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Who were the winners and losers at the E3 video-game show?

The video-game industry’s annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, which occupied the Los Angeles Convention Center this past week, was an overwhelming, exhausting experience — so many games, so little time. But most of the attendees had a similar reaction: “This is really fun.” Still, some companies came off better than others. So who won E3? MICROSOFT VS. SONY At this point in the Xbox One/PlayStation 4 battle, exclusive games are the best way to attract new buyers. Microsoft’s Xbox has “Halo 5: Guardians,” ”Gears 4,” ”Rise of the Tomb Raider” and the endearingly weird “Cuphead.” Sony’s PS4 has “Uncharted 4:...

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E3 buzz: In midst of the new, some old video games find new life

Seen and heard on the floor of the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo … E3 is all about the new: new games, new gadgets, new ways to connect with like-minded players. So the inventors and developers who are hoping they’re creating the next big thing must be bewildered by the outpouring of enthusiasm for a remake of an 18-year-old game. That game is Square Enix’s landmark “Final Fantasy VII,” a classic Japanese role-playing adventure that introduced many Westerners to the genre. When Sony announced a remake would be coming to the PlayStation 4, its fans — many of whom were children when it first appeared — roared...

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Review: Solid Nintendo 3DS could use fresher games

Whether you’re watching a Hollywood action movie in an IMAX theater or college hoops on a 3-D TV, there’s no denying the wow factor of current 3-D technology. And the trend isn’t lost on video-game companies — particularly Sony, which has been trumpeting the 3-D environments of recent PlayStation 3 games like “Killzone 3.” Still, big-screen 3-D isn’t for everybody: Those of us with poor vision will probably never adjust to wearing 3-D glasses on top of our prescription specs. That’s why Nintendo’s announcement last year that it had created eyeglasses-free 3-D was greeted with such enthusiasm. And its...

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