Henry Orenstein, 98, Dies; Force Behind Transformers and Poker on TV

A Holocaust survivor, he started a successful toy company in the 1950s and later invented a method of showing poker players’ hole cards on televised tournaments.

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Reuben Klamer, Mastermind of the Game of Life, Dies at 99

He developed an estimated 200 toys and other items, including a phaser rifle for “Star Trek.” But his best-known product was a game for “literally everyone on earth.”

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Mr. Potato Head Brand Goes Gender Neutral

Hasbro is dropping the Mr. from the Mr. Potato Head brand name and logo “to promote gender equality and inclusion,’’ the company said.

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Mr. Potato Head Brand Goes Gender Neutral

Hasbro is dropping the Mr. from the Mr. Potato Head brand name and logo “to promote gender equality and inclusion,’’ the company said.

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Scrabble Will Ban Racial and Ethnic Slurs From Tournaments and Game Rules

The fight against systemic racism has taken aim at Scrabble. An agreement is at hand to bar offensive terms, though some players endorse using them for points.

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‘Magic: The Gathering’ Pulls Racist Playing Cards From Popular Game

Prominent members of the trading card game’s community say more still needs to be done to include people of color.

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