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parents beware: that videogame under the tree might ask for more money


this holiday season, children firing up new videogames will encounter one of the industry’s most contentious moneymaking tactics in years: the “loot box,” an in-game reward that is also for sale. like packs of baseball cards, loot boxes hold a random assortment of mostly generic though sometimes rare virtual goodies such as decorative weapons and souped-up skills. they are doled out to players who accomplish certain tasks, or they can be purchased with in-game virtual currency usually for the equivalent of $1 or $2 a pop....






the hottest videogame of 2017 isn’t finished yet


the hottest videogame right now spends no money on marketing, has raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and isn’t finished being developed.“playerunknown’s battlegrounds”—or “pubg,” as fans call it—caught the videogame industry off guard this year with its twist on the time-worn shooter genre. rather than rack up the highest kill count, 100 players parachute onto an island with nothing and do whatever it takes (hiding...






pubg is the hottest videogame of 2017—and it isn’t finished yet


the hottest videogame right now spends no money on marketing, has raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and isn’t finished being developed.“playerunknown’s battlegrounds”—or “pubg,” as fans call it—caught the videogame industry off guard this year with its twist on the time-worn shooter genre. rather than rack up the highest kill count, 100 players parachute onto an island with nothing and do whatever it takes (hiding...






nba, take-two to create professional videogame league


the national basketball ociation and videogame publisher take-two interactive software inc. on thursday announced plans to create a professional videogame league, marking the biggest tie-up yet between traditional and digital sports.under the agreement, nba franchises will be able to form and manage teams that will compete starting next year at take-two’s popular “nba 2k” videogame, the businesses said. while professional sports teams and athletes have independently acquired or invested in so-called e-sports teams...






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videogame players like action. investors in videogame publishers may need to steel themselves up for some.over the past few years, the business of selling games has gone from “ship it and forget it” to one that never really powers down. along the way, game publishers have effectively found new ways to make a buck. expansion content, in-game items and in-game advertising are all growing areas of sales, allowing companies like...






you played in the nba? rick fox embraces esports


as a three-time national basketball association champion and actor, rick fox is used to fans asking him about his years with the los angeles lakers or his stint on hbo’s “oz.” what he’s still getting used to: fans who want to know about his pro videogame squad. in esports, fans watch videogame players compete with high-end gear, matching...






as e-sports grows, videogame companies battle cheaters


videogame companies pushing online competitions are grappling with the digital equivalent of performance-enhancing drugs.players looking for an edge are using unapproved software and exploiting bugs to make their weapons fire with perfect aim, among other advantages, derailing honest gamers vying for prominence, social-media fame and, in some...






historian: ny town's blade-embedded 'scythe tree' needs trim


waterloo, n.y. — a poplar tree in upstate new york dating back to before the civil war has grown around three farm tool blades and is in need of a trimming.the "scythe tree," as it's called, is located in waterloo, midway between rochester and syracuse. it was planted in front of a farmer's house before the civil war.a man who joined the union army placed a scythe in the tree's notch and told his parents not to remove it until he came home. he later died in a confederate hospital.during world war i, two local brothers placed scythes in the tree. they survived the war, and their scythes remain embedded in the tree.the post-standard (http://bit.ly/2mswnou ) reports a local historian is raising funds needed to have the tree trimmed.






in the $75 billion videogame industry, hiring people is a last resort


san diego—the hit videogame “rocket league” pits jet-powered racecars against one another in an antic soccer match. the big winner is creator psyonix inc., which has just 81 employees yet has amassed more than 29 million players in less than two years.employees at the san diego company dream up new themes and car designs, program software, troubleshoot technical issues and watch over a network of contractors scattered...






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san diego—the hit videogame “rocket league” pits jet-powered racecars against one another in an antic soccer match. the big winner is creator psyonix inc., which has just 81 employees yet has amassed more than 29 million players in less than two years.employees at the san diego company dream up new themes and car designs, program software, troubleshoot technical issues and watch over a network of contractors scattered...






videogame software startup unity is valued at $2.8 billion


unity technologies is putting the finishing touches on a $400 million round of financing that values the videogame technology company at about $2.8 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.private-equity firm silver lake is leading the round as a new investor, these people said. previous investors include venture firms such as...






question time: 'so there is a money tree?'


international trade secretary liam fox is asked where cash for the government's £1 billion dup deal is coming from.pm theresa may had previously said on bbc question time that "there isn't a magic money tree that we can shake".






