Fight breaks out as Lady Warriors beat Tigresses for last finals slot

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sto. Domingo also grabbed 12 rebounds and three assistsJoyce Francisco also added 14 points, six rebounds, and three assists, while Ruthlaine Tacula did all the dirty work and finished eight markers, eight dimes, and six boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneUE fought back from a 47-56 deficit entering the final frame after staging a telling 11-0 blast to grab a 58-56 with 5:56 remaining.The Lady Warriors continued to frustrate the Tigresses in the remaining minutes, limiting the España crew to just six points to pull off the victory. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The scores:UE 69 – Sto. Domingo 18, Chan 16, Francisco 14, Tacula 8, Cortizano 7, Ramos 4, Requiron 2, Gayacao 0, Antonio 0, Nama 0.UST 62 – Anies 16, Larosa 16, Gandalla 9, Angeles 7, Rivera 4, Peñaflor 3, Jerez 3, Sanggalang 2, Isanan 2, Aujero 0, Portillo 0, Magat 0, Manuel 0, Valera 0.Quarters: 10-16, 27-35, 47-56, 69-62. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The game, however, was marred by a bench-clearing brawl with the result already decided after UST’s Sai Larosa threw a punch at Sto. Domingo that triggered the melee. Larosa and UE’s Marieny Requiron, Erica Ebeza, and Princess Pedregosa were all ejected for their involvement in the scuffle.UE coach Aileen Lebornio was also attested with a technical foul for the incident.Still, it couldn’t dim the spotlight on the Lady Warriors’ triumph as they arranged a Finals duel with the reigning three-time women’s champions National University Lady Bulldogs beginning Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I saw our work through the past five years. I told them after our loss to UST in Game 1 that it’s painful, but we need to bounce back and think about our goal. We can’t turn back, but rather as Warriors, we have to move forward,” said Lebornio.Anjel Anies paced UST with 16 points, while Larosa got 16 markers, eight rebounds, and four assists before her ejection.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. University of the East punched the final ticket to the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball Finals after edging University of Santo Tomas, 69-62, in their stepladder semifinals tiff Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Love Sto. Domingo caught fire in the fourth quarter, where she poured nine of his 18 points while Eunique Chan scattered 16 markers, 11 boards, and two dimes to help the Lady Warriors advance to the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Day snatches third round lead at Australian Open Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

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Special Session of Legislature Deferred?

first_imgAccording to reports from inside sources, President Weah (middle) has delayed the reconvening of the Extraordinary Session on Tuesday, moving it by two weeks to raise the “needed resources.” (Far left: House Speaker Bhofal Chambers; far right: Senate Pro Tempore Albert T. Chie)-President Weah yet to issue October 9’s Proclamation to Certificate the Extension(Pictures of Speaker Bhofal Chambers, President George M. Weah and Senate President Pro Tempore Albert Chie)The Daily Observer has gathered that President George Weah is yet to issue a Proclamation to Certificate Extension of the  54th Legislature from Tuesday, October 9, to Friday, November 9, 2018, and deferred the Extraordinary Session.According to reports from inside sources, the President has delayed the reconvening of the Extraordinary Session on Tuesday, moving it by two weeks to raise the “needed resources.”Other sources said the deferral of the Special Session would be intended to subsequently reject the reconvening of the Legislature and overrule further inquiry into the alleged “missing L$16 billion.”Additional sources said the Legislature will reconvene in its Second Extraordinary Session on a date the President will propose, and the Session will be a “slideshow or showbiz” in order to aid the Executive to justify and support its claim that there is “No L$16 billion missing.”However, others believe that the top agenda for the reconvening of the Second Extraordinary Session should be the ratification of the US$2.5 billion swap deal between the Government of Liberia and the China Roads and Bridge Corporation.It has been further gathered that members of the House of Representatives and the Senate are expected to meet today (Monday) in meetings to disregard the already signed “Joint Resolution of the Extension of Certificate,” in order to cooperate and endorse the new proposed date of the President —Tuesday, October 23, to Friday, November 23, 2018.This is in accordance with Article 32 (b) of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia which says: “The President shall, on his own initiative or upon receipt of a certificate signed by at least one-fourth of the total membership of each House, and by proclamation, extend a Regular Session of the Legislature beyond the date of adjournment or call a Special or Extraordinary Session of that Body to discuss or act upon matters of national emergency and concern. When the extension or call is at the request of the Legislature, the proclamation shall be issued not later than forty-eight hours after receipt of the certificate by the President.”The Resolution also acknowledged that there are several unresolved key matters of national interest that require the urgent attention of the 54th Legislature and is aware of the emergency nature of these matters, including the alleged missing L$16 billion, which are all geared toward the enhancement of the socioeconomic interests of the state and its people.Meanwhile, the 1st Session of the 54th Legislature started on the second working Monday, January 15, and ended on Friday, August 31, 2018. In order to discuss and act upon matters of national concern, the Legislature extended its annual constituency break from Saturday, September 1, to Saturday, September 15, 2018.The House of Representatives has acted upon or approved (ratified) 15 laws (bills) during its 1st Session of the 54th Legislature containing 57 regular day sittings and six Special Sittings, respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ducks feeling right at home

