We love Facebook pranks as much as the next guys, but not when it's coming from an anonymous source at Best Buy. As if we needed another reason not to step foot in the big blue retailer, we read this story about a Best Buy employee that posted a phony Facebook status update on a customer's phone. The message declared, "I am gay, I'm coming out," but there's one problem: the customer is straight.… Read more
Mark your calendars. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 explodes in stores on November 13 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gaming systems.
Publisher Activision and developer Treyarch have revealed the next installment of the hugely popular first-person shooter with an enthralling new trailer that shows off the first fully futuristic Call of Duty game. Those ready to make the plunge can pre-order Black Ops 2, which costs the usual $59.99.
Set in the year 2025, the main story of Black Ops 2 revolves around the notion of a "21st Century Cold War."… Read more
That Activision Blizzard had a hit on its hands with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops last November is no surprise, considering the game made more than $1 billion in less than two months. However, the publisher today clarified just how big of a hit Black Ops is, announcing during Activision Blizzard's first-quarter earnings report that it is the highest-earning game of all time on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in the U.S. and Europe.
Unfortunately, Activision Blizzard did not release updated sales figures for the Cold War-era shooter. However, the publisher did say that the Treyarch-developed title was the No. 1 overall seller in the U.S. and Europe during the January to March quarter. That performance apparently bests that of Nintendo's Pokemon Black and White, Capcom's Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and EA's Dead Space 2.
Read more of "Call of Duty: Black Ops best-seller on 360, PS3, PC" at GameSpot. … Read more
According to data compiled by Xbox Live's director of programming, Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, Black Ops beat out the likes of Halo: Reach, Red Dead: Redemption, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 to secure the top spot.
Nelson formed the list by compiling the number of unique users logged in each game's first seven days. This strays from the lists posted in 2008 and 2009, which displayed … Read more
The video game industry posted its best-ever November sales on the strength of Microsoft's Kinect motion controller and games like Call of Duty: Black Ops.
That was the report from industry analyst, The NPD Group, which puts out monthly tallies for total video game software and hardware sales. According to NPD analyst Anita Frazier, the video game business was good for $2.99 billion in November, up 8 percent from $2.76 billion a year earlier, and about $30 million more than the previous record November in 2008.
According to Frazier, every category of the business was up for … Read more
If you notice your children becoming particularly sociopathic over the next few weeks and months, please consider that the reason might be Call of Duty: Black Ops.
I offer this important psychological advice as I have just been struck by the news that Cuba's finest independent media are so up in arms about the game that it seems they might even want to bear them.
What, you might wonder, could possible move the Cubans to be so upset? Well, it seems they are not entirely keen on the fact that the first mission of this extraordinarily well-reviewed game consists … Read more
Call of Duty: Black Ops is well on its way to being another hit in the soldier-simulating series. The Cold War-set special forces shooter is the latest CoD game to let you blow foreigners' heads off in increasing levels of detail, the series managing the rather clever trick of splitting into two separate and massively successful franchises. We don our dress uniform, salute the regimental colors, and think of fallen comrades as we take a photographic tour through the history of Call of Duty.
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Get ready for some first-person shooter action.
Activision today launched Call of Duty: Black Ops for all three major consoles, the PC, and the Nintendo DS.
Call of Duty: Black Ops puts the player in various roles as soldiers "behind enemy lines." Players can also play co-op with zombies, Mark Lamia, head of Activision's Treyarch Studio, said in a statement. But as with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, many gamers will be picking up the title for its online multiplayer offering. And to that end, Lamia promises an "incredibly deep" experience for gamers.
So … Read more
Activision is launching "Call of Duty: Black Ops" November 9. So it needs everyone to get very worked up about the idea of a new way to shoot the living daylights out of those who occasionally enjoy the sight of living daylight.
And when I say "everyone," I mean every concierge, every mystery meat salesman, every businesswoman, every Best Buy salesperson, every sportsman, and every comedian. Well, they're everymen too, you know.
So please rejoice in the sight of Kobe Bryant (reportedly a deeply committed "Call of Duty" player) appearing as if he'… Read more
It's apparently going to be a better year than expected for Activision Blizzard.
The World of Warcraft developer announced yesterday that its third-quarter revenue grew to $745 million, up from $703 million it posted during the same period in 2009.
The company also reported a $51 million profit, representing a gain over the $15 million it tallied in third quarter last year. Its adjusted earnings of 12 cents a share beat Wall Street expectations of 9 cents, according to the Associated Press.
In the first three quarters, Activision Blizzard's revenue stood at over $3 billion. Last year, it … Read more