overwatch league backers come from football, baseball


activision blizzard inc. on wednesday unveiled a roster of sports-team owners and videogame-industry veterans involved in an esports league it pledged to launch before the end of the year.the company is building a league around “overwatch,” betting on a year-old shooter videogame with a cartoonish bent that has more than 30 million registered players but lacks the lineage of a franchise such as “call of duty.”activision...






microsoft hopes for videogame turnaround with xbox one x


microsoft corp. debuts its new xbox one x console tuesday, hoping a focus on live services and high-end hardware can reverse its flagging fortunes in the videogame business.microsoft in september promoted xbox chief phil spencer to executive vice president, reporting directly to chief executive satya nadella rather than windows chief terry myerson. in...






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money is a complicated, intimidating topic for most people, and that includes parents. if your parents need financial help, it can be a tricky subject to approach. i asked a few money experts for their opinion on how to talk about the topic delicately.maggie mccombs, 26, a content marketer and social media consultant in lexington, kentucky, grew up…read more read more my parents have always been pretty good with money. my mom is a prudent saver and my dad focuses on investing and growth. still, being a financial writer, there are some topics that i know quite a bit about just from researching and writing about money all the time. thankfully, both of my parents are pretty receptive to learning, but not all parents feel the same way. it can be hard to take financial advice from your kid. her






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money is a complicated, intimidating topic for most people, and that includes parents. if your parents need financial help, it can be a tricky subject to approach. i asked a few money experts for their opinion on how to talk about the topic delicately.maggie mccombs, 26, a content marketer and social media consultant in lexington, kentucky, grew up…read more read more my parents have always been pretty good with money. my mom is a prudent saver and my dad focuses on investing and growth. still, being a financial writer, there are some topics that i know quite a bit about just from researching and writing about money all the time. thankfully, both of my parents are pretty receptive to learning, but not all parents feel the same way. it can be hard to take financial advice from your kid. her






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microsoft tries to take on twitch at videogame live-streaming


microsoft corp. on thursday is launching its own videogame live-streaming service called mixer, setting up yet another battle among some of the biggest names in the technology industry.despite its long history in videogames, microsoft is late to live-streaming, in which people watch real-time videos of other people playing games and esports contests. it faces competition from the leaders, amazon.com inc.’s twitch and alphabet...






activision blizzard posts record quarterly revenue


growing numbers of consumers with a videogame sweet tooth helped swell activision blizzard inc. revenue and profit in the latest quarter, reflecting the value of last year’s acquisition of the maker of the “candy crush saga” games.activision blizzard, the largest u.s. videogame publisher by market value, said revenue rose 49% to a quarterly record of $2.01 billion for the three months through dec. 31. net profit rose 60% to $254...






cat in a tree? no, it's a dog _ who had to be rescued


salem, ky. — is that a bird in the tree? a cat? no, it's rocco the dog, who had to be rescued by firefighters when the small dachshund got stuck inside a tree trunk.authorities say two off-duty kentucky state troopers were mowing a cemetery in salem on thursday when they heard a dog barking. they looked around for several minutes, and finally, they found the pooch — trapped inside the tree.apparently rocco had climbed into a nearby hole dug by a groundhog and found his way up through the tree trunk. that's where he became stuck.a firefighter came out and cut part of the tree, safely freeing rocco.the opening in the tree is now big enough rocco — if he dares go on another adventure like that.






on the move: large idaho sequoia tree finds new home


boise, idaho — a sequoia tree with a history rooted in conservation is standing in the way of progress.the tree was sent to idaho more than a century ago by naturalist john muir and was planted in a doctor's boise yard. the 10-story tree is on the move again, this time shifting across the street to make way for a hospital expansion. the tree is expected to reach its new turf sunday.st. luke's health system is spending $300,000 to move the 98-foot (30-meter) tree to city property about two blocks away.