first_imgLOS ANGELES – The Oregon Ducks could be crowned kings of Los Angeles. UCLA’s basketball team owned the city before its stunning loss to Cal on Thursday. The way Oregon is playing, it will be the toast of the town with another victory. Reserve guard Alex Pribble yelled, “D-up fellas!” from the bench, but Oregon’s guards were too quick. They probably figured they would take advantage of Cal’s tired legs. “Just run them,” Porter said. “They played three games in three days, and we just wanted to keep them fatigued.” Porter scored a game-high 24 points and Hairston had 22. Anderson and Theo Robertson each had 17 for Cal. The Bears (16-17) had a spirited run through the tournament, earning a surprising win over UCLA – the Pac-10 regular season champion and No. 1 seed – on Thursday. The Bears, already saddled with injuries, lost backup center Taylor Harrison to a knee injury on Friday. He didn’t play in the second half. The way Oregon is playing, it might not have mattered. Staples Center will be home to the Pac-10 men’s basketball tournament for at least five years, officials announced. Fox Sports Net and Staples Center reached an agreement on a new lease that runs through 2012. Other Pac-10 coaches have expressed interest in rotating the tournament to cities around the conference, but that won’t be up for discussion for a while because of the new deal. “We think this is the best venue to create what we set out to be – a first-class event for the fans, athletes and coaches,” said Mitch Huberman, the senior vice president for Fox Sports Enterprises. Staples Center has been home of the tournament since 2002, and the tourney has been in existence for just six years. Other cities made bids to host the tournament, but Los Angeles didn’t appear to be challenged much, if at all. “A lot of buildings and cities were after this,” said Tim Leiweke, president & CEO of AEG and Staples Center. “We agreed to let David Beckham play here, and that’s a huge bonus. “This was an important decision for the Pac-10. It’s rich in cities like Anaheim, Phoenix, San Jose and Seattle.” Leiweke said he was in the middle of negotiating a $30-40 million deal on Thursday when he interrupted the meeting to watch the end of the UCLA-Cal game, which Cal won in overtime. “That was one of the better sporting events I’ve ever seen,” Leiweke said. “The competition is so good in this tournament.” UCLA isn’t the only attraction anymore. USC is benefiting from the success of coach Tim Floyd and so is the tournament. While UCLA’s loss wasn’t good for tournament organizers, it wasn’t the end of the world. USC’s win over Stanford ensured many Los Angeles fans still would sit in Staples Center seats. “The SC program is coming on, and that’s a huge factor in our growth,” Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen said. The Bears have a losing record at 16-17, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t make the NIT. Coach Ben Braun is pushing for a postseason berth. “We’re playing in the best conference in the country,” Braun said. “I think sometimes people put too much weight into what your record is. Records are deceiving. “There are a whole lot of teams who have better records than us that haven’t played as tough of a schedule.” jill.painter@dailynews.com (818) 713-3615. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Ducks ran out to a big lead, then survived a scare from Cal before ultimately scoring an 81-63 win in Friday’s Pacific-10 Conference tournament semifinals at Staples Center. “I feel like we are playing very good basketball at the right time of the year,” Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. “We took a couple of days off before (the) Washington State (game) and we’ve been re-energized. We are just one of those teams that is peaking at the right time.” center_img Oregon (25-7) flourished, as it usually does, with its speedy backcourt. Freshman Tajuan Porter and junior Malik Hairston combined for 46 points on 18-of-25 shooting. The Ducks shot 62.5 percent from the field, out-rebounded Cal by four and ran up a 21-point halftime lead. “I thought Oregon really stepped up in the first half and really got off to a great start, knocking down some shots,” Cal coach Ben Braun said. “I thought our guys really came out in the second half, and I thought it was indicative of the fight in this team … the energy and the passion.” Cal cut the lead to six points, 59-53, on a Ryan Anderson shot inside with about eight minutes left, but the Bears got no closer. Hairston drove the lane and converted a three-point play to put the Ducks up by nine with seven minutes left. last_img read more

