When I first learned that Activision was releasing a special set of Skylanders toys to promote Autism, I was hopeful – being Autistic myself, I’m always up for some positive representation. Then I saw the pictures of the toys, and that ominous white and blue color scheme, I got a really bad feeling. I checked out the articles to confirm my suspicions, and I felt my blood boil when I saw the name of the organization Activision was partnering with – Autism Speaks.Read More
Activision Surprises Internet With Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan Game
Activision dropped a bit of a bomb on the internet last night when they released the announcement trailer for a brand new video game based on everyone's favorite pizza-eating ooze-birthed amphibians.Read More
Following in Megan Fox's iconic footsteps.
Captain America gets hardcore in this new live action trailer for the Call of Duty Online. Apparently this is only a trailer for a trailer, but we get to see Chris Evans with an FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missile launcher, and isn't that a good way to start Boxing Day?Read More
2 games For the price of 1 1/6!
Remember how Sony CEO Andy House said yesterday that purchasing select PS3 games will allow you to buy them again on PS4 for a significantly discounted price? Well, we've just learned the specifics on that deal for one such game-- Call of Duty Ghosts. If you buy it at retail price on PS3, you'll be able to get it on PS4 for a mere $10.Read More
So, this afternoon Activision held their Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer reveal event and live streamed it for the world to see. On top of the vast customization options, seven new multiplayer modes were announced. And Eminem revealed a new single, Survivor, off his upcoming album with the trailer! Needless to say, people are excited.Read More
Prepare your loadouts.
Grab your dog and gather round the ol' computer-- today we finally get to see what the highly anticipated multiplayer for Call of Duty: Ghosts will be like. The latest in the megaton series is coming this fall, and you can get your first look at how you'll be playing it with your friends at right here.Read More
Maybe this change will make Blizzard more likely to release things in a timely fashion? No, just kidding, it won't.
Today in the world of money, gaming powerhouse Activision Blizzard has announced plans to buy itself from parent company Vivendi Universal in a two-part stock deal. When the dust settles, almost $8.2 billion of stock will have changed hands, leaving Activision Blizzard free to go its own way. We kinda suspect the new company will do OK.Read More
Call of Duty: Ghosts reveal trailer's part PTSD-fueled drama, part nationalistic jingoism, and all Call of Duty.
I have little to no idea what's going on with the Call of Duty: Ghosts reveal trailer. It's part PTSD-fueled drama, part nationalistic jingoism, and all Call of Duty. On the other hand, it doesn't have to be high art to sell a boatload of copies, and I'm pretty sure Activision's well aware of this particular fact. Guess we'll all find out come November 5th.Read More
I saw a propaganda video released by North Korea the other day, and did the obvious thing -- I made fun of its terrible production value. It was really bad. The highlight of the video from purely a graphics standpoint came when the video showed an American city burning. Why'd it look so good? Because North Korea stole the footage from Modern Warfare 3. The video has been removed from YouTube thanks to a complaint by Activision, the publishers of the game.Read More
Sure, Blizzard's notorious for running late with products. Okay, maybe Activision is willing to gouge players to the absolute breaking point. Still, there's a reason folks have come back to franchises like Diablo, Warcraft, and StarCraft time and time again. Even if that relationship should sour over time, let it not be said that the people at Blizzard weren't capable of wonders when it came to cinematic sequences. Case in point, the opening cinematic for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm dropped today, and it's just about as beautiful as anyone could hope.Read More
Today is the day. A vast number of gamers will be excitedly mashing buttons on controllers thanks to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 hitting shelves. Many keyboards may be suspiciously silent, however, thanks to a little problem with the PC version's second disc. Following traditional installation instructions, the game asks for Disc 2 in order to complete its setup. Unfortunately, it looks like some of these discs are actually copies of Mass Effect 2 instead. Oops.Read More
This past weekend, one of the popular multiplayer maps for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 disappeared from the regular rotation. Favela, as the map is called, was taken down by developer Infinity Ward, and by extension publisher Activision, because Muslim gamers had found and complained about a bit of offensive imagery present in the level. See, one of the decorative frames in a bathroom found in the level contains a quote from the Prophet Muhammad -- which is a big no-no in the Islamic faith.Read More
It's hard to say what's worse: Closing a developer not long after they've put out a new game or significantly reducing their staff to the point where they only serve to help with projects headed by other studios. Either way, Radical Entertainment -- the folks behind the Prototype franchise -- will no longer have work on games of their own. As of yesterday, they are effectively shuttered by their parent company Activision and another one bites the dust.Read More
Released this past Wednesday, Activision announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has set an all-time sales record with 6.5 million copies sold in the United States and United Kingdom, snagging over $400 million in sales. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick pointed out that other than Call of Duty, "there has never been another entertainment franchise that has set opening day records three years in a row," with Call of Duty: Black Ops setting the record at $360 million and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 setting it at $310 million.Read More
As you may be aware, Kmart accidentally started selling some copies of the much awaited Modern Warfare 3 yesterday, ahead of its November 8th release date. The mistake was discovered pretty early on, and the sales were stopped, but there were still a number of copies that managed to make it out into the wild, and what happens when a commodity like this becomes available in a very limited quantity? eBay-ing, and lots of it.Read More
Not yet confirmed to be a secret marketing move on Electronic Art's part, but when visiting the URL http://www.modernwarfare3.com, what would otherwise obviously be the official URL of the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise, you will be redirected to the official site for rival game Battlefield 3. One really must wonder why Activision didn't feel the need to reserve the most obvious URL for their next probable blockbuster title.
Funnily enough, if you try to visit http://www.battlefield3.com, it doesn't actually link to the Battlefield 3 site that the Modern Warfare 3 URL does, but a different Battlefield 3 site.
The battle for video game genericness may not yet be decided, but someone -- whether it be EA or some troll -- just threw down the gauntlet.
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For the first time, an authorized Time cover has been created to promote a commercial product, which just so happens to be Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The cover, seen above, depicts a destroyed Wall Street with the headline "World Stands On The Brink," which, funnily enough, is exactly how Roger Ebert, noted video game naysayer, felt when he tweeted out that the first-ever authorized fake Time cover used to promote a commercial product just so happened to go to a video game, claiming that Time "sold its honor for a video game promotion" and it is "sad, sad, sad."Read More
Earlier this month, Activision finally put Guitar Hero out of its misery, whether or not it was a misery caused by Activision themselves. The guys over at The Warp Zone decided to send the franchise off with a song parody farewell, seemingly tongue-in-cheek, and reminds us all that Rock Band was the better way to go. If you're so inclined, The Warp Zone was generous enough to provide a free download of the song.Read More
The developer that milks franchies more than Fat Tony milks rats, Activision, has decided the time has come to pull the plug on the Guitar Hero franchise. Considering the decline in rhythm game sales over the past couple years, this would come as no surprise, if one were to disregard the fact that Activision is notorious for milking franchises, at least.
Declared in Activision's recent financial statement:
"Due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing's Guitar Hero business unit and discontinue development on its Guitar Hero game for 2011."
Yes, the above quote does seem to state that Activision did have plans for yet another entry in the Guitar Hero franchise slated for this year. Who would've thought?
So, for now, Guitar Hero will go gentle into that digital night. We'll always remember it for when it mattered, and though it was unavoidable, where it went wrong. Goodbye, Guitar Hero. May you score multipliers in Gaming Heaven.
(via Joystiq)Read More