st. paul city council adds money to budget for ash tree replacement


if thousands of ash trees are cut down in st. paul, leaving blocks of ugly stumps behind to remind angry neighbors of what they’ve lost, does it make a sound?apparently, yes, quite a loud one. and st. paul city council members heard it, by phone, by e-mail and on social media.on wednesday, the council voted 5-1 to add $450,000 to the budget for tree removal and replanting, enough to get rid of all the ash tree stumps left behind by a budget shortfall and plant new trees in their place. the stumps should start coming out this summer, said parks and recreation director mike hahm and new trees will begin to be planted in the fall and spring.council members said leaving behind block after block of ash tree stumps was not what they or their constituents wanted. but the emerald ash borer infesta






st. paul city council adds money to budget for ash tree replacement


if thousands of ash trees are cut down in st. paul, leaving blocks of ugly stumps behind to remind angry neighbors of what they've lost, does it make a sound?apparently, yes, quite a loud one. and st. paul city council members heard it, by phone, by e-mail and on social media.on wednesday, the council voted 5-1 to add $450,000 to the budget for tree removal and replanting, enough to get rid of all the ash tree stumps left behind by a budget shortfall and plant news trees in their place. the stumps should start coming out this summer, said parks and recreation director mike hahm and new trees will begin to be planted in the fall and spring.council members said leaving behind block after block of ash tree stumps was not what they or their constituents wanted. but the emerald ash borer infest






st. paul city council adds money to budget for ash tree replacement


if thousands of ash trees are cut down in st. paul, leaving blocks of ugly stumps behind to remind angry neighbors of what they’ve lost, does it make a sound?apparently, yes, quite a loud one. and st. paul city council members heard it, by phone, by e-mail and on social media.on wednesday, the council voted 5-1 to add $450,000 to the budget for tree removal and replanting, enough to get rid of all the ash tree stumps left behind by a budget shortfall and plant news trees in their place. the stumps should start coming out this summer, said parks and recreation director mike hahm and new trees will begin to be planted in the fall and spring.council members said leaving behind block after block of ash tree stumps was not what they or their constituents wanted. but the emerald ash borer infest






rockefeller center christmas tree to come from pennsylvania


state college, pa. — a tree from pennsylvania has been selected as rockefeller center's christmas tree.rockefeller center officials on monday announced on their twitter feed that they selected a norway spruce from state college to be the 86th tree to adorn the plaza. information on the tree's height and owner has not been released.it will be cut down on nov. 9 and arrive two days later in new york city, where it will be decorated with more than 50,000 lights and topped with a swarovski star.the tree will be illuminated on nov. 29 and remain on display until jan. 7.






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tree top turns surplus fruit into donated snacks for kids


tree top, the food processing co-op based in selah, took unused fruit puree and created a squeezable snack food and gave 150,000 to a local food bank network.there’s the old adage, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”tree top, the food processing co-op based in selah, yakima county, has its own version: when life gives you peaches, make peach-flavored squeeze tubes that help feed the poor.tree top, the nearly 60-year-old growers’ co-op, had a client that wanted peach puree for baby food. but after the peaches were processed, the puree turned out to be too thin for baby food.“it would not stay on the spoon,” said tree top spokeswoman sharon miracle.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.that’s when tree top’s research and development team began thinking about what






flower hill village code now means remove a tree, replace a tree


flower hill village hall is seen on july 27, 2012. photo credit: howard schnapp residents of flower hill who remove trees from their properties must replace it within a year under changes to the village code.the flower hill board of trustees approved the change in local law at its nov. 6 meeting. every tree removed must be replaced by a similar type of tree, according to the code. in order to remove a tree, village residents now pay the village a $500 tree...






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community reluctantly bidding farewell to 600-year-old tree


bernards, n.j. — it's the end of the line for a 600-year-old white oak tree in new jersey that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation.crews are due at a church this week to remove the beloved tree, which was declared dead last summer.the tree at the basking ridge presbyterian church in bernards has been an important part of the community since the town's inception in the 1700s. it's served as a scenic backdrop for photographs and was the site of a picnic gen. george washington held with the marquis de lafayette.the community's sense of loss has been somewhat softened, though, since the tree's legacy will live on.another white oak cultivated from the old tree's acorns was recently planted on another part of the church property.






gop lawmakers grope for consensus on remaking health law


washington — house gop lawmakers are leaving a policy meeting with the new health secretary unclear on exactly how or when they will replace president barack obama's health care law. but they're claiming consensus on some basic pillars of their plan.republican leaders presented the rank-and-file thursday with a "smorgasbord" of options on areas including tax credits and transitioning away from today's medicaid program. but republicans said they still didn't have bill text or final decisions in many areas, leaving it uncertain how quickly they will be able to vote on anything.echoing many of his colleagues, congressman pete sessions of texas remarked as he left the meeting, "the devil's in the details."still, several house republicans say they feel hopeful they might soon reach agreement.