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Sadio Mane ‘really happy’ at Liverpool

first_imgBetween them, the trio have scored a combined 160 goals as a frontline, while Mane’s haul of 22 in the Premier League last season saw him share the Golden Boot with Salah and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Mane also played a major role in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph last season and his impressive form has seen him linked with a move to Real Madrid in the past.However, Mane, who signed a new contract with the Reds last November, is keen to continue repaying the supporters he has described as the “best in the world”.“To be honest, I’m really happy to be a part of the club, the family here,” Mane told Complex.“We have the best fans in the world here, so I’m always so thankful for the support. It’s not just great for me, too – it gives the whole squad more motivation to perform.“It keeps us hungry to get better and better together… I really struggle to describe how happy I am to be here!”Mane has already scored two goals in four Premier League appearances this season, playing a major role in Liverpool’s 100% start to the new campaign.The Reds narrowly missed out on claiming top-flight glory last season to Manchester City – despite accumulating a staggering 97 points – but Mane believes they can use that disappointment, as well as their success in the Champions League, as motivation to go one better this term.“Winning it (the Champions League) and seeing how much it meant has given us all more motivation this season to perform, and win more trophies for this club,” the 27-year-old added.Liverpool will be looking to make it five wins in five in the Premier League and preserve their two-point cushion at the top of the standings when they welcome Newcastle to Anfield on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sadio Mane ‘really happy’ at LiverpoolMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 11 – Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has all but ruled out a Liverpool departure after insisting he is “really happy” at the Anfield outfit.Senegal international Mane has not looked back since joining Liverpool from Southampton for a reported £34million during the summer of 2016, as he has gone on to form one of the most feared forward lines in Europe alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.last_img read more

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Things to Do

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Les Miserables” will be presented by the Canyon High School Advanced Drama students, 6:30 p.m. Friday and Jan. 14 at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $12 for adults and $10 for children and students with ASB cards. Call (661) 313-3887 for tickets. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Jan. 13 through Feb. 18 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Moonlight Hike, 5-6 p.m. Friday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. last_img read more

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Record flight attempt in final leg

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Adventurer Steve Fossett was crossing the United States in a lightweight experimental airplane Friday on Day 3 of his quest to break aviation’s distance record. Mexico’s Baja Peninsula was his first sighting of land since starting his overnight trip across the Pacific. Fossett reached Japan – the midway mark of his expected 3-day trip – late Thursday. He faced severe turbulence over India and has suffered other problems. “It was so severe that at one stage Steve had put on his parachute because he was convinced the plane was falling apart,” said Jackie McQuillan, a spokeswoman for Fossett’s team. Before takeoff, the spindly plane had more than 18,000 pounds of fuel – enough that he should have had 500 pounds to 1,000 pounds of fuel left at the end of the 80-hour trip. But Fossett lost 750 pounds to a fuel leak during takeoff Wednesday, leaving little margin for error. Mission managers also worried about weak winds over the Atlantic during the last leg of the trip. Fossett’s plane, the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer, is made of carbon fiber and has a super fuel-efficient turbofan jet engine with a very high thrust-to-weight ratio. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card His goal is a nearly 27,000-mile trip – once around the world and then across the Atlantic again – with a landing today outside London. The voyage would break the airplane distance record of 24,987 miles set in 1986 by the lightweight Voyager aircraft piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager, as well as the balloon record of 25,361 miles set by Brian Jones and Bertrand Piccard in 1999. Both Fossett’s plane and Voyager were designed and built by Burt Rutan in Mojave. Fossett’s team could not pinpoint the cause of the leak. Fuel leaks had delayed his takeoff and plagued Fossett’s successful flight last year when he became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world without refueling. The plane’s ventilation system also was malfunctioning, causing the temperatures to rise to as much as 130 degrees. Fossett had to drink a large part of his water supply earlier than planned because of the heat, the team said. last_img read more

