Author: Maddie Michalik

Conrad Bassett-Bouchard Spells Success at 2014 National Scrabble Championship

After five days of consecutive play, Conrad Bassett-Bouchard of Portland, OR was named winner of the 2014 National Scrabble Championship. Basset-Bouchard defeated several top Scrabble players, including defending four-time consecutive champion Nigel Richards, and receive a cash prize of $10,000. In the final round, he beat runner-up Jason Li with a final score of 478-350. Over 25 words were played, including “mar,” “annexe,” “naiad,” “florigen,” “aa,” and “barf.” More than 500 Scrabble players played the tournament at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Competitors played in 31 one-on-one games, and were ranked based on their victories and the number of points by which they outscored their opponents. Also, for the first time, competitors were able to play “geocache,” a word chosen by fans in the Scrabble Word Showdown, along with “hashtag,” “frenemy,” and “selfie,” which had been added to the fifth edition of the Merriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary released earlier this...

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PS4 Sales Grow at Fastest Rate in PlayStation Hardware History

PlayStation 4 (PS4) computer entertainment systems have cumulatively sold more than 10 million units worldwide as of August 10, according to Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) The hardware system has demonstrated the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation history. The PS4 system is currently available in 100 countries and regions worldwide. SCE will continue to enhance the PS4 system’s network features, including the ability to upload game footage directly to YouTube. It will also incorporate Share Play, a feature that allows players to enjoy game play as if they are in the same room, such as remotely taking over a friend’s controller to help him or her through tricky sections of a game. With strong support from users as well as third party developers and publishers worldwide, PS4 software sales passed 30 million copies sold in retail stores globally and through digital downloads on the PlayStation Store as of August...

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Tech 4 Kids Launches Nitro Grinders

The newest collectible from Tech 4 Kids, Nitro Grinders, has made its global debut in Canada, where it will be sold exclusively this summer. Kids use their fingers to make Nitro Grinders jump, spin, and grind over obstacles without falling over. Series 1 has 56 characters to collect, including special sets with customizable wheels and ramps. Nitro Grinders will be available in the U.S. this...

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Hasbro and Ubisoft to Launch Hasbro Game Channel on Xbox, PlayStation Consoles

Hasbro and Ubisoft have announced the Hasbro Game Channel, a destination for family game entertainment on leading consoles, featuring games based on Hasbro’s most popular brands. The Hasbro Game Channel will be available to download this fall on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. All games will also be available for download individually on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The first three games available on the Hasbro Game Channel will be Monopoly Plus, a customizable 3-D version of the game that lets up to six players choose their own house rules; Risk, where players will venture into simulating modern warfare combat with a new strategic experience and modern armies; and Trivial Pursuit Live! will test fans on the trivia game with a TV-show setting and reinvented question...

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Tudor Games, NFL Sign Licensing Agreement for Electric Football Games, Team Action Figures

Tudor Games has signed a licensing agreement with the National Football League to market a new collection of NFL Electric Football games and NFL Team Action Figure sets. In addition, Tudor Games has redesigned its NFL Electronic Football games to include features like Invisibase Cleats, SpeedTurf Fields, and PlayAction Remote Controls. The Invisibase Speed and Strength Cleats propel the one-inch action figure players across the field with accuracy and the transparency makes the figures appear as though they are running on directly on the new SpeedTurf playing fields. The SpeedTurf field replaces the metal boards with a variable speed handheld PlayAction Remote Control. The new battery-operated games are available in three...

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