Games - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Games Spreadsheets and determination lead to Geographic Bee win WASHINGTON (AP) — Pranay Varada was stung by last year's National Geographic Bee, when he flubbed the official language of Sierra Leone — it's English; he answered French — and finished in sixth place. Determined to avoid another setback in his final year of eligibility, he started studying for this year's bee that same day. He spent a year forgoing schoo... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:04:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:04:00Z 12-year-old wins 3rd straight California State Spelling Bee STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Dipsomaniac was the winning word for a 12-year-old girl from Central California who won the State Spelling Bee for the third year in a row. Ananya Vinay, who attends Fugman Elementary in Clovis, told the Fresno Bee ( ) she's no longer as nervous on stage as she used to be because she's improved so much over the years. ... Sun, 14 May 2017 20:50:00 GMT 2017-05-14T20:50:00Z New American Writers Museum narrates Great American Story CHICAGO (AP) — The American Writers Museum , seven years in the making, is an endeavor even the most daring author might shy from: How, on a single floor of an office building, do you tell the story of centuries of American language? The museum's curators wanted the broadest possible concept of writing, one that includes not just novels, memoirs and poetr... Fri, 12 May 2017 18:06:00 GMT 2017-05-12T18:06:00Z Tom Brady the latest star on Madden game cover Now, Tom Brady truly has reached the pinnacle. At least in the eyes of his video game-loving son. To the joy of 9-year-old Jack Brady, the five-time Super Bowl champion will be the cover athlete for Madden 18 , following his Patriots teammate and buddy Rob Gronkowski. "I think it is very cool," Brady said. "I grew up not far from the he... Fri, 12 May 2017 14:12:00 GMT 2017-05-12T14:12:00Z The Latest: Microsoft going deeper into 'mixed reality' SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on Microsoft's Windows 10 (all times local): 11 a.m. Microsoft is expanding its exploration of a new technological frontier that allows people to mix the real world with three-dimensional projections of life-like images. An update of Microsoft's Windows 10 software will include features for p... Thu, 11 May 2017 18:00:00 GMT 2017-05-11T18:00:00Z Video Game Hall of Fame adds 'Halo: Combat Evolved,' 3 more ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Attention Halo Nation, "Halo: Combat Evolved" is in the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The science fiction shooter game that enthralled a legion of fans after its 2001 launch with the Xbox system is one of four games to be inducted into the hall Thursday. "Donkey Kong," ''Pokemon Red and Green" and "Street Fighter II" round out the young hall's third c... Thu, 04 May 2017 14:39:00 GMT 2017-05-04T14:39:00Z At 84, Carol Burnett ready for return to TV comedy full-time LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carol Burnett typically spends her mornings doing crossword puzzles with her husband, but the comedy legend could return to a full-time work schedule if the pilot she recently shot for ABC becomes a regular series. In "Household Name," produced by Amy Poehler, Burnett plays an eccentric, aging movie star who arranged to continue living ... Tue, 02 May 2017 14:59:00 GMT 2017-05-02T14:59:00Z In VR land rush, creators unlock an 'empathy engine' NEW YORK (AP) — On a plain, overcast day in Poland, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter walks toward the Nazi concentration camp Majdanek. He stands in the railway car that delivered him and his family to the camp. He walks to the gas chamber and the showers. Some rooms he can't bear to go in. He shares his recollections and tries to remember what he can of his family. All he ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:01:00 GMT 2017-04-28T00:01:00Z Lady Gaga, 'Pokemon Go,' Women's March snag Webby Awards NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga, "Pokemon Go" and January's Women's March among the winners of this year's Webby Awards. Gaga won a pair of Webbys for her high-tech tribute to David Bowie at last year's Grammys, which was produced in partnership with Intel. "Pokemon Go" was picked as best game and won two other awards after becoming a smartphone sensation last summer. The Women's ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:25:00 GMT 2017-04-25T13:25:00Z Celebs, athletes compete in video game event for charity ATLANTA (AP) — Some popular celebs and athletes will compete in a televised video game event to raise money for charity. Turner announced Thursday that NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, Grammy Award-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco, NFL running back Reggie Bush and pro wrestling star Natalie Eva Marie will play each other in the "eLeague Street Fighter V Invitational Celebrity S... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:50:00 GMT 2017-04-20T15:50:00Z Fantasy sports companies fold as legislative battle resumes BOSTON (AP) — The daily fantasy sports industry has sharply contracted since the online games offered by companies such as FanDuel and DraftKings sparked court and legislative battles across the United States last year. More than two-thirds of companies that existed this time last year have shuttered, changed focus or joined with competitors, according to... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:29:00 GMT 2017-04-18T18:29:00Z AP source: NBA board to discuss Charlotte as All-Star host NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the plans says the NBA will discuss whether to bring the 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte at its Board of Governors meeting this week. The person tells The Associated Press that the NBA board was already planning to discuss the matter at its meeting Thursday, though it's not known if a decision will be made. The person spoke on condi... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:36:00 GMT 2017-04-04T18:36:00Z Envelope, please! Spelling bee will use test to break ties WASHINGTON (AP) — The Scripps National Spelling Bee is adding a new wrinkle this year in an attempt to stop a streak of ties for the championship. This year, the top spellers will sit for a written tiebreaker test before they begin spelling words in the primetime finale. The results will be revealed only if two or three spellers get through the final rounds unscathed. The sp... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:09:00 GMT 2017-04-04T15:09:00Z Family recognized stolen Rockwell painting by pool-cue hole PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A family who lost a Norman Rockwell painting in a burglary at their home over 40 years ago got it back Friday and knew for sure it was theirs because of a scrape and hole the exact size of the butt-end of a pool cue. The 1919 painting, valued at $1 million and known as "Taking a Break" and "Lazybones," was returned to members of the Gr... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:44:00 GMT 2017-03-31T20:44:00Z World Video Game Hall of Fame names 2017 finalists ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The World Video Game Hall of Fame's 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic "Donkey Kong" that launched Mario's plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit "Wii Sports," that made gamers out of grandparents. The hall of fame at The Strong museum in Rochester said Tuesday that 12 video games... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:14:00 GMT 2017-03-28T14:14:00Z Review: 'Mass Effect' stumbles in trip to new galaxy Time for spring break! Why not book a trip to the Andromeda Galaxy, where fun and adventure await on exotic planets no human has ever set foot on before? Two problems: First, it takes 600 years to get there. Second, your travel agent may have exaggerated a bit, and those faraway worlds aren't quite as human-friendly as promised. "Mass E... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:26:00 GMT 2017-03-24T13:26:00Z Supreme Court sympathetic to Microsoft in Xbox owners' suit WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court suggested Tuesday that it is sympathetic to Microsoft Corp. in a dispute with disgruntled owners of the Xbox 360 video-game system who sued saying the console has a design defect that scratches game discs. The justices heard arguments Tuesday in a case that involves the Xbox 360 owners' attempts to get class action stat... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:38:00 GMT 2017-03-21T18:38:00Z 'Pokemon Go' or no? Fans glad Niantic addressing complaints PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Few games have enjoyed both the meteoric rise — and subsequent fall — in popularity as "Pokemon Go." But the game remains profitable, and people are still playing even if they aren't the same masses that roamed parks last summer with eyes glued to smartphones, looking for elusive virtual monsters from their childhood to appear right in front of them. ... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:51:00 GMT 2017-03-09T16:51:00Z Review: Bionic beasts take over Earth in thrilling 'Horizon' As a longtime video-game player, I've spent many hours roaming around post-apocalyptic wastelands. I thought I'd seen it all, from vicious gangs to bloodthirsty aliens to horrifying mutants. Then "Horizon Zero Dawn" (Sony, for the PlayStation 4, $59.99) introduced me to the snapjaw, a bionic alligator that froze me with torrents of ice pellets before turning me into lunch. ... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:50:00 GMT 2017-03-07T14:50:00Z NFL struggles to make sense of college video game stats INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — East Carolina's Zay Jones came to the NFL's annual scouting combine with some pretty lofty credentials. The son of three-time Super Bowl champion Robert Jones finished college as the FBS' career receptions leader. Here, in Indianapolis, he's just another guy in a crowded room of record-breaking players. A few spaces ... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 01:02:00 GMT 2017-03-04T01:02:00Z Nintendo Switch's big challenge: luring casual gamers NEW YORK (AP) — With three kids and constant travel for work, John Hussey jumped at the chance to play an open-world adventure game like "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" anywhere, anytime. After he heard about the Nintendo Switch, a hybrid game machine that works as both a console at home and a tablet on the go, Hussey ordered one in January even though it wouldn't ... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 22:00:00 GMT 2017-03-03T22:00:00Z Review: 'Zelda' changes radically, but fans will adore it At the beginning of the new chapter of "The Legend of Zelda," longtime hero Link awakens from a 100-year coma to find that his beloved homeland, Hyrule, has changed into a vastly more dangerous place. "Zelda" fans will know the feeling. It hasn't quite been 100 years — the last installment, "Skyward Sword," came out in 2011 — but "The Legend of Zelda: Bre... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:23:00 GMT 2017-03-03T13:23:00Z Review: Nintendo Switch is impressive, but needs more games When you're deep in a video game, the last thing you want to do is leave home. If only you could take the game with you for your commute to work or your bus ride to school, or to liven up your lunch hour. Nintendo's new Switch console tries to address that by letting you play it anywhere. You simply yank the Switch out of its docking station. It functions... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 21:45:00 GMT 2017-03-01T21:45:00Z Beyond cat videos: YouTube will offer its own pay-TV service NEW YORK (AP) — Fed up with paying for cable the traditional way? You may soon be able to subscribe to it over the internet with ... YouTube. The Google-owned site, known for cat videos and do-it-yourself makeup tutorials, is the latest company to offer a version of cable that looks and feels more like Netflix. Dish, Sony and AT&T already have internet cable alternatives , a... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:36:00 GMT 2017-03-01T00:36:00Z Appealing to millennials, Las Vegas gets e-sports arena LAS VEGAS (AP) — The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast platform for commentators. But what distinguishes this new Las Vegas arena is its dozens of video game consoles. The 15,000-square-foot e-sports venue slated to open Friday will host compet... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:09:00 GMT 2017-02-25T18:09:00Z Friend: Livestreaming gamer 'in rough shape' before death VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who died at home while playing a 24-hour video game marathon was part of an online livestreaming community where members sometimes go to extremes to build their audiences, experts say. Brian Vigneault, 35, had spent about 22 hours playing the online wargame "World of Tanks" on the streaming platform He ... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:08:00 GMT 2017-02-25T07:08:00Z Milwaukee to 'Pokemon' monsters: Get a permit to enter parks MILWAUKEE (AP) — "Pokemon Go" monsters can roam virtually wherever they please, but they'll need a permit to get into Milwaukee County parks. At the height of the game's popularity last summer, the large crowds it attracted to one Milwaukee park left county officials at a loss for how to deal with the sudden influx of players and the trash they left behind. With more augment... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:11:00 GMT 2017-02-18T15:11:00Z Thimble tossed! Game piece voted out of Monopoly board game ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — You can still pass "Go" and collect $200 on the Monopoly board, but you soon won't be able to do it with the thimble game piece. Voters have rejected the thimble, an integral part of the game since being added to Monopoly in 1935. The move is part of a campaign to select the next generation of game pieces. Has... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:28:00 GMT 2017-02-16T15:28:00Z Hey, Mr. President: It's time to make spellcheck great again WASHINGTON (AP) — Time to make spellcheck great again. The mangled spellings that were a staple of Donald Trump's presidential campaign are flourishing in the White House. It started on Trump's first full day in office, when he described himself as "honered" to serve as the 45th president. (Tweeted at 12:02 p.m.; dele... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:21:00 GMT 2017-02-15T19:21:00Z Trump backs aide who promoted his daughter's fashion on TV WASHINGTON (AP) — Kellyanne Conway, the high-profile White House counselor, has come under fire from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, fact checkers and the media. But she's so far maintained the support of her boss, President Donald Trump. Trump backed Conway both publicly and privately Thursday after House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz,... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:18:00 GMT 2017-02-10T16:18:00Z