Ghost Recon," ''Rainbow Six" and "Splinter Cell." He's also associated with the upcoming next-generation title "The Division."

Yamauchi, who led Nintendo from cards to global video games, bought Mariners, dies, aged 85

TOKYO - Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the Japanese company's transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant, has died. He was 85. Kyoto-based Nintendo said Yamauchi, who was also known for owning the Seattle Mariners major league baseball club, died Thursday of pneumonia at a hospital in central Japan. Yamauchi was Nintendo president from 1949 to 2002, and engineered the company's global growth, including developing the early Family Computer consoles and Game Boy portables.

Day 7: Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes at the May 15-26 Cannes Film Festival: DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM? Security is so tight at the festival this year that the star of the new Coen brothers movie Oscar Isaacs was nearly locked out of his own premiere. "I went out to take a piss and they wouldn't let me back in, I missed the first half hour of the film!" the US actor who sings and plays guitar in the bleakly comic film about a folk singer chasing fame in 1960s New York was heard complaining at the after party.

Popular 'Sonic the Hedgehog' video games coming to Nintendo systems

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sonic the Hedgehog is rolling with Nintendo. Sega says it will exclusively release the next three games starring the popular blue critter on Nintendo platforms. The first title will be called "Sonic Lost World" and is set for release on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS later this year.

More expressive, personalized 'The Sims 4' announced for 2014

Sharing, accessibility and customization are high on the list for "The Sims 4" on Mac and PC. Though expansions and add-ons have kept life simulation game "The Sims 3" well-oiled since its 2009 release, "The Sims 4" is promising "a deeper connection" and "the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever." Personalization remains of importance, and "new and intuitive tools" will be at hand so that players can "effortlessly share their creativity with friends and fans."
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