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‘I WILL TURN ROCKHILL HOUSE INTO THE NEW LISSADELL’ SAYS NEW OWNER

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The new owner of Rockhill House in Letterkenny has promised to return the mansion to its former glory for the people of Co Donegal.In an exclusive interview with Donegal Daily, John Molloy has said he wants to restore every part of the 70 room house and turn it into Donegal’s equivalent of Lissadell House.And Mr Molloy, who paid €670,000 for the 30 acre site at Bomany at auction yesterday, said he wants the people of the county to be heavily involved in the project. He revealed “As a company we have always been about restoration and preservation and this will be no different.“We want to restore Rockhill House to its former glory and that project will start as soon as we gets the keys to the building.“We know Rockhill holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Letterkenny and Donegal and we want them to be involved in the project from the outset.“We will be setting up a Facebook page and we welcome any contributions or comments or any information which will help allow us to be true to the original house as is possible,” he said. Mr Molloy, who is from Sligo but who has been resident in Convoy for several years, said he wanted to restore the property in a similar fashion to that of Lissadell House in Sligo which is owned by the Cassidy family.“That would be our plan, that we would firstly restore the building and then schedule tours of the house so the people can see the glory that the house once held.“We also appreciate the role the army have played in Rockhill and this will be an aspect that will be reflected in our development and preservation,” he said.Mr Molloy agreed that it will take a substantial amount of cash to bring back the house to its original glory.But again, he said he hoped the local community and workforce will help them in their quest. “We all know what wonderful craftsmen and women that Donegal has and we will be hoping to resource workers from the local community to help us with the project,” he said.He added “We have the vision and determination to bring this beautiful house and its lands back to life in a sensitive and caring manner and I suppose part of the challenge will be to make the house when restored accessible to visitors while at the same time adapting areas of the house to meet the needs of family life in the 21st century.”He also paid tribute a personal tribute to well-known local soldier, Declan O’Carroll, a former army commander of the barracks at Rockhill House.“Post auction yesterday we were very kindly given a small booklet titled Rockhill House –A History written by Lt. Col, Declan O’Carroll and dedicated to those ex Irish servicemen who were stationed in Rockhill from 1939-1946 and especially to their comrades that died in the service of our country. “It was a very special ending to a most exciting day and I hope that working with Declan and colleagues we will seek during the restoration process to find some appropriate way to address on the site the memory of all that served here.”Former county councillor and now Letterkenny Town Manager, Dessie Larkin, said he was delighted and relieved that the new that Rockhill House is now to be preserved and returned to its former glory.“This is the dream of many people of Letterkenny for Rockhill House and it brings great relief and joy.“We are not just honouring the memory of history and all those who served at Rockhill House however.“As a hub, Letterkenny has always been a dormant town for visitors wishing to see Glenveagh, Sliabh Liag, Malin Head or Ards Forest Park.“This news now means that we will now have a leading tourist attraction of our own and I wish to congratulate the Molloy family on their purchase and offer them any assistance they need going forward,” he said.‘I WILL TURN ROCKHILL HOUSE INTO THE NEW LISSADELL’ SAYS NEW OWNER was last modified: August 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:army barracksDessie LarkinJohn MolloyletterkennyRockhill Houselast_img read more

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Sevilla pondering move for £17m Arsenal star

first_imgSevilla are ready to reignite their interest in Arsenal outsider Lucas Perez.The 28-year-old was a target for the Spanish club this time last year after he hit 17 goals in 36 La Liga outings for Deportivo La Coruna.But Arsenal won the race to land him after activating his £17m release clause.However he has remained on the periphery of the first team since his arrival and started a total of just two Premier League games during his first season at the club.That lack of regular action has led to rumours that Perez may be on his way out this summer – and Sevilla are back in the hunt.According to AS, they have not been put off by his quiet season at Arsenal and are ready to make a move to sign him.After failing to establish himself in the first team, the Gunners are unlikely to stand in the Spaniard’s way should a decent offer come in. Arsenal forward Lucas Perez 1last_img read more

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GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY

first_imgThe lotto numbers were 4,8,15,21 and the match 3 winner Edward Callaghan, Keellogs. Next weeks jackpot is €3,660. Sellers this week are Barry Molloy and Eddie Crawford.Circuits take place in the hall every Monday at 7pm for ladies and 8pm for men. All are welcome.Training for the 3rd team starts next wednesday night 29th at 7.30. The Reserve team will play Dungloe in the Gaeltacht competition on Sunday in Dungloe at 2pm.All bookings for the hall and clubhouse must be made through Karen McHugh. Membership is now being taken by the club registrars Paddy Mc Connell and Thomas Simmons. All under age players must be registered by the end of FebruaryThe gym is ladies only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8pm.There will be Zumba Dance classes in the hall every Thursday @ 8.15pm, all are welcome. All club equipment should be returned to the club for the annual audit. All key holders should register their keys with the secretary.The under age training program is running in the hall at the moment.Tue 6-7 U12 girls. 7.15-8.15 U14 girls and 8.30-9.30 U16 girls.Wed 6-7 U10 boys and girls.Thur 6-7 U8 boys and girls. 7.15-8.15 U12 boys. Fri 6-7.15 Minors 7.30-8.45 U14 boys.An Umpires course will be held in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey on Wed 29th February. Contact Sharon McGinty for more information.The County final of Scór Sinsear takes place in Glenswilly GAA Hall on Saturday next 25 February. The hall will be open for participants at 6 30 p.m. and for the audience at 7 00 p.m. The competition will begin at 7 30 p.m. and the audience must be seated before competitors take the stage. Competitions incluse dancing, solo singing, recitation, instrumental music, ballad group, Nuachleas and Quiz.GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY was last modified: February 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

