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Top 5 Things That Could Ruin Call of Duty

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Top 5 Things That Could Ruin Call of Duty

Call of Duty Black Ops is around the bend and pretty soon most of us will shun the outside world in favor of getting just one more level or achievement. Or just spend time killing endless waves of Nazi Zombies because they HAVE TO DIE! Call of duty has become the biggest player on the Firs Person Shooter landscape with each new release garnering tons of news and excitement. However Activision has not seemed content to simply enjoy the fruits of such a successful franchise and has repeatedly stated how they are going to screw around with a proven formula. So here are my Top 5 Things that could Ruin Call of Duty.

5)Bobby Kotick

I've come for your souls

I understand that he feels he could find better ways to capitalize on his product, and since he is head of giant soul crushing publisher Activision he has every (legal) right to mess with Call of Duty any way he sees fit. However he tends to run his mouth off every time there is a person with ears around about how he would change almost everything about one of gaming’s most successful and beloved franchises. Bobby Kotick is the antonym of fan service. Nearly every time someone is riled up it is because of something he has said. Can’t he be seen and not heard, like most CEO’s.

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Bungie partners with Activision

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Bungie partners with Activision

News has come out this morning that Halo developer Bungie has signed an exclusive 10 year publishing deal with Activision. The deal will give Activision exclusive worldwide publishing rights for all future Bungie games based on it’s new intellectual property. The deal also allows Bungie to stay independent and retain control of it’s new IP. Considering all the negative news lately surrounding Activision and the former Infinity Ward team, this was a much needed announcement. Hopefully Bungie has a better experience with the Activision than IW did.

We chose to partner with Activision on our next IP because of their global reach, multi-platform experience and marketing expertise,” said Bungie president Harold Ryan. “From working together over the past nine months on this agreement, it is clear that Activision supports our commitment to giving our fans the best possible gaming experiences.

Bungie has developed some of the most compelling and successful games, multiplayer experiences and thriving fan communities, and this alliance underscores our long-standing commitment to foster the industry’s best creative talent,” enthused Activision Blizzard COO Thomas Tippl. “Our unprecedented partnership with Bungie will enable us to broaden our pipeline of exciting new games as we continue to strengthen our industry position and pursue long-term growth opportunities.

DLC Review: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package

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DLC Review: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package

Activision and Infinity Ward released the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package, a collection of five maps for the Xbox 360, Tuesday March 31. The bundle includes two locations from the previous Modern Warfare (Crash, Overgrown), as well as three new areas to explore (Bailout, Salvage and Storm). While costing 1200 Microsoft Points ($15), downloading it seems like something a Call of Duty fan will do without even thinking about the price.

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Modern Warfare 2's first map pack hits Xbox 360 March 30

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Modern Warfare 2's first map pack hits Xbox 360 March 30

Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling, Mr. fourzerotwo, just let twitter know to expect the first map pack for Modern Warfare 2 on March 30. In what I am sure they feel is a clever PR move, his twitter links people to a website about Mapathy. I guess with the firing of the two studio heads, IW now has extra money to hire people to come up with clever terms for map packs.

Dear Bobby Kotick

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Dear Bobby Kotick

Dear Bobby Kotick,

Bobby. OH Bobby. Bobby Kotick, I’m not gonna yell at you. I can’t blame you. I want to, but I can’t. Like I can’t blame Roy Williams for 14 losses in one season.

Note to Bobby: Do Not Emulate

But like Roy, you’re responsible for what happens on your ship, Bobby. You are. And you just let two of the top boys on your team walk out the door, and you know they’re walking straight to the other team, and there aren’t any transfer regulations, and let me assure you, Mr. West and Mr. Zampella are elligible. And they’ll play, and you’ll be awfully lucky if they don’t make something to break your new “high-margin digital online” COD action-adventure in half.

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Fired Infinity Ward bosses sue Activision

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Fired Infinity Ward bosses sue Activision

We reported earlier this week about Infinity Ward studio heads, Jason West and Vince Zampella, being fired by Activision. For anyone who has been following this story, it should be no surprise that both men are now suing Activision.

Having been let go before Activision was due to give them a royalty payment, West and Zampella claim that Activision breached its contract and then “seized control of the Infinity Ward studio.” “Activision has refused to honor the terms of its agreements and is intentionally flouting the fundamental public policy of this State (California) that employers must pay their employees what they have rightfully earned,” alleges the pair’s lawyer.

[via Edge]

Activison removes studio heads from Infinity Ward

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Activison removes studio heads from Infinity Ward

G4tv.com’s Patrick Klepek is reporting that a “tense” situation is brewing at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 developer Infinity Ward. Infinity Ward studio heads Vince Zampella and Jason West reportedly met with Activision yesterday morning and have not been seen by Infinity Ward staff members since. Based on some information that has been surfacing throughout the night, it appears both men have been let go from the company.

A screen shot surfaced from Infinity Ward CTO Jason West’s Facebook page at Kotaku with the status update “Jason West is drinking. Also, unemployed.” I can confirm from a source that’s friends with West that update did actually come from West’s account. West also updated his Linkedin profile to appears to reflect a change in employment.

“President/Game Director/CCO/CTO Infinity Ward
January 2001 — March 2010 (9 years 3 months)”

[via Shacknews]

Modern Warfare 2 Glitches and Aftermath

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MW2 players may already be aware of this issue in which a player can turn themselves into a suicide bomber in-game. Upon death the player detonates whatever ordinance they are carrying and takes out a good number of people in the blast radius. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about:

Now, Infinity Ward is developing a patch as fast as possible, and it appears Microsoft is helping deal with the gap in between. As reported over on 1up.com: “…players caught using the glitch will be suspended, according to Xbox Live’s director of policy and enforcement, Stephen Toulouse.”  On the PS3 however, it appears that the opposite is true, noting that that a Sony representative said “I don’t believe we are banning people for using the glitch.”

[via 1up]

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 pre-launch in London's Leicester Square

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As all keen FPS gamers should know by now, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 launches tomorrow, 10 November, ending the social lives of a lot of gamers across the globe for a couple of months. Activision, deciding that the follow up to the wildly popular COD4 MW deserved the red carpet treatment and held a launch event with all the trimmings in London’s Leicester Square, the home to many a film premier. The Vue cinema in the main square was the venue with hands on with the game on the big screen, a VIP party and even a surprise concert to entertain a lucky few.

For the hard core fan however, the action was already building at the Trocadero HMV where a massive queue of just under 1000 or so eager gamers had already formed. Check back later for some coverage of the action at HMV including a guy who had queued a full 23 hours on the streets of London just to be first in line and a boat load of military action.

Shout out to Mr. Lai and Mr. Wood for braving the cold with me

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