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The highs and lows of video games in 2005

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Beyond a few innovative titles and some promising new hardware, the video game industry largely continued to do what it does best in 2005: churning out sequels, movie tie-ins and ultraviolence. It was the work of a Dutch programmer that put video games, a growing and increasingly influential source of entertainment for people of all ages, in the crosshairs of the long-standing debate over kids and violence. In June, a software hack called “Hot Coffee” unlocked a hidden sex level in “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” a freeform action game rated “mature” for ages 17 and older that includes drive-by shootings and high-speed police chases. Most major retailers promptly removed the game from store shelves after the Entertainment Software Rating Board, an industry body, changed its rating to “adults only.” Rockstar has since released a new version, minus the hidden content, with the less-restrictive mature rating. While industry groups like the Entertainment Software Association insist there’s no link between violent video games and violent behavior in children, politicians nonetheless seized on the case, calling for tighter restrictions on game sales. Three states – Illinois, Michigan, and California – imposed laws that fine retailers caught selling mature-rated games to minors. A federal judge has since found the Illinois restrictions unconstitutional. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Joseph Lieberman have proposed similar legislation on a national level. There were other ups and downs for gamers. Sony Corp. released its powerful PlayStation Portable in the United States in March but took months to offer any compelling games. Similarly, Microsoft Corp. beat rivals to market with its next-generation Xbox 360 console but rolled out a launch lineup of 18 mostly lackluster titles. A handheld device called Gizmondo, meanwhile, proved there’s one surefire way for a video game system to fail: a lack of decent games. Unlike 2004, there weren’t any real blockbuster games like “Half-Life 2” or “Halo 2.” Nonetheless, there were some excellent games – some violent, some strange, some featuring puppies. One of the year’s biggest hits arrived in August for the Nintendo DS handheld system. “Nintendogs” offered a lifelike digital rendering of perhaps the cutest animal: the puppy. It was a superb example of the interactivity found in the DS, which features a microphone, built-in wireless and two screens – one of them touchsensitive. Another of 2005’s best was also among the goriest. As U.S. agent Leon Kennedy in “Resident Evil 4,” players faced the daunting, scary task of infiltrating a village of possessed residents to recover the kidnapped daughter of the American president. Beyond the shock and gore of this M-rated game, it was an exhilarating experience on the GameCube, and more recently, the PlayStation 2. Children and adults alike experienced a delightfully mindful tale in “Psychonauts,” released in April. This imaginative game for personal computers, the PS2 and Xbox offered something for every gamer in the house, whether it was hunting for hidden treasure, performing acrobatic feats or blasting big, bad monsters at a summer camp for children with psychic powers. The games you never see advertised are often among those you can least afford to overlook: “Shadow of the Colossus” offered a dreamlike story in a fantastical land where you battle with 16 giant beasts called Colossi. Each one is a level unto itself in this superb mix of action and strategy. “Indigo Prophecy” was an adventure game that melded a unique control system with a captivating crime drama set in the snowy streets of New York – “CSI” with a touch of “X Files” thrown in. The year also was filled with its share of flops and failures. It seemed like a no-brainer for success but the persistent virtual reality of “The Matrix Online” saw most gamers choosing to take the blue pill and trying to forget they ever played this difficult, unforgiving online role-playing game. NARC, meanwhile, redefined tastelessness with a bug-riddled game where you play a cop who takes down members of a drug cartel, ingesting the illicit drugs he confiscates along the way to slow down time or make yourself temporarily invincible. And Hollywood served up a poor selection of videogame adaptations, from director Uwe Boll’s unbearably bad “Alone in the Dark” to the almost watchable but equally mindless Martian demonslaying of “Doom.”last_img read more

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